The Mouse for May 16, 2021
"And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.'"
— 1 Peter 5:4
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community:
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Your Crown"

Have you ever thought eternity was going to be dull and boring? I have. After all, if you have your health and some means, this world can be an interesting and lovely place. What does life in the world to come have to offer?

Peter says if we do well we will receive a “crown of glory that never fades away.” There is an expectation here of reward. When the chief shepherd appears, which is to say when Jesus returns to earth, He bestows a crown upon the faithful. Crowns imply rule, and rule implies a measure of work. It seems Glory is not the end of our responsibility, but the fullness of it.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

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

Services will be in the church. The front door is out of service. Please enter through the sacristy.

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

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 30, 9:30 a.m.
Annual Memorial Day Service
(1343 Shunpike at U.S. Route 44)
Please note: there will be no 8 a.m. service
and no church school at the 9:30 service this day.

Sunday, June 20, 11-1 p.m.
Father's Day BBQ and Hymn Sing
Church Lawn
N.B. Nancy Vanderlee would welcome recommendations for hymns to be included in the Parish Hymn Sing. Please send titles and tune names to her :
Easter Sermon Series

The Vicar is presenting 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.

The Old Covenant, pp. 846-847.

Q. What response did God require from the chosen people?
A. God required the chosen people to be faithful; to love justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.

Many people think that the New Testament replaces the Old Testament or that law is incompatible with gospel, but is there anything in this answer that suggests a time will come when God expects us not to fulfill His law?

Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt 5:17). In doing so He became the exemplar of His own people, the chosen people, and for all the redeemed of the human race.
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.

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

By 1962 St. Peter's had grown large enough and had sufficient financial support to resume its former status in the Diocese. (Tompkins does not say when it lost this status.) She writes,

"After consultations with Bishop Donegan and Suffragan Bishop Wetmore, it was decided that St. Peter's Church was again entitled to be invested with a rector.

"Through the kindness and generosity of many friends in the church the rectory—which had been rented to a succession of tenants after the departure of Mr. Robertson—was renovated and repairs were made on the church. In 1962 the Reverend John H. Widdows came to St. Peter's as the new rector. The significance of his coming was that St. Peter's Church had resumed its 'first-class membership' in the Diocese, having exactly the same status as any other major parish in the Diocese such as St. Thomas in New York City or Grace Church Millbrook."

How long this "first-class" membership lasted is unclear. Mr. Widdows resigned as rector in 1966 and "for the next four years, the vestry carried on the work of the church most effectively with the assistance of invited ministers and dedicated laymen." In 1970, the vestry called the Reverend R. Rhys Williams as priest-in-charge. Mr. Williams lived in the rectory with his wife and four children, and also taught at Marist College. Topkins notes this diminution in clerical title, but does not explain it, adding that the "future looked very bright for St. Peter's Church." I suspect finances had become an issue again.

—Adapted from Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 22-23.
Worship guidelines

  1. Seating is currently ~35% 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 the Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end. Amen.
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