It is that time of the year - time to catch up on our yard maintenance after this long and beautiful summer. We have scheduled a Fall Yard Work Day to complete some yard work around the church for Saturday, Oct. 16 @ 9:00. The work includes working on a path from the new lower lot staircase to the front porch, trimming bushes, picking up trash around the property, pulling weeds, removing some iris & day lilies, and generally sprucing up the yard.
Please join us as we keep the church looking nice! Please bring your garden tools (shovels, hedge trimmers, clippers, weed wackers, rakes, etc...).
Rose Marie and I started on some of the work earlier this week! Trimmed a few of the bushes and dug out some of the mostly dead daylilies in the front.
Thank you Rose Marie!
Hope to see you Saturday!
"For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" Matthew 9:5
Fr. Scott's sermon this Sunday discussed the theme of forgiveness of sins found in both the Epistle and Gospel lessons for this Sunday, the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. In the Epistle (Ephesians 4:17), Paul outlines the responsibilities of Christians to walk in the light and how to avoid sin while reminding us that God is faithful to forgive. We see this forgiveness in action in our Gospel reading.
Sin is a transgression against God's holy law, a falling short or a missing of the mark when it comes to what God expects of us. However, not all sin is the same. Sin is not merely what you willfully chose to do, but also what you fail to do and what you do because of your human failings. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, we have a fallen nature that inclines us to sin which leads to our bodily death. The Gospel message is God died for our sins and He defeated them and death itself allowing us to also Resurrect with Him.
We believe God forgives our sins through sacraments using clearly defined scriptural methods. The greatest sacrament of the forgiveness of sins is baptism through which we are washed clean of our actual sins, freed of our inherited original sin inherited, and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the starting place for our new life in Christ. We have also been given the Body and Blood of our Savior Himself that we receive into our bodies which produces the forgiveness of sin in our hearts. Where our Lord is present, there is forgiveness of sins. Also we are given the sacrament of confession as a promise from God that through His ministers you can be declared forgiven. Priests and bishops do not forgive sins, rather they declare the forgiveness of God through their ministry to bind and loose sins here on earth. Finally, is the sacrament of the anointing of the sick in which is a section allowing the person to ask forgiveness of his sins before asking for healing. There is no greater grace then God choosing to forgive us for transgressing Him, something He is not required to do but chooses to do. Forgiveness of sins is something our Lord always wants to do, something He won for us on the Cross, and is the highest good that God can give us. God is doing great things through the prayer ministry at St. Peter's, so don't give up, God is faithful and true.
Please find Fr. Scott's complete sermon at the 21:15 minute mark at the following link:
Thank you Fr. Scott, for your very meaningful sermon.
In Christian Education this Sunday, Fr. Scott discussed The Great Schism of 1054 AD. The Patriarch of Constantinople and the Bishop of Rome did not agree on much at this time especially after the crowning of the new Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne in the West. The language barrier (Latin vs Greek) and widening political, social and religious differences were driving Rome and Constantinople further apart. Also, of the five original patriarchs, only these two survived the Muslim invasions. The final break happened when Cardinal Humbert as the Pope's representative visited Partiarch Cerularios in order to discuss the use of leavened bread in Holy Communion. The Roman Cardinal excommunicated the Patriarch who in turn excommunicated the Cardinal. This petty disagreement led to the longest lasting break in all of Christianity. Christendom was split in half and yet to be reconciled.
Thank you Fr. Scott for the very informative lesson!
After services, we had a wonderful pot luck luncheon. Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful food . . .
and the great company!
It was great to have Maryl, Amber, & Audree back!
Wonder what Daryl said?!?!
Laurel donated this beautiful bassinet for our nursery - thank you so much!!
Sue met with Elsa at Mike and Claudia's house for a prayer group meeting before Elsa's surgery. Mike and Claudia accompanied Elsa to her surgery the next day and then made sure she got home safely. Elsa, we are so happy your surgery went well! Thank you Sue, Mike and Claudia for all your prayers and your kindness.
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 (Rosalind) if you would like to join us on Discord.
Ambler shared two more online Anglican resources she found:
1. For over a year, Sarah James of All Saints parish near Charlottesville, VA has been faithfully recording plainchant settings of the Psalms.
“Sarah’s father, Tim Smith, a retired professor of music, has created a YouTube playlist with videos for each Psalm to illustrate these audio recordings. He has added in each video a scrolling text for the Psalm, pointed for those who want to chant with the recording. He has also added some commentary on each Psalm. This is a wonderful resource for those who want to learn about this liturgical/devotional/musical practice.”
2. Earth and Alter is a resource site run by All Saints with resources for fellowship, education, and liturgy. "This site is dedicated to the Anglican way of life. We seek to connect our common life with common prayer in order to offer our whole lives as a living sacrifice to God. Through curated resources, articles, blogs, and podcasts, we hope to bring corporate formation to the Anglican Province of America and beyond. "
With its variety of resources and material, it is well worth checking out!
We are celebrating All Saints Day on Sunday, October 31 - Halloween. Fr. Scott shared the following thoughts:
Everyone knows about Halloween but few know where it comes from. Halloween or Hallows Eve is a shortened name for All Hollows Eve. Hollows is another name for saint so we finally arrive at All Saints Eve as the original name for Halloween. The day after Halloween is the day we are celebrating called Feast of All Saints. During this celebration we are thanking God for all His holy ones throughout the ages both known and unknown. So, we can remember everyone that God has called to be His both officially like St. Paul or St. Peter and the unofficial ones like your godly grandma or super Christian father. Everyone that has accepted Christ and have gone before us and passed away in the hope of the Resurrection are remembered this day. The color of the day is white because we are thankful that God has given us such good examples to follow. In addition to the All Saints celebration we will commemorate our new memorial garden after the service!
As part of the celebration, Scott and Sue are sharing their amazing musical talents during the service!
After the service we are having a light luncheon. Claudia is coordinating the food for us and is asking anyone coming to bring one of the following dishes. Please let her know what you plan to bring so we don't have too much duplication!
chicken salad croissants
veggie tray with dip
tray with cheese, crackers, & pickles
hummus with pita or other chips
guacamole with chips
other finger foods
Thank you Claudia for taking on this task!
Our Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 after services. We must submit and approve an operating budget for the next church year. In order to establish a budget we must ask for pledges. Please prayerfully consider and submit your pledge by October 31. Daryl will have blank pledge sheets in Narthex. As in the past, we ask only for anonymous pledges dropped in the offertory plate or sent in the mail to the church. The pledge slips will be tallied and then destroyed as we do not track pledges.
Tues., Oct. 12 11:30 Online Prayer Group
Sat., Oct 16 9 am Yard maintenance and clean up day
Sun., Oct. 17 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott
11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott
(cash plate to Fr. Scott’s discretionary fund)
Tues., Oct. 19 11:30 Online Prayer Group
Sun., Oct. 24 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott