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Showing posts from April, 2015

Prayer for Nepal

Hear our cry for mercy in the wake of this devastating earthquake. Reveal your presence in the midst of suffering. In the face of desperation and grief, help us to trust in your promises of hope and life.  Shine a light in the darkness, be a beacon of peace, bring strength in times of trial, and assure us with the hope we know in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen 

Hershey Handbells This Friday

This Friday, April 24 at 7:30 PM, we have the privilege of welcoming the Hershey Handbell Ensemble, a group of skilled bell choir players from throughout south central Pennsylvania. This fifteen member group, under the direction of Dr. Shawn Gingrich, performs on seven octaves of handbells, handchimes, and other assorted instruments. In addition to the performance, there  will be explanations and demonstrations of the various bells and instruments used, the compositions played, and the coordination of the group itself. There will also be time for your questions as well. Hershey Handbell Ensemble is committed to advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people of various ages and backgrounds through the musical arts. The Ensemble will also have a selection of popular CD recordings available for purchase at the concert. Invite family and friends, as well as musicians from other churches for this very special evening.

An Easter Prayer

Holy and Living God, You continue to confound  our expectations and surprise us with your redeeming power in our lives.  Come among us, risen Lord.  Reveal yourself to us that we may know with confidence that nothing in all creation, not even death, can separate us from your love.  In Jesus' name.  Amen . A word of thanks to all of you who offered your hearts and hands and voices to a deeply moving Holy Week and a joy filled celebration of the Resurrection.  It was exciting to see an increase in attendance at special services throughout Lent and Holy Week this year, especially among those who are newer to our faith community. Many hearts were touched and lives were lifted up through the celebrations of this past week. We are truly blessed. Continue to pray for those who were unable to be with us on Sunday, the sick, the struggling, the hospitalized, the homebound, and the dying.  Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world,