There was a time in her life when my oldest sister worked as an office cleaner. As people were leaving their work, my sister would be arriving and for the next several hours would clean desk tops, vacuum carpets and wash stair wells. Most of the office workers were appreciative, but there were others who treated her with disdain. Although my sister saw her job as important, there were some who treated her as someone of no importance and without worth. We all like to be respected and admired, to have a seat at the top table. But Jesus makes clear, this is not the goal of the Christian life; rather than sit at the top table, we are the ones cleaning the stairs.
This weekend, over Friday and Saturday the Diocese gathers in Convention at Williamsport. This means there will not be a service of Holy Eucharist on Saturday. Rather, the Saturday service will take place the following Saturday, 27th October.
Those who can make it, the confirmation class this Sunday will take place between the services and after the 10:15 service, members of the St. Edward’s delegation to the Diocesan Convention will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 7:30 PM: If you missed pianist Xun Pan’s program last month, you’ll have a chance to hear this spectacular performer on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. when he returns to St. Edward’s for another free concert, playing piano four-hand music with Yang-Yang, an international competition winner and soloist.
The program will feature some crowd-pleasing favorites, including: “Fantasy on Themes of Carmen” arranged by Otto Singer, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Debussy’s “Petite Suite,” and Chu Wanghua’s “Two Chinese Folk Songs.”
Yang Yang and Xun Pan formed their duet team in 2016 and have been touring many cities in China, Europe, and the United States since then.
FOOD BANK NEWS: Looking for the following items for October:
Chicken noodle soup
Chicken rice soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Cream of chicken soup
15 oz. canned kidney beans
18 oz. creamy peanut butter
18 oz. crunchy peanut butter
If you have not RSVP’d for Father Casey’s leave-taking Evensong on Friday, November 9th at 7:00 PM, please do so by contacting the parish office via phone or email no later than Tuesday, October 23rd. It will help with our event planning!
Articles, pictures and announcements for the November Scepter are due Saturday, October 20th.
Altar Guild: R.B. Mullineaux, Barb Jakiel, Gail Irons, Mary Snyder
Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Jerry and Julie Hoff 10:15 AM – The Milligan Family
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th
9 AM – 4 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers – Breakfast. Lunch and Rehearsal (PH and Sanctuary)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Leslie Arnold
Ushers: Herb Johnston and Larry Hess
Greeter: Janet Rumer
10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: Camille Horine
Acolytes: Server: Kiki Davis-Brugmann Crucifer: Piper Brugmann
Readers: 1st: Dina Ishler 2nd: Carol Cotnoir
Ushers: Carter Ishler and Arch Cross
Greeter: Susan Campagnola
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
6:30 PM – N/A (PH)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24th
12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing