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Worship at St. Edward’s -The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25 – October 24, 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 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 25.  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.

If you are joining us for in-person worship and fellowship, we prayerfully ask that you wear your mask as we gather together in community.

In preparation for All Saints Sunday, November 7th, we have a clipboard in the narthex for those who wish to have their loved ones, who have passed, remembered.  We will print the names in our Sunday service bulletins.  Please print clearly so that we do not capture the spelling of names incorrectly.  Thank you!

In looking for a brief blessing to close out the week I was drawn to “Themed Prayers and Liturgies for the Home” in the Celtic Daily Prayer – Book Two.  After all, St. Edward’s is our spiritual home and what better way to end the week than with a prayer for such an important space in our lives.

The prayer was introduced by speaking about a mezuzah. I have a lifelong Jewish friend and 32 years ago, I gifted his family home with a beautiful mezuzah in thanks for our friendship.  For those who do not know the tradition of a mezuzah, it is a small, enclosed scripture-scroll that is attached at the outside doorpost of one’s home, at eye-level.  When one enters the home, or building, the mezuzah is touched or looked at as a reminder for prayer. Such a rich tradition.  The prayer offered below, “could act as a mezuzah does by becoming a simple way of blessing every time spent at home.” 

Jesus the Door,
my heart is open.

I also wanted to mention one other insight I gained today:  In looking at the calendar in my office, I noticed a little notation and drawing that was from last week.  Simply stated, it read:  “Call someone who is lonely today.” 

Perhaps these two messages are an invitation to look beyond the busyness and distractions in our lives and focus on what is most important.  And that is love.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.


Click here to connect to the service for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25, October 24th, 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 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 25 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25 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 are now in WEEK FOUR of the St. Edward’s Basket Raffle Fundraiser!  Ticket sales are tomorrow, at coffee hour, from 9 AM – 10 AM, in the parish hall. You can also buy tickets during the week:  Tuesday- Friday, from 11 AM – 4 PM, in the parish office. We have 33 curated baskets, lovingly created by our parishioners, in support of this major fundraising event where our fundraising goal is $5,000++.  At the end of WEEK THREE, we have raised $3,750 which is FANTASTIC!  Let’s keep it going to meet (CAN YOU HELP US EXCEED) our goal?!? Imagine if we challenged ourselves to “best” our fundraising goal?!?!  Tell your friends and family!  Our catalog is also available to download by clicking HERE.

Our lucky winners from our WEEK THREE drawing are:
Dick and Gail Irons
Curt and Mary Ann Franck
Mary Snyder
Joe and Christina McLaughlin

Your prizes are in your parish mailboxes!

There are some amazing prizes for the WEEK FOUR drawing!

Thank you, to all, for your generous spirit and support!

KRIST KINDLING SIGN UP STARTS TOMORROW!  Join us for the wonderful family fun event that takes place through Advent.  FORMS ARE IN THE NARTHEX.  To learn more and download the pdf CLICK HERE!

A message of thanks from our New Member Ministry

Faith In Action Initiatives:

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
Requested items for October:  Cereal; Large jelly; Egg noodles; Penne pasta; Canned carrots; Canned yams; Canned green beans; Canned corn; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned kidney beans; Canned garbanzo beans; Canned black beans

Sunday Evening Prayer – October 24th 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:  [email protected]

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

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