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Adult Spiritual Formation

Lenten Silent Retreat with 36 hours of silence

Under the direction of Father Rick, in concert with lay leadership, we offer a robust program of Adult Spiritual Formation and Prayer with opportunities for everyone. 

In September we begin new fall sessions of our Friday Lunch and Learn (September 8th), our Men’s Spirituality Group (September 9th); and our viewing and discussion of the series, The Chosen (Sunday, September 3rd). The Women’s Spirituality Group begins Saturday, October 7th.

Join us for Sunday Evening Prayer, Wednesday Bible Study, and Friday Lunch & Learn. Our Widow’s Group meets the first Thursday of each month. Our Men’s Spirituality Group gathers on the second Saturday of each month.  Our Women’s Spirituality Group gathers on the first Saturday of each month.  Please click the link below for more information.

Spiritual Formation at St. Edward’s (click here to download pdf)

Lunch with The Chosen: Hosted by Father Rick and Blair Lord

We had a fantastic session in the spring/summer of 2023 and we are in full swing with our fall session! 

Come and see! We invite you to our viewing and discussion of episodes of The Chosen on the first Sunday of each month. As the first multi-season show about Jesus’s life, The Chosen delves into gospel stories by portraying the life of Jesus through the eyes of those who knew Him. Join us to watch and discuss how the show explores the time, place, and people of His earthly ministry. We will convene in the Parish Hall directly after the 10 AM service.

This is a bag lunch event, so be sure to bring your loaves and fish!

 Lunch & Learn

Friday Lunch & Learn at 12 Noon via Zoom

Our Fall Lunch and Learn season is each Friday at 12 Noon, via Zoom.  A Zoom link will be in the Monday email messages. We are very excited to introduce the book, Jesus the Teacher Within by Laurence Freeman. We hope you will join Bob Mosebach and Father Rick as we journey into the person of Jesus, and the essential unity and simplicity at the heart of Jesus’ teachings. We encourage you to buy the book now and begin by reading the introduction written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  

From Amazon: Embarking on this journey of rediscovery, this book takes as its starting point a question that Jesus himself asked his disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ For the many Christians who have never taken this question seriously, Laurence Freeman explores this question in the light of some of the big issues of religious understanding: the historical reality of Jesus, the experiential reading of the Scriptures, personal conversion, the inner journey.

In reflection, as we enter our third year, we have been so enriched through the leadership of Bob Mosebach and Father Rick and the wide range of books that our group members have been lifted up to explore. The exciting aspect of this group is delving into such a wide range of book titles and engaging in open and lively conversations. Our library of books include:

Walk in Love-Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson Shobe

The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

The Greatest Prayer-Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of The Lord’s Prayer by John Dominic Crossan

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

Into the Silent Land-A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning

Life Together – The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday Women’s Spirituality Group:  1st Saturday of each month, from 10 AM – Noon:  Join us at St. Edward’s, in the parish hall, for two hours of fellowship, reflection, conversation, and Morning Prayer.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Saturday Men’s Spirituality Group:  2nd Saturday of each month, from 8 AM – 10 AM:  Join us at St. Edward’s, in the parish hall, in partnership with Saint James Episcopal Church, for two hours of fellowship, including Morning Prayer.  Coffee and donuts will be served.

St. Edward’s Widows Group: 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM at St. Edward’s – We invite women of St. Edward’s, as well as friends that you may know who may benefit from such a group, to gather in-person. Gaining confidence and support from each other while honoring confidentiality and positive support with the hope of developing new and enduring friendships is the mission of the group.

For more information:  

Peggy Hanzelman: 717.390.4944    [email protected]

Ethel Lawrence:  717.314.8993      [email protected]

Wednesday Bible Study 

Conversations with Scripture: Romans

by Jay Sidebotham

In a synopsis from Amazon:

This book guides readers into conversation with Paul’s letter to the Romans. The author helps readers listen to what that letter said to the people to whom it was written and to hear what it says to us today. Readers will bring their own reflections, personal concerns, and questions to the table as we let this letter challenge us with meaning―letting it read the reader.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM:  Zoom invite in your weekly emails. For questions, please contact Bob Mosebach at [email protected] or Leslie Arnold at [email protected]

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 862 5277 2937
Passcode: 201150

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UTO Book of Prayers:  2021 – 2024

This little “Book of Prayers” owes its existence to a great many prayer warriors, men and women who’ve looked at life through grateful eyes, who’ve been “thankful in all circumstances.” May these prayers uplift you in your celebrations and uphold you when you experience “groans too deep for words.” We encourage each of you, as you experience these prayers, to join with a whole host of people who raise their voices in thanksgiving to God daily.

Blessings to you and yours,
The 2021–2024
Board of the United Thank Offering

Click here to download the pdf.

We all have spiritual gifts that we have received, and those which we can give.  Our first spiritual gift was the one we received from God in the form of our first breath.  And whether we realize it or not, we all possess spiritual gifts from God that are meant to be used in His service.

Recognizing, and then giving, your spiritual gifts are vital to the successful mission and ministry of a parish. The Body of Christ is made up of many members.  As Christians, we are all ministers of the church and we all possess unique gifts, given by the Spirit, that allow us to carry out the Great Commission.

The Commissioning of the Disciples

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   (Matthew 28:16-20)

What are your Spiritual Gifts?  Below you will find two resources that can help you determine your Spiritual Gifts Inventory.  This is a wonderful way to begin your participation in ministry.  We need your unique gifts to help us accomplish the ministry and mission of St. Edward’s!  By starting your journey of discipleship and spiritual practice with this exercise, you will discover how you can best serve in a ministry that connects with you. 

We hope you enjoy this exercise of discovery as you learn what makes you unique, and inspires you to travel with your fellow Episcopalians as we follow Jesus “into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other, and with the earth.”

Click here to download your Spiritual Gifts Inventory Exercise

Click here to download your Gifts and Talents Inventory worksheet

Please contact the parish office to learn more about the various ways you can serve, in ministry, at St. Edward’s.

Mariawald Retreat Center

February 23-25, 2023


Beginning the day after Ash Wednesday, this Silent Retreat which will open our season of Lent, with 36 hours of silence, is a wonderful experience.  Led by Father Rick (St. Edward’s Episcopal Church) and Brother David Rutledge (Community of Francis and Clare), this self-directed retreat will be an entry point to our Lenten journey in 2023. To view a sample of our 2022 retreat booklet, Click here.