Episcopal Church
St. Andrew's in the Valley is a caring, vibrant, open and diverse parish welcoming all, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective.
The Rev. Canon Nelson Kuule Baliira, Rector
December 24 & 25, 2022

Please consider mailing your weekly envelope contribution to the church office in your absence. Church expenses still need to be paid even while attendance may be temporarily reduced. It’s very much appreciated! Mail to: St. Andrew’s in the Valley Church, 4620 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17112.   OR:
The Bishop's Weekly Video
    December 24, 2022, Christmas Eve: Saturday 6:30 pm
for Carol Singing
Service begins at 7 pm
December 25, 2022, Christmas Day: Sunday at 9:00 am
December 24 & 25, 2022
 HYMN 83, “O Come All Ye Faithful” 
Relight the first four candles, and then light the Christ Candle in the center of the wreath; as you are lighting the candles say:
On this most holy day we light all four candles in our Advent wreath, and we are reminded of the Expectation, Preparation, Proclamation, and Revelation of His coming.
Now we light the Christ Candle, we rejoice that the promise of God has been fulfilled in the coming of the Baby born in a manger.
Gracious and Mighty King, we celebrate your goodness to us as we join the triumph and joy of Christmas. As your love has been reveled in all of its fullness, we pray that love may abound in our hearts during this special day. Grant us the spirit of Christ that we may live in the fullness of his character every day. In His name we pray. Amen.
The Collect
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The First Reading is from the Book of Isaiah 62:6-12
Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
   I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
   they shall never be silent.
You who remind the Lord,
   take no rest,
and give him no rest
   until he establishes Jerusalem
   and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand
   and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
   to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
   for which you have laboured;
but those who garner it shall eat it
   and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
   in my holy courts.
Go through, go through the gates,
   prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
   clear it of stones,
   lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The Lord has proclaimed
   to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
   ‘See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him.’
They shall be called, ‘The Holy People,
   The Redeemed of the Lord’;
and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out,
   A City Not Forsaken.’
The Word of the Lord!
Psalm 97
1 The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; * let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, * righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
3 A fire goes before him * and burns up his enemies on every side.
4 His lightnings light up the world; * the earth sees it and is afraid.
5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness, * and all the peoples see his glory.
7 Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! * Bow down before him, all you gods.
8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth; * you are exalted far above all gods.
10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; * he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, * and give thanks to his holy Name.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
The Second Reading is from the Letter of Paul to Titus 3:4-7 
When the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The Word of the Lord!
HYMN 94, "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night”
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
Luke 2:8-20
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 
 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
               and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’  
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The Gospel of the Lord!
HYMN 96, “Angels We Have Heard On High
Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
  • We pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop;
  • For Audrey our Bishop;
  • For Nelson our Rector;
  • For all clergy;
  • For all who are in the armed forces, and for the special protection of those serving in dangerous areas of the world;
  • For the parishioners, staff and vestry of St. Andrew's in the Valley.    
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: make joyful our hearts. Strengthen your church with humility and faith that we might triumph over the power of evil.
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: you abhor neither the simple nor the lowly. Shine your light on all the world that the nations may look upon your truth and find their salvation.
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: may all of creation burst forth in songs of praise. May all the works of your hand glorify you.
You may add your own thanksgivings
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: summon the people of the city to yourself. May all of the distractions and heartache of our lives fade away in the joy of your presence.
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: you love us so dearly. Grant your healing grace to sinners, to the poor, to those in need of love. Open your arms to the sick and the lonely, especially everyone on St. Andrew’s in the Valley prayer list.
Bishop Nathan Baxter, Amanda, Angela, Debbie Bittinger, Shirley Brokenshire, Steve Bryant, Gail Campbell, Cathy, Bob and Francine Citrone, Joseph Clark and his family, Greg Clarke, Helen Copp, Yvonne Dwyer, Marjorie Faish, Boyd Fetterolf, Shirley Fetterolf, Pat Grove, Heather, Carole Heikel, Goldie Hoover, Norma Johnson, Bob Jones, Carol Lauver, Beth Lichtenwalner, John, Alice McNutt, Renee Patrick, Sara Patterson, Patti, Julie Plowman, Lauren Rippeon, Al Robinson, Theresa Schreiner, Shawna, Evelyn Smith, June Sweger, Amber Ullian, Bob and Carole Unger, Susan Unger, Peter VanZant , Marie Vene, Paula, the Walker Family, and the victims of the CORONA Virus and the people who are assisting them.
You may add your own petitions
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: all glory be given to you. You blessed our earthly bodies with your birth; and you promise to raise us to new life by your death and resurrection.
Glorious Lord,
Grant us your peace.
Hymn 111, “Silent Night”
HYMN 100, “Joy To the World!” 
Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received special training to provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and many other life difficulties. The care you’ll receive is confidential, free and very helpful. To receive care from a Stephen Minister, contact Fr. Nelson or a Stephen Leader, Richard Comiskey 717-657-0817, Judy Dillon 717-991-6071, or Helen Copp 717-991-2791.
Richard and Shirley Comiskey maintain the prayer list and send out a monthly email (or oftener, if needed). If you wish to be included on the email distribution list, please let either of them know. Persons on the prayer list will be kept on for three months, unless Richard and Shirley are otherwise notified. If you wish to add yourself or another person to the prayer list, please let either of them know. Their email addresses are:
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Ed Copeland
Carole Dembosky
Elizabeth DeSousa
Dave Dwyer (Jr. Warden)
Betsy Howell (Sr. Warden)
Chris Mayer
Margaret Olson
John Prim (Treasurer)
Bob Zaccano
Dee Mayer, Financial Secretary
Helen Copp, Church & Vestry
From the Vestry 
Our tenant friends at the Studio Kids day care center in St. Andrew's undercroft, currently have opportunities for full-time or part-time employment. If you are interested, or have family or friends who may be looking for employment with children, you are invited to contact: Carissa, Studio for Kids at 717-317-9922.
Though experience is an advantage training is available for the right candidate. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your friends, neighbors, or family.

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