The Mouse for
December 5, 2021
"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness."

— Malachi 3:3
Advent 2
Sermon: "Refining our worship"

Advent 2 and 3 speak to the preparation that is required for the Lord's arrival. This week and next we hear from John the Baptist, the herald of the coming Christ. His message is that of repentance, a call to change our ways.

The idea is that in a world gone wrong, we've also let things slip, but now that Christ is coming to put things right, we need to get our acts together.

Interestingly, the first thing that needs to be put right is our worship of God. Malachi tells us that the Lord will "suddenly come to his temple" and that the first call to repentance is to the priests themselves: "he will purify the descendants of Levi."

Come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to find out what happens when the church gets worship wrong and what to expect when we get it right.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Holy Communion, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.

Youth Acolyte, Readers, Coffee Hour, and Ushers schedule here.
Christmas Family

Thanks for the overwhelming and prompt response! Our Christmas Family’s wish list is now complete—all toys and clothing spoken for!

If you would still like to contribute, we have a box in the parish hall where you can drop cash and checks; or you can send your contribution to St. Peter’s Church, PO Box 1502, Millbrook, NY 12545. Please make your check out to St. Peter’s and write Christmas Family on the memo line.
Thank you all!!

Tracy & Lillian
Catechism Corner

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

God the Son (pp. 849-850)

Q.       How can we share in his victory over sin, suffering, and death?
A.       We share in his victory when we are baptized into the New Covenant and become living members of Christ.

The catechism’s answer could be taken as supporting a magical view of the sacraments. Perform the ritual, say the spell, get the result.

Such a transactional view of baptism is problematic, placing the emphasis on the work, the act, the ritual, rather than on the faith it signifies. It is by faith that we share in Christ’s victory over sin, suffering, and death. We then desire to make a public act, to show our faith in a visible sign of victory for others to witness.

Our faith makes us a living member of Christ’s body, and our baptism encourages the other members of that body. It shows them that the body is indeed alive, well, and growing.

—JWD.
Online Giving

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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 stpeterschurch@optonline.net 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.
Collect for Advent 2

Merciful God, who didst send thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Text or call the Vicar at (845) 745-8160, or email him at jdell@stpeterslithgow.org, for prayer or a pastoral visit.

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