Sermon by The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, Rector
We know love by this, that [Christ] laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another (1 John 3:16).
Way back in the 1950s, the well known Christian apologist and author of the Narnia stories C.S. Lewis wrote a book entitled The Four Loves. Taken from a series of radio broadcasts on the BBC, Lewis explored from a Christian and philosophical perspective the four loves of: storge, empathy; philia, friendship; eros, erotic love; and agape, unconditional love. When news emerged earlier this week of the passing from this world to the next of Barbara Bush, wife and mother of two presidents, it was the word love, especially agape, selfless love, that came to mind. Irrespective of one’s political affiliations, one cannot but be deeply moved by the love, faithfulness, and service that Barbara Bush exemplified in her long life – to her family, to her country, and to God through her Church. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.
The lessons from Scripture for this coming weekend – the 23rd Psalm, the First Letter of John, and the Gospel of John – each speak of love: the selfless love of God in Christ for each and everyone of us. I do hope I see you this weekend, either on Saturday evening for the 5:30 pm service, or on Sunday at the 8 or 10:15 am services. God’s love for us is exemplified by the love we share for each other when we come together as a community of faith in Christ.
Also consider joining me for Adult Forum between the services this Sunday when I shall be taking a look at what the Bible has to say about resurrection.
You may have read in the parish announcements that the church office is attempting to track down two Parish Registers. Michelle and Fr. Stephen have a memory of someone volunteering to take a look at the parish records, alas, we cannot remember who this might have been. We would appreciate if they would make themselves known to the office, so that we may be able to locate the registers.
FOOD PANTRY NEWS: Items requested for April are:
24 oz. canned spaghetti sauce
Macaroni and cheese
15 oz. canned corn
15 oz. canned tomatoes
Articles, announcements and pictures for the May Scepter are due TODAY, Friday April 20th. Please send to email@example.com as soon as possible.
Altar Guild: Michelle Bentley, Rose Dixon, Karen Grant
Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Stephen and Catherine Donohue 10:15 AM – The Milligan Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 21st
9:00 AM – Altar Guild
5:30 PM – Rite II
Reader: Gail Irons
SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Mark Jakiel
Ushers: Herb Johnston and John Meyer
Greeter: Mike Patrone
10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: 1st: Camille Horine 2nd: Amy Swiernik
Acolytes: Server: Thomas Ishler Crucifer: Maeve Milligan
Readers: 1st: Elaine Radcliffe 2nd: Amy Swiernik
Ushers: Tony Watts and Dominic Campagnola
Greeter: Dorris Smith
MONDAY, APRIL 23rd
6:30 PM – N/A (PH)
TUESDAY, APRIL 24th
7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)
7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Christian Ed wing)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th
12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing
THURSDAY, APRIL 26th
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal
GOOD FRIDAY – March 30th
Noon – 1 PM: Good Friday Meditations
6:00 PM: Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM: Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist Rite II (from reserved sacrament)
HOLY SATURDAY – March 31st
7:30 PM: The Great Vigil of Easter
EASTER SUNDAY – April 1st
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Festival Holy Eucharist Rite II
HOLY WEEK 2018
Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,
Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ.
As Holy Week gets underway, I find myself grateful for the traditions and the timeless liturgies of the Church that allow us to access all that God has to offer us in the Passion of our Lord. Through this week we are invited to walk with Jesus through the glory of his triumphal entry, into the temple to hear his final teaching, and to join him for the quiet of an evening where he will model servant leadership and break bread with us in the Upper Room. We are invited to accompany him to the Garden and to do our best to stay awake, as he prays, deeply, and bears his soul to his Father. We have the opportunity to follow him as he is carried away by the authorities, betrayed by a kiss, and to wait and watch in the courtyard. Stand, if you can, on the edge of the crowd as Jesus is taunted and questioned and mocked, and see how he bears his stripes. On Friday, join at the foot of the cross to keep vigil as Jesus draws his last breath and hear the Centurion’s cry of faith: “Truly, this man was God’s Son.” Watch as Joseph takes Jesus’ body and lovingly prepares it for burial, and, once shrouded and placed in the tomb, see the stone rolled in front, sealing tight the opening. Gather with the disciples as they grieve in the Upper Room and wonder, fearfully, what is next.
On the third day, wake early, and join Mary Magdalene; mother of James, and Salome on the footpath to the tomb. As the sun comes up, join these women in their pilgrimage to care for the one whom they loved and… be surprised, all over again, to find the stone rolled away and a young man delivering amazing news of new life.
Share in the wonder, the passion, the mystery and the glory of this story as Jesus, son of God, follows with faithfulness the call of his Father to create, for us, a new way — a way of eternal life.
I hope that you participate fully this week in the movements that, together, make up the grand gesture of Holy Week, and that can nourish your soul and lift your hearts. Step into each day with thanksgiving for the life and ministry of Jesus and for the might act that God accomplished on the cross, for our salvation.
I invite you to bring someone along with you who may need to hear the story of Jesus anew, or, maybe, for the first time. Share the gift of eternal life, given to us, and give someone else the beauty of a life lived in faith.
May God bless you this day and always.
The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan
It’s that time of year again – time when you can make a difference in the life of a child. Feed My Starving Children will host its annual Mobile Pack event on April 6, 7 and 8. Once again, St. Edward’s has the opportunity to participate in this special event. Over the last 2 years, St. Ed’s has had a group of nearly 20 folks who participated in this event. We are hoping to have at least that many volunteers this year.
Last year’s event hosted 927 volunteers over 5 shifts in 2 days. The event raised over $51,000! And 217,728 meals were packaged – this was enough to feed 596 children a healthy meal every day for an entire year!! The meals were distributed to hungry children in Haiti. It’s hard to believe that this is possible with only 2 hours of your time.
St. Edward’s will be participating on Sat., April 7 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Please see the sign up sheet in the narthex. As is the past, we can arrange carpool from St. Ed’s. If you have any question please see Peg Reiley or contact her at 717-940-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Feed My Starving Children please click on the links below:
Thank you for your support in the worthy project.