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The Gospel According to St. Mark's - Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Ninteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Oct. 7, 2012

9.00 AM – Holy Eucharist + Blessing of Animals (Nave) + Laying on of Hands (Chapel) – Paul Abernathy, Presider; Justi Schunior, Co-Presider


9.00 AM – Children’s Chapel (Adams Room) – Justi Schunior, Leader


10.00 AM – Sermon Seminar – Paul Abernathy, Preacher


11.15 AM – Holy Eucharist + Blessing of Animals (Nave) + Laying on of Hands (Chapel) – Paul Abernathy, Presider &, Preacher; Justi Schunior, Co-Presider


5.00 PM – Contemplative Eucharist + Blessing of Animals (Nave) – Paul Abernathy, Presider & Preacher

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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   Andante Cantabile, Stefan Surzynski (1855-1919)

Opening Hymn   376 Joyful, joyful we adore thee, Tune: Hymn to Joy

Offertory Anthem Prayer of St. Francis, Roland E. Martin - Chancel Choir    

Presentation Hymn  288, v.3, Tune: Dix

Sanctus & Benedictus  Craig Phillips

Fraction Anthem   Christ Our Passover, Craig Phillips

Music During Communion

   Hymn 458 My song is love unknown, Tune: Love Unknown

   Hymn 657 Love divine, all loves excelling, Tune: Hyfrydol

   O Lord hear my pray’r, Jacques Berthier - Chancel Choir

Closing Hymn  397 Now thank we all our God, Tune: Nun danket alle Gott

Postlude   Marziale, Maurice Blazy (1873-1933)

From Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

My Dear Community,


Below, I share the thumbnail sketch of our soon to come fall Canvass, during which we invite all of us to make a financial pledge in support of St. Mark's mission and ministry for the coming 2013 year.  should you have any questions or comments, please direct them to me or to Cecilia Monahan, our Senior Warden.  Thank you in advance for your faitfhul contemplation.


Love and Peace,



Tuesday, October 9:  Canvass mailing to all St. Mark’s households


Sunday, October 14:  Canvass Kickoff

·       10.00 AM Sermon Seminar & 11.15 AM Holy Eucharist – Rector and Senior Warden, preaching

·       5.00 PM Contemplative Eucharist – Justi preaching


Sunday, November 25:  Formal Canvass concludes


Sunday, December 9:  Canvass Celebration Pub Lunch (tentative)


Monday, November 26, 2012-Friday, February 1, 2013:  Canvass “Clean-Up”

From Grady Hedgespeth, Senior Warden

Dear All,

Very soon, most of you will receive your new Fall 2012 Parish Directory. For the first time, you will be receiving it electronically. We have made the change to an emailed directory for several reasons: to save trees, money and labor and to be able to send more frequent updates. The plan is to send the membership and leadership directory out quarterly beginning this month.

The electronic directory, as the paper edition, will be sent only to parishioners who are pledging members of St. Mark’s. If you are not currently a member, you are in luck! Paul and I will be kicking off the Annual Canvass next week, and you will receive the information you need to make a financial pledge to our community.

The expectation is that everyone with access to a computer and a printer will make his or her own copy of the directory or will simply keep it on the computer as an electronic document. I know that a small number of you do not have such access, and you may request a paper copy from Susan Block and arrange to pick it up.

If you have questions about the new directory, please contact Susan or me and, as this is unlikely to be a process free of glitches, I beg your patience as we make this transition.

Faithfully Yours,


From Marcella Gillis, Director of Youth Ministries

As a continuation of our New Orleans Mission Moment from last Sunday, the following is a piece written by one of our teens, Chase Ammon, sharing his experience in New Orleans. Thank you again to the St. Mark's community at large for your support -financial and otherwise- in helping to make this trip happen. It was an eye-opening and transformative experience for all.  -Marcella

When I found at that we were not going to Honduras I had mixed emotions.  In a way I was relieved to not have to worry about the language barrier.  On the other hand, I was a little hesitant.  I had such a moving experience in Honduras; I could not imagine going to New Orleans would live up to that. We flew to Louisiana and were greeted with unfamiliar weather, people, and customs.  It was almost as if we stepped into another country.  As a group we did two things: volunteering in a community garden and volunteering at a summer camp.

The Lower Ninth Ward – where the levees broke, completely drowning the community – is a food desert, or an urban environment where healthy, fresh food is difficult to obtain.  Especially with the recent disaster, supermarkets have been very hesitant to build in the Ward, so residents have to travel far to get food.  Most people don’t have cars, so this is not as easy as it seems.  Our mission was to build a place where the community could not only share a place to grow fresh produce, but also bond the broken chains that were left in ruin after Katrina. 

We also worked in St. Anna’s summer camp located on Loyola and Tulane’s campuses.  I went into the first day of orientation with my idea of camp – a fun experience either outdoor based or art based.  This was not the case.  The camp was in essence summer school, the only difference was every child wanted to be there.  This was not the only unordinary aspect.  Every child had some sort of issue at home – be it domestic violence, alcoholic parents, or family members in the drug trade.  The camp provided a safe place for the campers to learn and grow, and it was clearly having a profound impact on each and every one of them.  I talked to some of the kids and heard so many stories of their home life and childhood, and it made me realize how lucky I am.  How lucky I am to not have my parents murdered.  How lucky I am to have a safe place to return home to.  How lucky I am to have parents that do not fight, that do not lie, that do not forget about me.  Everyone just opened right up to me and it was not only extremely moving, but it put my problems into perspective.  How could I be unhappy without an iPhone when all of these 3 to 12 year olds are spiritually strong and positive even with their difficult childhoods? 

 When I talk to people and tell them that I went to New Orleans they usually asked “Were you building houses?”  I would say, “No, I worked at a summer camp.”  They would say “oh” and change the subject.  People do not understand, and I did not understand, that there is a lot more you can give than physical labor.  While the community garden was laborious, I felt the most appreciation and impact in the camp.  From the hands reaching out to hold mine and the greeting smiles, to the tears shed when we left, working in St. Anna’s camp was more powerful then I could ever describe, and I just hope the kids know that they gave me just as much as I gave them. 

Looking back on both my Honduras and New Orleans experiences, I would say that New Orleans had a greater impact on me.  While the people in Honduran villages were living in desolate poverty, everyone around them was as well.  It was the norm, and there was a real sense of community.  On the other hand, one day in New Orleans we were hearing tragic stories from the summer camp kids and the next day we were touring the Garden District.  Seeing the disparity in wealth, especially in my home country, was a very shocking revelation.  Everyone in Honduras seemed so happy, and I remember all of the smiles on their faces.  In New Orleans you saw pain engraved in even the faces of 5 year olds.  That touched me.  New Orleans became one of the most eye opening and impacting experiences of my life thus far, and I am so happy that I got to experience both Honduras and NOLA.                                                  

--Chase Ammon