“Blowing leaves – a meditation on the First Sunday of Advent”
Sermon by The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey
For St. Edward’s children of all ages. Join the Christian Education classes in the parish hall, on December 13th after the Contemporary Service to help build our gingerbread church! All the delightful goodies will be provided. . .we just need YOU to help us construct our St. Edward’s Gingerbread Church!
Children who are attending the 10:15 service will have the opportunity to join us during the Sunday School time. A fun activity for all! We hope you can join us throughout the morning.
As a separate musical event, outside of the St. Edward’s concert series, The Lancaster Chamber Singers held a wonderful concert in the sanctuary this past spring and will be holding their Songs of the Angels concert at St. Edward’s on December 5th. The Lancaster Chamber Singers events are performed in various locations throughout the year and they particularly like St. Edward’s acoustics and we are delighted they have asked to perform in our space. They will be featuring Eric Whitacre’s Alleluia, selections by Lancaster County native Daryl Hollinger, John Rutter, Palestrina and others, as well as favorite carols of the season. The Lancaster Chamber Singers offer tickets for sale: $20 the day of the concert or $18 in advance. Please call 330-9025 for more ticket information.
An Advent Pilgrimage: A Spiritual Journey towards the Incarnation is the theme of a quiet morning at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Morning Prayer will be offered in the church at 8:30 a.m.; meditations at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; the morning will conclude with Eucharist at 11:30. Light refreshments, contemplative crafts and a reading room will be available in the Christian Education wing. St. Edward’s is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.
SERVICES & EVENTS FOR THE 2015 ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SEASON
Saturday, December 5th: Advent Quiet Morning – 8:15 AM – 12 Noon
Sunday, December 20th: 10:15 AM service – A service of Lessons & Carols
Thursday, December 24th – Christmas Eve:
4:30 PM* – Family Service of Holy Communion
8:00 PM* – Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:30 PM – Midnight Mass with Choir
*Nursery is available for children up to age 4 at both the 4:30 and 8:00 PM services.
Friday, December 25th – Christmas Day:
10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
The Hershey Handbell Ensemble will ring in the holiday season with a concert at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Landisville, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.
On the program will be well-known seasonal songs, such as “I Saw Three Ships,” “Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People,” “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” plus special arrangements of other holiday pieces.
Based in south-central Pennsylvania, the Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2004 and is made up of people able to play advanced literature, interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people through the musical arts. The 15-member group under the direction of Dr. Shawn Gingrich performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes, and other assorted instruments.
The Ensemble will have their selection of popular CD recordings available for purchase at the concert.
The December 11 concert is part of a series of events at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: StEdsOffice@comcast.net with “Subscribe Events” in the subject line.
St. Edward’s Episcopal Church is a community of faith, giving to God, giving to each other, giving to the world. The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey is its rector. On the web at: www.Sainteds.org. For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.