Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,
We welcome you to our online worship and ministry offerings for this Sunday, the Second Sunday in Lent. All essential links are noted below.
I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering with other parishioners in public groups, particularly in restaurants, indoor spaces, or even outdoors without masks. COVID-19 is not a hoax. We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by complying with the recommendations set forth during this time, conveys our love for God in Christ, the members of our parish family, and the wider community.
Here are two links that may be helpful:
This evening, please join those, near and far, as the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania offers to us a very special service:
Out of the Depths: a liturgy of remembrance for those we love who died from COVID-19
Saturday, February 27 at 6 pm
Zoom Webinar Link
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dGLVanOwQ5mM-9pv1E93-A. The liturgy will also be streamed to Facebook Live here.
You are invited to have a candle ready to light in remembrance of those who have died.
If you would like to include your loved one in the prayers during worship, or have any questions, please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter at email@example.com.
While we are in prayer, this evening, for all who have died from COVID-19, we especially remember Father Stephen+ and keep in our prayers Rayelenn, Emily, Elizabeth, Sadie, and Emma.
Tonight, we offer a Collect and a prayer:
A Collect for Saturdays (BCP99)
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Protection (BCP832)
Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We normally do not address parish business in the Saturday emails but there are 3 important pieces of information for everyone to be aware of:
(1) As promised, the church membership to BJ’s has been renewed. If you currently hold a membership card, you can now visit the store to renew your individual membership. If you are interested in joining BJ’s, under the St. Edward’s membership, please contact the parish office for the document you would need to bring to customer service. Our church membership allows individuals to receive a discounted yearly rate.
(2) 2020 Giving Statements are completed, printed out, and in the parish office. If you would like your statement emailed to you, this week, please let the parish office know. There will be an opportunity for you to stop by church, this Thursday & Friday, to pick up consecrated wafers and materials for the March 7th Annual Meeting, so you could pick up your statement at that time. If statements are not requested to be sent via email, or picked up, this week, we will mail them out by week’s end. We want to thank everyone for their understanding and patience, as we were delayed in the generating of the statements for 2020.
(3) Please look for a separate email at the beginning of the week that specifically addresses the Annual Meeting Zoom details, when to pick up your Annual Meeting materials, as well as voting via absentee ballot if you are unable to attend the March 7th meeting. This is a very important event in the life of our parish, so we encourage all, who are able, to attend!
Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.
*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s! We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you. Become a part of our St. Edward’s community! Thank you to those who have subscribed!
We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and adult spiritual formation opportunities.
We continue to honor the guidance delivered by our bishop, as well as our love of God in Christ, to care for one another, by remaining socially distanced, and refrain from in-person worship and gathering. There are many opportunities for us to worship, and perform ministry, in community, in other ways, during this continued Covidtide. Please see a listing below and stay tuned to our weekly emails, web site posts, and Sunday bulletins for updates on specific details, as we are updated, with times and links. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!
Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday, February 28th, from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, on Zoom. Hosted by Christina McLaughlin. Let us share our fellowship with one another during our extended Covidtide.
The join code and pass code are in your Saturday email message.
Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves. Requested food items for the month of March are:
Large peanut butter
Canned mixed vegetables
Mac and cheese
2 pound package of dried pinto beans
Soles 4 Souls: St. Edward’s, with Saint John’s of Lancaster will collect shoes through Palm Sunday, March 28th and we invite parishioners to donate used shoes. The shoes can be lightly used to falling apart. Collection boxes will be placed in the sanctuary. Please tie any laced shoes together and rubber and other types. There is also a need for shipping boxes approximately the size of an office paper box. Any questions can be directed to our outreach ministry members: Lynch’s, Milligan’s, Ishler’s, Peg Reiley, or Leslie Arnold.
St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation which continues through Lent! Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.
Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: For questions, please contact Bob Mosebach at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Arnold at email@example.com.
Lunch & Learn: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices: Fridays from 12 Noon – 1 PM led by Bob Mosebach
The Way of the Cross: Go to our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel to view our Stations of the Cross, each week, as a Lenten discipline. You will find the pre-recorded offering and a Way of the Cross pdf to download.
The Way of the Cross on the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, click here.
Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler
Join us on Zoom:
Join Code: 863 2710 5082
Sunday Evening Prayer: Each Sunday at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested can send Br. David Rutledge an email to be put on an email distribution list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95355083080
Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080
Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution. Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.
To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish. If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution! Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!