Adult Spiritual Formation

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 2024 we offer sessions of our Friday Lunch and Learn; our Wednesday Bible Study; our Men’s Spirituality Group; our viewing and discussion of the series, The Chosen; and the Women’s Spirituality Group. Please check weekly emails to stay informed regarding summer hiatus of some programs.

Join us, via Zoom, for Sunday Evening Prayer at 7 PM; Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 PM, and Friday Lunch & Learn at 12 Noon. Our Widow’s Group meets, in person, the first Thursday of each month. Our Men’s Spirituality Group gathers in the Parish Hall on the second Saturday of each month.  Our Women’s Spirituality Group gathers in the lounge space on the first Saturday of each month.


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

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. Our last session is Sunday, June 2nd.  We will resume in the fall. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for you to catch up on missed episodes from Season 2!!

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

 Lunch & Learn & Wednesday Bible Study

St. Edward’s Bible Challenge

Friday Lunch & Learn at 12 Noon, via Zoom.

Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 PM, via Zoom.

OUR NEW YEAR BIBLE CHALLENGE: Our “Challenge” is in full swing!! We are using the NRSV Harper Collins Study Bible for our 2024 Friday Noon Lunch & Learn and Wednesday 6:30 PM Bible Study sessions! We invite EVERYONE in our spiritual home to share in, and learn from, Father Rick’s passion for sacred texts by engaging for 30 minutes per day in reading through the Bible, from cover-to-cover, from Genesis through Revelation, throughout 2024.  We are excited for this journey as we encounter life-changing opportunities to discover so much about historical settings and original sources that influenced and shaped these texts. We will offer two intentional spaces each week, via Zoom, for conversation so you can keep current with weekly discussions and offer your questions. Let’s engage in our discovery, in community. Father Rick and Bob Mosebach will guide us, “With the Spirit’s help” as we uncover new possibilities for what the Living Word has to say to us in the here and now. We hope you will join us!

Schedules are available in the narthex and by clicking HERE.

In reflection, as we enter our fourth 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 for Lunch & Learn 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

Jesus The Teacher Within by Laurence Freeman

Saturday Women’s Spirituality Group:  1st Saturday of each month, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM:  Join us at St. Edward’s, in the lounge area, for ninety minutes 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]

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 Renewal Center

Plan for 2025!!! Tentative dates: March 5 – 8, 2025

Our Silent Retreat opens the season of Lent, with 36+ hours of silence.  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 2025. We will be offering an additional day for those who woul dlike to begin their retreat on Ash Wednesday. Stay tuned for details.

To view our 2024 retreat booklet, click here.