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Daily Message from St. Edward’s – April 4, 2020

Dear parishioners,

We are fortunate to have Father Rick live so close by as he was kind enough, at the request of Father David, to stop by today and bless the palms for Palm Sunday.  They are now in individual sleeves on a table under the front portico along with printed instructions on how to make a palm cross.  Thank you to Father David and Father Rick for bringing this very important symbol of the season to our St. Edward’s parish in these “new times” where we cannot share the Liturgy of the Palms, together, in person.

Also, the April Scepter is posted on our web site.  It’s a great issue! Click here to go to the Scepter page.



It may sound strange to speak of the relationship between parents and children in terms of hospitality. But it belongs to the center of the Christian message that children are not properties to own and rule, but gifts to cherish and care for. Our children are our most important guests, who enter into our home, ask for careful attention, stay for a while and then leave to follow their own way.

  • Henri Nouwen

Reaching Out


Henri Nouwen’s words about hospitality to children have impacted my understanding of the role of being an adult in relation to children. Children are not possessions— they are persons. They come to us as children for only a short while on their way to becoming adults who will then “leave to follow their own way.”

In the fifty-third chapter of the Rule of Saint Benedict, we are told that “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.” We are to seek and serve Christ in all persons, especially the guests who stay with us for a while on their journey. Nouwen reminds us that this hospitality should extend too to the children who present themselves to our families, churches and communities—each one an important guest, with us for a short while before leaving on their own way.

  • Jamie Osborne serves as a priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and their two elementary-age children.

3 April 2020

Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,

Bishop Scanlan shares her weekly message to our diocese and a video introducing new Diocesan Holy Week Resources. The resources can be found online at

Are you interested in hearing about Shaped by Faith updates? The Rev. Canon Christopher Streeter, Canon for Mission Development and Innovation has an update for you! For more information regarding Shaped by Faith, visit

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

In the Way of Love,

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan

XI Bishop

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

All Saints, Williamsport

Christ Church, Milton

We pray for Christians, Muslims, and Jews and all people of faith throughout the world who are suffering persecution for their beliefs.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Tom and Wendy Hallowell and Family; Peggy Hanzelman; Bev Hess; Jerry and Julie Hoff

Pray for the recently departed:  Kate Peterson

Praying for those we love and who are important in our lives is an essential component of our worship, but many of the names listed and read out in the Prayers of the People are known only to those who have requested them, and the list grows each week.  So, when we come to the Prayers of the people in the service, the names for those “You are asked to pray for” and those “for our military personnel” will not be read aloud; rather we invite you to lift those names up to God in Christ silently in your heart as we pray the Prayers of the People, adding any others you wish to pray for.

You are asked to pray for:  The St. Edward’s Vestry, The Rev. David Bateman, The Rev. Rick Bauer and family; The residents of The Episcopal Home, Joe Holwager, Rose Dixon, Arch Cross, Mary Walker, Liz Yeager, Patricia Stout, Marge Sieghardt, Harry West, Sandy Patrone, Mimi Stauffer, Robert Hubbard, Kate Peterson, Donna J. Mott, Charlotte Jakiel, Stephanie Patrone, Nicholas Patrone, Dakota Patrone, DJ Dixon, Robert, The Rev. Jay Croft, Robert Carter, Dorothy Diehl, Barbara Bradfield, Fran Davis, Cody Campbell, Heather, Cheryl Shearer, Myra Taylor, Sally Mears, Barry Leed, Father Sud, Dr. Randy Cohen and Family, Aaron Rowe, Sr., Dorothy Rowe, Dr. Karl and Carolyn Moyer, James Pentland Moore, Joseph Holena, Rick Welk, Max Lown, Aiden Guillory

You are asked to pray for our military personnel who are being deployed or serving in the military:  Rev. David J. Sparks, Evan Westgate, Adam and Christina Grim, David Peck, David Sternberg, John Lewis, Gordon Frankenfield, Allison Tomich, Mike Spurr, Seamas Whitesel, Capt. Andrew Pfeiffer, 1st Lt. Thomas Whitesel, Brandon Fox, Alex Kube, Richard Mutari, Dustin Burleson, Anthony Koser, Jack Hawk, Christina Dragon, Justin Carnahan, Clayton Tennies, Benjamin Jenkins, Andy Lopez