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The Third Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2020

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Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s during this time. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution. Even though we must keep our doors closed for a period of time, we also must continue to pay our fixed expenses such as electricity, insurance, and salaries. We will continue to pick up our mail, so you can easily mail your contributions to the office and we will see that they are properly credited.  We have also been blessed to discover that 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.

Weekly Message from Bishop Scanlan – April 17, 2020

Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,

Bishop Scanlan shares a message with the diocese on Friday, April 17, as we continue our journey together as a community.

The Rev. Canon Christopher Streeter, Canon for Mission Development & Innovation, provides another Shaped by Faith update. For more information regarding Shaped by Faith, visit

In the Way of Love,

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan

XI Bishop

Music for Holy Week from Our Organist – Karen Waddill

A wonderful way to walk through Holy Week is through music and we are fortunate to have our organist, Karen Waddill, send to us four pieces, that she recorded at home, for Holy Week.  Many thanks to Karen for these recordings.

Monday – Wednesday






Friday – Saturday


Daily Message from St. Edward’s – March 28, 2020

Dear parishioners,

Well, it was kind of a rainy day, but with the showers we get flowers and that can’t be a “bad thing,” right?!?

People have been sharing some pretty funny viral postings giving us all a few laughs and twists of irony on what we are all experiencing in these “new normal” times.  Nice to know we have not lost our sense of humor.

Today, Glen and I drove up to Newark, NJ, where our son, Ian lives, to deliver supplies as it is very challenging to get items of quality up there now and because it is such a “hot spot” it is just better to not venture out unless absolutely necessary.  I must admit it was a little strange to leave the bags in his apartment building lobby, not be able to go upstairs to his apartment and just wave goodbye from the car.  But, we are all taking this very seriously and as his job entails him to potentially go into the city some days (believe it or not you need to carry a letter from your company deeming you “essential” in case someone asks) it is always a bit worrisome.  But, he has the gear and heeds the warnings.  Just thought I would share a story from another region as we all pray for one another’s safety and wellness.

Also, the parish office has received several suggestions this week about setting up virtual “meet-ups” of different types and we will be working with Father David and vestry to sort through how we can enact some of these great ideas.  They have not fallen on deaf ears 😊  Once I get word from Father David et al, I will be back in touch by mid-week, at the latest.  Thank you so much for all who have suggested new ways for us to connect!

Take care.  Sunday is a day of prayer and meditation so I look forward to reconnecting from the St. Edward’s parish office with everyone on Monday!  Be well and safe.




Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

  • Psalm 95:7b


Many of us are familiar with the term lectio divina which means holy reading. It is a spiritual practice of listening deeply to God, usually through meditation on a biblical text; however, we hinder our listening if we limit it only to the written words of scripture.

One day, my children and I were talking about God when my eight-year-old son said, “Dad, people have seen God in rays of light.” I’m sure he did not mean it as profoundly as it hit me, but it stayed with me, like a little note, folded up and put into my pocket, walking around with me wherever I went.

It reminded me of something Thomas Merton wrote concerning his revelation of union with all of humanity, as he stood on the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets in Louisville, Kentucky. He saw people as they really were, in all of their luminous God-given glory, each person “walking around shining like the sun.”

It could have been easy to miss, but in a passing phrase, the unassuming voice of my young son helped me hear what God was saying. “People have seen God in rays of light.” And God shines in my son. In me. And in everyone I see, walking around shining like the sun.

  • Jamie Osborne serves as a priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and their two elementary-age children.


March 29, 2020 Cycle of Prayer

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Season of Prayer and Repentance

Today, the fifth Sunday in Lent, is the focus of the Primates’ Task Group’s call for a period of prayer and repentance in the Anglican Communion. The Bishop of West Malaysia, Moon Hing, is a member of the Task Group and has written this prayer, which the Task Group offers to the Anglican Communion for use today.

Almighty God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Sovereign Lord of the universe, Creator of humankind,

We, your unfaithful children, are truly sorry for our sins and the lives that we have lived.

We sincerely believe and confess in our hearts that only through the precious blood

Of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, can we obtain Your forgiveness.

We repent that:

In thought, word or deed, we have committed serious offences against You and our neighbors;

In laziness, despair and lust for power, we have provoked hatred, division and hurt within our communities;

In greed, deceit and indifference, we have caused serious damage, unnecessary conflict and aggravated destruction to our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters;

In selfishness, insensitivity and bias, we have encouraged and emboldened those who inflict hurt, pain and sorrow on our loved ones and families;

In the name of religion, doctrine and even of Christ himself, we have wounded believers and pursuers of holiness and faith;

In stubbornness, pride and arrogance, we have caused division and strife within

Your church and among Your children;

Mercifully send Your Holy Spirit – the Spirit of order and comfort – and cleanse us from all unrighteousness; restore in us true faith in Christ which brings truth, peace and harmony; and help us to walk together with our brothers and sisters in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of Your name.


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

St. Luke’s, Mechanicsburg

We pray for Christians, Muslims, and Jews and all people of faith throughout the world who are suffering persecution for their beliefs.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti; Karen Grant and Shawn Irons; Dottie Gschwend; Jerry, Beth, and Seth Hake

Praying for those we love and who are important in our lives is an essential component of our worship, but many of the names listed and read out in the Prayers of the People are known only to those who have requested them, and the list grows each week.  So, when we come to the Prayers of the people in the service, the names for those “You are asked to pray for” and those “for our military personnel” will not be read aloud; rather we invite you to lift those names up to God in Christ silently in your heart as we pray the Prayers of the People, adding any others you wish to pray for.

You are asked to pray for:  The St. Edward’s Vestry, The Rev. David Bateman, The Rev. Rick Bauer and family; The residents of The Episcopal Home, Joe Holwager, Rose Dixon, Arch Cross, Mary Walker, Liz Yeager, Patricia Stout, Marge Sieghardt, Harry West, Sandy Patrone, Mimi Stauffer, Robert Hubbard, Kate Peterson, Donna J. Mott, Charlotte Jakiel, Stephanie Patrone, Nicholas Patrone, Dakota Patrone, DJ Dixon, Robert, The Rev. Jay Croft, Robert Carter, Dorothy Diehl, Barbara Bradfield, Fran Davis, Cody Campbell, Heather, Cheryl Shearer, Myra Taylor, Sally Mears, Barry Leed, Father Sud, Dr. Randy Cohen and Family, Aaron Rowe, Sr., Dorothy Rowe, Dr. Karl and Carolyn Moyer, James Pentland Moore, Joseph Holena, Rick Welk, Max Lown, Aiden Guillory

You are asked to pray for our military personnel who are being deployed or serving in the military:  Rev. David J. Sparks, Evan Westgate, Adam and Christina Grim, David Peck, David Sternberg, John Lewis, Gordon Frankenfield, Allison Tomich, Mike Spurr, Seamas Whitesel, Capt. Andrew Pfeiffer, 1st Lt. Thomas Whitesel, Brandon Fox, Alex Kube, Richard Mutari, Dustin Burleson, Anthony Koser, Jack Hawk, Christina Dragon, Justin Carnahan, Clayton Tennies, Benjamin Jenkins, Andy Lopez

An Important Message from Bishop Scanlan on COVID19

Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,

Bishop Scanlan has a message regarding these difficult times, Holy Week and Easter Services. To watch, click on the video below.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

In the Way of Love,

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan

XI Bishop

Daily Message from St. Edward’s – March 18, 2020

Dear parishioners,

Besides our weekly Eucharist services on Sundays, the great bedrock of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition is the daily round of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services known as the Daily Office. Though originally designed to be used in churches, millions of us have also used them at home. Each one makes a very good personal devotion, or a lay person can lead a small group of people in a household.

In light of our enforced temporary isolation due to COVID-19, the services of the Daily Office are a great way to spiritually connect with other Episcopalians as well as with God.

If you have copy of the Book of Common Prayer at home, you can easily use that, although you will also need a Bible so you can look up the lessons for the day. An easier choice is to go online where helpful folks have already assembled the prayers, psalm and scripture readings for that morning or evening. There are a number of sites available but I recommend two in particular.

The most famous site is put up by the Mission of St. Clare at

Besides having the full texts for each Morning and Evening Prayer that day, each service also includes three or four optional audio for you to click if you would like to hear a hymn or sung piece of service music.

The other site I recommend is

This site looks a little better on a cell phone screen and has the advantage of also offering the option of a Noonday service and an end-of-the-day service known as Compline.

When you pray a service of the Daily Office you are not only immersing yourself in our deep Episcopal traditions, you are also joining collectively with thousands of others who are praying the same words.

David +

Also, on our web site we have links to the Lectionary Page, the Book of Common Prayer, and our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for you to refer to:

We would also like to provide some online links to St. Thomas Church in New York City and the Washington Cathedral, so if you chose to worship on Sunday, March 22nd via technology, you will be able to do so.

Sunday, March 22nd | 11:00 AM High Altar Webcast

St. Thomas Church – NYC Festal Eucharist


Washington National Cathedral

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | 11:15am

This event will be broadcast online due to concerns related to the coronavirus. The Cathedral will be closed through May 16.

Join us for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday in Lent.


And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply, he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none, and whoever has food must do likewise.”

Luke 3:10-11

Have you ever heard of the bag challenge for Lent? Each day during Lent, you fill a bag with items from any area of your home that you no longer need. This daily practice allows kids to practice generosity in a way that can become a natural routine by the end of Lent.

Even in our materialistic, consumer-driven culture, we seek to know Jesus and understand his teachings.  Jesus tells us that if we have two coats, we share one.  What if we went into our closets and got rid of half of what we had? What if we opened our cabinets and refrigerators and practiced the radical generosity that Jesus preaches? It might mean giving something away that we really like and still want. Often, what we want is what someone else needs.

One morning on the way to school, my daughter Jaiya brought a small bag of clothing. When I asked her who it was for, she said, ‘There’s someone I know who needs these.”

-Miriam Willard McKenney

Development Director for Forward Movement

Amy Yovanovich Recital – November 10th 3 PM

What a wonderful event on November 10th!  Our Cultural Event Series, which featured mezzo-soprano, Amy Yovanovich, accompanied on piano by Donna Burkholder, was outstanding.  Couldn’t make it to the recital?  Take a quick look at some highlights here:

Amy presented a program of sacred music and spirituals such as Amazing Grace and Yes, My Jesus Loves Me, to show tunes from The King and I, the Music Man, and Jekyll & Hyde.

Acclaimed for her velvety tone quality, power and range, Ms. Yovanovich studied under Mr. John Darrenkamp, a well-known veteran of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Opera Theatre Workshop, Lancaster and Harrisburg Opera Companies and studied in Germany. She is well-known for her solo and oratorio work, as well, and has a CD, “Great Day,” of show tunes and spirituals available at online retailers.  Amy is currently the Executive Director and vocal instructor for the State Street Academy of Music, Director of Music for Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster and vocal instructor for the Lancaster Conservatory of Music.

Donna Burkholder grew up in Blair County, PA and moved to the Lancaster area in 1967, after earning her BS in Music Education with a performance major in organ at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. She has held teaching positions in the Lower Dauphin, Ephrata and Conestoga Valley School systems. Her love of liturgical music placed her in three Lutheran congregations over the 48 years – St. Paul’s in Lititz, Bergstrasse in Ephrata and St. Peter’s in Neffsville/Lancaster.  Donna retired from teaching in 2009 and from her final Director of Music position in 2015. Over the years she has served in various offices of Ephrata Area Pennsylvania State Education Association, Ephrata Parent Teacher Association, Ephrata Area School Board and local and district area Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  Since her official “retirement” in 2015, she has greatly enjoyed substituting in area churches.  She has two grown children: daughter Dara Burkholder Morales, violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and son John, manager in Professional Offices Services, living in Glenside. She is delighted to spend lots of time with her six grandchildren in the Philadelphia area.

We thank all who visit us and support these wonderful events, part of The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: 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. On the web at: For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.

St. Edward’s Cultural Event Series Concert – Rizetta’s Tones – October 20th at 3 PM

Rizzetta’s Tones, popular Celtic group, to perform at St. Edward’s in free October 20 Concert

The popular local Celtic band, Rizzetta’s Tones, will offer a free concert at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Landisville, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.

Rizzetta’s Tones is a Celtic and folk band where members play hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high and low whistles and guitars. They often spice up their sound with a button accordion, autoharp, Greek bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele and various percussion instruments. All four members sing lead and background vocals on their programs, a mix of both poignant and humorous songs. Their repertoire includes music from Ireland, Scotland and the U.S., and draws as well from the traditions of such varied countries as Finland, Brazil, France, Macedonia and more.

Band members include Randy Kochel, Amanda Wells, Linda Lohr and Bill Stine. The group’s name honors Sam Rizzetta, engineer, scientist, pilot, dulcimer builder and player, composer, teacher, and friend to the group.

The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: 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. On the web at: For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.