The Mouse for July 18, 2021
"People at once recognized him and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats
to wherever they heard Jesus was.'"
— Mark 6:54-55
Proper 11
Sermon: "God is motivated by compassion"

It may feel like we're up against a lot, and, if fact, we are. One word I often hear people use to describe the past 15 months is "biblical." The world is changing fast. We are asked to change with it, but seldom are we asked how we'd like things to change.
 
The truth is we are powerless to stop most things, though we may succeed in altering our circumstances a bit. The exiles from Judah, finding themselves deported to Babylon, may have felt as we do, and it was to them that God promised redemption and a Messiah. "In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety." (Jer. 23:6)

Centuries later, Mark wrote about the fulfillment of that promise in Jesus Christ.
 
Come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to find out how that promised was kept and how it fundamentally alters our circumstances.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

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

There will be no 8 a.m. service on July 25, August 1,
or August 8, while the Vicar is on vacation.
The 9:30 service on August 1 will be Morning Prayer.

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.

The next edition of The Mouse
will be sent on Friday, August 12, 2021.
Catechism Corner

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

The Ten Commandments, pp. 847-848.

Q. Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?
A. Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.

To redeem means: (1) to buy back, (2) to set free, (3) to change for the better, (4) to repair or restore, (5) to make good, fulfill, and, finally, (6) to atone, expiate, or to offset the bad effect and make worthwhile.

While sin: (1) puts us in debt by defrauding God, (2) binds us to error, (3) changes us for the worse, (4) destroys and ruins, (5) turns out badly and disappoints, and, finally, (6) denies there's a problem and refuses to make amends.

The Ten Commandments are a short list of do’s and don’ts. Missing from them are the specifics of sacrifice and redemption. You can read more about this in the Book of Leviticus. The main thing you will notice, when you add up all the bulls, goats, and pigeons to be sacrificed for this or that sin, is just how costly redemption is. Knowing that will help you better appreciate what Jesus Christ did for us.
—JWD.
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.
Let's get back to choral singing!

From Nancy Vanderlee:

It is time to prepare for the return to in-person choral singing at St. Peter's!

To that end, I am offering a series of short summer rehearsal/workshop sessions, beginning mid-July, in the old parish hall. All participants, from high school age and up may attend as their schedule allows; there is no minimum rehearsal commitment. The intent of these sessions is to refresh and renew vocal skills while beginning to learn anthems for inclusion in the liturgy in November and December. Happy All-Saints, Advent, and Christmas in July! And, what a joy it will be to sing with others!

Here is the schedule; note the rotation of days and times. Please feel free to attend as little as one session, or all eight, if you are able. No prior choral singing experience is required, just the ability to carry a tune. I do ask that you contact me via email the Sunday prior to each rehearsal, if you plan to attend, so that I can be sure to have enough music on hand. navanderlee@gmail.com

Friday, July 23, 4:45-5:30
Saturday, July 31, 4:30-5:15
 
Thursday, August 5, 6:45-7:30
Friday, August 13, 4:45-5:30
Saturday, August 21, 4:30-5:15
 
Thursday, August 26, 6:45-7:30
Sunday, August 29, 11:00-11:45
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.

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

ENCOUNTER WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE

"The Gentile mission had every interest in the maintenance of public order, and none whatever in adopting an attitude of disaffection towards the State. In the Acts of the Apostles it is already implied that the Empire, under the providence of God, could be the instrument for the furtherance of the Gospel. By the middle of the second century Christians were discerning the hand of God in the fact that Augustus had established a 'Pax Romana' at the very time when Christ's gospel of universal peace and goodwill was given to mankind. What was wrong with the State was its old paganism. Change its religion and all would be well.

"The Empire, however, was not disposed to abandon the old gods by whose favour the legions had conquered the world... To refuse to participate in the pagan emperor-cult was a political as well as a religious act, and could easily be construed as dangerous disaffection." (p. 24).
Collect for Proper 11

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of 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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