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Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


The Lyra Page

We have several articles:

1. Introduction, part 1
2. Introduction, part 2
3. Their program
4. The musicians who will be here
5. Musical selections


Hornes Promotion - Back Again!

10% back to St. Peter's until ? Click on the logo for the coupon to print. 

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Daily "Day by Day"

Saints of the Week, Sept 1-7

David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931
The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942
[Prudence Crandall, Teacher and Prophetic Witness, 1890]
Paul Jones, 1941
[Gregorio Aglipay, Priest and Founder of the Philippine Independent Church, 1940]
[Elie Naud, Huguenot Witness to the Faith, 1722]

 Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014  (full size gallery)

        See the Sunday Review


September 7 - 11:00am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II 

September 7 - 12:00pm - Coffee Hour 


This Sunday at St. Peter's - Servers, Readings

Introducing Callie Towler, Godly Play teacher

Callie Towler

Godly Play, past and present - Amy Turner, Callie Towler

"My name is Callie Towler, and I am so excited to be starting my time as the St. Peter's Godly Play teacher! There is going to be a lot of learning (for both the kids AND me), sharing, and gathering of the Word. I can't wait to get started.

"To tell you all a little about me, I am a Virginia born native of Fairfax. However, I spent most of my years in South Carolina, where my family and I were active members of Aldersgate UMC. My brothers and I were part of the youth choir as well as the instrument ensamble and youth group.

"I eventually made my way back to Virginia, traveling to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech. I began my time at school as an English major, taking classes that focused on teaching literature and language. However, my feet were quickly led to the doors of the Theater Department, where I explored the fascinating worlds of lighting, set design, acting, and (my favorite) film. Adding a focus in Cinematic Studies, I thus continued my time at Tech between internships with the local high school and student film festivals. This past May, I graduated from the beloved home of the VT Hokies with honors and two degrees: English with Creative Writing, and Theater & Cinema.

"After the whirlwind that is college, I am thankful to settle down in Portobago Bay with my parents, Bee & Chip Towler. It has been a lovely summer to begin my stay here. As fall approaches all too quickly, I start on the next leg of my journey as both a Tech Writer at Dahlgren Naval Base and St. Peter's Godly Play teacher. I look forward to my time with the children as we teach each other through the lessons each week and continue our walks with God, wherever He leads us.

"And that's a little bit about me! I'm still learning names and faces, so I'd love to meet everyone. Please come introduce yourself if you'd like!


"This year we will be offering an adults-only introduction to Godly Play on Wednesday, September 10th at 6pm as a preview to starting Godly Play the following Sunday. Please join us (even if you don't have kids in the class!) to see what Godly Play is all about, and how your children will be experiencing the stories of the Bible this coming year. I'll see you there"

Daily Prayer for all Seasons, a new book of prayers

In the Episcopal Church, the Book of Common Prayer offers beautiful services for morning, noon, evening, and nighttime in a section called “The Daily Office” (pp 35-146).

A recently published book, Daily Prayer for All Seasons, offers a variation on that theme, a shortened version, where a complete service covers one or two pages at most, thereby eliminating the need to shuffle prayer books and hymnals. Daily Prayer for All Seasons works for individuals, small groups, and/or congregations. This prayer book presents a variety of images of God, uses inclusive and expansive language for and about God, and presents a rich variety of language, including poetry, meditation, and prayers from the broader community of faith.  

Article in the Episcopal News Service

You can check out a 37 page PDF sampler here.

"A call to prayer that sounds through the hours of our days and nights, revealing God with us as the seasons turn. This generous book is simple and rich at the same time, full of beauty and shaped for use. May it open the prayer of those who pray alone and deepen the prayer of groups."

—Sara Miles, Director of Ministry, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, and the author of Take This Bread and City of God, San Francisco, California

Lectionary, September 7, 2014, Pentecost 13  

 I.Theme -   Differing approaches and solutions to sin.

 "Forgiveness"- Sofiya Inger (2006)

About the artist

"I grew up in Russia, in the old northern town of narrow streets, ancient cathedrals, long white snowy winters, white cottonwood blizzards every spring…

"Painting became the color, the meaning, and the way to feel and to live. It led me through adolescence, strict schooling, sleepless nights of motherhood, through the strains of marriage, deaths, and the feverish attempts to grow new roots in strangely colored soil of a new country.

"All of that fascinates me.. people, their connections, aspirations, and the mysteries of everyday life…." 

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm - Psalm 119:33-40 Page 766, BCP
Epistle -Romans 13:8-14
Gospel - Matthew 18:15-20 

The readings today are about the ways and methods of combating sin. The message is not so much the concept of sin but how chosen individuals deal with it and from them the community at large.

In the Ezekiel reading, God’s threat of a death sentence as a motivation to repent is what God calls prophets to announce. The threat of death is supposed to inspire the repentance that brings life.  God’s call  the prophet to be faithful and have courage to speak God’s warning to the people. It is a warning to those called to speak on behalf of God, but whose desire to play it safe, to please others.  In both this reading and the Gospel, our responsibility is to call others to live rightly

According to today’s Psalm, learning and obeying God’s commandments and fearing God will keep you from sin and lead to life.  The poet proclaims a dependence on the L0rd . She wants to observe the law with her whole heart , have her heart and eyes turned away from worthless things and toward God’s law  and have disgrace turned away from her (39). The poet even says she wants to “follow” or walk in the way laid out by God’s precious law.  

In today’s Romans reading, Paul’s solution to sin is to “love one another” and “put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” which actually are the same thing, because Jesus Christ, in his faithfulness in life even to the point of death, fulfilled the law, which is summed up by the saying “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Paul's injunctions to "love one another," to "love your neighbor as yourself," and to lay aside the works of darkness" (vv. 8,9, 12), mean that the pervasive individualism and "privatized" notions of faith that remain all-too-common features of contemporary church life must give way to a faith that actively nurtures and works toward mutuality, solidarity, and justice in our social transactions.

Today’s Gospel in Matthew outlines a community process that gives a “brother or sister who has sinned” an opportunity to repent, either in private or in front of the community, before the community bans them from participating in the community’s life.  The process involves confrontation (confronting the sinner in private), negotiation (confronting the sinner with two or three others)  and adjudication (confronting the sinner by the community).  Sin is more than a private responsibility with which to deal.

In the gospel Jesus makes clear that accepting this responsibility affects the well-being of the whole community. Traditionally, the sacrament of penance has been solely a private matter among penitent, priest, and God.

Read more about the Lectionary...

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