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The Gospel According to St. Mark's - Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost, Sep. 23, 2012

9.00 AM – Holy Eucharist (Nave) – Paul Abernathy, Presider; Justi Schunior, Co-Presider


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


10.00 AM – Sermon Seminar (Nave) – Paul Abernathy, Preacher


11.15 AM – Holy Eucharist (Nave) – Paul Abernathy, Presider & Preacher; Justi Schunior, Co-Presider


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

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News & Announcements

Summer Worship Schedule New Interim Rector Called

Recent Sermons

That We All May Be One Snakes and Other Dangers in the Gospel of Mark Sermon on the Parable of the Mustard Seed

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

James Weaver will serve as guest organist for both morning services this Sunday.

Prelude   Pastorale, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Opening Hymn  366 Holy God, we praise thy Name vv. 1-4, Tune: Grosser Gott

Offertory Anthem   I Would See Jesus, L.P. Breedlove, 1867, arr. Kenneth Lowenberg - Chancel Choir                                 

Presentation Hymn 288, v.3, Tune: Dix

Sanctus & Benedictus Craig Phillips

Fraction Anthem   Christ Our Passover, Craig Phillips

Music During Communion

   For the Bread Which Thou Hast Broken, Words by Louis F. Benton, Music by William Bradley Roberts - Chancel Choir

   LEVAS 194 Lead me, guide me, along the way, Words & Music by Doris M. Akers

   Peace among earth’s peoples, Peace

Closing Hymn  492 Sing ye faithful, sing with gladness, Tune: Finnian

Postlude  Toccata, Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)

From Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

My Dear Community,


With the ambivalence of regret and gratitude, I share the news that Rebecca Richards, who, for the past two years, has served us as our Parish Administrator for Programs and Facilities, has tendered her resignation, effective Friday, September 28, 2012.  Rebecca, a 2010 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary here in DC, departs to continue her pursuit of ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.  As a part of her vocational discernment, she has accepted a call to be the Director of Outreach Ministry at the Center Church of Christ UCC, Hartford, CT.  This move also allows her to reside near her mother, Phoebe, who recently has faced a number of personal health concerns.


Rebecca, who has served us exceedingly well, embodying an especial blend of competence and compassion, will be missed.  We bid her a fond farewell with heartfelt prayers of “Godspeed.”


The search for her successor (for she cannot nor can anyone ever be replaced!) will begin immediately.


Yours truly,


From Jeff Kempskie, Director of Music

I will be away on vacation these next two weeks, embarking on an adventure to Peru.  Along with three friends, I’ll hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, go biking, white water rafting, and do a variety of other activities.

While I’m gone, please welcome guest organist James Weaver to the bench (on both September 23rd and 30th).  James worked with musical instruments in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He founded the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, and as harpsichordist, fortepianist and conductor performed in more than forty recordings, several of which won prestigious national awards. He held teaching positions as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and Cornell University, and was a founding faculty member of Aston Magna and the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute. He served as organist/music director at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore, held positions at St. Columba’s and All Souls Episcopal (Washington, DC) and All Hallows (Davidsonville, MD). He is the current Executive Director of the Organ Historical Society.

From Marcella Gillis, Director of Youth Ministries


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
9/23 - 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
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, 9/29/12 - 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)