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December 16, 2018 – Advent 3

Pictures and text from Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Gallery on the Christmas Tree

Videos from Sunday

The Week Ahead…

Dec. 19- 10:00am – Ecumenical Bible Study

Dec. 19 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm -Village Harvest Food Distribution

Help needed: 9:30ish, help needed to unload the truck. Many hands make light work. 1PM, help needed to set up. 3-5PM help needed for the distribution itself. Help the shoppers gather what they need. You can still bring cleaning supplies on the day since these are not available at the Food Bank. Thank you for your contributions of both food and time. Everyone can share in making this important St Peter’s ministry happen.

Dec. 23 – 11:00am -The Christmas Play

Here is a review on the Christmas Play from 2011 onward

Do you need a home this Christmas ? Our home is intimate, caring and spiritual looking for God’s guidance in what we do. And yes, we find room for all no matter who you are or your background. We welcome all! Join us on Christmas Eve for an uplifting experience.

Sunday, Dec. 23,  Readings and Servers

Advent Calendar

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Advent Online learning – Luke’s Canticles

4 canticles for Advent. Learn at your own pace, as little or as much.

Three years ago during Advent we used Paul Gordon-Chandler’s book Songs in Waiting to present Luke’s 4 canticles. It is appropriate to do this again as we are entering Year C which concentrates on Luke’s Gospel. These are wonderful stories of Mary’s Annunciation, Elizabeth and Zechariah, the Shepherds and Simeon that enlarge anyone’s Advent/Christmas season.

This time we are trying a new approach, an online course, which can be taken at any time in any order in any amount and anywhere there is an internet connection. It is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices. We’re closing in on Christmas so these canticles are appropriate now.

Advent 1

Advent 1 links

Advent 2

Advent 2 links

Advent 3

Advent 3 links

Advent 4

The Advent mystery is the beginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ. – Thomas Merton


Explore Advent, Part 4 – Over the Sundays in Advent there will be a presentation each week focusing on that week’s scriptures, art and commentary and how they demonstrate the themes of advent. Let’s continue with Advent 4.


Diocese of Va. Advent Meditations

From the Presiding Bishop- Advent Messages 2012-2018 



Feast of the Annunciation –  9 months before we celebrate the nativity there is the related Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 which is described here .

Art of the Annunciation – The Annunication has been depicted in art for a thousand years. Here are 30+ images of that history .

Blessed Like Mary- David Lose invites us to understand that we are Blessed Like Mary .

National Geographic explores“How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman”

A Digital Nativity.


What if current social media like Facebook, Gmail, etc had been available at the birth of Christ ? Watch the Digital Nativity

Top links

1. Newcomers – Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter’s Sunday News

4. Dec., 2018 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (Dec., 2018)

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. This past Sunday

9. Latest Sunday Bulletin (Dec. 16, 2018 11:00am),  and Sermon (Dec. 16, 2018)

10. Recent Services: 

Nov. 25 Photos from Nov. 25

Dec. 2 Photos from Dec. 2

Dec. 9 Photos from Dec. 9

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

Print by Mike Newman


Colors for Year C, 2018-19

Colors Season Dates
Dark Blue Blue Advent 1-2 Dec 2-Dec 15
Pink* 3rd Wk of Advent Dec 16-Dec 23
Dark Blue Blue Advent 4 Dec 24
Dark Blue Blue Christmas Eve Dec 24
White Gold Christmas Dec 25-Jan 5


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,  Dec. 16 – Dec. 23

Nino of Georgia, Missionary, c.332
Dorothy Sayers, Apologist & Spiritual Writer, 1957
Olympias, Deaconess, 408
Samthann, Monastic, 739
Katharina von Bora, Church Reformer, 1552
Saint Thomas the Apostle
Henry Budd, Priest, 1875
Ruth Elaine Younger, Monastic, 1986