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5. Sept., 2015 Server Schedule

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11. Latest Bulletin (Sept. 6, 2015) 11am  Sermon (Aug. 16, 2015)

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman

Gospel on the River, September 13

Concert Coming up - September 15!

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."

Saints of the Week, - Aug 30 - Sept 6, 2015

[Charles Chapman Grafton, Bishop of Fond du Lac, and Ecumenist, 1912]
Aidan, 651, and Cuthbert, 687, Bishops of Lindisfarne (new date for Cuthbert)
David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931
The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942
Paul Jones, 1941; also [Albert Schweitzer, Physician, 1965]
[Gregorio Aglipay, Priest and Founder of the Philippine Independent Church, 1940]

Pentecost 14, Aug. 30, 2015  (full size gallery)

Last Sunday (Pentecost 14, Aug 30, 2015)   

September 2 - 5pm, Village Dinner

September 3 - 6:30pm, Peumansend Jail Bible Study

September 6 - 10am, Godly Play (preschool through second grade) Cancelled for Sept. 6 since Callie will be out of town

September 6 - 11:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II Play

September 6 - 12:00am, Coffee Hour


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

For the Village Harvest, Sept. 19:

For the 10th Village Harvest on Sept. 16, please bring to the church kleenix, toilet paper or paper towels. These items are often not covered by assistance so we can make up the difference. Thank you!


We need help advertising our Sept. 15 Flamenco Concert!

How can you help ? By distributing our press release and posters

Here are links you can download, print and distribute to friends, families, businesses,etc

1.  Press release      -   http://www.churchsp.org/flamenco/pressrelease.pdf

2.  Full size poster –  http://www.churchsp.org/flamenco/poster.pdf 

3.  Half size poster –  http://www.churchsp.org/flamenco/halfsizeposter.pdf

A possible email script you can use with the attachments above:

Subject - "Local Caroline County church hosts flamenco concert, Sept 15"  

Text  - "St. Peter's Episcopal, 823 Water Street Port Royal is announcing a special concert on Tuesday, Sept. 15 – an evening of flamenco music from Spain with guitarist Leah Kruszewski and dancer Yolit Yospe-Kachlon.The 7pm concert will be preceded by tapas on the front lawn of the church at 6pm. The concert is free with donations encouraged so that we can continue our annual concerts, this being the 3rd one. It is part of our outreach to the community and a unique opportunity to hear this music .

Website link – http://www.churchsp.org/flamenco"

There is a  press release and poster enclosed – please spread the word. Thank you for your help

We have notified the two newspapers - Caroline Progress and Free Lance-Star.  (The new editor of the Progress contacted Catherine directly for an article after an inquiry.)

Last Sunday Elizabeth was given some posters for the community and the other two churches.  We have sent the above materials to a number of the other Caroline County churches.

Thanks for your help in publicizing this event!

Our September, 2015 newsletter is out 

Here is the link or click on the above picture. There is always a link in the left sidebar.

The focus is on key events in September – Gospel on the River on the 13th and the Flamenco concert on the 15th as well as a new Christian Ed class Weaving God's Promises for 3rd grade and up that begins on the 13th.

We have also have a new outreach project involving Nepal and developing a relationship with a family on the other side of the world through a partnership with two organizations ( the Global Peace Foundation and Rise Nepal). We will provide a shelter and then through letters and other means of communication provide support during the upcoming months in the fall and winter.

The feature articles continue our series on hobbies - in this case food. Eunice describes a relatively new ministry, the casserole ministry involving placing a meal in the feature which can help those in need. You can see their log in the kitchen. Betty has an article on the Village dinner, celebrating its 10 years. Can you believe that ? Her article continues with some interesting stats for those who like numbers. We have another recipe from the Village Dinner -- Betty's Lemon Lush

Regular features continue prayer corner, the Gospel in September, the server schedule and calendar. Enjoy!  We welcome any suggestions for improving our newsletter.  

Lectionary, Sept. 6, 2015

I. Theme -  God's power to heal and restore 

Healing the Blindman - El Greco (1570)

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm - Psalm 146 Page 803, BCP
Epistle - James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Gospel - Mark 7:24-37  

Today’s readings celebrate God’s power to heal and restore. Isaiah looks ahead to when God will bring healing to God’s people and to the land. Proverbs reminds us that God rewards just behavior. James speaks of God’s gift of inner, spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that results in outward acts of purity and kindness. In the gospel, away from the clamor of the crowd, Jesus transforms a man’s silent world by healing his deafness and a speech impediment as well as the Syrophoenician woman's daughter.

There is a saying, “God has no hands but our hands, no feet but our feet.” In the scriptures today, there is a theme of doing good—speaking out for the poor, standing up against injustice—in all of these things, we act out of faith, and we know that God is working through us. We can do nothing apart from God, and we know that God is present in us individually and collectively when we love others. And we cannot love others if we do not care for their needs, if we do not seek to end their oppression and stop injustice against them. We must live out the calling of God and allow God to work through us, and not be in it for our own gain.

If you have ever been ill, you know the relief that sweeps over you when you suddenly realize you are in competent hands. Although you may not verbalize it, there is an almost palpable sense that everything will be okay.

That experience, though incomplete, offers a slight parallel to how people must have felt in the presence of Jesus. Hearing that voice cry, “Ephphatha!” and feeling that touch on the ears must have brought an overwhelming joy. The restoration of sound must sing like a great gift.

The church’s healing ministry must take on global proportions, excluding nothing in our quest to be faithful to God’s vision of Shalom.  Healing cuts across boundaries and takes many forms.   We need to expand rather than contract our vision of healing to embrace the healing of the planet’s atmosphere, endangered species, economic injustice, ethnic exclusion, as well as the healing of bodies, emotions, and spirits. Healing is truly global and indivisible. 

Healing in one place contributes to healing in other places.   Any healing act contributes to the well-being of the part as well as the whole and reflects our commitment to be God’s global healing partners.  We cannot separate injustice from physical distress or racism from infant mortality rates and accessibility to health care and healthy diet.  

Our challenge is to recognize the deaf and voiceless among us–noting that difficulties in hearing and speech are not restricted to the physical sphere–then intervene with the healing presence of Christ acting through us.

Read more from the lectionary for Sept. 6

A look at the Gospel Story - The Syrophoenician Woman

From the book "Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry" - French (15th century)

This is a Gospel story told in Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is somewhat unsettling as Jesus response to a request to a woman was at best harsh and worst a racial slur. It is unique in that it’s the only time in the Bible that Jesus changes his mind over his response. This story appears in Mark sandwiched between the Feeding of the 5,000 (Jewish people) and the Feeding of the 4,000 (Gentiles).

Jesus had moved to Tyre and wanted to remain unrecognized. He was undoubtedly tired and needed a rest.  The last thing he needed was a diversion. However, a woman who was not a Jew approached him, "bowed down at his feet" and said her daughter was tormented by a demon. This could be any number of illnesses. In the Matthew version the disciples advocated sending her away.  

Jesus told this Gentile woman that he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel and that it wasn’t' right take children's food and feed it to the dogs.    

The woman responded that even the dogs under the table will eat the children's crumbs. Basically she said "give them to me!" Jesus was moved by her faith and love and healed her daughter.

Many writers focus on Jesus. Did he call her a dog ? Is a better translation "puppy" ? Did he stage this as a scene to show the disciples a better way to treat foreigners ? Was he just having a bad day which he later corrected ? Is this story a transition where Jesus' mission is enlarged from just a Jewish perspective to a Gentile?

The real focus should be on the woman. She risked making a fool out of herself and insisted on help. The upshot is an example of evangelism – she left paganism and idolatry and followed God. This becomes the setting for the Feeding of the 4,000 gentiles.  

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