St. Andrew's in the Valley
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
September 25, 2022
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The Blessing of the Pets will be Sunday, October 2, at 2 p.m.
The St. Andrew's Vestry has granted permission to collect specific nonperishable foods or monetary donations for the month of September as an outreach opportunity for St. Andrew’s parishioners to help supply food items for Beacon Clinic patients.
Items to collect:
*       Tuna Fish packed in water, no salt added
*       Healthy snacks
*       No salt added canned vegetables
*       Low sodium canned soups
*       Low sodium canned beans (pinto, kidney, black, black-eyed peas, great northern)
*       No sugar added canned fruit
*       Unsweetened applesauce cups
*       Spices (cinnamon, red pepper, and Mrs. Dash salt substitute)
Financial contributions can have the greatest impact. Through our partnership with the Central PA Food Bank (CPFB), food can be purchased at much lower prices than purchased at local grocery stores. Donations may be tax-deductible and provide direct support to individuals in need. There will be a collection box in the Narthex of the church for food donations.
I thank you sincerely for the opportunity to serve hungry folks.
Blessings and peace,
Lori Robinson
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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 25, 2022
Hymn 494, “Crown Him With Many Crowns”
The Collect for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Reading is from Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.
Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, "Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours." Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, "Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself." Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.
And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.
The Word of the Lord
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 He shall say to the Lord,
"You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."
3 He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his pinions,
and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
14 Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.
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 First Letter of Paul to Timothy 6:6-19
There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time-- he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
The Word of the Lord
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 16:19-31
Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-- for I have five brothers-- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, `No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
The Gospel of the Lord!
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.    
Sisters and brothers, let us set our hope on God and pray to our God, saying, “God our refuge and stronghold, we put our trust in you.”
We pray for your one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. May we and your whole Church pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
God, our refuge and stronghold,
We put our trust in you.
We pray for the leaders of this and every nation. Remind us that they are fallible human beings, fellow children of the earth. May they put their trust in you, even as we trust in you for our help.
God, our refuge and stronghold,
We put our trust in you.
Creating God, you made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them. Make us good stewards of your bounty, that there may be food enough for all who hunger.
The congregation may add their own thanksgivings
God, our refuge and stronghold,
We put our trust in you. 
Open our eyes to see the poor at our gates. Give us compassion for those suffering in our community.  You, O Lord,
care for the stranger; you sustain the orphan and widow. May our work reflect you heart.
God, our refuge and stronghold,
We put our trust in you.
We pray for the hungry, the sick and the dying. Grant comfort and mercy to those who now experience evil things, especially everyone on St. Andrew’s prayer list.
The congregation may add their own petitions
Lord, you are our portion,
Therefore, will we hope in you.
Bishop Nathan Baxter, Debbie Bittinger, Dot Bothwell, Shirley Brokenshire, Gail Campbell, Steve Campbell, Cathy, Bob and Francine Citrone, Joseph Clark and his parents and brother, Craig Clarke, Helen Copp, Sue Dietrich, Mother Tar Drazdowski, Yvonne Dwyer, Marjorie Faish, Boyd Fetterolf, Mike and Maryann Gelehrter, Cheryl and Mike Good, Pat Grove, Lorraine Hanson, Heather, Carole Heikel, Goldie Hoover, Jean Hunter, John, Norma Johnson, David Kasputis, The Parents and sister of Josh Kobel, Carol Lauver, Beth Lichtenwalner, Alice McNutt, Mary Murray, Agharese Ness and her family, Renee Patrick, Julie Plowman, Lauren Rippeon, Al Robinson, Shawna, Evelyn Smith, June Sweger, Bob and Carole Unger, Susan Unger, Peter VanZant and his wife Kathy, Marie Vene, the Walker Family, Mandi and Bobby Zaccano, and the victims of the CORONA Virus and the people who are assisting them
We pray for those who have died. May all the departed find new life in the presence of their God, the one who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light.
God, our refuge and stronghold,
We put our trust in you.
Hymn 594, “God of Grace and God of Glory”
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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