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The Gospel According to St. Mark's - Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentacost , Oct. 21, 2012

Justi Schunior, Associate Rector, will be away this weekend serving as a co-facilitator, with Jessica Babcock, Pete Eveleth, and Matt Ossolinski, on the first of two retreat weekends of the fall Life, Community, and Faith class being held at the Roslyn Conference Center, Richmond, Virginia.


9.00 AM – Holy Eucharist (Nave)– Paul Abernathy, Presider


9.00 AM – Children’s Chapel (Adams Room)– Marcella Gillis, Leader


10.00 AM – Sermon Seminar (Nave)– Paul Abernathy, Preacher  (Sermon Title: At and As One)


11.15 AM – Holy Eucharist (Nave)– Paul Abernathy, Presider & Preacher


5.00 PM – Contemplative Eucharist (Nave)– Paul Abernathy, Presider & Preacher

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

3rd & A Streets, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-0053

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector
The Reverend Rebecca Justice Schunior, Associate Rector
Ms. Marcella Gillis, Director of Youth Ministries
Mr. Jeff Kempskie, Director of Music
Ms. Susan Block, Parish Administrator for Membership & Finance
Ms. Angela Nedd, Parish Administrator for Programs & Facilities

Service Notes and Music

Prelude   A Canon on Forest Green – English Folk Melody, arr. Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

Opening Hymn   8 Morning has broken, Tune: Bunessan

Hymn of Praise   412 Earth and all stars v. 1, Tune: Earth and All Stars

Offertory Anthem   For the beauty of the earth, Andrew Carter – Chancel Choir

Presentation Hymn  Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Tune: Lasst uns erfreuen

Sanctus & Benedictus  Susan Calvin Fletcher

Fraction Anthem   Susan Calvin Fletcher

Music During Communion

   Hymn 455 O love of God, how strong and true, Tune: Dunedin

   Hymn 383 Fairest Lord Jesus, Tune: St. Elizabeth

   Organ Reflection on Psalm 91 – Emma Lou Diemer

Closing Hymn  398 I sing the almighty power of God, Tune: Forest Green

Postlude  Finale from Saint Wilfrid’s Suite – Andrew Carter

From Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

My Dear Community,


This Sunday, we inaugurate a six-week liturgy and sermon series on our care for the creation, the theme of which is: Having the Wisdom, Grace, and Will to be Conscious Stewards of God’s Creation. The series evolved from discussions between the Liturgy Planning Team and the St. Mark’s Green Lions (Jane Rutherford and Sis McKay, representatives) who desired that we have a season celebrating our responsibility to care for the environment.


Our perspective is expressed in the following word taken from the writings of the late Thomas Berry (1914-2009), Roman Catholic priest, cultural historian, and eco-theologian:


The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong.

To become alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human.

To damage this community is to diminish our own existence...

The universe is a communion and a community.  We ourselves are that communion become conscious of itself.

From "The Dream of the Earth"


As the first step toward faithful stewardship is awareness, I pray our presence and our participation through our prayerful consciousness.


Love and Peace,