The Mouse for
September 12, 2021
"Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly."

— James 3:1
Proper 19
Sermon: "Back to school"

There is a religious aspect to teaching, even when the subject matter is not religious and the school is non-sectarian. This is because what is taught ought to be, at the very least, true.

Since truth is determined by God (consider these verses) the teaching profession is necessarily in the service of God — whether or not individual teachers acknowledge it. That is why James could write in this Sunday's lesson, "Not many of you should become teachers" adding that "for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness."

Unless, of course, education is neutral territory. Unless, of course, some knowledge remains off-limits to God and is reserved especially for Man. What do you think? Come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon and let's grapple with this.

Also, this Sunday, I would like to try something new. It's worked well at other churches, and I think it could benefit us here at St. Peter's. Please join me (and however many others choose to linger) for a discussion of the readings and the sermon after coffee hour.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.
*** NEW *** Sermon Discussion, after coffee hour.

You can also live-stream the 9:30 service by clicking here.
September 11, 2001

We remember all those who perished 20 years ago,
and those who have given their lives since
in recovery efforts and on the battlefield.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
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 meant by the Messiah?
A.      The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.

The Messiah is prophet, priest, and king. As prophet, He is to interpret God’s word. As priest, He is to consecrate God’s creation. As king, He is to rule that creation with justice, fight God’s enemies, and defend God’s people.

The three-fold office of the Messiah is the formula for harmony between God, man, and the rest of creation. Without truth, sacrifice, and restitution there can be no harmony. Without the Messiah, we face endless lies, never-ending guilt, and no satisfaction.

Upcoming Events for Youth & Families

Sunday, September 26, 11 a.m. - Youth & Family Programming Organizational Meeting
Join us after coffee hour for a check-in of no more than 45 minutes to see where we all are. 18 months of pandemic has changed a lot of habits. Is church and church school still on your list? How about an acolyte program? Would you like to do a Christmas pageant this year? Have children that are confirmation age? This is the meeting to discuss everything and sort it all out. What we do in 2021-2022 will be informed by your input.

Sunday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. - Annual St. Francis’s Day Celebration and Blessing of the Animals
This is an annual family favorite. Bring your children and your pets. Outdoors, under the tent.

Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. Acolyte Training & Pizza Party
This low-key event will introduce children ages 8 and up to the various roles in our liturgy: lector, usher, crucifer, and altar server. Sometimes it helps to commit to something — and having something to do during the service is a great commitment! Serving in church as a child can (and often does) lead to a lifetime commitment to the church and a spirituality that grows as your child grows.

2021 Christmas Pageant - TBD (based on feedback from Sep. 26 meeting)

2022 Confirmation Class
The Vicar will offer confirmation class for children 12 and older after Easter. The tentative dates are: Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 & May 22.* All days are Saturdays. Class is from 3 to 4:30 in the Parish House.

* On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the children will lead all aspects of worship at the 9:30 service, including the homily. N.B. we still do not have a date for the bishop’s visit, but I have requested either June or sometime in the fall of 2022.

All events in the Parish House unless otherwise noted.
Sermon transcripts available on the website

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Annual Designer Vintage Clothing Sale
to benefit
Food of Life Pantry
Columbus Day Weekend — Oct. 9th & 10th


Donate Designer Clothing:
Go through your closets and choose one to three of your most fabulous, designer items that you no longer wear such as clothing, handbags, scarfs, hats, coats, shoes, and jewelry. Make sure items are dry cleaned, washed, pressed, polished and shined. Drop-off items at St. Peter’s Church in the Old Parish House by Sunday, September 26.

Columbus Day Weekend - Oct. 9th & 10th
Franklin Ave., Millbrook, N.Y. (Outside in front of Danielle’s Hair Design, near Babette’s.)

Write a check:
You may also support the work of the Pantry by writing a check. Payable to “Food of Life Pantry” please include in Memo line: CLOTHES SALE. Mail to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 40 Leedsville Road, Amenia, NY 12501.

The Food of Life Pantry, run by St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia, is a program that we at St. Peter’s Church support through our Outreach Program. To learn more visit
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.
Online Giving

St. Peter's is 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.


"Marcion's attack on the status of the Old Testament depended on two axioms: the rejection of allegorical interpretation and the assertion that the first generation of Jewish Christians had minsunderstood and misinterpreted the mind of Jesus. If allegory was disallowed, there was much in the Old Testament which appeared distressing. The God of the Jews, Marcion argued, was vacillating: after forbidding the making of images, he told Moses to set up a brazen serpent. He was ignorant: he had to ask Adam where he was and descended to Sodom and Gomorrah to discover what was going on. Moreover, as the creator of Adam he was responsible for the entrance of evil into the world. In one text of the Old Testament God himself confesses 'I created evil'. It was congruous, thought Marcion, that he should so favour that bloodthirsty and licentious bandit, King David. Moreoever, it was this creator who devised the humiliating method of sexual reproduction, the discomforts of pregnancy, and the pains of childbirth, the mere contemplation of which filled Marcion with nausea. The Marcionite community was accordingly strict in its rejection of marriage as helping the inferior creator in his repulsive business." (p. 39)
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Collect for Proper 19

O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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