Spiritual Gifts - The Tenth Sunday after Trinity


But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1 Corinthians 12:7

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This Sunday's sermon by Fr. Scott focused on the Epistle Lesson from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. He started by reminding us that while the Jewish Christians were familiar with the concept of the Holy Spirit, Paul was addressing the pagan converts to Christianity in Corinth who were not. Paul wanted these new Christians to understand this power poured out onto them as new believers. Fr. Scott then reviewed each of the verses in the lesson, including the examples given by Paul of the many types of gifts of the Holy Spirit. He closed by asking 'How are you using your gifts to the glory of God and benefit of those around you?'.


Please find his complete sermon and the service at the following YouTube link:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpbT0dL6rJ8


Thank you Fr. Scott for the insightful sermon!

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Such a special treat this Sunday to have Ming with us again! Ming and Sue play all the music for our service! Ming will be with us again next Sunday! Thank you both so much for making our service so beautiful!


After services, we enjoyed light snacks of fruits, cheeses, and crackers provided by Carole, Rose Marie, and Diane. Thank you all so much for the snacks!

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Fr. Scott resumed Adult Christian Education this past Sunday. He opened this season of lessons with several questions including:

-What is a Bible study?

-How do we engage with the Bible?

-What are we trying to achieve with a Bible study?

He followed up with tips for studying the Bible and some common mistakes made when reading the Bible.


Next week please bring your Bible and join us as we will start reading and studying 1 Peter.

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Rose Marie and Earl welcomed their new great granddaughter, Emory Mae, (6 lb 7 oz) into the world this week. Congratulations - all are doing well! She is so beautiful! May God Bless her and her family!








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The Mission Committee has scheduled a maintenance day to complete some yard work around the church for Saturday, Sept. 17 @ 9:00 am. The work includes preparing a path from the lower lot staircase to the front porch, trimming bushes, picking up trash around the property, pulling weeds, 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...).

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On Thursday, September 29 we will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael & All Angels. Fr. Scott will lead a Holy Communion Service starting at 6 pm.




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Blessing of the Animals

We are sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals celebration on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Scott will bless pets between 4 and 6 pm on Oct. 4 at the church. We want to reach out to all local pet owners for this event. Teresa has created flyers and is mailing them to local veterinarian offices and shelters. We are also planning to announce in the Kingsport Times and possibly other local magazines.


Fr. Scott prepared the following message for the flyers:


Gen 9:9-10 says “And I (God) establish my covenant with you… and from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.” God deeply cares about all His creation, from the house fly to the human, all are worthy of His love. We participate in His love though our own care of animals that have found their way into our lives. St. Francis of Assisi, during his life, proclaimed the love of God to all, even to the animals around him. On his feast day, we especially remember and dedicate our furry, feathery, finned, and any other companions to God.


The rest of the flyer has the following information:


As part of remembering this special man, our priest,Fr. Scott Greene, is offering special blessings for all pets brought to the church. In addition to the blessing, a small treat will be given to each blessed pet. For everyone’s safety, we ask that all pets are properly restrained. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled.


Please let Fr. Scott or Teresa know if you have ideas for more outreach for this event!

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Armed Intruder Training


". . . Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses." Nehemiah 4 :14


The Mission Committee also agreed to sponsor a 'Law Enforcement Response to Shootings in Public'. Mike and Teresa are arranging a free public seminar at St. Peters about how to respond in a random shooting situation. Teresa has arranged for the Sullivan County Sheriff, Jeff Cassidy to come to St. Peter's on Tuesday, Oct 11 at 6:30 pm. Teresa is also creating flyers for this event and mailing them to local churches.


Please let Fr. Scott or Teresa know if you have ideas for more outreach for this event!

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Several of us went to see Ming's Recital performed on the Estonia Concert Grand at the Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.


We also enjoyed meeting Ming's parents - his mother is with Sue in the picture below!




Ming played selections from J.S. Bach, Arvo Part (there should be an umlaut over the 'a' but I can't find it in the WIX blog software!) and Ludwig van Beethoven. Sue joined him for the Arvo Part selection.






Bravo!

Thank you Ming and Sue for such amazing performances and for inviting us to share them with you! Truly sharing your gifts from the Holy Spirit for the benefit and uplifting of us all!


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Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Wednesday at 11:30. We are back on the Discord platform for these meetings. 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 Rosalind if you would like to join us on Discord.


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Our Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up at the beginning of Advent. An operating budget must be submitted and approved for the next church year. In order to establish a budget we must ask for pledges. Please prayerfully consider and submit your pledge by September 30. 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.

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August Activities


Wed., Aug 24 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Aug 28 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Wed., Aug 31 11:30 Online Prayer Group



September Activities


Sun., Sept 4 10 am Christian Education

11 Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Wed., Sept 7 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Sept 11 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

noon - Pot Luck luncheon

1:00 pm - Mission Committee


Wed., Sept 14 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sat., Sept 17 9 am yard maintenance day


Sun., Sept 18 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Wed., Sept 21 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Sept 25 10 am Christian Education

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Wed., Sept 28 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Thur., Sept 29 St. Michael & All Angels Feast Day

6 pm Holy Communion, Fr. Scott