The Mouse for August 15, 2021
"Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight."
— Proverbs 9:6
Proper 15
Sermon: "A mature Christian faith"

Sometimes we think that growing up means growing out of our faith, but don't confuse sophistication with maturity. Phrases like, "the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith" are catchy, but heretical.

Jesus asks us to believe in Him, not to explain Him (though there is much to say about Him, and we look forward to spending eternity singing His praises). When we come across a question like the one posed in John 6:52, "The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'" we know we are dealing with explainers, not believers.

Am I saying there is no room for the head in the heart of the faith? Of course not, but you'll have to come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to find out why faith requires daily intellectual effort, and what to do when doubts arise.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.

You can also live-stream the 9:30 service by clicking here.

Please note: the front door is out of service.
Please enter and exit through the sacristy.
Catechism Corner

The Vicar continues his weekly exposition of the Catechism, found in the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 845-862.

Sin and Redemption, pp. 848-849
Q.      What is sin?
A.      Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.
Logically we say it’s impossible for two things to occupy the same place at the same time. But when we sin, we’re insisting on that very thing. Rather than correlating our will in a given time and place with God’s will for that given time and place, we insist on shoving God out. That’s sin in a nutshell. It just goes to show how the original sin has tainted all aspects of man’s life, including his logic.

But it is possible for two things to occupy the same place and the same time: God’s will and our will can correlate and occur simultaneously. His will is creative and makes the moment. Our will is analogous and imitates His. Thus, we are granted a measure of creativity. This is what the obedience of faith achieves.
Sermon transcripts now available on the website

Several parishioners have asked for copies of recent sermons, so I have put transcripts of several on the St. Peter's website.

Click here and you'll be able to watch the sermon and read along or download a copy of the transcript.
Bach to Queen & Everything Between
August 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | $10

The New York Theatre Organ Society and The Stissing Center are presenting this exciting evening that features the latest musical addition to The Stissing Center, a newly installed Allen T321Q SP "Unit Orchestra" Theatre Organ.

The program features Nathan Avakian who will perform the theatre organ side of the instrument along with Carl Hackert and James Fitzwilliam performing the more classical repertoire of the organ. Joining them are vocalist Clair Avakian, Eric M. Berlin on trumpet, and Nancy Vanderlee on flute — all accompanied by orchestrations from the organ.

This diverse program will show how this "unit orchestra" theatre organ is capable of performing pieces from Bach to Queen and everything between! Join us for this fun, evocative evening of music that is different from anything you’ve heard at The Stissing Center.

For more information click here.
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Flowers at St. Peter's

The floral guild is always grateful for donations. If you are interested in dedicating flowers in memoriam or for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, please send an email to with the date and the name(s) to whom you would like to dedicate the arrangements.

You can either send a check to St. Peter’s (PO Box 1502, Millbrook, NY 12545) or put the check in the weekly offering with "flowers" on the memo line. You may also add a dedication in the bulletin or leave it anonymous.

Remember - no clothing donations to St. Peter's at this time!
Online Giving

St. Peter's is now pleased to offer the convenience of online giving via our website. You may make a pledge payment or a one-time gift either by ACH or credit card. From the website menu, click on Serve > Make a gift online, or click here.
History Highlight

Highlights from Henry Chadwick's The Early Church (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967), selected by the Vicar. Chadwick was the sometime Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge.


"The unity of the scattered Christian communities depended on two things — on a common faith and on a common way of ordering their life and worship. They called each other 'brother' or 'sister'. Whatever differences there might be of race, class or education, they felt bound together by their focus of loyalty to the person and teaching of Jesus. The pattern of worship derived all its meaning from its reference to him. The rite of baptism by which they were admitted to the Church was both a commemoration of the moment at the river Jordan when Jesus was filled with the Spirit for his life work, and a once for all renunciation of evil, which St Paul in a powerful metaphor described as 'being buried with Christ.'" (p. 32)
Collect for Proper 15

Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
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