The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given by The Kilduff and Ward Families, in honor of Octavia Donnell Taylor, and the 75th Anniversary of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.   
 

St. Peter's 75th Anniversary & All Saints Service
Sunday, November 5th, during the 11:00 service we will celebrate 75 years of St. Peter's and the lives of St. Peter's family and friends.  We will have all three services as usual, but encourage everyone to attend the 11:00 so we can worship as one big, happy family.  

    Saturday, Nov 4th - Work Day/Fun Day!  9:00 - 12:00,  Check in at the table in the lobby and a member of the Altar Guild will assign you a task.  Bring your family! You may select a quick task so you can be on your way to soccer or stay the entire time. We will be lovingly dusting the pews and woodwork, cleaning windows and removing dust bunnies.  Please bring cleaning cloths and Pledge or other furniture polish.  Knees pads if you have them and young backs and knees are needed to get the baseboards.

    Also Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00,  Set-up and Decoration in the Parish Hall for the Reception Sunday after the 11:00 service.

   Celebration Service - 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow in the Parish Hall, will include a group photo in the garden to mark the occasion.

Ways to help and participate;
   Sign up to bring a savory finger food for the reception
   Monetary donation to purchase cake and punch ingredients
   Come help clean the sanctuary, nave and narthex
   Help set-up and decorate for the reception

Stewardship 2018
As we start making our Parish budget for 2018, there will be several Stewardship meetings for you to choose to attend to learn about Stewardship and the Budget process:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00pm
These meetings, located in the Lobby, will not be a "lecture" on our budget, but a fun time to learn about our Parish and its mission. Also, we will talk about the Rector Search process and the budget that needs to go along with that search and hiring process. Please plan to attend one of these meetings!

Heavenly Father, many years ago your Spirit moved in Conway. Those who heard your call acted and faithfully created a place for your children to gather and grow in faith and Love. As the years past, your Spirit continued to move us and once again we stepped out in faith by building a larger sanctuary; an earthly retreat made of arches of wood and glass proclaiming your word, a place with red doors and a brass rail open to all. The Spirit is moving us,  challenging us to continue the work that was started seventy-five years ago. As we move forward in the calling of our priest and the planning of your works, we pray that once again you Find Us Faithful. Amen
Notes from The Rev. Linda Brown  
 
A lot of us go forward for Communion on Sundays and Wednesday nights without much thought of its significance or history. Others in our congregation go forward awkwardly, just beginning to learn, much less exactly understand ' what' they are doing by participating in the Holy Service of Eucharist. So...lets talk about it.
 
With appreciation to our very astute and capable Church Administrator, John Churchwell, who suggested that we have conversations about some common elements of worship through our Lab Walk, I will attempt to bring to you each week a different aspect of the Worship Services which highlights what we do and why we do it this way in the Episcopal Church. Collaboration with my colleagues, Rev. Dr. Bob Brown and Rev. Peggy Cromwell are also part of this weekly dialogue.
 
The Eucharist
 
Before stating exactly the appropriate manner in which to partake of the Eucharist, (the word based on ecclesiastical Greek, 'thanksgiving' or 'grateful'), let's explore for a minute the actual purpose and beginning of the practice.
 
During the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) Jesus instituted the practice with these words; "Do this in remembrance of me"..."this is my body which is given for you".   The bread and wine become the outward and visible signs of the inward and spiritual grace of the Body (bread) and Blood (wine) of Christ. That really cleared things up, right!!
 
For the Anglican community, of which we as Episcopalians are members, knowing 'how' Christ is present in the sacraments (wine and bread) is not central. What is important is that by eating the elements, the bread and wine, we are united in communion with Christ. In the Eucharistic Prayer (A), you will hear the Priest say, "Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy drink of new and unending life in him". The priest is asking that Christ be present for the people.
 
Through the celebration of Holy Eucharist, we retell the story of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. We understand this service as a memorial and an acclamation of the presence of Christ among us today.
 
To receive Holy Communion, come forward and kneel or stand at the altar rail. Receive the bread first by holding one open hand over the other. Ask for a gluten-free wafer if you prefer. To receive the wine, you may either drink from the cup or dip the wafer in the wine (intinction). If you wish to receive a blessing instead of the bread and wine, cross your arms over your chest and the priest will give you a blessing.   Feel free to notify an usher if you need Communion brought to your pew.
 
One final word; while the Bread and Wine are an important part of our Communion service (part of our Reformation heritage), it is not necessary to have both. In other words, the sacramental encounter with Christ is not prevented if only one of the consecrated elements is consumed.

Appreciative Inquiry Results
Each week, the Labyrinth Walk will have the results to a different question that Rev. Jason Alexander asked us in the Appreciative Inquiry that will be used to help search for a new Rector. Below are the answers you gave to him regarding the question:
Remember a moment that was a high point, when you felt St. Peter's was doing God's work and fulfilling its mission. What was happening?

Christmas dinner deliveries
Wednesday night service at home of ill parishioner
Teaching Bonhoeffer class
Tammy and Liz's wedding
Presence with dying parishioners
Care of the sick
LGBT acceptance and awareness
Receiving parish status
Guatemala mission trip
Talking with boy at food pantry
Returning to church after long illness
Visiting person in hospital
Transgender person getting to serve at altar
Involvement in LGBT parade
Way we care for each other
Playing games outside with EYC
Thanksgiving baskets
Work with Muslims
Easter Vigil
Intellectual explorations of spiritual themes
Liturgy based in history
Strong sense of community/identity
Opening the parish hall to Conway Locally Grown
Different faiths invited to worship service
Welcoming to newcomers
Parish retreat
First newcomers meeting
Being a godfather
Becoming a licensed lay pastor
DOK
Giving last sacrament to parishioner
Presenting a flag case for deceased parishioner
RAIN Team
Thoughtful adult formation
Diversity of congregation
EfM
Choir singing at parishioner's home during last days
Getting ride with parishioner after car died
Tornado relief efforts
When all are invited to the table
Mother's name on All Saints banner
Handing out water at marathon
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Bank Draft Form
Did you know that you can have your tithe to St. Peter's automatically taken out of your checking our savings account? The Bank Draft Form is located in the link below. Print this form out and give it to the church office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike King at
 
EYC Sr. High Lunch
November 5, 2017
All Sr. High kids (10th-12th grade) are invited to the EYC Sr. High Lunch on November 5 at Bob's Grill Downtown at 12:30. The meal is dutch and open to all 10th-12th graders!
Contact Jerusalem for more info: jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com
Memorial Banners
November 5, 2017
St. Peter's Imogene Chapter of The Daughters of the King will once again be hanging memorial banners to commemorate the lives of St. Peter's Saints as a part of our November 5th All Saints Sunday celebration.  Creating the banners brings back many wonderful memories, reminding us that we truly stand on the shoulders of the Saints. If you would like to make a banner in memory of a loved one to be part of this ministry, please call or email Dinah Reed (501-730-8354) ( dinahreed@conwaycorp.net) for information.

Community of Hope Training
November 5, 2017 Deadline
Community of Hope International equips lay people to serve in all forms of pastoral care. Pastoral care is when a person is being "present" in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group for the purpose of consciously or unconsciously representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs.

The fourteen modules used in training cover topics both theoretical and practical, ranging from teaching participants the tenants of Benedictine Spirituality to practical instruction to be used while on a pastoral care visit. It is COHI's goal that this training awaken participants to God's call on their lives by discovering and understanding their spiritual gifts for ministry.  
 
Our training will be held over 6 Saturday morning sessions (9:00 - noon) on the following dates: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, and February 3 and 10. We will cover 2 modules per week. We will be doing the training in conjunction with St Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Maumelle. Half of the sessions will be held at St Peter's and half will be held at St Nick's. There will be a nominal fee to cover incidental costs.  
 
Check out the Community of Hope website at www.cohinternational.org 
If you are interested in this training, or want more information, please contact Rev Peggy or Rev Linda. Please respond by Sunday, November 5.
Guatemalan Market
November 12, 2017
The Committee responsible for developing the Guatemalan Medical Mission will begin with a fundraiser sale of Guatemalan and Mexican merchandise after each service on Sunday, November 12. Doug Stroud will be in charge of the sales.
The Medical Mission is headed by Marianne Black who had been our trip leader for at least 8 mission trips. We go to the rural areas of Guatemala to provide Clinics for the people in western Guatemala, where there is extreme poverty and a lack of access to health care. Our Clinic Group will provide a clinical setting, usually in the Episcopal Churches in the area, where we will complete eye examinations as well as fit over 400 people with eyeglasses or sunglasses, and provide clothing for children. We will provide examinations for at least 500 patients and give them appropriate medications to manage acute infections and a variety of medical problems. This trip will have 18 to 20 volunteers scheduled for arrival in April of 2018.
The surgical team will provide Nasal and Sinus surgeries at St. Francis' Hospital and Orphanage in Putan in February of 2018. We will have a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, and several operating room nurses to complete a number of surgeries in this small rural hospital.
Our fundraiser is only one part of our effort to defray the cost of the trip. The sale in November will be jewelry and textiles, some pottery to be displayed and sold in our lobby area. The Art, Pray, Love event will be held in late January.
The Medical Mission Funding is owned by the Diocese and is not a part of St. Peter's Budget, we only manage the money for the Diocese. We are not the only church who participates in this trip, but we  organize it through Marianne Black.
The Arkansas Episcopal Church Women Fall Gathering
Camp Mitchell Retreat Center
November 17-18, 2017
 "Embracing the Strength of Each Stage of Life"
Our featured speaker is the Rev. Patricia Matthews, Asst. Rector St. Mark's Episcopal Church, LR. Together we will explore all different stages of our lives as women, with the goal of discovering and embracing the strength of each age. We will look at stories of women from the Bible and from myth. The Rev. Patricia Matthews serves at St Mark's in Little Rock. She previously served as the Director of Children and Youth Formation at Christ Church Little Rock. All women of the church are invited! Please pick up a brochure on the table outside the church office. You can go to the ECW website ( http://arkansasecw.org) or contact Rev. Peggy Cromwell or Rev. Dr. Linda Brown with any questions.

Turkey Day is coming!
Tuesday, November 21,2017
11:30am-5:30pm
Calling All Youth!
All youth, ages 10 and up, are invited to come help stuff and hand-out Thanksgiving Baskets! Lunch will be provided for youth volunteers.
To sign-up please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaead22abf49-turkey
Advent and Christmas
Is your small group or class having a special get-together in the month of December? Be sure and email John Churchwell at the Parish Office john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com, to ensure that your special event is posted on the Parish Calendar!
What is the Eucharistic Visitor?
Eucharistic Visitors are called and licensed to minister to the ill and infirm in their congregations by taking them the Eucharist 'in a timely manner' after communion service. Early Christian writers tell about a regular practice of laity taking the sacrament home from the Sunday service.
 
Today, our Eucharistic Visitors not only visit and help those unable to attend church services, but especially they bring the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, using the 'Communion under Special Circumstances' service found in the Book of Common Prayer. Eucharistic Visitors represent the whole church community to those who cannot worship with us.
 
Reverend Dr. Linda Brown will conduct training for anyone who desires to serve in this ministry. Rita Mackintosh and Dan Allen assist trained EVs with coordination and organization of visits.
 
If you feel called to this ministry and would like to know more about it and possibly be trained, please contact Linda, Rita or Dan.  We would like to offer the two hour training session as soon as possible for all interested parishioners.
 
Contact information:
  • Rev. Linda Brown, (501) 590-0631; or linda.brown@stpetersconway.com

Jesus and His Jewish Influences
8:50am Discussion in Library
This set of 24 30 minute lectures by Dr Jodi Magness, Dept. of Religion. U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to provide an understanding of how Jesus's teachings and views were shaped by his Jewish background and context.Jodi Magness PhD is an archaeologist who has done distinguished work in Israel and Greece, participating in 20 excavations. Her primary research interests center on the archaeology of the Holy Land from the destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest.
Adult Forum
James Fowler will give a 2-Sunday presentation, 11/05 & 11/12: The Bestiary of both the Anglican and Episcopal Churches @ 10:00 am in The Library. 
The bestiary, or collection of descriptive entries on animals (along with a few plants and stones) was a popular medieval genre. Originating from a Greek manuscript in the first centuries of the Common Era, these volumes grew in size as more species-actual and imagined-were added. The medieval tendency to think of the world in spiritually symbolic terms is reflected in the interpretations that accompany many of the descriptions. This two-session class will present a sample of moralized beasts with lessons for reflective readers.Please join us for this lively discussion
Church's Teachings for a Changing World
Parish Hall Chapel, Sundays at 10:00am.
Books are available in the office to borrow or purchase.
All are welcome at any time.
Carolyn Scott will be happy to answer your questions.

Brown Bag Book Club
Well-known in Catholic circles for her willingness to take on anybody-even the pope-in defense of women's rights, Chittister, now in her 70s, examines how it feels "to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan." Clearly, getting older has not diminished the controversial nun, activist, lecturer, and author of nearly 40 books on feminism, nonviolence and Benedictine wisdom. This collection of inspirational reflections, "not meant to be read in one sitting, or even in order, bot one topic at a time," abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms, she ponders topics such as feat, mystery, forgiveness and legacy.
The Brown Bag Book Club begins again on August 9, 2017, at noon in St. Peter's Library. Please come and enjoy lively discussion to make the second half of life even better than the first!
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Attention Men:  Give one hour a month as part of your Christian experience.  Join the Brotherhood of St. Andrew which meets for one hour the third  Monday of each month.  The Brothers pray, study scripture, and serve together.  Check the lobby bulletin board for this month's meeting.
Morning Prayer
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for Morning Prayer at 7 am in the Side Chapel, 
 led by The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.
Fall Bible Studies
The Fall Bible Study is a discussion of the Gospel of Luke.  Check lobby bulletin board for additional information or telephone Joe Arn.
Afternoon Bible Study: Mondays, 12:15 pm, Church Library.
Evening Bible Study: Thursdays, 7 pm, Morgan House
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
November 2
November 3
November 4
November 5
November 6
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)






 

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

 









9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Parish Clean Up








7:30am
Rite I
8:40am
Nursery Opens
8:50am
Jesus/Jewish Influences
(Library)
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Family Formation
Choir Practice
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Anniversary Reception
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
11:30am
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Stewardship Meeting
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 11
7:00am  
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
5:30pm
EfM  
(Classroom 2) 
7:00pm
Canterbury
Coffee House
(Morgan House)
 



12:00pm
Noon Book Club
(Library)
12:30pm
Faulkner County  
Social Justice
(Morgan House)  
1:30pm
Library Reserved 
2:00pm
Staff Meeting 
5:00pm
EYC
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)








 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House) 




















9:00am
Food Pantry
11:00am
Girl Scouts
(Parish Hall)


Save the Date!
 
November 5      All Saints Day
                       75th Anniversary Celebration 
 
November 12    Guatemalan Market   
 
November 14     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 6:30pm, Lobby
 
November 15     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 6:30pm, Lobby
 
November 16     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 12:00pm, Lobby 
                        
November 21    Turkey Basket Day 
 
November 23     Parish Office Closed
 
November 24     Parish Office Closed
 
December 3      Find Us Faithful Stewardship Sunday  
                        Advent Event/Family Feast, 5:00pm, Parish Hall 
 
December 10    Choir Cantata, 11:00am 
 
December 24    Christmas Eve
                       11:00am Service (only service for the morning)
                       5:00pm Christmas Eve Service   
                       8:00pm Christmas Eve Service
 
December 25   9:00am Christmas Day Service   
 
December 26 through December 29  Parish Office Closed  
Don't forget to set your clocks back on November 4th!
 October 29 - November 4  Birthdays  
Sondra Gordy
11/7
Nikki Reid
11/8
Austin Losardo
11/10
Steven Warriner
11/10
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 830
Thanksgiving Dinner Day
Thanksgiving Dinner Day will be upon us very soon. So it's time for everyone to start thinking of ways you can help with that. We will obviously be asking the youth to help with coordinating the events of the day and getting the dinners distributed to the families. This is also the time of year where I start standing up in front of you on Sundays asking you for money. This year is going to be a little different. We have been very blessed the past two years with great pricing from our vendors, food donations from outside organizations as well as extremely generous monetary donations to fund this amazing day. So blessed, that we've had funds left over. Those leftover funds are transferred to the food pantry account as needed to carry us through the year and allow us to continue providing food to our pantry clients. With the number of clients we serve decreasing and the continued monetary donations coming in from our parishioners, we haven't had to draw from the leftover Thanksgiving funds, which has left us a balance to put towards the purchase of the Thanksgiving dinners for this year. That doesn't mean I'm not still going to ask you for donations - because I am. With the transition of Teri leaving and the search for a new Rector beginning, things may seem a little out of sorts right now. But it won't stay that way because we have a strong family at St. Peter's! A family that cares about the people inside these walls. A family that cares about the people in our community who are hurting, or hungry, or feel like they just don't belong. And that family is going to do whatever it takes to extend the hand of Christ and walk in love.
I think the vestry has been very forthright in the church's current financial status and our operating funds are in a sensitive state of being. I believe that a better use of the excess funds from this year's Thanksgiving donations would be to go directly into the operating account. Your donations will still be funding this wonderful project because without all of the hard work from our amazing church staff, without heat and electricity, without the bills getting paid, the Thanksgiving Dinner Day wouldn't be able to exist. Making sure the day to day operations are taken care of is a major part in continuing to extend our ministries to the people in our community.
Help Out the Food Pantry
Don't forget your items to bring this Sunday!  You may also drop off items in the church lobby anytime during the week.  With your help we are able to provide food to those in need.
2 mac and cheese; 2 corn muffin mix; 2 cans green beans
Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products    
**If you are bringing fresh produce to donate, please contact someone with a key and see that it is placed in the Food Pantry refrigerators. 
Pantry Musings
 Advent begins December 3, the beginning of the Christian new year. I am reminded that not only is Advent a time of waiting but that Christmas is the time that we celebrate the birth of the Son of God, Jesus, the incarnation of God. We are used to celebrating this event through either of two myths, one found in Luke and the other in Matthew. The question is what is a myth? In today's world we are used to thinking about myths as a mere tale, just a made up story. But, you are accustomed to my raising such a question by now. When we are presented with a story such as the virgin birth is it just a fictional account? I don't think so. A myth is a story that points to a truth beyond itself. It is not a story that is self contained but is one of the greatest forms of truth that we have according to Sims. (Bennett J. Servanthood. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2015, pp. 62-64.). I am very hesitant to say that there is much empirical truth or even relational truth found in these narratives. These narratives are loaded with experiential truth. They lift our spirits above the ordinary. The first thing that they tell us is that Jesus, the child of Mary, the Most Favored One, is the Child of God made incarnate, made human. That means that God is participating in this world with us. They also tell us the audience of Luke and Matthew by stressing the Jewish genealogy of Jesus, through Moses or David. The visitors at the birth: shepherds or kings, gives an idea about how inclusive Luke and Matthew see their gospel. There are other factors about these myths that make them experiential truths and not fiction. These narratives help us to experience truths beyond our everyday lives. Because we are two centuries removed from Luke and Matthew we need help in reconstructing their truths in order to participate with them.  Hence, we take bible classes and read commentaries. -Ann Drake

Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 5, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm  
and read from
Joshua. 
Joshua 3:7-17
The Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'" Joshua then said to the Israelites, "Draw near and hear the words of the Lord your God." Joshua said, "By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites: the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is going to pass before you into the Jordan. So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap."
When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
    and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
    that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *
    they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5 They were hungry and thirsty; *
    their spirits languished within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He put their feet on a straight path *
     to go to a city where they might dwell.
33 The Lord changed rivers into deserts, *
     and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34 A fruitful land into salt flats, *
     because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35 He changed deserts into pools of water *
     and dry land into water-springs.
36 He settled the hungry there, *
     and they founded a city to dwell in.
37 They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
     and brought in a fruitful harvest.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work in you believers.

Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father-- the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted."

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
 

In Loving Support for:
Jenny, Doug, and Odessa; Micah; Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

In Constant Prayer for our Future Rector, whomever God leads to us.

Thanksgivings:
 
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for our Charter Members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
We give thanks for Peace Lutheran Church.      
We give thanks for Better Together Multifaith Initiative.
We give thanks for our Finding Us Faithful Stewardship Program.
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Saw Wilme, Toungoo, Myanmar.
We give thanks forRev. Roberto Armas and St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango).
We give thanks for Life's Big Events Program at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
           
 

Team 1
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Nathan Greer
Tracy Simpson
Kristina Ward
Warren Readnour
Ushers
Jerusalem Greer
Miles Greer
Veronica Makepeace
Stephanie Johnson
Shari Readnour
Claudia Wiltgen
Oblationers

Ella Johnson
Ashlyn Readnour
Julia Readnour
Greeters
Miles Greer
Nathan Greer
Wade Simpson
Walker Simpson
Charlotte Ward
Erin Weindorf
Eucharistic Visitor



Eucharistic Minister
George Coleman
Kathryn Spinks
Kelley King
Acolytes

AM: Mike Moses
CB: Harry Lance




AM: Mike Moses
C:: Berris Teague
T1: Cooper Teague
T2: Hutson Teague
G: Kido Carmago
Banner: Madolyn Ward
Vestry Counters


Tracy Simpson
Jane Harris
Altar Guild


Team 4



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