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The First Sunday After Epiphany

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."

St. Luke 2:52


Br, Scott led our beautiful Morning Prayer service this morning. His sermon focused on the Gospel Lesson from St. Luke which describes Jesus's visit to Jerusalem when He was 12 years old. This visit to Jerusalem is the only recorded event from Jesus's childhood and shows aspects of both His divine and His human nature. The passage of time between His birth, this visit to Jerusalem, and the beginning of His ministry are often represented in print by ellipses or dashes which reminded Scott of this poem:

The Dash

by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own -- the cars...the house...the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

We need to live in our dashes and strive to "increase in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" just as Jesus did. Also St. Peter's is currently in a "dash" period between Vicars. As a congregation we need to strive together as a body to "increase in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" and always remember that God will provide.

Please find Br. Scott's complete sermon at the following link:

Thank you Br. Scott for the beautiful sermon and for leading our Morning Prayer service.


Joyous News!! Fr. Dennis is coming to preach and celebrate the Eucharist at St. Peter's on Sunday, January 22, Sunday, February 5, and Sunday, February 19. It will be wonderful to see and visit with Fr. Dennis again. Thank you, Fr. Dennis for coming!


Will and Mitchell visited St. Peters this past Sunday as part of their exploration of liturgical Anglican worship. Interestingly, they attended elementary and middle school with Fr. Scott and were very surprised to learn he had been our Vicar! We wish them all of God's blessings!


While we figure out our next steps for Christian Education, Sue has volunteered to lead a short prayer meeting before services starting next Sunday, January 15 at 10:30. Please meet her downstairs with your prayer book.


Sunday, January 22, is our next monthly pot luck luncheon! Please remember to bring a dish to share!


Last Wednesday, the Women's Bible Study met at the church. In addition to the Bible Study and lunch, we exchanged belated Christmas gifts.

Our next Women's Bible Study meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 11 am at the church. We will continue with Week 3, Faithfulness. Please remember to bring the book, your bible, and a bag lunch!


Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Discord every Thursday at 11:30 am. 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 on Discord.


Many of us do our holiday shopping at Amazon. Please remember to go to:

and select Saint Peter the Apostle Anglican Catholic Church as your charity to generate donations for Saint Peter's. (Please note the church location will be listed as Blountville as that is where St. Peter's was incorporated.)

There is no additional cost to you but we receive a small percentage of each purchase when we are selected!


January Activities

Wed., Jan. 11 11 am Women's Bible Study

at the church

Thur., Jan. 12 11:30 Online Prayer Group

Sun., Jan. 15 10:30 am Prayer Meeting

11 am Morning Prayer, Br. Scott

Wed., Jan. 18 11 am Women's Bible Study

at Maple Street Biscuit Co in Johnson City

Thur., Jan. 19 11:30 Online Prayer Group

Sun., Jan. 22 10:30 am Prayer Meeting

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Dennis Washburn

noon - Potluck Lunch

Wed., Jan. 25 11 am Women's Bible Study

at the church

Thur., Jan. 26 11:30 Online Prayer Group

Sun., Jan. 29 10:30 am Prayer Meeting

11 am Morning Prayer, Br. Scott


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