St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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September 1, 2019
Pentecost XII

Program Year Sundays 2019

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship

9:30 a.m.    Rite II Worship
*Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel.


St. John's annual Peaches and Ice Cream Social was this past Sunday.  This event was a huge success and filled our parish hall.  We had ice cream and fresh peeled peaches after both services. 45 parishioners stayed after Rite I and we had 128 join us after the Rite II.  

Thanks to all who helped organize the event, dish up the ice cream, and peel the peaches.


Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching

Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s!

We are very short of volunteers the following times:
Sat. 5th in the Morning
Sat. 12th in the Afternoon
Sun. 13th in the Morning

Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers!  Sign up in the Cloister.  If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at





The Annual Parish Picnic is September 8th, following the 9:30 am service in the courtyard.  The Rite II Eucharist will be held in the courtyard so wear your hat and sunscreen!

This year St. John's will provide the following food items:
Hot Dogs
Rolls, Buns, and all the Fixings

Baked Beans

Join us and bring a side dish or whatever says picnic to you!

Our St John's Picnic favorites: Water, Lemonade, and Iced Tea will be available.

As always, you will need to bring your own chairs.  The brand new burgundy parish hall chairs will not be invited to this outdoor event.

NOTE:  The timing and location of the Rite I, 8 a.m. Eucharist are unchanged. 

Thank you to all the parents and children who attended our Back to Sunday Event after peaches and ice cream!  We had a great turnout of parents who were able to hear about what we offer to families and children. We were able to connect and start building relationships. If you did not get a welcome folder from Aimee, please contact her.

If you want to get involved, here are some upcoming events for families:

September 8:  Blessing of the Backpacks at the Outdoor Service
September 8:  Youth Group for Grades 6-12 from 5:30-7:00 pm
September 15:  Welcome to Worship/Eucharist Sunday
October 6:  Apple Butter Service Trip 


Fr. Adam’s September 4th Night Class

Church Decline......?
Spend fifteen minutes in social conversation with committed Episcopalians, and you will hear about our challenges in membership and attracting young people. These conversations reveal participants' anxieties. These conversations rarely shed light on what is really happening, and what the threats and possibilities are in this era.
Fr. Adam’s class, Decline…?, will be taught the first four Wednesdays of 4th Night (September 4 through September 25).  Decline…? Will explore the history of religious belonging, behaving, and believing in the United States, using data from substantial national surveys. The material will also explore various responses of church leaders to the realities of smaller membership. It will then shift to address methods of reaching out to those seeking a faith community. The material used to explore these matters will come from the fields of sociology of religion, political science, church history, and his own experience as a parish priest. 

The anxiety of the age for The Episcopal Church is what to do about reduced membership and reduced dollars. Fr. Adam can not provide a single explanation to address this development. He can provide church leaders with the tools to properly understand our place in these social developments. Once church leaders understand what has brought us to our current setting in life, then the appropriate theological responses become more apparent. Furthermore, the reduced raw numbers of church membership allows for some exciting opportunities to witness to the Gospel, and these opportunities need to be understood and then seized. 


Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume its monthly meetings at a new time  
and day. The new meeting time will be on the 2nd Wednesday of the  
month from 1:00 to 2:30 in the church library. We welcome all who are  
interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for those in need  
to our first gathering on September 11.
If you need more information or have questions please contact  
Carolyn Freberg. (717-713-0985)

Evening Prayer Begins at St. John's on Sundays at 5pm

Evening Prayer is an ancient prayer service of the church. Its roots trace directly back to the monastic orders who gathered five times a day to pray.  We will be using the Evening Prayer liturgy directly from the Book of Common Prayer. Some of you will remember such wonderful canticles like the Song of Mary and the Song of Simeon. This liturgy is particularly geared to those who cannot get here in the mornings because of physical limitations or small children's sleep schedules. It is also a great gathering for our Dickinson students who may find the need for community on Sunday evenings.

Evening Prayer will be on
September 8, October 13, November 3, December 8

Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) will take place on
October 20 and November 10


A Big Thank You to those who buy Giant Gift Cards! In the last two months we have increased the weekly sales to an average of $600.  This is a dramatic increase in card sales.  We were only raising $600 on average per MONTH.  

The rebate funds from this program will now cover the phone and internet bill every month.  Let us see what other recurring monthly bill we can cover! 


  These card sales raise funds for St. John's in the form of rebates to the church, directly from GIANT/Ahold.  There is no fee associated with these card sales.  Watch in the parish hall or stop by the office during business hours to purchase your cards.

Remember your checkbooks!


NOTE:  This program does not conflict with the Cash for Causes card sales. These are additional monies that Giant donates to St. John's when you use your BonusCard.  See the pink letters in the Cloister on the sign up table.

National Acolyte Festival 2019
National Cathedral in Washington

Deadline to register for the festival is FRIDAY, SEPT 13th

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 10:00am

Join acolytes from across the United States for a morning service of re-dedication and Holy Eucharist. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers. Workshops in the afternoon offer enrichment and instruction.  Theresa Rice would like to take a group of people to this event.  If you might be interested in attending, please contact her:

Theresa Rice -

For information on the event:
Readings For Pentecost XII
     September 1st
Old Testament                                                                                             Jeremiah 2:4-13
Rite I - 
Rite II –
A Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah:
Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:   What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, "Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?" I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, "Where is the Lord?" Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children's children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation hanged its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.
        Continue to the Psalm at both services
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Rite I - 
Rite II –
1 Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."

11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.

12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!

14 I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.

15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever.

16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.


The Epistle                                                                                      Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Rite I - 
Rite II –
A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence,   "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.


The Gospel                                                                                                   Luke 14:1, 7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Prayers of the People
Rite I - 
Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church and the

Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.
Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers especially + Justin our Primate, +Michael our Presiding Bishop, +Audrey our Diocesan, Adam+, Melissa+, Harry+, John+, and Ann, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.
And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.
We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land especially Donald our President, Tom our Governor, and Tim our Mayor, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.
Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.
And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor all those who in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be included here by the clergy.
Intercessor Continues:
And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good examples of Mary the Mother of Our Lord and of Saint John, and all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.
Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Prayers of the People Form II
Rite II –
In the course of the silence after each bidding, the People offer their own prayers, either silently or aloud.
I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world; for + Justin our Primate, +Michael our Presiding Bishop, and for +Audrey our Diocesan; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.
Pray for the Church.
I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.
Pray for justice and peace.
I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.
Pray for those in any need or trouble.
I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him.
Pray that they may find and be found by him.
Celebrant Continues:
I ask your prayers for the departed [especially                             ].
Pray for those who have died.
Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored
[especially                              whom we remember today].
Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost XII

8 am Rite I This Sunday
Celebrant-Adam Kradel+
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Terry Young
Lay Reader 2-Larry Alexander
Vestry-Debbie Kendrick
Intercessor-Larry Alexander
Chalice-Robert Pound
Chalice-Linda Myers
Usher-Gary Kern
Usher-Judy Kern

9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Celebrant-Melissa Q. Wilcox+
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Carolyn Freberg
Lay Reader 2-Alvin Blitz
Verger-Dave Stewart
Vestry-Cindy Mortzfeldt
Intercessor-Delores Rizzuto
Chalice-Byron Koste
Chalice-Don Kutz
Chalice-Teresa Rice
Usher-Holly Tiley
Usher-Irene Walker
Usher-Susanne Cornman
Usher-Mike Miller
Altar Guild: Altar Guild:  Gail Knisely, Cindy Mortzfeldt, Cindy Ludwig,
Becky Hammell, Larry Alexander

Flower Delivery: 

Coming Up At St. John's

September 4th - 1st Wednesday of 4th Night Programing &
Choir Rehersals begin

Parish Picnic is September 8th after the 9:30 Eucharist.
Mark your Calendar. We need volunteers to help clean up afterwards.  Please sign up in the Cloister.
Apple Butter Time is Almost Here.
Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s.

Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers!  Sign up in the Cloister.  If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at

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