St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
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August 4, 2019
Pentecost VIII

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.


First Friday in August, is tonight Friday August 2nd, 4-8 pm

Did you know St. John's is a part of the Downtown Carlisle Association? We will be opening our doors and extending hospitality to all the newcomers, especially War College, who will be living in Carlisle this year. If you are available please stop by the church and greet some of the new members of our community!

We are hopeful that many of our War College alum will stop in and say hello to the new War College students.


Outreach Grant Awarded to Domestic Violence Services of Perry and Cumberland Counties
St John’s Outreach awarded a grant of $10,000 to Domestic Violence Services of Perry and Cumberland Counties, plus an additional $800 donated by the congregation.  Tasha Frey from DVS accepted a check from Fr Adam.

As most of you know, the church was filled with over 50 inquisitive and active little people all summer long.  This summer has been one of the most successful SPY summers in recent memory.  The new director and the leadership of St. John's have had a wonderful relationship and the camp is flourishing. A special thank you to St. John's members who volunteered with SPY this summer.  This is one of the many ways we live the gospel at St. John's as we extend Christian hospitality to those in our community year after year.


How can you help the situation at the border?

Edgar Robinson invites anyone who would like to gather and discuss the border situation to join him for a second meeting that is still to be scheduled. The group will discuss how the community at St. John's might help those in need. 

Below are two links to the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) website that includes a speech from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The second link takes you directly to their donation page. In the 1980’s EMM was formally established and, in partnership with a network of affiliate agencies, dioceses, churches, and volunteers, is today one of only nine national agencies through which all refugees enter the United States.

Peaches and Ice Cream Social is August 25th

Sunday August 25th, during Fellowship (after the 9:30 am Rite II Eucharist) we will have our annual Peaches and Ice Cream Social in the Parish Hall. 


Thank You to those who buy Giant Gift Cards!

  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.

If you would like to help sell cards on Sundays, please let us know!
We are inviting all youth and families to join us for a fun day at Camp Mount Luther see details below!

Saturday August 24th 
Camp Mt. Luther, 355 Mt Luther Ln, Mifflinburg, PA 17844
10:00 to 4:00

Join our very own Bishop Scanlan for a fun family and youth day
Join our very own Bishop Scanlan for a fun family and youth day on Saturday August 24, 2019 at Camp Mount Luther.  We will be enjoying a day together to meet other families and youth from our Diocese.  There will be activities all day, such as hikes, ropes courses, and games, ending with worship.  Please plan to join us for a fun day. 

10:00 AM Welcome and Song
10:30 Bible Study
11:30:  Ropes Course
1:00 Picnic Lunch
2:00 Holy Hike with the Bishop
3:30 Worship and Dismissal
Cost:  $10.00 offering per youth and/or family
Check out Camp Mt. Luther
Toss It or Take It With You Sale

Toss it or take it with you Saturday, August 3 7:30 AM to ?

Susan Smith
1137 Pine Rd.
Carlisle 17015

(Look for Berkshire Hathaway for sale sign and the big blue dumpster in the driveway)

Some furniture modestly priced; glassware, china, books and tools for the taking. 

National Acolyte Festival 2019
National Cathedral in Washington

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:

Photo from Peterkin Summer Camp 2019

Welcome our campers back from Peterkin.  Let them share their experiences with you and encourage them to tell you about camp!




Our Anglican tradition recognizes sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 857) Holy Baptism and the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church.  In the case of Baptism, the outward and visible sign is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; the inward and spiritual grace is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit. In the case of the Eucharist, the outward and visible sign is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command. The inward and spiritual grace is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith. 

In addition to these two, there are other spiritual markers in our journey of faith that can serve as means of grace. These include:

  • Confirmation: the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent: private confession
  • Matrimony: Christian marriage
  • Orders: ordination to the diaconate, priesthood, or episcopacy
  • Unction: anointing those who are sick or dying with holy oil
Readings For Pentecost VIII
     August 4th
Old Testament                                                                                             Hosea 11:1-11
Rite I -  Sue Hench
Rite II – Ann Smith
A Reading from the Prophet Hosea:
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them. They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes. My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all. How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. They shall go after the Lord, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west. They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.

Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Rite I -  Sue Hench
Rite II – Ann Smith
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.

5 They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.

6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

9 For he satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.

43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the Lord.

The Epistle                                                                                     Colossians 3:1-11
Rite I -  Linda Myers
Rite II – Bruce Watkins
A Reading from the Letter to the Colossians:
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things-- anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
The Gospel                                                   Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."

Prayers of the People - Praying for Refugees and Displaced People Worldwide

Rite I -  Lane Duffie
Rite II – Beth Watkins
Prayers of the People
Prayers from the Episcopal Migration Ministry
Sovereign God, may we who are the Body of Christ, the Church, embrace and welcome the immigrant, the refugee, and all who seek shelter from any danger.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

God of protection, whose Son fled violence from his own home with Joseph and Mary and sought refuge in a foreign land, hear the cries of all who suffer because of hatred, war, violence, greed, and famine. Help us to peacefully mend our divisions, that all you have created in this world may be whole.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

God Who makes us One, we pray for our nation and all the nations of the world, that those who govern the people and have authority over them may consider each life to be of value and may serve the people of their nation with equity and fairness, dedicating themselves to peaceful resolution of conflict.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

Gracious God, we pray for our newest neighbors, that those families who have sought refuge from the ravages of war and violence may find not only shelter and sustenance, but also a loving and supportive community in which to create a new beginning with dignity.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

Eternal God, may you receive those who have died during times of war and violence into your loving and peaceful arms and may they find rest for their souls. Comfort those who mourn the loss of their friends and loved ones and give them relief from the painful memories they bear, giving assurance of eternal life.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.
Almighty and Loving God, you who have crossed the boundaries of Heaven and Earth to be with your people, be with all the departed who have gone on to eternal life.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.
May all praise, glory and honor be to our God, the Most High.  Amen.
Here intercessions shall be offered by the congregation
Celebrant Concludes:
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost VIII

Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Sue Hench
Lay Reader 2 - Linda Myers
Vestry - Debbie Kendrick
Intercessor - Lane Duffie
Chalice - Larry Alexander
Chalice - Robert Pound
Usher - Debbie Kendrick
Usher - Terry Neiles

9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Ann Smith
Lay Reader 2 - Bruce Watkins
Verger - Dave Twining
Vestry - Perry Heath
Intercessor - Beth Watkins
Chalice - Barb Cross
Chalice - Don Kutz
Chalice - Theresa Rice
Usher - Nii Aryee
Usher - Jim Carman
Usher - Dave Stewart
Usher - Irene Walker
Usher (youth) - TBD

Altar Guild:  Patty Neiles, Darlene McCurdy, Linda Myers, Meaghan McDermott, Beth Watkins
Flower Delivery:  David Green and Ann Martin
Coming Up At St. John's

Peaches and Ice Cream Social - Sunday August 25th, during Fellowship

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