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Worship at St. Edward’s: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 – August 1, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 13.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.

As we prepare for a new week and our day of simplicity, it is amazing to witness God’s eternal creation in the rising sun and the blue sky.  As I put together packets of consecrated wafers for those who cannot attend in-person worship but would like to receive communion in one kind as they watch our Sunday service, I meditate on the Invitation we place on each packet:  “Feed on Him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.” And it is this very Invitation that reminds us, we walk by faith, not by sight, and we walk in love, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessing, on this beautiful day, from Earth Gospel

May you go out today in peace,
believing in God’s power to transform all creation,
including you.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 service, August 1st, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 13 service

*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 via direct links noted below.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

Faith In Action Initiatives:


Backpack Drive
It’s Back-to-School time again!  As in the past, we will be helping Hempfield students be prepared for school; but, this year will be a little different.  Instead of collecting crayons, pencils, etc., we will be collecting backpacks!  Specifically, we are looking for backpacks for older students.  Think plain colors and large sized.  If you’re not sure of what to buy, you may donate by writing a check to St. Ed’s with ‘backpack drive’ on the memo line and Faith in Action will buy the backpack.  All backpacks will be donated to Hempfield Student Services.  School social workers will gift the backpacks to the students that they work with and help in other ways.  Any additional funds will go toward replacement ipad charging cords.  We are off to a fantastic start – more than 10 backpacks have been donated to date.  Keep them coming and thank you!!

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
Requested items:  Canned fruit; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned garbanzo beans; 1 lb. packages of rice; 2 lb. packages of rice; Noodles; Boxed pasta; Pasta sauce; Cereal; Oatmeal (regular or quick NOT instant).

Parish News:
Grocery cards 
will be available after Tuesday of next week.  We did not receive our Giant card order this week.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Please keep Carl and Carol Cotnoir in your thoughts and prayers as Carl continues to heal from his ankle injury.  We are certain they would love a visit, a call, or a funny card to keep their spirits brightened!!!!  We are a family!

SCEPTER REMINDER:  There will be no Scepter in August, but looking forward to September, Michelle will be on vacation August 30-September 10, consequently  the September Issue will need to be completed by August 29th.  Therefore articles, pictures and announcements for the September Scepter will have to be submitted no later than Friday, August 20th.  Pictures from your summer travels, family get togethers, celebrations, warm weather activities, etc. would all be welcome. Please send items to: HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Reminder:  Parish directories are in your parish mailboxes.  They will include your invitation (with a required RSVP by August 13th) for our 40th Anniversary worship and celebration as well as an information flyer regarding creating baskets for our fall fundraiser.  If you are not coming to church for in-person worship and would like to receive your directory (or any other materials!) please contact the parish office.


40th Anniversary – September 12th INVITATION
**If you have special dietary needs, please let the parish office know.

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle – Seeking volunteers to create baskets – We only need 5 more baskets!!!

Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund booklet Our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in this set of beautification projects.  We will be finalizing all contract details by August 15th, with the completion target date for projects of December 2021. The beautification projects welcome donations of any size.

The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

Widow’s Group Meeting Announcement

COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  You will have the opportunity to pick up an FAQ sheet on coffee hour hosting and there will also be a sign-up sheet for August coffee hours.  You can also click the link below for sign-up and information!

Click here to connect to Google docs sign-up sheet and coffee hour information.

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation during the summer months!  Click here for more information about our summer offerings.

Please visit our Christian Formation page to explore the wonderful weekly lesson and activity postings for youth, from Leslie Arnold, Sunday School ministry leader. Click here for the Christian Formation page.


Sunday Evening Prayer – August 1st at 7:00 PM:  We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the readings for the Sunday Lectionary.  It is a quiet service and a good way to end the weekend and prepare for the week to come.  Anyone interested can send me an email to be put on an email distribution list:  drutledge1225@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.


We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Worship at St. Edward’s: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10 – July 11, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 10.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.


Tomorrow, July 11th, is the Feast Day for Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino. You may be familiar with St. Benedict by his writing, the Rule of Saint Benedict (516) for monks living communally under the authority of an abbot.  It combined the spiritual with the administrative tasks of their daily life.  A meaningful aspect of this writing is Ora et Labora – pray and work, meant to provide a guidance, in the monastic day, for balance between prayer, work, contemplation and/or charitable works.  It also elevated the dignity of labor in the service of God.  In reflection, maybe we can all take a little bit from the Rule of Saint Benedict and apply it to our daily lives.  We close by offering this Collect Of a Saint from The Book of Common Prayer, page 250:

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Image:  St. Benedict of Nursia writing the Benedictine Rule
Portrait (1926) by Herman Nieg (1849–1928); Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Austria
https://stfrancis.clas.asu.edu/gallery/art/herman-nieg-st-benedict

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle


Click here to connect to the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10 service, July 11th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 10 service

*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.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

Parish News:
You may have noticed, even though it is summer, there is so much happening at St. Edward’s, ranging from our 40th Anniversary planning, to seeking volunteers to create baskets for our fall basket raffle (we have 5 baskets already!); our Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund beautification projects, to our upcoming Faith in Action school supply-focused project and an update on our Books for Prisoners project found in your Sunday bulletin and on the Faith in Action web page; our upcoming summer Lunch & Learn Session to the formation and meeting of our Widow’s group.  While Saturday emails are devoted to Sunday Worship news, we have provided quick links to all of these items, below, for you to access so you don’t miss a thing.

Youth Summer Event:  Our parish youth have the opportunity to participate in a diocesan event at Camp Mount Luther, which you will find on our Youth page – please scroll down on the page.  Click here to connect to our Youth page on our web site to learn more about this great event.  

Reminder:  We will be updating the parish directories this week and will distribute them via your parish mailboxes by Sunday, July 25th.  They will include your invitation (with a required RSVP) for our 40th Anniversary worship and celebration. So. . . now is your opportunity to update your contact information or add your name and contact information to the directory.  Please send an email to the parish office this week with your information.

40th Anniversary – September 12th

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle – Seeking volunteers to create baskets

Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund booklet (Our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in).

The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

Widow’s Group Meeting Announcement

COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  You will have the opportunity to pick up an FAQ sheet on coffee hour hosting and there will also be a sign-up sheet for August coffee hours.  You can also click the link below for sign-up and information!

Click here to connect to Google docs sign-up sheet and coffee hour information.

Please visit our Christian Formation page to explore the wonderful weekly lesson and activity postings for youth, from Leslie Arnold, Christian Formation ministry leader. Click here for the Christian Formation page.


Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  Requested items:  Canned fruit; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned garbanzo beans; 1 lb. packages of rice; 2 lb. packages of rice; Noodles; Boxed pasta; Pasta sauce; Cereal; Oatmeal (regular or quick NOT instant)

St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation during the summer months!  Click here for more information about our summer offerings.

Sunday Evening Prayer – July 11th at 7:00 PM:  We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the readings for the Sunday Lectionary.  It is a quiet service and a good way to end the weekend and prepare for the week to come.  Anyone interested can send me an email to be put on an email distribution list:  drutledge1225@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.


We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Worship at St. Edward’s: Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 – June 6, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Night & Day – St. Edward’s is a vibrant community filled with life, spiritual gifts, and love.  Thanks be to God.   

We gather tomorrow to celebrate the Second Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 5.

We invite you to join us, in the worship discipline you are comfortable with, in-person or livestream via our St. Edward’s YouTube channel.  

As always, we welcome you for in-person worship!  If you are at home, please know that we gather together, in community, for this Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 service, and you will find all the necessary links to connect to our 10:15 AM Sunday service on the St. Edward’s YouTube channel, as well as the service bulletins, noted below.

I offer this passage for Saturday from the devotional, Earth Gospel, by Sam Hamilton Poore.  It is under “Other Voices” which follows a pause for prayer and meditation following the Scripture readings for the evening.  It is attributed to Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) who was a lay member of the Dominican Order.  She is remembered on The Calendar of the Church Year on April 29th. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 20).

“The reason why God’s servants love [God’s] creatures so deeply is that they realize how deeply Christ loves them.  And it is the very character of love to love what is loved by those we love.”

Be well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 service, June 6th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Second Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 5 service

*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.  If you click on the bulletin links above, you will get a complete list of our weekly announcements on the last page of the bulletin.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!


We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH


Parish News:
Printed Scepters are in the narthex and parish hall.

Giant and SKH grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes.  Thank you Carl and Carol Cotnoir for your ministry in organizing and distributing the cards each month!  I love the once per month days you visit and bring your lunch and make a “date” of it!!!


COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  Come early, stay late, but don’t miss out on our Coffee Hour fellowship.  If you have ever been to a St. Edward’s coffee hour you know how much you have missed gathering.  If you have never been to a St. Edward’s Coffee Hour. . .then please join us!!! They’re great, that’s all I can say!  

Needle Arts Ministry to meet again!!!!
Each Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm this group will meet in the lounge area of the Christian Education wing at St. Edward’s.  PLEASE JOIN US in this time of fellowship, learning, and listening to one another as we engage in all needle arts. . . from quilting and knitting, to crochet, cross stitch, to mending clothing.  Whatever needle arts you engage in, you are WELCOME! 

Please visit our Christian Formation page to explore the wonderful weekly lesson and activity postings for youth, from Leslie Arnold, Christian Formation ministry leader. Click here for the Christian Formation page.

Usher Update:  We are seeking people who would like to be a part of this important ministry of hospitality at St. Edward’s. If you would like to learn more about joining this ministry for the 8 AM and/or the 10:15 AM services, please contact Buddy Yeager at:  lizbudyeager@verizon.net

We are in need of an usher for the 8 AM service.

Click here to read a wonderful story in our local Townlively online publication regarding our upcoming blood drive and our books for prisoners project:
https://www.townlively.com/ministry-to-host-its-first-blood-drive/


THANK YOU, to all in our St. Edward’s community and in our wider community who supported the first St. Edward’s blood drive event!  Through your donations, and your volunteerism, today, at our Parish Hall donation site, we fulfilled a very successful donation collection!  Our July Scepter will feature donation results and pictures of the day.  And THANK YOU to the medical professionals who staff the blood drives and so carefully and lovingly take care of the donors!

Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  Requested items for the month of June:  Canned fruit; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned garbanzo beans; 1 lb. packages of rice; 2 lb. packages of rice; Noodles; Boxed pasta; Pasta sauce; Cereal; Oatmeal (regular or quick NOT instant)

The Faith in Action committee asks for your help collecting some books for prisoners in Lancaster. An Episcopalian prison chaplain, Deacon Stacey Catigano, keeps a library for prisoners, and she could use some Bibles and other devotional or inspirational titles to circulate among prisoners. You can either donate books or money to buy them. Just drop off your donations in the narthex or make out a check to St. Edward’s with “books for prisoners” in the memo line.  To learn more about this project, stop by the bookcase in the narthex and pick up a flyer and browse some of the books we have already collected.  Let us show our love for our incarcerated brothers and sisters.   You can also click here to see what kinds of books are needed.


Curious about becoming a prison ministry volunteer?  If you feel God is calling you to prison ministry, please join a Zoom Q&A Meeting JUNE 6TH (TOMORROW)at 1 PM to learn more.  The Rev. Stacey Catigano, Deacon, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster will be the host.  Please contact Deacon Stacey (717) 799 -9764 or email: Scatigano@gmail.com to sign up. View the information flyer  by clicking here.

St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation.  Click here for our Spring information sheet. Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.



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: drutledge1225@gmail.com 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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

Worship at St. Edward’s – Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to information regarding the return of our in-person worship, online worship essential links, and ministry offerings for this Sunday, Palm Sunday.  All essential links are noted below. 

I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering, with other parishioners, in public groups, without masks. In Lancaster County, we continue to move towards wider distribution of vaccines, and within our diocese, we are adhering to the same safety protocols we submitted in 2020 for our in-person worship.  We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by continuing to comply 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 three links that may be helpful:


vaccinateLancaster.org
**If you need assistance in registering/navigating this website, please contact me, or the parish office, and we will assist you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick+

As we enter this holiest of weeks, we are in deep prayer and silence, relying on our strong hearts, our willing hearts, and our believing hearts to endure the burdens of this life as we walk in the way of the cross and remember our Lord Jesus Christ, and all that he gave, of himself, for us.

Saint Paul said:  Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Sunday Service Information: 

Click here to connect to the Palm Sunday service, March 28th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for Palm Sunday.

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Palm Sunday.

A few friendly reminders for those returning to in-person worship and for those new to our in-person worship:


– For Palm Sunday, when you arrive at church, please pick up a blessed palm , along with your service bulletin, before you enter the sanctuary.  **If you are not attending in-person worship on Palm Sunday, we have placed blessed palms outside our front doors for you to pick up, today.

– We will have ushers/greeters inside the narthex and they will have the service bulletins for you.  We will also continue to take your name and contact information.

– Please do not forget to wear your mask.

– Ushers will direct you to pew locations to maintain social distancing and will also guide you during communion.

– As we will not pass the offering plate, it will be located on the pedestal at the back of the church for you to place your Sunday offerings.

– On the shelf in the narthex are materials that you may find of interest to take home with you, as well as the sign up sheet for Easter flowers with envelopes for your donation.

*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 for God in Christ, to care for one another, by remaining socially distanced, and refrain from in-person fellowship gathering.  There are many opportunities for us to worship, and perform ministry, in community, in ways that are of comfort to us, 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. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!


If you would like to participate in our Easter Flowers, “in memory of,” or “in thanksgiving for,” a loved one, friends, family, please sign up on the clipboard in the narthex this Sunday, or email the parish office by Wednesday of this week with your names to be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin.  Flower donation requested is $20.  Your donations help us beautify the altar and pews for Easter Sunday.


Holy Week service information is as follows:

Tenebrae – Diocesan offering.  Visit their website: https://diocesecpa.org/holy-week-2021/

Maundy Thursday:  7:00 PM at St. Edward’s in-person and via our live stream YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdh6URgkKg6HXMsrDiLhWw

Good Friday:  7:00 PM at St. Edward’s in-person and via our live stream YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdh6URgkKg6HXMsrDiLhWw

Easter Vigil – Diocesan offering. Visit their website:  https://diocesecpa.org/holy-week-2021/

Easter Sunday at St. Edward’s:
6:30 AM Sunrise Service – outdoors, in-person, weather permitting

8:00 AM – Rite I in-person
10:15 AM – Rite II in-person and via our live stream YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdh6URgkKg6HXMsrDiLhWw


St. Edward’s is forming a team to “walk our way” in the YWCA 2021 Race Against Racism.  For more information on this event and to learn how to join us, please click the links below.  Our team members must register by April 7th!

St. Edward’s Registration Information Flier

YWCA Race Against Racism brochure

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
Large jelly
Canned corn
Canned carrots
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 band all other shoe types.

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 rcmosebach@comcast.net or Leslie Arnold at larnold897@aol.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.

The Way of the Cross order of service pdf, click here.

Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler
Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
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: drutledge1225@gmail.com 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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s: Second Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2021

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:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick+

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.

The service bulletin can be found here. For more information, click here.

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 cstreeter@diocesecpa.org.

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.

Michelle


Sunday Service Information:

Click here to connect to the Second Sunday in Lent, February 28th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our service bulletin for the Second Sunday in Lent.

*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
Large jelly
Canned corn
Canned carrots
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 rcmosebach@comcast.net or Leslie Arnold at larnold897@aol.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.

The Way of the Cross order of service pdf, click here.

Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler
Join us on Zoom:
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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: drutledge1225@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting:   https://zoom.us/j/95355083080

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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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

St. Edward’s Thursday Message – February 25th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

As we journey towards our Second Sunday in Lent, please know that we have several spiritual offerings between now and our 10:00 AM Sunday  Rite II service. These can be silent and contemplative moments, or moments spent in community of spiritual formation, prayer, and lament. We continue to rest, reflect, repent, and recharge, using these shared and silent spaces as a way to know more about ourselves, to show our love for one another, and to be comforted in knowing that we are constantly renewed with God’s strength. The details for our offerings are listed below.

As we enter this evening, let us pray a Collect for our protection through the night (BCP 133) and let us pray for Joy in God’s Creation (BCP 814) for the blessings of this beautiful day.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Joy in God’s Creation
O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


We continue to pray for Rayelenn, Emily, and Elizabeth and surround them with love in their grief.  A wonderful ministry is to send a card or handwritten note, just to say a simple “hello!”

Mrs. Rayelenn Sparks Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

Please contact the parish office if you would like addresses for Emily and Elizabeth.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

A FREE Musical Offering: Dr. Xun Pan, Millersville University’s Tell School of Music Director of Keyboard Studies (and frequent concert pianist at St. Edward’s, delighting audiences attending our Cultural Events Series over the years) will present a concert-lecture livestreaming for FREE from Biemesdefer Hall at the Winter Center on Millersville University’s campus, on Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 PM  Click here to be connected with the event link.

Worship News:
We continue to offer consecrated wafers for our service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday, safely packaged and available in the narthex.  Please enter through our front doors between the hours of 11 AM – 3 PM, Monday – Friday.  If you are in need of delivery of wafers, Scepters, etc. please contact the parish office.  


The Way of the Cross Lenten Weekly Devotion
We extend a warm invitation to our parishioners, and to those in the wider community, to participate in this weekly devotion on Fridays during the season of Lent. We thank Edward Webber for his wonderful artwork, capturing each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. It is our sincere hope that this will serve as an invitation to prayer and contemplation as we continue to worship from our homes.

The Way of the Cross pdf and YouTube link information are noted below.
The Way of the Cross on the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, click here.

The Way of the Cross order of service pdf, click here.

Lenten Meditations 2021 booklets:  Episcopal Relief & Development offers a wonderful booklet of meditations to take you through your Lenten journey.  This year, ER&D is offering this booklet in an online version.  You can click here to download the pdf.  We will also do on-demand printing of the booklet pdf for those who would like a printed copy to take home.  Just let us know if you would like a printed copy!

WORSHIP & SPIRITUAL FORMATION CALENDAR VIA ZOOM
New and Updated: Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download

Friday Lunch & Learn:  February 26th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
We continue our study with Chapter 8 in our text, Walk in Love, For the Benefit of Your Holy Church – Sacramental Rites:  Ordination. Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer? There are so many wonderful Prayers and Collects to share with the group, from our BCP. Attendance at every session is not required.

Episcopal Church Polity Handout

With peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

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Friday Evening Prayer – February 26th
We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.
Join us on Zoom:
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Saturday, February 27th at 6 PM:  Out of the Depths: a liturgy of remembrance for those we love who died form COVD-19.  The service bulletin will be posted on the diocesan website by Friday.

Please click here to be connected to the information page on the diocesan website

Alternatively, here is the direct link information to register for the service:
Zoom Webinar Link
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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.

Sunday Evening Prayer, February 28th at 7:00 PM:  We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the readings for the Sunday Lectionary.  It is a quiet service and a good way to end the weekend and prepare for the week to come.  Anyone interested can send me an email to be put on an email distribution list:  drutledge1225@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
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St. Edward’s Monday Message – February 15th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

It was so nice to see people stop by church today!  Many faces we have not seen in a long time.  Thank you for taking the time to visit us –  it makes our day special. We encourage you to stop by anytime, Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM, but especially in the next 2 days to pick up consecrated wafers, ashes, Ash Wednesday prayer cards, Scepters, Lenten Meditation booklets, and NEW parish directories.  All good things to start you on your Lenten journey and to stay connected with each other.

As we begin our individual and private Lenten journeys, remember, if we persevere, we will thrive, as we always have done.

It seems perfect to start the week with A Collect for the Presence of Christ, from The Book of Common Prayer, page 124.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

In speaking with Rayelenn today, she expressed such gratitude for the wonderful selection of delicious baked goods.  But, now we would like to “mix it up” a little bit,  and swap out “baked goods” for soups an stews.  So, if you are a soup or stew maker, please consider contacting the parish office to let us know if you would like to make your favorite dish for us to deliver to Rayelenn on our every-other-Thursday schedule.  Meat, chicken, spicy, or hearty – whatever your specialty may be.  NO seafood, please.  As they say, “we are accepting reservations!”  This is a wonderful ministry that is providing comfort in immeasurable ways.

Sending handwritten cards and notes, with memories, photos, and favorite stories to Rayelenn, Emily, and Elizabeth is another wonderful ministry that is providing great comfort.

Mrs. Rayelenn Sparks Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

Please email the parish office for the mailing addresses for Emily and Elizabeth.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Worship News:
In case you missed it, click to view the Sunday Service for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14th 


To begin, click here to download our pdf with details of our Ash Wednesday offerings.
The Ash Wednesday service bulletin and YouTube link information will be in a special Worship email TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 16th

On Thursday, we will offer a special link to a Stations of the Cross offering for Lent, via our St. Edward’s YouTube channel – a collaboration of St. Edward’s and St. Luke’s, Mount Joy.  Within the message, we will also offer a pdf of The Way of the Cross.

Lenten Meditations 2021 booklets:  Episcopal Relief & Development offers a wonderful booklet of meditations to take you through your Lenten journey.  This year, ER&D is offering this booklet in an online version.  You can click here to download the pdf.  We will also do on-demand printing of the booklet pdf for those who would like a printed copy to take home.  Just let us know if you would like a printed copy!

Looking for an additional Lenten Devotional Resource?  St. Luke’s Mount Joy offers us  “Living Well Through Lent” by clicking here.

Click here to access our Worship page on our sainteds.org web site.

Pastoral Lenten Letter from Bishop Scanlan:  Please click here to read Bishop Scanlan’s message to us, the members of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Parish Business News:
Tuesday, February 16th: 6 PM – 8 PM
 – Vestry meeting via Zoom

We have posted our slate of 2021 Vestry candidates for the parish to review.  You can click on this page link to view our candidates’ bios.  Just scroll down past the Vestry page introduction to view our candidates’ information.

Annual Meeting:  The St. Edward’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 7th at 11:15 AM via Zoom.  Invitation details will be forthcoming that will have Zoom link information and a link to the Annual Report pdf.  If you are interested in being a Diocesan Convention Delegate for 2021, please contact the parish office by February 22nd to submit your name.  We are seeking 4 delegates.  If you are a ministry leader, you were sent an email last week with a copy of your 2019 Annual Report for you to update for this year’s submission.  We are seeking the reports to be returned to the parish office by Friday, February 26th.

Scepter articles, photos, announcements are due by Saturday, February 20th for our March issue.  Please submit your items to Mac Miller at:  hj_miller@outlook.com

We will be renewing the St. Edward’s BJ’s membership by next Friday, February 26th.  You can then go to the customer service desk to renew your individual card.  If you would like to learn more about signing up for a membership, contact the parish office.

Ministry and Outreach Opportunities:


Soles for Souls:  St. Edward’s is participating in a shoe drive with Saint John’s of Lancaster during the Lenten season. Starting Ash Wednesday, February 17th, through Palm Sunday, March 28th, parishioners are invited to donate used shoes.  The shoes can be lightly used to falling apart.   Soles 4 Souls will send the shoes to impoverished countries to give the people an opportunity to provide relief, create jobs, and empower people to break the cycle of poverty.  Collection boxes will be placed in the sanctuary (near the Praise Band instruments) and in the Christian Education wing. 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. Should you have any questions, please contact:  Lynch’s, Milligan’s, Ishler’s, Peg Reiley, or Leslie Arnold.

Our faithful support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry is so appreciated.  Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves, through monetary and food donations.


Altar Flower Ministry – 
Four weeks ago, we were seeking 41 commitments to fill in our annual altar flower chart.  With an outpouring of donations, we are now only in need of 9 to complete our yearly chart.  We hope you will prayerfully consider donating to this ministry in thanksgiving for or in memory of those in your life.


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New and Updated: Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download
Click here to access our Adult Spiritual Formation page on our web site.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – Wednesday, February 17th – We will not hold the scheduled Bible study session this Ash Wednesday.  Please join us next week when we resume.

For this week, we invite you to join St. Luke’s, Mount Joy for an Ash Wednesday service of Loss and Lament, via Zoom.   The details are below:

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church is inviting you to an Ash Wednesday service of Loss and Lament
Time: Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Friday Lunch & Learn:  February 19th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
We continue our study with Chapter 8 in our text, Walk in Love, For the Benefit of Your Holy Church – Sacramental Rites:  Ordination. In preparation for this week’s session, please take a look at ‘The Examination’ for a deacon (BCP pg. 545), a priest (pg. 531), and for a bishop (pg. 517).  Please take note of what is different from one to the other.  Let’s discuss!  Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer? There are so many wonderful Prayers and Collects to share with the group, from our BCP. Attendance at every session is not required.

Chapter Eight handout, click here.

With peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

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Friday Evening Prayer – February 19th
We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.
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Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to our online worship and ministry offerings for this Sunday, the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.  All essential links are noted below. 

Due to the alarming rise in cases within Lancaster County and here in our own township, 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:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick +


We have posted our special edition of the February Scepter, dedicated to the memory of The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey – our beloved Father Stephen+.  Such wonderful memories and photos submitted by so many.  A huge “thank you”  to Mac Miller for creating such a beautiful publication for us to read and share. Please click the link below to view online.  We will also have copies in print for you to pick up next week.

February 2021 Scepter:  Click Here

We continue to offer our love and support to Rayelenn, Emily, and Elizabeth by staying in touch with cards and letters of comfort.

Mrs. Rayelenn Sparks Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

Please contact the parish office for the addresses of Emily Casey and Elizabeth Casey Stauffer. 


As we close our message for tonight, let us take a moment to pray for those in our parish family, and in our greater human family, who are suffering from COVID19, and all manner of illness, loneliness, anxiety, and fear for their general well-being in these stressful times.  Let us remember to be kind to each other and reach out to one another with a phone call, a note, an email and lift each other up as we continue to persevere through these extraordinary times.

In our Friday Lunch & Learn, we have been discovering the Ministration to the Sick portion of The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 453.  It is filled with wonderful prayers that can be a comfort to ourselves, and in saying to and for one another.  Tonight, we offer a prayer from Prayers for the Sick, on page 458.

For Recovery from Sickness

O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant(s) the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle


Sunday Service Information:

Click here to connect to the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday.  

Click here to download our service bulletin for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

*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 7th, 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 Zoom join code and pass code are in your Saturday email message.

Please remember we offer consecrated communion wafers, available to be picked up Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM, in the narthex.

Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Please prayerfully consider supporting the Altar Flower ministry. We are seeking 21 commitments to complete our 2021 calendar.  We are so appreciative of the robust and generous support to date!  Please contact the parish office with questions on how to donate and submit your remembrance.

Please check your Monday email for times when the Scepter, new directory, and grocery cards will be available.  Our goal is to have things at the ready on Tuesday when the parish office opens at 10 AM.

Also, next week we will be detailing Ash Wednesday and Lenten offerings, so please check your weekly emails and our web site.

Also, next week we will be posting bios for our vestry nominees and disseminating other details surrounding our March 4th Annual Meeting – a very important event in the life of St. Edward’s

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.

Praying Morning and Evening Prayer using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: February 11th from 7:00-8:30 PM: Contact Br. David Rutledge for more information & to register, by 01/25: drutledge1225@gmail.com

Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: For questions, please contact Bob Mosebach at rcmosebach@comcast.net or Leslie Arnold at larnold897@aol.com.

Lunch & Learn: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices: Fridays from 12 Noon – 1 PM led by Bob Mosebach

Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler

NEW OFFERING: 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: drutledge1225@gmail.com 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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s – Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 24, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to our online worship and ministry offerings for this Sunday, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.  All essential links are noted below. 

Due to the alarming rise in cases within Lancaster County and here in our own township, 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:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick +


It is hard not to look up to the sky, day or night, these days, in reflection and prayer. For me, it is quite meditative and truly speaks to God’s awesome presence in our lives.

   
It brings to my mind, from the Book of Common Prayer, page 88-89, a portion of this Canticle:

12 A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

I The Cosmic Order
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and summer, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
O shining light and enfolding dark. Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Let us keep Rayelenn, Emily, Elizabeth, Sadie, and Emma in our deep prayer as they continue to grieve the loss of Stephen+.

Cards of condolence and comfort can be sent to:
Mrs. Rayelenn Sparks Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Sunday Service Information:

Click here to connect to the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 24th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday.  

Click here to download our service bulletin for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

*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!   


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, January 24th, 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.  Your Zoom join code and pass code are in your Saturday email message.


At St. Edward’s, we have two ministries, we would like to call to your attention, in need of parishioner support:

Our first, is our continued support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. So many of our neighbors are in dire need. St. Edward’s provided, generously, to this social outreach in 2020. The need continues in 2021, for both financial and food donations. Here is a food wish list for January: Spaghetti; Spaghetti sauce; Mac and cheese; Jelly; Peanut butter; Canned pears; Canned peaches; Instant oatmeal; Regular oatmeal. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our second, is our Altar Flower ministry. Thank you to so many who have responded in just this last week. We have gone from an empty flower chart to 12 commitments so far for 2021. We need just 29 more to fill our calendar! It is through the generous donations of parishioners that we beautify our altar shelves with fresh flowers. These symbolize for us, a lifting up of God’s creation and are displayed in memory of those whom we love, and in thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives. Such a subtle, yet important, component of our worship services at St. Edward’s. We seek donations of $100 for our altar flowers, with the remembrance printed in our bulletin and read during the Prayers of the People. Please contact the parish office with questions on how to donate and submit your remembrance.

February Scepter: In Memory of The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Our February Scepter issue will be a special issue devoted to the life, legacy, and ministry of The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, encompassing his 20 years, as our rector, at St. Edward’s. We all have wonderful images and memories to share about Stephen and we encourage you to share those with us for this issue. Please forward your images and written words to the parish office by Wednesday, January 27th. We will forward them on to Mac Miller, so she can work her magic in creating this special issue.

We have exciting Spiritual Formation opportunities to engage in starting in January, 2021.  Click here to get an overview, but please pay attention to weekly emails which will provide the Zoom invitation details.

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!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

To learn more about St. Edward’s, please click our website, YouTube, or Facebook icons at the bottom of this email.

St. Edward’s Thursday Message – January 21st

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

We continue to keep Rayelenn, Emily, and Elizabeth in our deepest prayers as they grieve the loss of Stephen+.  Cards and messages of condolence, love, hope, and prayer, mailed to the Casey family, can be sent to:

Mrs. Rayelenn Sparks Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

May these Psalm passages from The Book of Common Prayer, Page 115-116 from Daily Evening Prayer:  Rite II bring you comfort as we enter into the night.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7, 8

If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,” darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10, 11 

Please know that Father Rick is available via phone, text, email, or in-person for any pastoral needs or expressions of lament, as he continues to hold each of you in the loving prayer of his heart.  May God’s peace be with us in our grief.

February Scepter:  In Memory of The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey 
Our February Scepter issue will be a special issue devoted to the life, legacy, and ministry of The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, encompassing his 20 years, as our rector, at St. Edward’s.  We all have wonderful images and memories to share about Stephen and we encourage you to share those with us for this issue.  Please forward your images and written words to the parish office by Wednesday, January 27th.  We will forward them on to Mac Miller, so she can work her magic in creating this special issue.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle


We continue to offer consecrated wafers for our service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday, safely packaged and available in the narthex.  Please enter through our front doors between the hours of 11 AM – 3 PM.

We will be compiling a new parish directory which will be available on February 7th. So, when you come by to pick up your special edition of the Scepter you can pick up a 2021 directory.  We do not assume everyone wants to be in the parish directory, so if you are new to our parish and would like to be included, and have not previously informed the parish office, please let us know your contact information, via email, no later than January 29th.  If you are currently in the directory and have changes to your information, please let us know so we can print the most current contact information for you!

At St. Edward’s, we have two ministries, we would like to call to your attention, in need of parishioner support:

Our first, is our continued support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. So many of our neighbors are in dire need. St. Edward’s provided, generously, to this social outreach in 2020. The need continues in 2021, for both financial and food donations. Here is a food wish list for January: Spaghetti; Spaghetti sauce; Mac and cheese; Jelly; Peanut butter; Canned pears; Canned peaches; Instant oatmeal; Regular oatmeal. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our second, is our Altar Flower ministry.  Thank you to so many who have responded in just this last week.  We have gone from an empty flower chart to 12 commitments so far for 2021.  We need just 29 more to fill our calendar! It is through the generous donations of parishioners that we beautify our altar shelves with fresh flowers. These symbolize for us, a lifting up of God’s creation and are displayed in memory of those whom we love, and in thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives. Such a subtle, yet important, component of our worship services at St. Edward’s. We seek donations of $100 for our altar flowers, with the remembrance printed in our bulletin and read during the Prayers of the People. Please contact the parish office with questions on how to donate and submit your remembrance.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR VIA ZOOM
Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download


Below is a wonderful spiritual formation offering, led by Br. David Rutledge, commencing January 28th (next week!!).

We are offering a 3-part series, commencing January 28th, led by Br. David Rutledge focusing on using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer. Resources needed:  1979 Book of Common Prayer and a Bible (your choice of translation). Episcopal Church Calendar  https://www.churchpublishing.org/episcopalchurchyearguidekalendar2021  (contact your parish office).
Contact Br David Rutledge for more information and to register:  drutledge1225@gmail.com
Registration deadline is January 25.

Zoom details are below:

Topic: Using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Thu, until Feb 11, 2021, 3 occurrence(s)
Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 4, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM
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Passcode: 542551

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Friday Lunch & Learn:  January 22nd 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
We move to Chapter 7 in our text, Walk in Love, In Both Mind and Body – Sacramental Rites: Confession and Unction.  We welcome all to join usas we take learning bites out of the BCP with the help of the book ‘Walk in Love’. Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer? There are so many wonderful Prayers and Collects to share with the group, from our BCP. Attendance at every session is not required.

Chapter Seven handout, click here.

With Peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

Join Zoom Meeting

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Friday Evening Prayer – January 22nd
We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.
Join us on Zoom:
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Join Code:  863 2710 5082