The Mouse for April 25, 2021
"Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born anew.’"
—John 3:3
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Two Births"

I have talked so far in my Easter sermon series about the two Adams: of the first Adam who lost his crown, and of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who regained the crown and restored purpose, meaning, and right relationships to those who find life in Him.

I have talked of the two deaths. The first death, the cursed fruit of Adam’s fall, which even the second Adam Himself had to undergo; and the second death, the death of death itself in anticipation of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21, Rev. 21:1).

On Sunday, I will talk about the two births. The first is the birth in which we are all born, from our human mothers, the daughters of Eve. The second begins a “gut renovation” of human nature, and the second chance at life that Jesus gives His followers. This requires, quite literally, a new birth.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

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

See the public worship guidelines below. You can also live-stream the 9:30 service by clicking here.
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 is meant by a covenant with God?
A. A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a body of people responds in faith.

There is not “a covenant” but one covenant. There is not “a body of people” but one body of called-out ones who form God’s Church, the Israel of God (2 Cor. 6:17, Gal. 6:16). God is one, His covenant is one, His people are one.

The covenant is perfect in the mind of God, but only a degree of covenant perfection is realized in time and history and place. Thus, the Old Israel “failed” and the New Israel, the Church, can also fail at different times and in different places throughout history. (See Article XIX.)

However, human failure does not nullify the covenant, which is initiated, maintained, and brought to perfection by God.
 
—JWD.
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.
Hobby Horse

So many parishioners at St. Peter's do interesting things! I think it would be fun to profile your jam-making, horse training, music appreciating, syrup-tapping, and hound-handling from time to time in The Mouse. (I know I've only just scratched the surface!) If you'd like to share your hobby, sport, or avocation, please send me a picture or two and a 25 to 50 word write-up.

I'll get the ball rolling with my own hobby: model trains. I have had a love of all things railroad since I was 10. Moving out of the city has given me a little more space, so it wasn't long before I got to thinking, then building ... You can see for yourself below. I am building an HO-scale switching yard.
Left: I assembled bench work from a kit and installed main and sub bus wiring. Right: after three or four tries, I finally got the cork roadbed and track to lay straight and even.
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.

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

"The Reverend N. S. Boardman was Mr. Weills' successor. He served St. Peter's from 1891 until 1893 when Mr. Weills returned for his third tenure. He was the only rector ever to serve St. Peter's Church for three tenures. This last time, he remained for three happy, faithful years. In 1896, he was appointed Chaplain of Sing Sing prison at Ossining, New York and he left Lithgow to assume his duties there.

"The Reverend C. H. Duncan was the next rector at St. Peter's Church, serving from 1897 until 1900. His successor was the Reverend James Starr Clark D.D., who remained only a short time. The Reverend William Cunningham Rodgers came in 1901, and served until 1907. The Reverend Mr. Rodgers in later years became the president of St. Stephen's College, afterward called Bard College at Annandale-on-the-Hudson.

"In 1907, another brilliant young rector came to St. Peter's Church. His name was the Reverend Charles K. Gilbert, and this was his first parish. Eventually he became Bishop of the Diocese of New York. After the departure of the Reverend Mr. Gilbert in 1913, the Reverend J. M. Robertson, a brilliant Princeton man, came to St. Peter's Church and remained until 1923. He also served St. Thomas' Church at Amenia Union, and lived with his family in the rectory next door to the church."

Brilliant men! Princeton men! Big shoes to fill.

—Adapted from Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 20-21.
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

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.

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 Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Text or call the Vicar at (845) 745-8160 for prayer or a pastoral visit.

The Vicar's email address is: jwdell2@pm.me.
Questions about the parish? Please email:
stpeterschurch@optonline.net

The Mouse is compiled and edited each week by the Vicar. He asks that submissions to The Mouse be made by the Wednesday prior to Friday's edition. Please send submissions to jwdell2@pm.me. Thank you.