St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
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August 11, 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.

How to Pray About This

August 4, 2019 Audrey Scanlan 

from the Bishop's Blog

Suggestions for How to Pray "in the Middle of This*

I called for us (my family, friends and members of our diocese who read what I write on Facebook) to prayer today, in the aftermath of the weekend shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton OH. 

One of my friends replied to my suggestion of prayer by writing: “(prayer) hasn’t worked to this point, not sure why it would help now.” 

I had a 2 ½ hour drive to my morning visitation to contemplate this comment and, in response, I offer this blog post. 

You see, I believe in prayer. I believe that without it, I would be aimlessly wandering through my life- without a grounding, touchpoint, or a force greater than myself to make meaning and create wholeness in my life.  Without prayer, to “whom” would I rail/beg/thank/turn to when I am deep in the pit and feeling so alone? Prayer is my way of communicating with God. It is not always polished, it is not always beautiful, but I don’t think that matters. I believe that prayer doesmake a difference and that it doeshelp- now, in the past, and in the days to come.

Two of my favorite sayings about prayer:

  • I pray because I can’t help myself. … I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” (CS Lewis)
  • Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.  (St. Augustine)

Today, as we collect ourselves around the horrible reality that, again, innocent people- babies, children and adults- have died at the hand of an armed mass murderer, here are some suggestions for how respond in prayer.  Not because prayer can undo the massacres and bring those people back, but because it is a powerful point of connection that is transformational. Prayer does change things.

Prayer can be done individually or in groups.  Here are some suggestions:

Individual Prayer

Offer Specific Prayers

…of Intercession for the victims who died, for their families and loved ones, and for their communities where fear, along with shock and grief, is present right now. Pray for those who were injured. 

…of Thanksgiving for the first responders, doctors and nurses, hospitals and ambulance drivers.

…for God’s will for the individuals who committed the acts, and for an end to hatred and violence. 

Pray more broadly

…for peace and justice and harmony in our land.  Spend time imagining that world: envision a place in the heart of your mind where God’s Kingdom has come, and pray for its coming to us.

…for our society and its structures– for adequate mental health services, for sensible laws around firearms, and for an end to racism, poverty, and intersectional issues that create a culture of fear, violence and oppression. Pray for our lawmakers, legislators and leaders that they will lead us into paths of peace.

…for our own strength and compassion in these days. Pray us – ourselves- into action, advocacy, and the path of transformation.

…for discernment, that God might show us how we can be the hands of Christ in this world, to make the Way of Love a Way of Life for all. Pray that we can find our place to respond as peacemakers and advocates of a world of harmony. 

Pray in different ways

…this afternoon on my drive home, I listened to the Mozart Requiem, holding the victims in my prayer.  Prayer can be powerful in forms of journaling, drawing, walking and singing.

Corporate Prayer

Gather in fellowship

 …to offer vigils for those who mourn and to honor the dead.

…Using the resources of the Book of Common Prayer(this morning we gathered with the Prayer for Peace on pg. 815)

…sitting in silence to collectively listen for God’s word and to lift up our brokenness and to share, in “groans too deep for words.”(Romans 8:26)

I hope that you will join God, and others around the world, in prayer today.

I am confident that it will help.

I will be praying.


*This in the aftermath of a mass shooting in our country


Peaches and Ice Cream Social is August 25th

Sunday August 25th,  (after both the Rite I and Rite II Eucharists) we will have our annual Peaches and Ice Cream Social in the Parish Hall. 

We need Peach Peelers on Saturday Morning August 24th at 9:30 am. 
Please sign up in the Cloister on the old Canterbury Cart.  If you have questions contact Kathy Holtry -


Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching

Please Volunteer to help for the largest fund raiser at St. John’s.
Saturday Oct. 5TH, Sunday Oct. 6TH, Saturday Oct. 12TH, and Sunday Oct. 13TH we need Volunteers to help at our Apple Butter Booth! 

Sign up in the Cloister. 

If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at:


Church Directory Updates Needed

Please check the sign up table in the cloister for proof copies of the next directory.  We still are missing information from many members of the congregation. There are notes on what we are missing, but many members have dropped home phone numbers or changed other contact information.  Please make the changes and updates directly on the sheets, before we print the new directory.

Episcopal Migration Ministries Logo

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 on August 18th after the Rite II Eucharist, in the Library. The group will continue to discuss how the community at St. John's might help those in need. 

Below are two web addresses 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.

A Big Thank You to those who buy Giant Gift Cards! In the last three months we have more than TRIPLED our sales of cards.  In the last two months we have earned $150 at no cost to St. John's members or the church. 


  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!  Marilyn and Byron Koste could use additional help, especially after the Rite I Eucharist.  Please see them for details.

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:

Holy Baptism in the Episcopal Church


In the waters of baptism, we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ. Holy Baptism, which can be performed through pouring of water or immersion in it, marks a formal entrance to the congregation and wider Church; the candidates for the sacrament make a series of vows, including an affirmation of the Baptismal Covenant, and are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are marked as Christ’s own for ever, having “clothed [themselves] with Christ” (Galatians 3:27).

All people of any age are welcome to be baptized; we believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, as the “bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

Readings For Pentecost IX
     August 11th
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah:                                                                                     Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.  Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand?  Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation-- I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them. When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24

1 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.

3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.

4 He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.

5 "Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice."

6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.

7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
"O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
for I am God, your God.

8 I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
your offerings are always before me.

23 Consider this well, you who forget God, *
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.

24 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God."

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:                                                                  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old-- and Sarah herself was barren-- because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore." All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


The Gospel                                                                                                                                   Luke 12:13-21
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."


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.
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost IX

8 am Rite I This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Carla Fisher
Lay Reader 2 - Bill Lord
Vestry - Pam Lord
Intercessor - Larry Alexander
Chalice - Linda Myers
Chalice - Alvin Blitz
Usher - Robert Pound
Usher - Terry Young
9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Sandi Maloney
Lay Reader 2 - Rebecca Schreiber
Verger - Dave Stewart
Vestry - Ann Smith
Intercessor - Theresa Rice
Chalice - Dayna Bryner
Chalice - Jim Carman
Chalice - Sandi Maloney
1st Crucifer – Elias Kradel
Sr. Server – Josh Rice
Jr. Server – James Confer
Usher - Dan Confer
Usher - Suzanne Cornman
Usher - Mike Miller
Usher - John Newbold
Altar Guild:  Sandi Maloney, Carolyn Freberg, Theresa Rice, Marilyn Koste,
Flower Delivery:  Helen Carroll and Suzanne Cornman

Coming Up At St. John's

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

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