The Mouse for
February 14, 2021
"And he was transfigured before them."
—Mark 9:2
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Illustration taken from Saint Andrew's Daily Missal, 1952 Edition, with the kind permission of Saint Bonaventure Press.
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Sermon: "A clear view of eternal life"

If parts of the Old Testament seem hard to understand to you, take heart: it's not you, it's the text. But give the authors credit: inspired by God, they wrote as best they could about what they could not see. "All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them" (Heb. 11:13).

Paul writes in this Sunday's epistle, "even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing" (2 Cor. 4:3). But Peter, James, and John get a clear view inside the veil in this Sunday's gospel. They see Jesus as he will be, in resurrection glory.

Such glory will be ours one day too. That's the golden thread running through both testaments. To get a clear understanding of God's promise of eternal life, come hear (or tune into) Sunday's sermon.

In-Person Worship
for Sunday, February 14, 2021

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

Saint Peter's is currently not located in a Covid-19 hot spot as determined by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative. We are therefore permitted to hold indoor, in-person services with the following restrictions, as determined by the Vicar and Wardens:

  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.

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

First Sunday of the month Holy Communion will resume on March 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
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. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
A. From the beginning, human beings have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.

"From the beginning" refers to Eden. Confronted by God's first commandment not to eat a certain fruit (Gen. 2:17), man disobeys. Why? Because ethical choices are hard to make, decision by instinct is easier. However, if man cannot find a way to become an ethical being, he will remain a natural one, no better than an animal, enslaved by instinct.
Nominating Committee

The Committee seeks submission of names to fill one warden position and three vestry person slots. Email John Reid at
Lent begins this Wednesday, February 17.

Easter is Sunday, April 4.
Memorial Flowers

If you are interested in dedicating flowers in memorium or for a special occasion, 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 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

Lithgow, New York is situated in Great Lot #24 of the Great Nine Partners Patent issued to nine wealthy New York City businessmen on May 27, 1697 by the King of England. David Johnston (grandson and heir of David Jamison, one of the original Nine Partners) named his Dutchess County estate "Lithgow" after Linlithgow, Scotland, his grandfather's birthplace.

—Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 8-9.
Collect for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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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