The Mouse for
September 26, 2021
"Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."

— Mark 9:38
Proper 21
Sermon: "Jealousy and ingratitude"

We usually think of jealousy in terms of what we don't have, rather than what we have. But what if it turns out that jealousy is actually a form of ingratitude?

That's what seems to be going on in this Sunday's readings from Numbers and Mark. In Numbers, Joshua is jealous for Moses' sake, worried that God's Spirit resting on two elders of Israel somehow will detract from Moses' leadership.

Likewise, John is worried that someone other than one of the chosen 12 apostles is casting out demons in Jesus' name, potentially weakening the apostles' authority.

What both men fail to realize is that these miracles are a display of God's power, not their own. Any act of God is cause for gratitude, not ingratitude.

Given that, come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to discover why, no matter how God is at work in other peoples' lives, we can be grateful that He is at work in our own.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.
Adult Forum: Youth & Family discussion, after coffee hour.

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

Next Sunday, October 3, at 9:30 a.m. join us for our annual Celebration of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals. Guest preacher: The Rev. Richard Witt.
The service takes place outside.

Please note: there will be no 8 a.m. service on October 3.

If you have not been vaccinated for Covid-19, we ask that you kindly wear a mask while indoors at St. Peter's.
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 do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?
A.   We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.

John's Gospel tells us that Jesus is the only begotten (Gr. monogenous) from the Father. The Greek word means one-of-a-kind, unique, original. The key point here is the divine originality of Jesus. It is a firstborn son’s right to inherit his father’s estate. In this case, Jesus inherits all the originality of His Father: original goodness, original truth, original light, original being, original will, and original freedom. This is the nature of God: to be first, to be original.

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 "Ski Church" - Saturdays for seven weeks in January & February
One idea we're kicking around is "Ski Church" in January and February. Come as you are, from the slopes or wherever, for a family-friendly afternoon service (time TBD, based on your input) that will mirror the upcoming Sunday morning service, but shorter and with more opportunities for children to participate. We're calling it "ski church" but, of course, you don't need to be a skier to come. Come to the organizational meeting on the 26th and let us know if this is something that your family would participate in.

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.


"The second weapon of the orthodox defence was the gradual formation of the New Testament canon. In the first century the Christian Bible had simply been the Old Testament (read in the Septuagint version). Authority resided in this scripture and in the words of the Lord, which long circulated in the oral tradition, as is apparent in the letter of Clement to the Corinthians. The authoritative standing of this oral tradition continued to be high even after the sayings and doings of the Lord had been written down in the 'gospel' according to Mark, Luke, Matthew, or John. Even as late as the time of Irenaeus (c. 185-90) this oral tradition of the words of the Lord was regarded as an authority that had not been wholly merged with the written gospels. But the controversy with Marcion and the Gnostics gave a sharp impetus to the control of authentic tradition which a written document possessed and which oral transmission did not." (pp. 42-43)
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Collect for Proper 21

O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running to obtain thy promises, may be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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