Parish Newsletter

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
717-773-2263
The Rev. Canon Nelson Kuule Baliira, Rector
717-773-2263
 
 
April 4, 2021
 
 
INDOOR SERVICES ARE AT 4 PM ON SATURDAY AND 9 AM ON SUNDAY
Masks are required


 
 
We are now able to accept debit card or credit card donations through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account yourself. Please click on the DONATE HERE button and follow the instructions.
Easter will be celebrated on Saturday, April 3 at 4 pm, and Sunday, April 4 at 9 am indoors.
 
For those wishing to remain in their cars in the parking lot, the services will be broadcast on FM 87.9 and communion can be brought to your car.
 
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Link to Bishop Scanlan's Video Message:
 
The ECW yard sale is Saturday, April 10th beginning at 8 AM. It is not too late to drop off items on the back porch of the Valley house. Items can also be dropped off during set up next week. If you can help set up for the sale, please be at the Valley house on Monday, April 5th at 9 AM. Help is needed all week.
 
The ECW distributed 20 Easter meal baskets to needy families. Thanks to all who participated!
 
EASTER MEMORIALS
 
Richard and Shirley Comiskey for Joseph & Caterine Comiskey, Cathy Comiskey, John & Mary Boyer and Joan Boyer. John and Loretta Prim for Rev. John Leo. Margo and Richard Colicchio for Dorothy & Joseph Colicchio and Margaret & Barnard Reviwski. Linah Jacobs. Helen M. Copp for William & Helen E. Copp. Lori Clark Robinson for Delphine S. Clark.
 
EASTER
April 4, 2021
 
 
Hymn 208 “Alleluia! The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done”
 
 
 
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
The First Reading is from Isaiah 25:6-9
 
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
 
The Word of the Lord
 
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
 
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.
15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:
16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"
17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
 
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 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 
 
I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you--unless you have come to believe in vain.
 
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them--though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
 
The Word of the Lord
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Mark 16:1-8
 
 
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
 
  The Gospel of the Lord
"He is risen. He is not here . . . but go tell his disciples and Peter . . ."
 
Mark 16:6-7
 
 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. HE IS RISEN! HE IS NOT HERE. See the place where they laid him. BUT GO! Tell his disciples and Peter . . .”
 
One thing is certain—if Jesus had not risen from the dead, we would probably never have heard about him.
 
The disciples were too afraid to be anywhere near those who had crucified him. Their attitudes were that everything had finished in tragedy.
 
As for the faithful humble women, the Sabbath had intervened in their plans to anoint the body of the Christ who had died on Friday afternoon; they were not able to so because Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath.
 
So, on the first day of the week which was a Sunday, these faithful women got up very early to go to the tomb to perform the sad task of anointing Jesus’ body.
 
They were worried about one thing. They knew they didn’t have the strength to roll back the stone from the tomb opening.
 
But when they arrived at the tomb site, the stone had been rolled away! Inside was a messenger who gave them the unbelievable news that Jesus had been raised from the dead!
 
This message of the risen Christ is the central theme of our Christian faith.
 
Nothing else could have changed sad and despairing men and women into people glowing with joy and filled with courage.
 
From that moment till now, Jesus was no longer a historical figure, who must be studied as wonderful, courageous, loving and forgiving. Yes, we may begin that way, but we must end by meeting Him.
Jesus is not a memory, but a living presence. Jesus is not only to be talked about, but someone to meet.
 
Once we have felt the presence of Christ individually, the most precious thing to do is to GO AND TELL . . .
 
It is message that must be told to the sad and those in despair. It is a message that cheers sorrowful hearts.
 
We must all courageously go and tell this story of the Risen Lord to a world that has lost hope in life.
 
We must all go and tell the story of the risen Christ to those we meet everywhere. AMEN
Nelson+
 
From Susan Unger and Evelyn Burton:
 
Nicene Creed, BCP p. 358
 
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 Afghanistan, Iraq and other dangerous areas of the world;
For the parishioners, staff and vestry of St. Andrew's in the Valley.    
 
Jesus Christ is risen today, our triumphant holy day. Alleluia! So let us pray to our Lord, saying, “Risen Christ, to you we give undying praise.”
 
Heavenly King, for us you endured the cross and the grave. When we were yet sinners, you redeemed and saved us. May we sing your eternal praises everywhere we go.
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
 
Pascal victim, where your blood is poured, death’s dark angel sheathes his sword. Placing our hope in you, we pray for an end to violence and war.
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
 
Author of Life, you are the ruler of creation. All things created on earth sing to your glory. From the death of the winter, raise the fair beauty of earth.
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
 
Resurrected One, bring our neighbors from sadness into joy. Where they live in darkness, brighten their lives you’re your splendor and give to all that peace the passes human knowing.
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
 
Jesus the health of the world, pour out your balm on our souls and the souls of all in pain or sorrow, especially those on St. Andrew’s prayer list. Be the source of life for all people.
Please add your own petitions and thanksgivings
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
 
Meresi Baliira, Bishop Nathan Baxter, Sandy Amoroso, Dot Bothwell, JC Brockman, Gail Campbell, Bob Citrone, Helen Copp, Yvonne Dwyer, Boyd Fetterolf, John Fetterolf, Mike and Maryann Gelehrter, Pat Grove, Heather, John Grier, Kelly Hazzard, Carole Heikel, Grant Hodgson, Bev Hoover, Goldie Hoover, Jean Hunter, Norma Johnson, Bob Jones, Jackie Little, Mary, “Bugsy” Marks, Christine Meyer, Mary Murray and Family, Ruthann Neubold, Donna Olson, Mary Parise, Renee Patrick, Lauren Rippeon, Elizabeth Robertson, Al Robinson, Shawna, Bob and Linda Sheaffer, Evelyn Smith, LaVonne Thompson, Amber Uloian, Bob and Carole Unger, Susan Unger, Peter VanZant, Joe and Marie Vene, Linda Wevodau, Angela Wise, Gene Wolfe, Ann Wulk, Robin Yvette’s Family, Margit Zaccano, and the victims of the CORONA Virus and the people who are assisting them.
  
Living Christ, nothing in this world can sever us from your love. May we follow where you have gone before us: to rest and reign with you in heaven. Bless and keep the dying and the dead.
Silence
Risen Christ,
To you we give undying praise.
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