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 10, 2023

Please consider mailing your weekly envelope contribution to the church office in your absence.  It’s very much appreciated! Mail to: St. Andrew’s in the Valley Church, 4620 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17112. 
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Eucharistic Prayer Visitors - We are looking for volunteers to become Eucharistic Prayer Visitors. Please use the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Father Nelson at 717/773-2263. TRAINING BEGINS IMMEDIATELY THROUGH THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. Training will be held every Sunday after service.
USED CHILDREN’S BOOKS – If anyone has used children’s books that need a new home, please give them to Dot Wise.
PRAYER GROUP – Richard and Shirley Comiskey issue the prayer list. If you wish to receive the prayer list, as part of the prayer group, please let them know. Their email addresses are                 Richard – comiskey807@yahoo.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(98, 4, 2);font-size:20px;font-style:italic">comiskey807@yahoo.co        Shirley – sbcomiskey@yahoo.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(98, 4, 2);font-size:20px;font-style:italic">sbcomiskey@yahoo.com
Persons on the prayer list will be kept on for 3 months, unless Richard and Shirley are otherwise notified.
 FORWARD DAY BY DAY - If you would like a copy of the current quarter’s issue of this publication of daily devotions, please ask your usher. They are also on the table in the lobby.
St. Andrews has adopted Paxton Home for the month of December A tree has been placed at the back of the sanctuary. Please take an ornament and buy the item on that ornament and return the item by December 17, 2023 so that we can deliver our presents on December 18, 2023
To all who helped to make our Christmas Concert and Tea so successful on December 2. We appreciate those who produced the tickets and signage, sold tickets, set up tables, baked hundreds of delicious cookies and pastries and made dainty sandwiches, brewed endless cups of tea, parked 95 cars, served 75 guests, performed with the Keystone Concert Band, ushered, washed dishes and cleaned up. Because of your gifts of time, talent and team work, St. Andrew's in the Valley Episcopal Church Women (and gentlemen) raised $1,400.00 which will be used to fund our community outreach projects in 2024.
Regular Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays - 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Holiday Office Hours
Wednesday, December 27 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, December 28 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 3 , 2024 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Holiday Season Tentative Schedule
December 3 - Sunday - First Day of Advent
(December 10th, 17th and 24th)
December 9 & 10 - Saturday and Sunday Decoration of Church
We will decorate immediately following the services each day.
December 22 - Friday - Christmas Caroling
December 23 - Saturday - there will be the usual 4 pm service
December 24th - Sunday is Christmas Eve - there will NOT be a 9 am service.
The Christmas Eve service is tentatively scheduled for 7PM
December 25 - Monday - Christmas Day - there will NOT be a service this day.
December 26 - Tuesday - Boxing Day/Kwanzaa - NO activities are planned for this day.
December 30 - Saturday - there will be the usual 4 pm service
December 31 - Sunday - New Year's Eve - there will be the usual 9 am service
January 1, 2024 - Monday - New Year's Day - NO service is planned for this day.
The Worship Committee invites you to join us in reading the lessons at the 4.00 pm Saturday and 9.00 am Sunday services. If you would like to be a reader, please speak with Carole Dembosky or send her an e-mail at carmel32@verizon.net" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(61, 109, 211);font-size:16px;font-style:italic">carmel32@verizon.net.
The Second Sunday in Advent
December 10, 2023
The Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent
ALL - Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The First Reading is from Isaiah 40:1-11
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain. O Zion, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
                   The Word of the Lord
People  Thanks be to God
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 2 Peter 3:8-15a
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. But the day of the lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all things are to be dissolved in this way, what short of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
The Word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God
 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
People      Glory to you, Lord Christ
The Gospel Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness; "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight," John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me: I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
The Gospel of the Lord
People Praise to you, Lord Christ
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;
We pray for Audrey our Bishop;
We pray for Nelson our Rector;
We pray for all clergy;
We pray for all who are in the armed forces, and for the special protection of those serving in dangerous areas of the world.
We pray for the parishioners, the staff and the vestry of St. Andrew’s in the Valley.     
Especially those on our prayer list
Bishop Nathan Baxter, Mary Ellen Baxter, Amanda, Bash, David Beumer, Janice Bickel, Bill, Terry Caldwell, Gail Campbell, Chris (caregiver), Bob Citrone, Francine Citrone, Jane Couser, Richard Comiskey, Dot (a close friend of Joan Pruett), Yvonne Dwyer, Marjorie Faish, Gloria (caregiver) Pat Grove, Kerry Hartman, Heather, Jen, Renee Jones, Norma Johnson her daughter Kim and son-in-law, Dave Lutz, Marian, Ken Olson, Ray Patrick, Renee Patrick, Patti, Bill and Gloria Peterson, Isaiah Prigrom his wife Malgorzata and daughter Sophia, Joan Pruett (requesting prayers for a close Jewish friend, her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter prayers for the family and her family living in Israel, Beth Quick, Lauren Rippeon, Al Robinson, Rose, Rick Sadler, Dale Seitz, Evelyn Smith, Nancy Sweitzer, Yvonne Thompson and brother Tommy, Bob and Carol Unger, Marie Vene, Walker family, Gene Wolfe
Sisters and brothers in Christ, strive to be found by God at peace, without spot, or blemish. Placing our trust in God, let us pray, "Gather us in your arms; carry us in your heart.
O God, we pray for the Church, May those who have been baptized with water and the Holy Spirit live no longer in their sins but lead lives of holiness and godliness.
Gather us in your arms;
Carry us in your heart.
O God, we pray for the nations of the world. May your voice be heard in all the earth, your glory revealed in all lands. Rain down righteousness and peace in abundance.
Gather us in your arms;
Carry us in your heart.
O God, we pray for the creation. Continually renew the heavens and the earth by your mercy.
Gather us in your arms;
Carry us in your heart.
O God, we pray for our community. We long to see truth spring up through the frozen earth and be found in all our hearts and minds.
Gather us in your arms;
Carry us in your heart.
O God, we pray for the sick and sorrowful. Comfort the suffering with your tenderness. Speak peace to your people. Invite the congregation to add their petitions and thanksgivings, followed by silence.
Recessional Hymn #L-64 "I Love To Tell The Story"
Stephen Ministry - Our Stephen Ministry Mission at St. Andrew in the Valley is to support people, in and outside of our congregation with life. Together with the guidance of the Stephen Ministry Team and the Rector, we can encourage people through some of life's rough times. As a team, or as an individual, we can show others that they are not alone on the journey of life. It is our hope that we can share the love of Jesus Christ by providing one-on-one care to people who are experiencing challenges in their journey. Stephen Minister, contactor Fr. Nelson or Stephen Leader, Richard Comiskey 717-657-0817, Judy Dillon 717-991-6071.
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:
Richard: comiskey807@yahoo.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(54, 97, 189);font-style:italic;font-weight:bold">comiskey807@yahoo.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(54, 97, 189);font-style:italic;font-weight:bold">comiskey807@yahoo.com
Shirley: sbcomiskey@yahoo.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(54, 97, 189);font-style:italic;font-weight:bold">sbcomiskey@yahoo.com
Mary Murray
Carole Dembosky (Vestry Secretary)
Elizabeth DeSousa
Marty Wise (Sr. Warden)
Chris Mayer
Evelyn Burton
John Prim (Treasurer)
Dee Mayer, Financial Secretary
Brenda Scott, Church Secretary
Vestry Meetings
Vestry meetings are open to members of the congregation to observe. Meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of most months, following the Sunday service. If you wish to present something to the Vestry, you must request to be put on the Agenda. Call the church office to confirm meeting dates or ask to be put on the Agenda 717-657-8583.
St. Andrew's in the Valley
Episcopal Church
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4620 Linglestown Road
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Office: 717-657-8583
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