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The Gospel According to St. Mark's - Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sep. 9, 2012

This Sunday, we celebrate our annual kick-off to our Christian Education year!  Our Sunday School and adult class leaders and supervisors will march in procession and will be commissioned for service.  Don Ellison and Rita Ossolinski, along with with Susan Thompson and Nat White, our Christian Education Co-Directors, will preach.


This Sunday also begins Virginia Theological Seminary’s Field Education year.  Kristen Hawley will return to us, joined by Weston Mathews.  Let us greet them with the warmest of our communal welcomes!


10.00 AM – Holy Eucharist – Justi Schunior, Presider; Paul Abernathy, Co-Presider; Don Ellison and Rita Ossolinski, Christian Education Co-Directors, preachers


5.00 PM – Contemplative Eucharist – 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   Herr Jesu Christ, Dich Zu Uns Wend (Lord Jesus Christ, Reveal Thy Holy Face), Georg Böhm (1661-1733)

Opening Hymn  O Come, Come Away, Tune: Southern Harmony, 1835

Offertory Anthem   God be in my head, Words from a Book of Hours, Sarum, 1514, Music by Philip Wilby (b. 1949) - Chancel Choir, Charmian Crawford, soloist               

Presentation Hymn 288 v.3, Tune: Dix

Sanctus & Benedictus Craig Phillips

Fraction Anthem   Christ Our Passover, Craig Phillips

Music During Communion

   Seek ye first, Music by Karen Lafferty - Boys & Girls Choir; Nadine Hathaway, director

   LEVAS 109 What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Words by Joseph Scriven, Music by Charles C. Converse

   LEVAS 117 I’m Goin’-a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing, African American Spiritual

   Give Me Jesus, African American Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes - Lou Bayard, soloist

Closing Hymn  541 Come, labor on. Who dares stand idle, Tune: Ora Labora

Postlude  All’Offertorio, Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)

From Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

My Dear Community,


Whilst luxuriating in the sacred “un-occupation” of my August month-long vacation, I reflected a good deal on my vocation, my priestly calling.  That contemplation became the substance on my re-entry sermon of this past Sunday, which marvelously coincided with Labor Day, entitled, “The Labor of Love.”


So, my dear sisters and brothers, I say to you that I have returned renewed with love for you, as individuals, love for us, as a parish community, and love for our common life and labors.


Looking forward in faith and hope,


From Jeff Kempskie, Director of Music

Does your child like to sing?  The Boys & Girls Choir Retreat takes place tomorrow, Saturday Sep. 8th, from 10:30am to 4:00pm.  The retreat will include a variety of fun activities and will feature pizza and ice cream for lunch!  This is the perfect way to introduce your child to the choir.  The Boys & Girls Choir rehearses with Nadine Hathaway on Sundays from 11-11:45am, and sings at the 9:00 service once or twice a month.  The first regular rehearsal is Sunday Sep. 16. 

Do you like to sing?  Join the Chancel Choir!  The group rehearses Thursdays from 7:30-9:30pm and individuals choose to sing at either of the two Sunday morning services.  Even if you’re unable to commit to singing every week, you can still be a part of the group.

On Sunday September 9th at 7:30pm, Baroque music trio Corda Nova will present a concert at St. Mark’s featuring music of late 17th century Germany composed in the stylus phantasticus manner,showcasing technical prowess with improvisational spirit.  Instruments will include violin, viola da gamba, and theorbo. $10 suggested donation. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)for more info.