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June 10, 2018    
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June 3

Photos from June 3

June 10

Photos from June 10

June 17

Photos from June 17

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Colors for Year B, 2017-18

Green Ordinary Time Jun 3-Oct 31



Daily "Day by Day"

3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.

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,  June 24 - July 1

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
[James Weldon Johnson, Poet, 1938]
[Isabel Florence Hapgood, Ecumenist and Journalist, 1929]
[Cornelius Hill, Priest and Chief among the Oneida, 1907]
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202
Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles
[Harriet Beecher Stowe, Writer and Prophetic Witness, 1896]; also [Pauli Murray, Priest]

June 24, 2018 Pentecost 5, Proper 7

Read the "Holy Hike" story from this past week

Village Harvest - June 20

We has seen a drop in clients - from April (153) to May (112) and June (100). The rainy weather was a factor in May and possibly in June as well.

For the first 6 months in 2018, we have served 600 people compared to 709 in 2017 (Since we canceled March's due to weather we eliminated March for the comparison with the other years). The 2016 figure is 522. We are thus down about 15% so far in 2018 from 2017 though 15% higher than 2016.
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Pictures and text from this Sunday, June 24

The Week Ahead...

June 27 - 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study

June 28 - 1pm, ONEDay

July 1 - 11:00am,  Pentecost 6, Holy Eucharist, Rite II


Celebrate the return of the church sign and meet and thank artist Rance Rupp, who will join us for worship. The potluck coffee hour will follow. Kid Games—Sunday afternoon after lunch, led by Becky Fisher.


July 1 - 12:00am,  Coffee Hour Potluck

Sunday, July 1 Readings and Servers

Coming June 28...

Have you ever thought to yourself that one day you’ll go visit someone, but you never seem to get around to it? And also, we are all ONE body through Jesus Christ our Lord. And so, ONEDay gives us the opportunity to visit those who are part of our ONE body who can no longer get to church, or who have trouble getting out on a regular basis.

On Thursday, June 28th, we’ll meet at church at 1PM. From 1-1:30PM, we’ll pray for those we plan to visit. At 2PM, visitors will head out to pay visits, and all will return to church by 4PM for a time of reflection on the visit and prayer for those with whom we’ve spent time. Please let Catherine know if you are interested in visiting or being visited.

June 29 - Feast of Peter and Paul

Feast of Peter and Paul

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul commemorates the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles St. Peter and Paul of Tarsus, observed on June 29. The celebration is of ancient origin, the date selected being either the anniversary of their martyrdom in 67AD or of the translation of their relics. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter was crucified; Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was slain by the sword.  Together they represent two different Christian traditions.

Why do we remember them ? Peter is pictured on the left with the keys - the keys to the kingdom. In Matthew 16, Christ says " And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven." They keys since then have been symbols of Papal power.  Peter represents that part of the Church which gives it stability: its traditions handed down in an unbroken way from the very beginnings, the structures which help to preserve and conserve those traditions, the structure which also gives consistency and unity to the Church, spread as it is through so many races, cultures, traditions, and geographical diversity

Paul is pictured with the Bible. He, on the other hand, represents the prophetic and missionary role in the Church. It is that part of the Church which constantly works on the edge, pushing the boundaries of the Church further out, not only in a geographical sense but also pushing the concerns of the Church into neglected areas of social concern and creatively developing new ways of communicating the Christian message. This is the Church which is constantly renewed, a Church which needs to be constantly renewed.  

July 4 at St. Peter's


 St. Peter's will be open until 2pm and will be involved in several ways:

1. Place of rest during the day in the cool of the church.  we have a history brochure and the graveyard brochure to read.

2.Cleo Coleman will portray Harriet Tubman as part of the HPR program. Mike Newman, Town Crier, will be reading the Declaration of Independence.

3. Marilyn will be bring two harpists.

4. The men will be selling hotdogs, watermelon, drinks and brownies to benefit St Peter’s.

5. St. Peter's will provide a hymn sing with organ concert from Thom Guthrie and Bill McCoy.

This is a great event to help promote St. Peter's! Come help out and come participate.

Here is a photo gallery of 2017 .

 Keeping up with General Convention, July 5-13 

Logo General Convention 2012
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in Austin, Texas from July 5-July 13, 2018 though there are some addresses on July 4 (Bishop Curry.

1. Watch it online - Media Hub

2. Bunch of links

Lunch at the Trailer Park, July 9

We will be taking lunch to the trailer park at 11:30ajm and invite the families for fun activities.

If you would like to help prepare food, set up what is needed to serve the lunch, or be a server, contact Catherine

Children to take a trip to Maymont, Tues. July 10

Maymont is a 100 acre Victorian estate in Richmond  developed by James and Sallie Dooley, who lived there from 1893 through 1925. The place remains much as they left it since it was donated to the City of Richmond at James Dooley's death.

You can read about all the activities. The ECW went there in 2015. One activity is to enjoy the animals - Maymont is home to hundreds of animals including mighty black bears, iconic American bald eagles, playful river otters and friendly goats. Contact Catherine to signup or help.

Lectionary, Pentecost 6, Year B, July 1

I. Theme -  Compassion and Healing

"Jesus heals the bleeding woman"  - From the Catacomb of Sts Marcellinus and Peter

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

Old Testament - Lamentations 3:21-33
Psalm - Psalm 30
Epistle -2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Gospel - Mark 5:21-43  

Today’s readings encourage us to remember God’s goodness and act toward others with the same unflinching generosity and compassion. Lamentations reminds those who are suffering that God’s goodness will surely come. Paul encourages the Corinthians to offer their surplus of wealth to other communities who are in need. In the gospel, Jesus brings the daughter of Jairus, a synagogue official, back to life in anticipation of his own resurrection.

We are called to live for others and not for ourselves.  We are called to share what we have with others and to be in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized. We are called, most of all, to remember that God’s love endures forever, and that at times we need to wait, and not lose hope. The woman who suffered for many years in Mark’s Gospel did not lose hope, neither did Jairus in the time of crisis for his daughter. We know that God through Jesus Christ gives us new life, a life that transcends death, a life that calls us into solidarity with others and to share what we have, for Christ lived not for himself but for all; we also are called not to live for ourselves but for others.

The Judeo-Christian concern for the poor and needy has become overwhelming in this day when the whole world of nations is at our doorstep. We hardly know how to respond. International economic injustices prevent the distribution of national resources on the basis of simple human need. Welfare and many other social obligations have largely become the responsibility of governmental agencies and institutions. We are not too conscious of the individual injunction to be our brother’s keeper.

Still, those who live under biblical mandates do what they can to relieve human need, as they are able. “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.” Voluntary and secret pledging may be hazardous to the Church, but it is in the spirit of what we are called to do. As Paul says, “...so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.”

The motivation for such stewardship of our resources is our response to Jesus’ voluntary poverty that we “might become rich.” If our gratitude and love for his life given for us is genuine, we are spontaneous givers. Paul equates liberality with our desire to fulfill the will of God, who has given us all that is necessary for our well-being. What and how we give it is really a matter between ourselves and God and reflects our relationship with God.

The passage from Mark seems incongruous with today’s other readings, but it may be related squarely to our sense of gratitude. There are two open secrets in the Gospel of Mark. One is that Jesus is lord over all life in both the natural and spiritual worlds, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. The signs of God’s kingdom come in Christ are staked out all over the countryside if we can but read them in his words and deeds. The other secret is that faith alone will enable us to receive the blessings Jesus brings to the world.

For the first time in Mark’s gospel, a respectable member of society “falls at Jesus’ feet.” Whatever mixture of motives he might have, the ruler of the synagogue also has some faith that Jesus can help his dying child. Jesus recognizes the quantum of faith in Jairus and responds to it. Our lord is quick to respond to any budding faith, no matter how it is mixed with self-serving interests.

But the little girl dies before Jesus reaches her. Why trouble him further when death strikes in the midst of hope? We say “where there is life there is hope.” But Jesus, already challenged and victorious over the violence of nature and demonic forces, goes immediately to meet death head-on and calls the daughter of Jairus out of her “sleep.”

God is not the God of the dead but the living. “I am the resurrection and the life...He that believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” So Jesus vanquished death also, demonstrating that he is lord even over the last enemy of life.

Jesus has proved how genuine is his love for us. Our gratitude moves us to find our brothers and sisters in need and carry on his gracious work.


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