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May 1, 2016 

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Easter 3, April 10

Photos from Easter 3

Easter 4, April 17

Photos from Easter 4

Easter 5, April 24

Photos from Easter 5

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


We're starting a repository of favorite book titles and authors. More information..

Submit your favorite book(s) to our growing repository.

Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 11, April 24, 2016 -  Refrains and Descants

All Lessons

Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting


Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online, since 1999

"We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance."

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week, May 1 - May 8

Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373
Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
[Harriet Starr Cannon, Religious, 1896]
Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417

May 1, 2016 (full size gallery)

Sunday, May 1  Description with photos

May 4 - 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House

May 4 - 5:00pm, Village Dinner and Kitchen Dedication

May 5 - The Ascension

May 5 - 6:45pm, Peumansend Jail Ministry

May 8  - 10:00am, Godly Play, preschool through 2nd grade

May 8  - 10:00am, "Weaving God's Promises", 3rd grade and up, including adults

May 8 - 11:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

May 8 - 12:00pm, First Sunday Social

Sunday, May 8 Readings and Servers, Ascension Sunday   

Make a donation at the Community Give this Tuesday in honor of the Village Harvest

Make your donation May 3 at the Community Give website for St. Peter's Village Harvest Food distribution here.

24 hours day of giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until midnight, celebrating our spirit of generosity and the work of nonprofits which serve our reagion, such as St. Peter's Village Harvest.

Our 2016 brochure

We have a new Village Harvest page . We have two areas where we could use donations:

1. Keeping it going! Help us buy fresh produce for over 100 in the Port Royal, Caroline County area each month . For every $10 you donate, you are providing 10 pounds of fresh produce each for 20 people. That's a total of 200 pounds of food!

People served have grown significantly over the last 12 months:

2. Help us expand in our second year. We are completing the renovation of the kitchen which will expand the Village Harvest into new areas such as cooking classes, holding community dinners at St. Peter's. We are looking for startup up money as well as ideas on how to expand the Harvest

Thank for those that help with this ministry, especially our buyers Johnny Davis and Roger Key and those who help us distribute the food on every third Wednesday.

Ascension, May 5, 2014 and May 8, 2016

Ascension Mantegna

Biblical scholar Ronald Coleman wanted to be clear on Ascension -"We do not, as a matter of fact, believe that Jesus ended his earthly ministry with the equivalent of a rocket launch, rising a few hundred miles above the earth. Nor do we think Jesus was the first to be “beamed up,” to use the term made so familiar by the television series Star Trek."

The New Testament treats the Ascension as an integral part of the Easter event. 

It is the final appearance Jesus’ physical and resurrected presence on earth. It is the final component of the paschal mystery, which consists also of Jesus' Passion, Crucifixion, Death, Burial, Descent Among the Dead, and Resurrection.

Along with the resurrection, the ascension functioned as a proof of Jesus' claim that he was the Messiah. The Ascension is also the event whereby humanity was taken into heaven.  There is a promise he will come again.

So when is it ? The Ascension in Luke 24 is on Easter Sunday evening or, at the latest, the next day; in John 20, sometime between the appearance to Mary Magdalene (who is told not to touch the risen One because he has not yet ascended) and the appearance to Thomas (who is invited to touch him); in Acts 1, after the forty days (which, however, are symbolic of the time of revelation; there may be no intention to suggest that the ascension actually “occurred” on the fortieth day). We celebrate Ascension on the 40th day, this year Thursday May 5 or the closest Sunday, May 8. 

The main scriptural references to the Ascension are Mark:16:19, Luke:24:51, and Acts:1:2 and vvs. 8-10. Luke 24 says  "While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven". In Acts " he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen." Jesus commissions his followers, rather than simply blessing them; and we have an appearance from two men in white robes.

Mount Olivet, near Bethany, is designated as the place where Christ left the earth. The feast falls on  Thursday, May 5 and it is one of the most solemn in the calendar, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, Easter and Pentecost.

In disappearing from their view "He was raised up and a cloud received Him out of their sight" (Acts 1:9), and entering into glory He dwells with the Father in the honur and power denoted by the scripture phrase."

In a way, Jesus’ abandonment of the disciples upon the Mount of Olives is more profound than their abandonment on Calvary. After all, the disciples themselves predicted he would die. But no one could have imagined the Resurrection and the extraordinary forty days during which Jesus dwelled again with his friends. Forty days with the resurrected Jesus – appearing in the upper room, along the way to Emmaus, upon the beach at Galilee! Imagine their despair when this, the Jesus present to them in such an astonishing way, enters the Cloud on the Mount of Olives.


Ascension as the beginning of the Church's mission

The Ascension is the beginning of the church’s mission.

  1. It is powered by the Spirit 

  2. It is a call to be witnesses 

  3. It is worldwide is scope  

The Ascension holds the promise of Christ’s return.

The Purpose of the Ascension:

A.  For Man's Redemption

B.  For Jesus to be our Advocate

C.  So The Spirit Could Come

D.  To Prepare a place for Us

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Lectionary, May 8, 2016

I.Theme -   Forging the glorious unity of God’s people.

 " Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro" – Paul Landowski, 1931

The lectionary readings are here  or individually:

Old Testament - Acts 16:16-34
Psalm - Psalm 97 
Epistle - Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21
Gospel - John 17:20-26  

We were in the middle between Ascension, last Thursday and Easter 7 which looks a week ahead to Pentecost. Easter 7 is a Sunday of Christian unity in the face of the disciples in their uncertainty. This is a result of the events of the recent past, the Resurrection and Ascension.

After his resurrection 40+ days ago, Jesus has appeared to three followers on the road to Emmaus, to Peter, and to those gathered in Jerusalem. When they have thought that they were seeing a ghost, he has invited them to touch his wounds and eats in their presence. The community is not sure of the outcome of all this. Will he stay ? They feel terrified both as to their own safety.

Today's readings give us a sense of comfort. In today’s readings, we catch a glimpse of the glorious unity of God’s people. Paul and Silas show their concern even for their Gentile jailer, who becomes a believer through their example. John, in his Revelation, describes the believers’ urgent longing for final union with Jesus. In the gospel, Jesus prays for us, who have come to faith and unity in him through the testimony of the disciples

On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus interceded for His Church — for His apostles and all who believe in Him through their word — that all of His disciples “may become perfectly one” in the Father and the Son (John 17:21–23). For Jesus became flesh and dwells among us in order to reveal the Father and His name, to share with us the glory of His righteousness, and to bring us to the Father in Himself. As the Father loved the Son from “before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24), so He loves the whole world (John 17:23, 26). Through the apostolic witness to the baptism, cross and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:21–22), the Lord gathers His disciples throughout the world “with one accord, as one body in Christ (Acts 1:14). And so with one voice and by one Spirit, His Bride prays, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17). And He comes to us. He gives us“the water of life without price” to wash our robes and quench our thirst (Rev. 22:17); and He feeds us from “the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit” (Rev. 22:2).

This Sunday, we are reminded that the world-view we hold now is not the same as the ancient Israelites, nor is it the same as the people of Jesus’ day and of the first century, nor will it be the same in the future. We must be prepared for new understandings and insights, new ways of thinking about and understanding God and God’s works in the world

Read more from the lectionary 

Coming up in a week...

Thanks to Andrea Pogue this is the 5th anniversary of this event!

•Use this opportunity to securely dispose of those out dated, sensitive documents and financial records that you have accumulated over the years; and

•Use this occasion to clear out old file cabinets, boxes, folders and envelopes containing pay stubs, tax records, bank statements and receipts that have amassed over time.

Bring them to St. Peter's on Friday, May 12 between 4pm and 5pm and watch the action.  

This is a fund raiser for community enrichment and charitable outreach efforts. We also need to pay for the shredder. Please a consider a generous donation to this cause.  We are suggesting $5 a bag.

Whether for the environment, to help St. Peter's or to rid your home of excess papers, come down and bring your stuff on May 12

ECW Art Day with Susan Tilt, May 14

The St. Peter’s ECW, is planning a fun day of art led by our very own Susan Tilt on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Susan will be guiding us in making an art project using fabrics. The cost will be $20.00 per person and will include supplies and lunch. The location will be in Susan’s studio in Colonial Beach and space is limited to 12 so please note this will be available to the first 12 responders. A carpool will leave St. Peter’s at 9:15 am and return about 4:45 pm.      

Please join the fun and fellowship by contacting Eunice Key, as soon as possible, at 804-241-5395 to confirm your intentions to participate in this activities. 

St. Peter's Church 823 Water Street  P. O. Box 399 Port Royal, Virginia 22535  804-742-5908.  Reverend Catherine D. Hicks, Priest-in-Charge, stpetersrev@gmail.com;    Site Map