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St. Edward’s Thursday Message – March 11th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

What a gorgeous day it was today!  We hope that wherever you were, you were able to take the time to step outside, soak in the sun’s rays, breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at how the wildlife that has been silent for months, sang their songs and bustled about, preparing for a new season.  The wonder of God’s creation.

As we marvel at our natural world, and meditate and pray on this day, I reflect on words that were in one of my Lenten daily prayer disciplines from A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie:

“Do not let me rest content with an ideal of humanity that is less than what was shown to us in Jesus.  Give me the mind of Christ.  May I listen to Jesus’ question: What are you doing more than others? And so may the three Christian graces of faith, hope, and love be more and more formed within me, until all I do and say brings honor to Jesus and his gospel.”

Words to live by.

As we mentioned in Monday’s email message: peace is “the tranquility of order” and we asked for people to share their reflections.  I would like to pass along a lovely reflection Rayelenn shared with us from one verse from the hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”:

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

More words to live by.

As our Thursday emails are dedicated to the spiritual offerings we offer between Friday noon – Sunday evening, outside of our Sunday 10 AM Rite II service, please know that we have listed details to several opportunities for prayer and reflection, below.

We do have three important items to share: website is up and running for anyone who is still searching for a vaccine.  The website allows you to answer important health information questions and provide your contact information so that you are in the system to be informed when you can schedule your vaccination appointment.   If you need help in this process, please contact the parish office and we will be happy to assist.

Believe it or not, this Sunday is Daylight Savings time.  So. . . please remember to turn your clocks forward one hour!


We will be offering an Easter Sunday sunrise service.  Stay tuned for more details regarding Easter Sunday!

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.


Worship News:
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!

New and Updated: Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download

Friday Evening Prayer – March 12th
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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Friday Lunch & Learn:  March 12th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
We continue our course of reflection and discussion with Chapter 11 – Walking in the Way of the Cross – Holy Week and Easter in our text, Walk in LovePerhaps 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.

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

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Sunday Evening Prayer, March 14th 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:

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
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