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The Gospel According to St. Mark's - Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sep. 16, 2012

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


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


10.00 AM – Sermon Seminar (Nave) – Justi Schunior, Preacher


11.15 AM – Holy Eucharist + Commissioning of Transition Team (Nave) + Laying on of Hands (Chapel) – Justi Schunior, Presider; Paul Abernathy, Co-Presider


5.00 PM – Contemplative Eucharist (Nave) – Justi Schunior, 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   Humoresque “L’organo primitivo”, Pietro A. Yon (1886-1943)

Opening Hymn  484 Praise the Lord through every nation, Tune: Wachet auf

Sequence Hymn   675 Take up your cross, the Savior said, Tune: Bourbon

Offertory Anthem   A Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester, Music by L. J. White - Chancel Choir

Presentation Hymn  288, v.3, Tune: Dix

Sanctus & Benedictus  Craig Phillips

Fraction Anthem   Christ Our Passover, Craig Phillips

Music During Communion

   Wondrous Love, from Southern Harmony, 1835, arr. Nancy S. Karpeles - Chancel Choir               

   LEVAS 136 I have decided to follow Jesus, Indian Folk Melody, arr. Norman Johnson

   LEVAS 36 O sacred head, sore wounded, Words by Paulus Gerhard, Music by David Hurd

Closing Hymn  410 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, Tune: Lauda anima

Postlude  War March of Priests, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), arr. Edmondstoune Duncan & Robert Gower

From Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

My Dear Community,


As I look ahead to 2013, I share the following as a friendly “heads up”…


On Sunday, October 14, we will inaugurate our annual fall Canvass, the formal conclusion of which will be Sunday, November 25.  During this period, we – each and all – will be asked to make a financial pledge to the life and labor, mission and ministry of our community of St. Mark’s for the coming year.


In preparation for our Canvass, I ask that we consider a couple of things; one practical, the other, relational…


Practically, our pledges allow our Vestry and Finance Committee to prepare an annual budget based on discernment that is more thoughtful and realistic and less wishful speculation.


Relationally, our pledges of money are concrete, worldly symbols that point beyond themselves to our gratitude for the richness (pun intended!) of our lives lived in this community.


Oh, there is a third thing, which, no surprise, is biblical…


Whenever we speak of pledging money, an inevitable question arises: How much?  To paraphrase Paul (the “other” one, as in the Apostle), I ask that we each give in accordance with our means, that is, from what we have (2 Corinthians 8.11b-12a).  In so doing, we avoid the temptation and trap of comparing our offerings and, thus, ourselves one with another.  Moreover, to contribute out of what we have (as opposed to what we don’t have) we promote the spirit of joy and gratitude in our giving.  And, as the Apostle also says, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9.7b).


Please stay tuned for more information to come.


Love and Peace,


From Jeff Kempskie, Director of Music

Do you remember the week after Easter when we invited everyone to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah?  I do, and the reason is that at each of the morning services we had a “choir” of more than 35 people!  Where did they all go?  Granted that coming up by the organ to sing a well-known choral work for 5 minutes once a year is not the same as being part of the Chancel Choir, but what that demonstrated (to me) is that there are lots of folks at St. Mark’s with both interest and ability in choral music. 

I would not, of course, expect all of these people to immediately join the choir.  For many of us, it’s not practical – either we have young children at home, a demanding job, a regularly-scheduled Thursday night commitment (which is when the choir rehearses), or numerous other legitimate reasons for not being able to participate. 

Still, I am convinced that there are at least a dozen individuals connected with St. Mark’s that could sing with the Chancel Choir on an occasional basis and would enjoy doing so.  Are you one of these people?  I’m specifically addressing those individuals who like to sing (or are interested in learning how) but have, for one reason or another, never entertained the possibility of singing with the choir.  What I’m proposing is that you give serious consideration to attending a rehearsal sometime.  Come check it out, see what it’s like, and decide if it’s something that’s worthwhile for you.  You could come to a Thursday rehearsal and then sing the following Sunday to get the full experience.  No further obligation.

Please let me know what I can do to get you to join us sometime and give it a shot.  The worst thing that could happen is that you find out it’s not for you.  At best, though, you’d find it enjoyable and fun and decide to sing with the group however often you can.  Making music is such a wonderful way to contribute to St. Mark’s in that it’s a win-win situation that results in a richer and more meaningful worship experience for all. 

As your Director of Music, I care very deeply about music in our community and am reaching out and encouraging those with interest to become involved in some capacity.  My desire is for us to have a healthy, thriving music program that inspires people and brings even more church-goers who value music inside our doors to share in this wonderful community that is St. Mark’s.

Thanks for reading.

From Marcella Gillis, Director of Youth Ministries


Marcella Gillis, St. Mark’s Director of Youth & Family Ministries
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Sunday School registration & permission forms for 2012-2013 are now available on the website (hard copies are on the youth bulletin board). Please complete and return to Marcella (electronically or leave in her mailbox in the undercroft). Looking forward to a great year!

Upcoming Events
9/16 – First day of Sunday School
9/23 - Honduras Trip Meeting (11:00am-12:00pm, Library)
9/30 – New Orleans Mission Moment (during worship) & Marcella preaches!
10/14 – Help the Homeless Walk (11am)

Safeguarding God’s Children: Fall Sessions
The Dioceses’ required child abuse prevention training (for full time church employees and volunteers working with youth) has new fall dates. Please sign up for one of these sessions and encourage others to participate so that we are able safely continue and enrich our youth and family ministries!  Dates and locations:
Saturday, 9/15/12 - All Saints', Chevy Chase   (9:30 am - 12:30pm)
Saturday, 9/29/12 - St. Barnabas', Upper Marlboro   (9:30am - 12:30pm)
Saturday, 10/13/12 - St. Mark's, Silver Spring  (9:30 am - 12:30pm)
Saturday, 10/27/12 - St. Peter's, Poolesville  (9:30 am - 12:30pm)
Saturday,  12/1/12 -  St. George's, Valley Lee  (9:30 am - 12:30pm)
Saturday, 12/8/12 - St. Timothy's, DC  (9:30am - 12:30pm)