The Mouse for
November 7, 2021
"Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you."

— 1 Kings 17:9
Proper 27
Sermon: "God's widows"

People make two common errors in religion.

The first is to count religion a trifle that is easily satisfied by ritual, for instance, the "rich people" who "put in large sums" to the treasury in Sunday's gospel. There is nothing wrong with rich people giving large sums, but this does not make peace with God. 

The second is making religion too severe, for instance, by taking the two widows' stories in this week's readings to mean that we should recklessly abandon our worldly goods and duties to pursue mountaintop holiness.

To correct these errors, our religion needs to become the way we conform our lives to God's life.

Sometimes this means taking in an itinerate prophet when we can barely feed ourselves, only to find that everyone is sustained by a miracle. Sometimes it means giving away our daily wages. Most of the time, however, putting our faith to work in the world is not so extreme; nevertheless, it remains miraculous.

Come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to learn more about why, whenever our human wills align with God's will, it is a miracle.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal, 8:15 a.m.
Holy Communion, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.
Choir Rehearsal, 11 a.m.

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

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don't forget to set your clocks BACK
one hour Saturday night.
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.       What is the great importance of Jesus' suffering and death?
A.       By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus made the offering which we could not make; in him we are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

Atonement is the "offering we could not make." Without atonement, there can be no peace with God. Therefore, we cannot reconcile with God. If reconciliation is to occur, it must be by God's initiative and on God's terms.

This is easy to understand but hard for us to accept, harder still for us to work out all of its implications in our lives and in the communities we build. Salvation is not by works, public or private. However, once we are reconciled to God, we are able to think God's thoughts and will the same things God wills. Since God's thoughts are free and God's will is free, we experience liberation through Jesus' atoning suffering and death.
—JWD.
Last call for new choir singers for Christmas

Last call for new choir singers to sing at services on December 19 and 24.

Please contact Nancy Vanderlee navanderlee@gmail.com ASAP
(914) 204-6472.

First rehearsals this Sunday, November 7, in the old parish hall:

              8:15 a.m. to rehearse Christmas Eve music
              11:00 a.m. to rehearse Lessons and Carols music
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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.
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.

CAUSES OF SUCCESS

"The expansion of the church seemed an extraordinary chain of improbabilities. Nothing could have been less likely to succeed by any ordinary standard of expectation.

"The pagan writer Celsus (probably c. 180) saw it with the cold eye of a hostile external observer. He picked on the close-knit structure and coherence of the Christians as a social group, and saw in this the principal source of Christian strength. But in his view this social coherence was not the consequence of any internal principle but merely the result of being persecuted: 'Their agreement is quite amazing, the more so as it may be shown to rest on no trustworthy foundation. However they have a trustworthy foundation for their unity in social dissidence and the advantage which it brings and in the fear of outsiders — these are factors which strengthen their faith.' The opposition which the Christians provoked may certainly be accounted an important factor in producing their cohesion, though it is certainly too simple to explain their social drive as resulting from some inner compensation for being rejected by society. Celsus was also aware that the Christians worshipped in secret for fear of arrest. Publicity was dangerous, and sometimes the smell of a sip of insufficiently diluted wine at the eucharist might lead to betrayal." (p. 54)
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Collect for Proper 27

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory,
we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
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