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1. Newcomers - Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Priest-in-Charge

3. St. Peter's Sunday News

4. Feb, 2016 Server Schedule

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

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. What's new on the website Feb. 7, 2016

9. Latest Photo Galleries 

10. Latest  Bulletin (Feb. 10, 2016) 7pm  and Sermon ( Feb 7, 2016)


11. Recent Services:

Epiphany 1, Baptism of Jesus, Jan. 10

Photos from Epiphany 1, Baptism of Jesus, Jan. 10 

Epiphany 2, Jan. 17

Photos from Epiphany 2, Jan. 17 

Epiphany 4, Jan. 31

Photos from Epiphany 4, Jan. 31 

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


The Altarpiece has witnessed all events at St. Peter's in the last 160 years - except its own restoration

We're kicked off the project to restore the altarpiece...and we can only do it with your help

We have a special page with articles and videos  on the altarpiece.

You can make a one time donation or a pledge over the months leading up to March 31, 2016 when we hope to begin the renovation.

As of Jan 17, 2016 we have collected approximately $44K toward the $64K goal - less than $20k left.

Complete a form now  to donate toward this worthy project and return it to our treasurer, Clarence.   

Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 5
 Feb.7, 2016 - 
Notes of the Bass clef notes

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, Feb. 7- Feb 14  

Cornelius the Centurion (new date)
[Frances Jane (Fanny) Van Alstyne Crosby, Hymnwriter, 1915]
[Charles Freer Andrews, Priest and “Friend of the Poor” in India, 1940]
Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818
Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869, 885

February 7, 2016  (full size gallery)

Sunday, Feb. 7  Description with photos

Feb. 10 - 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study

Feb. 10 - 7:00pm, Ash Wednesday Service. Lent begins

Feb. 14  - 2:00pm,  Bishop Gulick visitation

Feb. 14  - 2:00pm, Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Reception afterwards at the Heimbach home. Bring cookies!

Sunday, Feb. 14 Readings and Servers   

19 receive ashes on Ash Wednesday

We began our observation of Jesus’ death and resurrection by preparing for Easter with a season of penitence.  Our Ash Wednesday photo gallery is here.

The service started without music and opening readings and flows into a collect and readings, followed by the sermon. The sermon placed emphasis on the line from Matthew  - "But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who sees in secret... and will reward you.?  It used the metaphor of 14th century mystic Julian of Norwich who saw expansive nature of an acorn.

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Origins of Lent

Lent begins on Feb. 10 with Ash Wednesday which will be celebrated in a 7pm service at St. Peter's. What were the origins of Lent?

Over the centuries Lent accomplished two basic purposes:

1. Recommit ourselves to Christ and Deny Satan through various practices.These included prayer, fasting, merciful works (corporal and spiritual), praying with the Bible, frequent confession, the Eucharist.
2. To prepare ourselves to renew our baptismal promises

It grew in the early Christian period to bind the Christian community together to withstand various external pressures.

The practice of Lent as we know it can be traced back to the Old Testament. New Testament writers drew upon the earlier Scripture and Tradition to develop a penitential characteristic aimed at helping Christian cleanse their hearts and unite their sufferings with those of Christ on the cross. Over the past two millennia the season has remained rooted in biblical traditions and popular devotions and its development has crystallized. Yet its origins remain unclear, despite how firmly ensconced it is in Christendom. 

The word “Lent” is derived from the words lencten or lente, Anglo-Saxon for “spring,” and lenctentid, or “springtide.” The Lenten structure comprises a penitential season that begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday with Vespers followed by the Mass of the Last Supper. It has been refined throughout the ages to what we now know as the forty-day period of abstinence, fasting, merciful works, and prayer.

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Lent at St. Peter's page is ready...

Check out the Lent at St. Peter's site for 2016. This page has most of the worship and educational event along with a Lenten Calendar, a Lenten wall and related web links on Lent.  Lent starts on Feb. 10 with Ash Wednesday. Check out our video invitation for Ash Wednesday.   

Dressing the Bishop

Since Bishop Gulick will be here next Sunday, it is a good change to look at how we got bishops in the first place. Without distincive "gear" we wouldn't know them from regular priests.

Our church name, Episcopal is taken from the collective group of bishops in a church. The concept of a bishop developed gradually in the early church as an overseer but by the 1st century became established as the head of the house churches in a city. The bishop became less associated with a particular church. A single bishop was expected to lead the church in each center of Christian mission, supported by a council of presbyters (a distinct and subordinate position) with a pool of deacons

Faith Magazine provides a good run down of the bishop adornments:


Crosier: The bishop carries a tall hooked staff called a crosier. In the Western church, it is shaped like a shepherd's crook to symbolize the bishop's role as the shepherd of his flock. Its roots go back to the walking staffs of travelers at the time of Christ, and crosiers dating from as early as the fourth century have been found in the catacombs. By the Council of Toledo in 633, the crosier was mentioned as a liturgical implement. 

Miter: The miter is the tall peaked hat that bishops wear. It has its origin in the cap with headbands worn by athletes of ancient Greece. It took its current form in the 12th century. The miter/s two shield-shaped halves are said to represent the Old and New Testaments. Two strips of fabric called lappets hang down the back. The lappets were originally designed to be tied around the chin to prevent the miter from falling off while the bishop rode on horseback. The miter is laid aside when the bishop prays, and underneath it he wears a zuchetto, a skullcap originally designed to keep hair oil off the miter. 

Pectoral Cross: The bishop wears a cross called a pectoral cross. Its name derives from the Latin word pectus or "breast." It is worn differently, depending on the bishop's garments. For example, if he is in a suit and collar, the pectoral cross is usually placed in the vest pocket, with the chain showing. That's why you'll often see the bishop with a gold chain across his chest. The cross can hang from either a chain or silk cord, and many of them held relics of the True Cross. The stone assigned to bishops and archbishops is the amethyst, and many pectoral crosses are adorned with one or more.

Episcopal Ring: Bishops wear a ring that has multiple layers of meaning. It has been a symbol of authority and jurisdiction since the third century. The ring also symbolizes the bishop's marriage to the church, his spiritual parentage and the inviolable faithfulness with which he will teach and protect his flock. This onyx ring was used by Bishop Povish.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Great Litany will be said on Lent 1

It is not only the oldest prayer in the English language but is a staple on Lent 1. In many churches it is sung in a procession around the church.  It is like a short services within a larger service

The last time we did it was Feb. 26, 2012 which was Lent 1.

Find out more about it

1. Purchase "Abraham" for Lenten study.

A Lenten book group will meet on the Wednesdays of Lent, beginning on Wednesday, February 17th to read Abraham: A Journey through Lent, by Meg Warner. The book is $6 to $13, used and new  available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

The book follows the biblical account of Abraham and his family in Genesis, while drawing out key points of reflection and action during Lent.

From the review - "Heralded as an exemplar of faith, here is a man with his own distractions and doubts, whose human failings are only too evident. Read a story of journeying, of challenges, of false turns and unbelievable promises, and experience their relevance to your own faith and the world we live in. And finally, encounter a God whose love and faithfulness covers all our disbelief, our mistakes and our own faithlessness, and whose promises always come to fulfilment."

There is a single chapter for each of the six weeks of Lent focusing on an extract from Genesis. Each chapter is followed by a set of questions arising from it. Each chapter begins and ends with discussion addressed to the reader and his or her own experience of moving through Lent.

2. Develop your own "rule of life" - online a

"The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there." - George Bernard Shaw  

This is a both an individual, online and a Sunday, group study at St. Peter’s

1. Individual Online.  Sign up for emails during Lent, 2016.  Online study was created by St. John the Evangelist. there Daily study though video links delivered to your mailbox by St John the Evangelist monastic community  (Feb. 10-March 20

2. Group Study .  On Sundays beginning Feb 21 through March 20.The adults and older children will gather at 9:45 to participate in Growing a Rule of Life


Not convinced ? Check out this video on why developing a rule of life is important. A rule of life helps you develop the right kind of model for your life, a life fully and freely alive since life is fleeting and one which avoids regrets. What are your priorities ?


3. Free Learning for Lent at ChurchNext

"Trinity Institute in New York and ChurchNext are teaming up to help you and your congregation go deeper with one of the most pressing issues of our time. Based on Trinity Institute’s 2016 conference, Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice, a complete Lenten curriculum is being offered including these presenters: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, PhD., Kelly Brown Douglas, MDiv, PhD., Jennifer Harvey, and J. Kameron Carter, PhD. " You can sign up for these courses at the ChurchNext site.

The courses are available free and on demand for 3 months during Lent. You can choose your schedule. In addition, each course does not have be taken in one sitting.

Lectionary, Feb. 14, 2016

I. Theme - Developing strength and hope in the face of temptation and evil

Christ in the Desert ” – Nikolas Kramskoy (1872)

“After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. ” –Luke 4:1

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm - Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Epistle - Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel - Luke 4:1-13     

Today’s readings offer strength and hope in the face of temptation and evil. Deuteronomy recalls God’s great deliverance and encourages Israel to depend solely on God. Paul declares that salvation comes to those who call on Jesus as lord. In today’s gospel, Jesus trusts solely in God and thus defeats the temptations presented by the devil

Lent begins as a journey to the cross, a journey of repentance and self-denial, a journey of serving others. We are also reminded that our ancestors were sojourners, that we are called not only to seek forgiveness but to forgive and reconcile with others, and that we have faith in the same God, the same Christ, and when we are seeking God, we are seeking relationship with each other. The journey reminds us that we are in this together, pilgrims to the cross, where we put to death what has separated us from God and live in the hope of resurrection.

We are not alone in facing life’s challenges as Jesus was in Luke. Although we might raise the question about how the indigenous Canaanites felt about the coming of the Hebrews, the key element of this passage is its affirmation that God hears, responds, and acts. God is influenced by our cries of anguish – God hears the cries of the poor, oppressed, and vulnerable. God is present in the soup kitchen, the unemployment line, and the bedside. God does not control the outcome of our quests for wholeness, but is a factor in bringing about moments of comfort, possibilities of change, and the movements of liberation and affirmation.

Jesus Christ, our Champion against the devil, endures and overcomes “every temptation” (Luke 4:13) on our behalf. He worships the Lord, His God, and serves Him only by trusting the Word of His Father: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). Jesus’ victory is now ours through His gracious Word, which is not far away but near us — in our mouth and in our heart, in the proclamation of repentance and faith

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