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Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman

How well do you know Port Royal? Can you match the door to the building ? There are 24 opportunities.

Give it a Try! (We are not keeping records of how well you do).


Thanks to Ken Pogue we now have 4 postcards of the church - $1 each. They make  wonderful thank you cards

Link to the reports from Jan 18 Annual Meeting

2014 End of year pictures

Link to the pictures

Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Saints of the Week, - Aug 2 -9, 2015

[Samuel Ferguson, Missionary Bishop for West Africa, 1916]
[George Freeman Bragg, Jr., Priest, 1940]; also [William Edward Burghardt DuBois, Sociologist, 1963]
[Albrecht Dürer, 1528, Matthias Grünewald, 1529, and Lucas Cranach the Elder,
1553, Artists]
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866; also [Catherine Winkworth, Poet, 1878]
Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221
[Herman of Alaska, Missionary to the Aleut, 1837]

Pentecost 10, Aug. 2, 2015  (full size gallery)

Last Sunday (Pentecost 9, July 26, 2015)   

August 5 - 5pm, Village Dinner

August 6 - 6:30pm, Peumansend Creek Jail Ministry

August 8 - 8:30am, ECM at Horne's


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

Village Dinner, Aug 5, 5pm:

  • Chicken Salad
  • 4 Bean Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Banana Pudding

For the Village Harvest, Aug. 19:

Please choose between cereal, grits and oatmeal. Bring them to the church to the back pew. Thank you for your contributions. It brings everyone who contributes into this ministry whether you are at the distribution or not.

Our August, 2015 newsletter is out

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

Newsletter stories are often a combination of the past present and future. Covering all three is our feature article from Kimberly Fisher describing her summer. This one should not be missed. She put a lot of work in it. This is part of our hobby series.

From July, the past, we have a "Thank you" article, the UTO grant announcement, and Vestry highlights. The future was August when the newsletter was being written so we have "Summer Worship, Aug., 2015", "The Gospel in August", "To Staten Island.. once again", "August calendar" and the "August servers list".

Looking toward September, we have separate articles on flamenco guitarist, Leah Kruszewski’s and dancer "Yolit who will be in concert. If you haven’t put Sept 15 on your calendar please do so.

There are articles on the present - "A note from Catherine" on worry and stress, "Prayer Corner", and a recipe from Betty from the Village Dinner.

Enjoy! Please feel to provide thoughts on this issue and suggestions for future issues.

Lectionary, Aug. 9, Pentecost 11  

I. Theme -   Nurture and Community

"The Breadline" - Grigori Grigorjewitsch Mjassojedow (1872)

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - 1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm - Psalm 34:1-8
Epistle -Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel - John 6:35, 41-51  

Today’s readings constellate around the themes of nurture and community.  

We learn from David’s story (Tract 1, not in our readings) that violence breeds violence, that injustice must be brought to light. We know this is not easy

In 1 Kings  God nourishes Elijah for a journey that takes forty days and forty nights and he is constantly on the brink of not continuing it.  Poor Elijah was ready to die as he ran into hiding to escape persecution, violence and injustice.    In Psalm 34, the righteous also cry for help, for they are afflicted, broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. 

When the author of Ephesians says, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us,” he reminds us of God’s providence. Christ’s extraordinary sacrifice on our behalf manifested God’s love and power once again and gave us safe passage into a new life with God. These acts demand a response from us. We are challenged as much by God’s gifts as we are by the lack of them. Our conduct toward each other must reflect God’s outpouring of love toward us.   The author encourages Christians to be as loving as Christ to one another. 

The Gospel emphasizes God’s sustenance through Jesus who gives himself for us.  Jesus promises that he will save all who come to him.    But God will renew our strength, will give us courage and will continue to encourage us. Jesus calls us into this new life, in which we must stand against injustice but in nonviolent ways. We are called to lead by example, to love and forgive, to use our anger at injustice to bring about justice through peaceful means. We are called into this new life.

Jesus points out that the Israelites ate manna in the wilderness and they died. He is reminding the people that people do not live by bread alone—true life comes from the word of God. Jesus identifies himself with God. Those “taught by God” will come to Jesus to be fed the living bread for eternal life in that long-promised land where there will never be scarcity. Anyone who tastes this bread will never die. 

We need spiritual soul food not superficial fast food. We need the bread of heaven, embodied in earthly relationships; not spiritual quick fixes and easy answers. We feast on the Spirit when we see God in all things and all things in God.  We come to the unsearchable mystery of the eucharist with a joyful hush of thanksgiving in our hearts. Jesus sustains our souls with his life now and forever.

Consider: How can I imitate Jesus example of total, selfless giving?

Read more about the lectionary... 

Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvador Mundi", a rare find

The painting fits our Gospel reading this week. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." – John 6:51 

The fact that its "Salvador Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci makes it even the  more special. The discovering of a new Leonardo painting shook the art world in 2011. There were only some fourteen surviving Leonardo paintings in the world and the last one to be discovered was the "Benois Madonna" more than 100 years ago.  This one was thought to exist only in copies.

This painting is small, 2x1.5 feet with cracked wooden frame and had suffered from centuries of neglect and poor restorations.The panel had also been subjected -- unsuccessfully -- to a forced flattening, and then glued to another backing. The worst offenses were crude areas of overpainting, in an attempt to hide the botched panel repair. And then there was plain old dirt and grime. 

It shows Christ facing facing forwards with two fingers of his right hand raised in blessing and a crystal globe in his left hand.  "Salvator Mundi" (Savior of the World) painted in 1500 is known to have been owned by English king, Charles I before moving around various private collections until 2005, when the current owner brought it to Robert Simon of Robert Simon Fine Art to study.  

There were three immediate clues of the true painter:

1 One was a so-called "pentimento," an alteration in the painting showing traces of previous work 

2 The other was the painting of Christ's curls. Leonardo's St. John the Baptist at the Louvre had the same curls. 

3 The fingers were especially significant because, as Oxford Leonardo expert Martin Kemp put it, "All the versions of the 'Salvator Mundi'  have rather tubular fingers. What Leonardo had done, and the copyists and imitators didn't pick up, was to get just how the knuckle sort of sits underneath the skin." 

It was compared to two preparatory drawings, housed in the Royal Library at Windsor, that Leonardo made for it. It was also compared to some 20 known copies and found to be superior to all of them.  The new owners desired to build a consensus for this conclusion that it was a Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo provided an original treatment of this subject. Look at  the orb or world resting in Christ's left palm.  Normally this orb was painted as brass or gold, may have had vague landforms mapped on it, and was topped by a crucifix. We know that Leonardo was a Roman Catholic, as were all of his patrons. However, he creates what appears to be a sphere of rock crystal.   It reflects Leonardos studies what later became optics. Looking through it shows the natural distortion of looking through glass or crystal.  Fundamentally, Leonardo was always trying to connect the natural and spiritual worlds together. No one had created a world like this which was very realistic!

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