St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
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August 25, 2019
Pentecost XI

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.


Peaches and Ice Cream Social is This Coming Sunday!

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. 



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. 


Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching

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



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 7, October 13, November, 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

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:

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and Trinity Episcopal Church, Pro-Cathedral will host “Pilgrimage to Scotland 2020”! Join our cathedrals as we travel with Thin Places Mystical Tours from May 15-24, 2020. Airfare and travel insurance are not included in the cost. Individuals will be responsible for their travel to and from Edinburgh, Scotland. Wheelchair accessibility limited in most places and terrain is often uneven. Contact The Rev. Shayna Watson once you registered or if you have questions,, 717-236-4059. Follow this link for detailed itinerary and Payment instructions for "The Monk's Trail."

Readings For Pentecost XI
     August 25th
Old Testament                                                                                          Jeremiah 1:4-10
Rite I -  Lane Duffie
Rite II –  Harrison Kwame Ayl
A Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah:
The word of the Lord came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy." But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord." Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
Continue to the Psalm at both services

Psalm 71:1-6
Rite I -  Lane Duffie
Rite II –  Harrison Kwame Ayl
1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *
let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O Lord God, *
my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mother's womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you.

The Epistle                                                                   Hebrews 12:18-29
Rite I -  June Trinnaman
Rite II – Truman Bullard
A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death." Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear.") But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken-- that is, created things-- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
The Gospel                                                                                                                     Luke 13:10-17
Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Prayers of the People
Rite I -  Terry Neiles
Rite II – Sandi Maloney
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
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost XI

8 am Rite I This Sunday
Celebrant Melissa Q. Wilcox+
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Lane Duffie
Lay Reader 2-June Trinnaman
Vestry-Linda Myers
Intercessor-Terry Neiles
Chalice-Larry Alexander
Chalice-Robert Pound
Usher-Terry Neiles
Usher-Pam Lord

9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Celebrant Adam Kradel+
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Harrison Kwame Ayi
Lay Reader 2-Truman Bullard
Verger-Patti Shufflebarger
Vestry-Cindy Ludwig-Payo
Intercessor-Sandi Maloney
Chalice-Dean Glick
Chalice-Charles Stoup
Chalice-David Smith
1st Crucifer- Joyce Aryee
Sr. Server-Theresa Rice
Jr. Server-Ethan Hurt
UsheR-Nii Aryee
Usher-Jim Carman
Usher-Perry Heath
Usher-Dave Stewart

Altar Guild:  Ann Whitesel, Anne Stewart, Pat Simms, Kathy Copenhaver, Carolyn Holt, Laura Potts, Lane Duffie
Flower Delivery:  Wendy Tibbetts and Connie Middleton

Coming Up At St. John's

Peaches and Ice Cream Social - This Sunday August 25th, after both services

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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