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Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman



Hornes Promotion - Back Again!

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


Help us match the Diocese grant for the organ bellows 

The bellows are the "lungs of the organ." Leather supports the bellows making it air-tight.

The leather is worn out. The entire  job to replace the leather costs $14,000. With $7,000 from the Diocese plus $6,412 already collected since Easter, we have raised $13,488 with $512 to go (updated July 20, 2014).  

Please consider a donation to the church for the bellows, a tax deductible contribution. One way is to add a second check on Sundays or add a specific amount to your check and designate it for the bellows so we can keep the organ in excellent repair. 

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Daily "Day by Day"

Read the Bible in a year or a part of it:

1. Links to the readings.

2. Printed copy in PDF

Prayer Request

Prayer requests - Add a name to the prayer list here. 

Saints of the Week, July 20- July 27

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Ross Tubman
[Albert John Luthuli, Prophetic Witness in South Africa, 1967]
Saint Mary Magdalene
Thomas a Kempis, Priest, 1471
Saint James the Apostle
[Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
William Reed Huntington, Priest, 1909

  Sunday, July 20, 2014  (full size gallery)

        See the Sunday Review


July 27 - 9:00am - Holy Eucharist, Rite I 

July 27 - 11:00am - Morning Prayer, Rite II 


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

Lectionary, July 27, 2014, Pentecost 7, Year A  

I.Theme -   God works through us in difficult times

 "The Parable of the Mustard Seed" - James Patterson

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - 1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm - Psalm 119:129-136 Page 774, BCP
Epistle -Romans 8:26-39
Gospel - Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 

Our readings this week reflect God’s love for His people. They show how God works through our difficult times and will often bless us through them. He works through and within our times of weakness and works for the good of all who love Him. Secondarily, the readings cover the topics of good and evil and discerning between them.

The Old Testament reading recounts Solomon’s prayer – “Solomon’s prayer - “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” It is the perfect prayer modest, recalling past blessings and confessing our ignorance. The value of discernment is praised, the capacity to see issues, recognize temptations, and know what is right and wrong, based on divine truths.

This leads naturally into the psalm, which immediately counters any notion that you have to be a king (or a Solomon, for that matter) to discern what is right: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Anyone who pays attention can discern the decrees of God, for it is God who is our teacher. The Word of God is a means of grace. Through the Word--which is both law and gospel--the Lord of Israel encounters the people of God..

Paul in Romans examines in detail how certain can we be that God will complete the execution of his plan of salvation. This is Christian life lived in the Spirit. Nearly every sentence is a new way of stating the promise that God has not abandoned "us," and is working on our behalf. The Spirit meets with her own intercessions and prayers – aiding our inability to pray. What is even more amazing is that God still loves us even after countless incidents of outrageous human behavior, pride and disloyalty. The Spirit helps us to resist the powers that would defeat us and separate us from God

Today's gospel, Matthew concludes a long series of parables about the reign of God. There are 5 parables in these verses. These parables encourage us to live the kingdom into being in every aspect of our lives. It addresses basic questions: "What is it ? How do we find it? What's it like? What do I have to do to enter it?" In telling these parables, Jesus did not make the characters angels or kings, but a woman, a merchant, fishermen. And he did not use difficult or out-of-reach tasks, but everyday peasant-class things like baking bread and fishing. The kingdom is here but it's modest. It's hidden. It's quiet. In fact, those who discover the kingdom sometimes tend to stumble upon it almost by accident. The kingdom is a great treasure but it may not reveal itself immediately

Summing them up, Jesus praises those who have listened carefully and understood. This praise of the wise in today's gospel seems to justify this choice of first reading Solomon's request for wisdom. 


Vacation Bible School, next week July 28-31, 10am-12pm

by Becky Fisher

VBS time is almost here. I can't wait. The kids are going to have a great time hearing stories all about hospitality and welcoming. We will be learning about people who welcomed travelers, cared for strangers, and demonstrated peace. The children will hear about Sarah making bread for visitors (Genesis 18:1-15), the Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and many other great stories. There will be music, hands on activities and great games, too. So bring the kids and grandkids out July 28-August 31, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  

A note for adults. Now is a great time to reflect on ways that people have welcomed us, shown us hospitality, and demonstrated peace. Someone told me, several months ago, about how welcoming Genevieve Davis was to her once at church even though she was a stranger. It was a positive impact of God's great love. I also recently heard about some nurses in our congregation who stopped and helped an unknown traveler, whose car had broken down on Route 17. These are examples of God's great love. Can you think of ways that you've been touched by someone's hospitality, welcoming, or peace? Was it God's great love? That's what the kids will really be learning about!

Concert coming, Sept 16, 2014 7pm at St. Peter's


Lyra are four singers but a larger community from St. Petersburg, Russia.LYRA’s 25 members have split up into smaller groups to reach more places on an international tour. LYRA has two meanings the group believes meld together well. The first refers to a musical instrument called a lyre. The second meaning, in Russian, deals with inspiration or romance.

Since their beginnings in 1994, the "geography of our performances has become pretty wide. We perform not only in Russia, but also outside it. Thanks to the friends who help us arrange trips, we regularly give concerts in the countries of Western Europe - Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden. We also make annual concert trips around the USA. Apart of our concert activity, we also take part in worship services at churches of different Christian confessions.We consider this not only as interesting multicultural events but also as a wonderful and important ecumenical experience." 

"LYRA’s main goal is exploring and popularizing Russian choral music from the ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of little-known, but remarkable composers of the 18th–20th centuries. The well-known masters: Bortniansky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov and Tchaikovsky are well represented. Folk songs of lyric, dancing and ritual nature are performed not only in the composer’s original arrangements, but those of LYRA’s as well. Secular songs of Russian classical composers Taneev, Tchaikovsky, and Rakhmaninov represent yet another side of LYRA’s creative activity.

"In 2001 we were awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 our group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland)."

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