A Snowy, Sexagesima Sunday


The view from Mike and Claudia's house early Sunday morning was beautiful!








As was the view from Lynn and Daryl's house .....














And the view from Fr. Scott's....











Unfortunately, with all the snow, we decided to cancel in person services at the church and return to Discord for a Morning Prayer service. Thank you for sending in your pictures!


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In his online sermon, Fr. Scott tied the Epistle lesson (1 Corinthians 11:19-31) and the Gospel lesson (Luke 8:4-15) to our preparations for Lent in this Gesima - Pre-Lenten season. He reviewed all the suffering Paul had endured for Christ during his ministry. Paul chose to glory in his trials rather than dwell sadly on them. In addition, Paul has the God given job of overseeing all the churches, a very difficult responsibility. We also face many external trials, including jobs and daily responsibilities, that we need to "overcome and reclaim for the purposes of God." Our possible responses to these trials are outlined in the Gospel lesson, The Parable of the Sower. In his last paragraph, Fr. Scott states the following:


"Whatever God leads us to tackle this upcoming Lent, know that God is able and willing to see the work in you completed. Give Him your problems, your issues, and your struggles. Instead of despairing over your weaknesses, actually glory in your weakness, knowing that despite all the evidence we come up with for us to fail, God can and will be even more glorified when He accomplishes in you His work of sanctification - all we have to do is try with a honest and good heart."


Thank you, Fr. Scott, for the beautiful sermon.


Thank you to everyone who made the Morning Prayer Service on Discord wonderful including Fr. Scott for the compiled service with Psalm and readings (and the sermon), Scott for the beautiful bulletin, and all the volunteer readers!

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Our cleaning teams are working out wonderfully! Sue had a good time going after all the spiders and webs in the basement!!


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered!




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In addition to going after all the basement spiders....


Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Tuesday at 11:30. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact me if you would like to join us but are not on Discord.

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The Mission Committee meets again this Sunday after services.


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We are continuing our tradition of meeting at Perkins at 4:00 pm for Shrove Tuesday Pancakes. However, we are relocating to Perkins in Kingsport (4618 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN 37663, USA) right off exit 59 on I-81.


Rose Marie is making reservations under St. Peters - please let her know if you are coming so she can let Perkins know. Hope to see you there!



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Please join us Wednesday, February 17 at 3 pm for our Ash Wednesday Service. Fr. Scott will lead the service.



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Scott and Sue have taken on a wonderful Lenten project - they will open the church every Friday evening in Lent for a Stations of the Cross service followed by a light dinner. The first service will be on Friday, Feb. 19 at 5 pm. Thank you so much, Sue and Scott, for all your work and support of St. Peters!


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The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, D.D. serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America and bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S (DEUS) to which St. Peter's belongs. Bishop Grundorf will visit St. Peter's on February 28, 2021. During his visit, he will baptize Audree, Fr. Scott & Maryl's beautiful baby girl. We look forward to worshiping with Bishop Grundorf, showing him the many improvements to St. Peters since his last visit, and introducing him to Fr. Scott!

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FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES

Tues., Feb 9 11:30 am Online Prayer Group

Sun., Feb 14 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

Tues., Feb 16 11:30 am Online Prayer Group

Tues., Feb 16 4:00 pm Pancake Dinner, Perkins

(4618 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN 37663)

Wed., Feb 17 3 pm, Ash Wednesday Services, Fr. Scott

Fri., Feb 19 5 pm, Stations of the Cross

followed by light dinner

Sun., Feb 21 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

Tues., Feb 23 11:30 am Online Prayer Group

Fri., Feb 26 5 pm, Stations of the Cross

followed by light dinner

Sun., Feb 28 10 am Church preparation

11 am Holy Communion & Baptism

Bishop Grundorf & Fr. Scott

noon reception for Bishop Grundorf