The Mouse for March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday
"So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!'"
—John 12:13
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community:
Palm Sunday

Join us this Sunday for the liturgy of the palms and the reading of the Passion narrative according to St. Mark.

Special choral music for this week's service has been edited from St. Peter's YouTube archives. All anthems were performed in 2019 by St. Peter's choir members: Lorraine Alexander, Bindy Kaye, Diana King, Doug Larson, Torrie Larson, and John Reid, assisted by Rachel Doehring, soprano, and Daniel Frankhuizen, cello. Musical selections include "Hosanna!" (Natalie Sleeth), "Wondrous Cross" (Philip Wilby), and "A Lenten Love Song" (Helen Kemp).

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Palm Sunday Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.

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

Bishop removes restrictions on public worship

In an email sent March 5, 2021, and linked to here, Bishop Dietsche announced that he was removing all restrictions on public worship, subject to current State of New York guidelines.
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
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.
Easter Sermon Series

The Vicar will present the following sermon series during Easter.

11-Apr   Topic: Adam & Christ   Title: "Two Adams" (1 Cor. 15:22)
18-Apr   Topic: Judgment   Title: "Two Deaths" (Matt. 10:28)
25-Apr   Topic: Regeneration   Title: "Two Births" (John 3:3)
2-May   Topic: Atonement   Title: "Christ's Cross" (1 Pet. 2:24)
9-May   Topic: Eternal life   Title: "Your Resurrection" (John 11:25)
16-May   Topic: Glory   Title: "Your Crown" (1 Pet. 5:4)
23-May   Topic: Divine Election   Title: "God's Church" (John 15:16)
Catechism Corner

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

Q. What does this mean about our place in the universe?
A. It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God's purposes.

The world (and humans are part of the world) is owned by God. He has legal title to it. Our right to the quiet use and enjoyment of creation (including of our own bodies) is therefore derivative. We possess nothing in our own right. We may enjoy creation so long as we act ethically, first towards God, then towards each other, and finally towards the rest of creation. Since we are not God, we cannot know His purposes apart from His revealing them to us.

Vicar's Bible Study

We have finished our study of Galatians. Bible study will resume after Easter.
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 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.
** Help needed **
Securing stimulus payments for Food Pantry neighbors

The St. Thomas Food Pantry is asking for volunteers for a special project calling their neighbors to:

  1. To see how they are doing and a general check-in
  2. To see if they have gotten the stimulus in the past
  3. If not, to ascertain if they want help to get it and, if they are eligible, help them complete the necessary paperwork

Time is of the essence and there are about 150 neighbors to call. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha Lucas directly at Spanish speakers especially needed.
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

Backed by a strong vestry, in a new church, a new rector (actually the returning Rev. Mr. John C. S. Weills called back for a second tenure) decided that the first order of business was the Shunpike cemetery. It had been neglected for many years, and its condition appalled him. What was even worse, there were no records of burials. Bushes and brambles had grown up all over the cemetery. To remedy this situation, he initiated the custom of gathering together his parishioners and their friends at the cemetery on Memorial Day for the purpose of cleaning it up. Often more than 100 persons worked diligently with him, clearing away bushes and restoring the grounds to their original beauty.

—Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 18-19.
Worship guidelines

  1. Seating is currently 25% of capacity and socially distanced
  2. Masks are required
  3. Congregational singing is suspended
  4. 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 Palm Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same 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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