The Mouse for March 7, 2021
"Then God spoke all these words..."
—Ex. 20:1
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community:
The Third Sunday of Lent
Sermon: "The terms we live by"

Last week I preached on the biblical covenants between God and man. I said that God both sets and keeps the terms of these covenants Himself.

Where does that leave you? Well, you are to live by the commandments of God. You may be thinking: “Jake has just led us in a big circle. He is really just telling us to obey the rules.” Not so.

Before you come to Christ, the law is grounds for your condemnation, but afterwards, the law becomes exculpatory evidence, proof that God has begun a good work in you. To find out more about this good work and how it will bring you to perfection, come hear (or tune into) Sunday's sermon.

In-Person Worship
for Sunday, March 7, 2021

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

See the in-person worship guidelines below. You can also live-stream the 9:30 service on Sundays by clicking here.
Church School

Childcare and Church School have resumed at the 9:30 a.m. service. Please RSVP to Marie Scagnelli at, by Saturday 5 p.m.
Catechism Corner

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

Q. How did God first help us?
A. God first helped us by revealing himself and his will, through nature and history, through many seers and saints, and especially the prophets of Israel.

Ask: if God does not supply meaning to life, who or what does? If meaning comes from something that is not God, then God is not God. If history supplies meaning, then history is God. If man supplies his own meaning, then man is God. If life has no meaning, then there is no God and man is lost.

But man is not lost. God is and reveals himself as the LORD (Ex. 3:14). Creation is evidence of a creator. History is “His” story as God acts in it to bring it to its preordained end (Rev. 21-22). Israel is God’s chosen race and Christ fulfills the promise of Israel (2 Cor. 1:19-20).

Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter's

March 28, Palm Sunday, 8 & 9:30 a.m.
April 2, Good Friday, Noon
April 4, Easter Day, 8, 9*, & 11 a.m.

All services on Easter Day will be services of Holy Communion.

* Family service with Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m.
To RSVP for the hunt, please email Marie Scagnelli at
Vicar's Bible Study

Join us for Bible study on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom. We are studying Galatians for Lent. Here is the meeting link.

Also, I do not want you to be afraid to read the Bible and I am happy to schedule a time to read it one-on-one with you. If there is enough interest for another group study at a different time, I will do that too. Please email me at
Flowers at St. Peter's

The floral guild is always grateful for donations especially for the Easter flowers. Also, if you are interested in dedicating flowers in memorium 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.
St. Thomas Food Pantry Volunteer sign-up

The St. Thomas Food Pantry is always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested, please fill out the online application. You can access the application by clicking here.
Remember - no clothing donations to St. Peter's at this time!
The church is always open, so if you would like to stop by for a quick prayer or meditation, please feel free to do so. Masks and hand sanitizers will be available in the church entrance.
History Highlight

In 1834 St. Peter's built its first church. They engaged Nathaniel Lockwood, a master builder who introduced early American-Greek revival architecture to the Town of Washington. He built a lovely white church in the style of a Greek temple with four large graceful columns supporting the overhang above the front entrance. The church was opened for services on April 10, 1834.

—Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 13-14.
In-person worship guidelines

  1. Seating has been reduced to 25% of capacity
  2. Seating is socially distanced
  3. Masks are required
  4. Congregational singing is suspended
  5. Communion is distributed in one kind only

We ask that you please not come to church in person if you have Covid-19, have symptoms consistent with Covid-19, or are subject to the provisions of the New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory.
Collect for Lent 3

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and all the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
ever. Amen.
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