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Worship at St. Edward’s – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20 – September 19, 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 20.  Please note our NEW TIME for Rite II which is 10 AM.  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 bulletin are listed below.

After the 8 AM Rite I service, at 9:30 AM, during our coffee hour, we will be burying the time capsule, led by Father Rick, adjacent to our Memorial Garden.  If you would like to be a part of this moment in the life of St. Edward’s, please stay a bit late, or come a bit early to participate!  Also, if you have not added your “mark” to our Tree of Life, please take a moment on Sunday to do so.  You will find it set up in the parish hall.

At the 10 AM service, we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Baptism for Quinn Arthur Landin, son of John and Lindsay Landin and grandson of John and Susan Landin.  The image above gently reminds us of 5 very important words we carry in our hearts and in our minds throughout our spiritual journey, giving us strength and purpose for all we promise to be, as faithful servants.

As we look forward to Sunday, let us pray, on this last day of the week For the Care of Children  (BCP, page 829)

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.


Click here to connect to the service for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20, September 19th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 10:00 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 20 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20 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! 

Our New Member Ministry group, along with Father Rick and our vestry, will be hosting our booth at the Amos Herr Community Festival tomorrow from 11 AM – 4 PM.  Tell your friends and family to stop by and see what St. Edward’s is all about!! Fun crafts and good conversation!!!   We are booth #C-18.

Articles, pictures, and announcements for the October Scepter are due TOMORROW, Monday September 20th. All pictures from Sunday’s anniversary party are welcome. Also, any story about a little act of kindness that you have experienced would be welcome for the “Ripples of Kindness” page. Please send items to

For the entire month of October, we will be holding our major fundraising event. . .Our famous Annual Basket Raffle.  A friendly reminder for those who are building a basket to raffle off:  Please drop them by the parish by Tuesday, September 21st.  Stay tuned in the weeks leading up to October 3rd for information on where to buy tickets and how to view the baskets.  As this will be our main fundraising event this year, we prayerfully invite your support.

Faith In Action Initiatives:

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).

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
We have so much going on during our fall season, don’t miss out on the many opportunities available, in-person, and via Zoom. Our link, below, to our Adult Spiritual Formation page has detailed information regarding our upcoming Lunch & Learn, commencing Friday, October 1st.  If you click here, you can download our Fall Adult Spiritual Formation pdf.

Adult Spiritual Formation at St. Edward’s – click here.

Sunday School for youth begins TOMORROW, September 19th!  Children will join classes on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, just after the Collect for Purity Rite II service time changes to 10:00 AM starting on 09/19 so mark your calendars with this new service time!  Click here for the Christian Formation page.

Sunday Evening Prayer – September 19th 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
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080

Opportunities to gather in community in spirituality and fellowship:

Here you will find news of gatherings outside of St. Edward’s that we offer in community with our sister parishes and other spiritual resources.

Spiritual Retreat Opportunity:
Anticipating Winter:  Silent Retreat at The Wittel Farm
November 6, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $90
Location: 1753 Mill Road, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 17022
Questions?  Please contact Joyce Kamm.

Blessing of the Animals:  Friday, October 1st starting at 6 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 321 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster.  In partnership with St. Edward’s and St. Thomas, St. John’s will be hosting the Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals. The service will be outside, in their courtyard.  For more information, please visit the St. John’s website. We are also seeking 2-3 volunteers to help at St. John’s that evening to help set up and direct people.  If you wish to volunteer, please call St. John’s and let them know!!  Their phone number is: 717.299.1188

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