St. Andrew's in the Valley 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
September 26, 2021

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THANK YOU - A big thank you to the hospitality committee for a wonderful time had by all at the Ceilidh (Kay-lee ) on Saturday. The food was outstanding and entertainment filled with many good jokes!!!!!!  Fr. Nelson, Mary Murray, Bob Zaccano, Dot Wise, Renee Jones, Chris Grove, Carole Dembosky, and Marty Wise want to thank all who attended.   
And a good time was had by all!
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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 26, 2021
Hymn 427  “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
The Collect for the Eighteenth 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 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 
The king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me-- that is my petition-- and the lives of my people-- that is my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king.” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?” Esther said, “A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman's house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated.
Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.
The Word of the Lord
Psalm 124
1 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us;
5 Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us.
6 Blessed be the Lord! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
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 James 5:13-20
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
The Word of the Lord
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
Mark 9:38-50
John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
The Gospel of the Lord!
Mark 9:47
“And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.”
In physical matters, it may be that one may have to part with some part of the body to preserve the life of the whole body.
The amputation of some limb or the excision of some part of the body by surgical means is sometimes the only way to preserve the life of the whole body.
In the spiritual life, the same kind of thing happens.
It may be necessary to abandon some habit or pleasure, to give up some friendship, or to cut out something which has become dear to us in order to be fully obedient to the will of God.  AMEN
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 Afghanistan, Iraq and other dangerous areas of the world;
  • For the parishioners, staff and vestry of St. Andrew's in the Valley.    
My brothers and sisters, the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Believing in the power of prayer, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “God our help; receive our prayer.
Give to your Church, O God, the vision to see you at work in the world. Forgive us when we try to limit or control you. May we rejoice in all good and celebrate all loving deeds.
God our help;
Receive our prayer.
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; comfort all those around the globe who know the devastation of war and the threat of annihilation. We pray for peace.
God our help;
Receive our prayer.
We thank you, O God, that you have provided us with those things that make our lives better---fire for heat, salt for seasoning. We thank you for all of the good gifts we so easily take for granted.
Please add your own thanksgivings
God our help;
Receive our prayer.
We pray, O God, for all those with whom we share this city. Bring people together. Enable healthy relationships. Help us to be at peace with one another
God our help;
Receive our prayer.     
Blessed God, as you command us, we pray for those in need of healing and wholeness. Turn their sorrow into gladness and their mourning into holiday. Lord, raise them up in Jesus’ name, especially everyone on St. Andrew’s prayer list.
Please add your own petitions
God our help;
Receive our prayer.
Bishop Nathan Baxter, Mary Beumer, Callum Beverly, Dot Bothwell, Gail Campbell, Bob and Francine Citrone, Helen Copp, Mel Dembosky, Patricia Dunlap, Yvonne Dwyer, Marjorie Faish, Boyd Fetterolf, John Fetterolf, Mike and Maryann Gelehrter, Eric Goss, Pat Grove, Heather, John Grier, Kelly Hazzard, Carole Heikel, Ken Heilner and Kathy Heilner his caregiver, Cassi Hinson and children, Goldie Hoover, Jean Hunter, Norma Johnson, Bob Jones, Carol Lauver, Marybeth and Dave LehtimakiDolores Loncar, Elaine Long, Mary, Michelle, Carlos Ochoa, Debbie Lazu Gonzales and Carlos Jr., Cheri and her husband Matt and son Evin, Jennifer McNair, Mary Parise, Renee Patrick, Pete, Lauren Rippeon, Al Robinson, Alexandra Schreier, Bill Shaub, Shawna, Kenny Simms, Evelyn Smith, Mike Smith and his wife Flo his caregiver, Kenneth Stoppard, Tori Truesdale and her daughter Maia is her caretaker, Russell Ulmer, Amber Uloian, Bob and Carole Unger, Susan Unger, Peter VanZant, Marie Vene, Jim Warrington, Linda Wevodau, Alwyn and Gaynor Williams, Margit Zaccano, Kathy Ziegler, and the victims of the CORONA Virus and the people who are assisting them.
Almighty God, were you not on our side, we would be without hope. But you are our salvation. Grant us entrance into your heavenly kingdom; may we become partakers of your heavenly treasure.
God our help;
Receive our prayer.
Hymn 467, “Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love”
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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Elizabeth DeSousa
Dave Dwyer (Jr. Warden)
Betsy Howell (Sr. Warden)
Chris Mayer
Amechi Okereke
Margaret Olson
John Prim (Financial Secretary)
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Bruce Bickel, Treasurer
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