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2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter's Sunday News

4. June, 2016 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (June, 2016)

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. What's new on the website June 21, 2016

9. Latest Photo Galleries 

10. Latest Bulletin (June 26, 2016) 11am  and Sermon ( June 19, 2016)

June 26, 2016 

11. Recent Services:

Pentecost 2 Sunday, May 29

Photos from Pentecost 2

Pentecost 3 Sunday, June 5

Photos from Pentecost 3

Pentecost 4 Sunday, June 12

Photos from Pentecost 4

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Port Royal Tutoring! (June 13- Aug. 29)

Ken Pogue is reviving the tutoring program for the summer. It will cover PSAT and ACT Test preparation for junior and seniors. It will be held in the Parish house on Monday's nights except for July 4 and 11.

Details are here

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, June 19 - June 26  

Alban, First Martyr of Britain, c. 304
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
[James Weldon Johnson, Poet, 1938]
[Isabel Florence Hapgood, Ecumenist and Journalist, 1929]

June 19, 2016 (full size gallery)

Sunday, June 19  Description with photos

June 20 - 5:00pm-7pm - Port Royal Tutoring, Parish House. PSAT preparation

June 22 -  10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House 

June 22 - 1:00pm-2pm, Summer Choir  in the Church.

June 26 - 10:00am, Godly Play, preschool through 2nd grade

June 26 - 10:00am, "Weaving God's Promises", 3rd grade and up, is cancelled for this Sunday.

June 26 - 11:00am,  Morning Prayer, Rite II 

Sunday, June 26 Readings and Servers  

Port Royal Tutoring Signup! (June 13- Aug. 29) 

Ken Pogue is reviving the tutoring program for the summer. It will cover PSAT and ACT Test preparation for junior and seniors. It will be held in the Parish house on Monday's nights except for July 4 and 11.

1. Ken needs two adults to supervise the sessions which started on Monday, June 13.  Please contact Ken directly is you can help (540) 847-9017

2. In addition he is looking for tutors.  

Signup up here or click the form below.    (When accessing the form, please double click the appropriate cell and enter your name.)

3.  Rising juniors and seniors in high school are encouraged to signup The cost is a donation to the church.  Please contact Ken if you can help or know some prospective students.   

FredCamp lunch signup, July 7-July 8


St. Peter's will be providing lunch to the youth volunteers working on rehabilitating homes the week of July 3- July 9. We will  be doing it on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8. It will involve preparing food for 10 people at a worksite in King George about 10 miles away. Not only do you get to meet the crew, but you get a chance to see what they are doing!

If you can donate snacks, desserts, fruit, and help assemble sandwiches or choose a day to take pizza or other fast food to the workers, please let Catherine know (540) 809-7489 or by  email.

World Refugee day, June 20

For the first time since World War II, there are more than 60 million displaced people worldwide, including more than 19 million refugees. 

The Episcopal Church's response to the refugee crisis is led by the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Working in partnership with offices and groups within the church as well as with governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), and a network of 30 affiliate offices in 26 dioceses, Episcopal Migration Ministries assures safe passage and provides vital services for thousands of refugee families upon their arrival in America: English language and cultural orientation classes, employment services, school enrollment, and initial assistance with housing and transportation. For each family, the goal is self-reliance and self-determination. After years of living in limbo, thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees now have the opportunity to begin again on a strong foundation that honors their stories and dignity.

Each year, Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of local affiliate partners welcome more than 5,000 refugees from more than 30 countries. From the moment they arrive in their new communities, refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome the stranger through this ministry each year.

Prayer for the day

"Gracious God, we pray for our newest neighbors, that those families who have sought refuge from the ravages of war and violence may find not only shelter and sustenance, but also a loving and supportive community in which to create a new beginning with dignity. Amen."

--Alyssa Stebbing, Outreach Ministry Director and Contemporary Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands, Texas


1. Monday webinar - Join Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Public Policy Network in a World Refugee Day webinar on Monday, June 20 at 7 pm Eastern. Register

2. Review stories of refugees - Witness refugee stories of survival and hope through the Episcopal Migration Ministries video series

3. Bishop Michael Curry's 2 minute video

June 24th - Nativity of John the Baptist

John the Baptist

The Birth of John the Baptist, or Nativity of the Forerunner) is a Christian feast day celebrating the birth of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus and who baptized Jesus. The day of a Saint's death is usually celebrated as his or her feast day, but Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, while not being exceptions to this rule also have feast days that celebrate their earthly birth. The reason is that St. John (Luke 1:15), like the Blessed Virgin, was purified from original sin before his very birth (in Catholic doctrine), though not in the instant of conception as in the latter case.

Lectionary, June 26, 2016 

I. Theme - Our relationship with God always comes at a price

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

First Reading - 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21
Psalm - Psalm 16
Epistle -Galatians 5:1,13-25
Gospel - Luke 9:51-62 

Today we learn that our relationship with God always comes at a price. In 1 Kings, we hear the story of how God first called Elisha as Elijah’s successor. Paul urges the Galatians to use their spiritual freedom to live in the Spirit. Jesus teaches his disciples the cost of following him.

What a familiar response we hear to the call to discipleship in today’s stories. When Elijah anoints Elisha to be his successor, Elisha begs to return home first to say farewell to his family. Elijah grants him leave. This does not seem to be an unreasonable request.

By contrast, Jesus dismisses with blunt retorts the excuses to put off following him. Why does Jesus sound so irascible and demanding? Does he really require such total renunciation of all natural and material considerations of every would-be follower? We know that most of the time we can look on Jesus’ own life as a model for ours. And he had gone exactly to this extent to serve God. He had renounced home, family and worldly possessions, even to having “nowhere to lay his head.”

Perhaps this is one of the times we are justified in interpreting a New Testament scene in the light of its historical context. Jesus knew he was on his way to death in Jerusalem. He had just been refused even basic accommodations in a Samaritan village. His message and ministry had been met generally with rejection, apathy, controversy, misunderstanding and open opposition. Time was running out. He was faced with finding a band of followers whose dedication would be equal to the task of continuing his mission after he was gone.

Nothing but total detachment from normal life would qualify them for such an awesome calling. Jesus’ disciples needed to know the urgency and the primacy of the commitment. In the passage we have read today, Jesus was in the process of sorting out the ones who could meet the cost of discipleship at that particular time.

Such detachment is not a blanket assignment for all Christians. The Church is perpetuated largely by Christians who live normal lives involving family, home, work and participation in society in general.

Some are called to religious orders or into the mission field or work among the needy. They are called to follow Jesus’ example in renunciation of natural and material attachments in order to be totally consecrated to their mission. The Church has been richer and more inspired because of their commitment.

To those of us who are not called in such a way, the example of self-denial and self-discipline remains a vital factor of our discipleship. We still have to count the cost of following Jesus. We still have to make service to God our first priority and acknowledge God as our “good above all other.” However we choose to serve and follow the lord, it is the Spirit who enables us to do it. The Spirit does set us free from being overly concerned about our earthly ties and treasures. The whole law is fulfilled as we love our neighbors as ourselves.

We know that God keeps God’s end of the covenant, even when we go astray, even when we have willfully rejected God, God cannot reject us. It is our own rejecting of God that separates us, our own clinging to worldly ways and values that keeps us from following God’s ways of love and justice. It is this failure to leave worldly understandings that built up the walls between Jewish and Gentile believers in Paul’s day, and causes us to continue to keep walls and boundaries between others today. We are called to break down those walls by following Jesus, and we are called to leave those worldly values and understandings behind.

In the spirit of the passage from Galatians, God is moving through every aspect of our personal and congregational life, bringing all of the strands together in ways that promote wholeness individual, community, and planet. We need to let go of egocentrism and self-interest, to seek the well-being of our most vulnerable companions and to express God’s love in deed and word. Such actions are bold indeed; they will cost us something, but they will also bring us more than we can ask and imagine in blessings and power to heal the Earth. Grace enables us to become large-souled persons who see our own well-being and the well-being of others as intimately connected.

Read more from the lectionary 


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