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St. Edward’s Thursday Message – February 18th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

We hope everyone stayed safe and warm today and took this day to reflect on the beginning of their Lenten journey.

As a friendly reminder: Thursday emails will now focus on prayers to hold in your hearts and minds, as well as worship and spiritual formation offerings at St. Edward’s for Thursday – Sunday (outside of our principal Sunday service, which is featured in our Saturday email message).

Parish business will be addressed in Monday emails and will also be featured in the Sunday bulletin announcements page. Please make sure you stay caught up with those two information sources.  We have a lot going on at St. Edward’s!

In our Book of Common Prayer, we have a Calendar of Saints, which begins on page 19.  In the Episcopal Church, the veneration of saints is the continuation of an ancient tradition from the early Church, honoring important and influential people of the Christian faith. Perhaps during Lent, a “journey” could be to “remember” by exploring the lives of the saints noted in our calendar.

Did you also know that for the Principal Feast of Easter Day, it is always the first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after March 21st?  Easter Day cannot occur before March 22nd or after April 25th.

As we protect ourselves from our own cold weather and wintry storms, let us pray two Collects, tonight, for all who are suffering from peril, not just in the areas of our country that are suffering with the terrible winter storms, but in the regions of the world where all of God’s creations encounter peril, daily, in their lives.

A Collect for Aid against Perils
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love
of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Collect for Protection
O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the
strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We
thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and
humbly ask for your protection through the coming night.
Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who
died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Many people stopped by to pick up a printed copy of our special February issue of the Scepter, dedicated to the life of Father Stephen+.  If you are a person who likes to view items online, we have a special page on our sainteds.org website to view our monthly newsletter.
Click here to view our Scepter issues page.

Sending handwritten cards and notes, with memories, photos, and favorite stories to Rayelenn, Emily, and Elizabeth is a wonderful way to let them know they continue to be in our hearts and prayers.   If you would like to make a soup or stew, in small quantities, please contact the parish office to sign up for our next delivery, which is on Thursday, February  25th.  We are asking for these “main dish” hearty meals in place of baked goods.  This is a wonderful pastoral ministry of comfort.

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

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 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 Evening Prayer, February 21st 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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