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Advent/Christmas Worship Services 2017


2:30 PM – Advent Quiet Afternoon

5:30 PM – Rite II


8:00 AM – Rite I – Communion

10:15 AM – Lessons & Carols (No communion)


9:30 AM – Low Mass


4:30 PM* Family Service of Holy Communion

*Praise Band will be playing music commencing at 4:15 pm.

Children’s Sermon

8:00 PM* – Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir

10:30 PM  Midnight Mass with Choir

*Nursery is available for children up to

Weekly Parish Email December 7 – December 14, 2017

Dear Members of St. Edward’s:

“When is an alleluia not an alleluia?” Last Sunday I received a number of comments over my omitting the Alleluias during the services. Mea Culpa, it was an omission on my part, for alleluia’s are appropriate in Advent. However, it gave me cause to do a little research on the Alleluia’s. The word “alleluia” (Hebrew: Praise ye Yah) is a liturgical expression of praise used in the Psalms which was taken up by Christians in the liturgy as an expression of joy, particularly at Easter. Pope Gregory the Great decreed that the Alleluia be said or sung throughout the liturgical year except Lent, and thus it has remained. In the Eastern Church, Alleluia is sung throughout the liturgical year. So, for all you “Älleluia” enthusiasts…you will hear it at all three services this Sunday and throughout Advent and Christmas.

I look forward to seeing you.

Fr. Stephen+

A message from the Rector:

The point is this…Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance… (2 Corinthians 9: 6)

This time of year I receive countless requests for money. Much as I would like, I cannot respond to all of these worthwhile causes; I have to be selective. But there is one organisation I do try to remain faithful in my financial giving – St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. It is through the services of the church that I learn to be spiritually aware of the wider needs of the world. It is the Church that provides the spiritual shelter for those in need.

It is a given that as the year draws to a close, every church experiences a budget “gap” between income and expenditure: St. Edward’s is no exception. This year the gap is close to $30,000. The vestry and finance committee have always been meticulous in keeping parish costs within budget; the financial gap is invariably caused by a drop in giving. May I invite you, therefore, as a member of St. Edward’s, to remain faithful with your giving, and help us close this “financial gap.” As St. Paul reminds us, “God loves a cheerful giver,” and through our giving, we are blessed abundantly.

Fr. Stephen+   

Please don’t forget to bring in your Jesse Tree gifts on Sunday as they will be blessed during the 10:15 service before distribution next week.

The Food Bank Pantry is in need of the following for November.

Black beans

NO or LOW salt peas, corn, green beans

Cream of chicken soup

Boxed pasta


Christmas flowers sign up sheet is in the narthex.

Advent wreath lighting and reading sign up is in the narthex.

Coffee Hour:  8 AM: Roger and Ginny Kloepping        10:15 AM: We need a volunteer

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Barbara Schultz, Beth Hake, Wendy Hallowell


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Bill Hopwood

Greeters:  June Klemm and Janet Rumer

9:15 AM – Contemporary Service

LEM: Dina Ishler

Reader:  Amy Swiernik

Usher:  Bill Swiernik

Greeters:  Richard & Gail Irons

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Camille Horine

Reader:   1st: Patrick Ishler      2nd:  Susan Landin

Acolyte:  Server:  Thomas Ishler       Crucifer: Braden Newsome

Ushers:  Arch Cross and Buddy Yeager

Greeter:  Carl Cotnoir                                          


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Library)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

7:00 PM – Praise Band Practice


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal




Advent Quiet Afternoon – Saturday, December 16th

“Expectation; Repentance and Waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise.”


Schedule of Events

2:30 p.m. – Devotions

Daughters of the King



2:45 p.m. – living in the tension between the historical past and the present;


3:45 p.m. – living in the tension between tradition and the needs of the contemporary generation


4:45 p.m. – living in the tension between revelation and interpretation.


5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist


Prayer, meditations and Eucharist are in the church. A bell will ring 5 minutes before the beginning of each meditation.

Refreshments and restrooms are in the hallway.

Reading room and a place for quiet contemplation is available in the education wing.

Coffee and conversation are in the parish hall.

To help maintain a quiet atmosphere, please put your cell phone in silent mode and confine any phone conversations to the cell phone room.

Between meditations, please feel free to remain in the church, wander around the building and enjoy the quiet.

Thank you for coming today. We hope you find the afternoon restful and restorative.

Wishing you a blessed Advent.




St. Edward’s 13th Annual

Holiday Cookie Sale

Saturday, December 2nd, 8 AM 


COME to the St. Edward’s annual holiday cookie sale and choose from over 60 varieties of your favorite Christmas cookies, candies and other holiday treats.  Come early for the best selection. . and tell your friends!!!

Enjoy the delicious baking talents of our St. Edward’s community of faith.  We look forward to offering a wide selection of tasty creations, once again, for this wonderful seasonal fundraising event.

We are having our benefit breakfast, again, with a selection of hot items and beverages for one price.  Come for the cookies and stay for breakfast!

Thank you for your support.


Hershey Handbell Choir – Sunday, December 3, 2017

The popular Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to St. Edward’s for a free holiday concert on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Landisville, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.

This seasonal concert always draws a crowd, so attendees are urged to come early enough to get a seat!

This year’s concert will include Fantasia on Greensleeves, In the Bleak Midwinter, He Shall Feed His Flock and more seasonal favorites.

Based in south-central Pennsylvania, the Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2004 to fill the need for an auditioned community ensemble comprised of persons able to play advanced literature, and interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people through the musical arts. The 15-member group, under the direction of Dr. Shawn Gingrich, performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes, and other assorted instruments. 

The Ensemble will have their selection of popular CD recordings available for purchase at the concerts.

The concert is part of a series of events at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: with “Subscribe Events” in the subject line.

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church is a community of faith, giving to God, giving to each other, giving to the world. The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey is its rector. On the web at: For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.