The Mouse for May 2, 2021
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."
—1 Pet. 2:24
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The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Christ's Cross"

This Sunday I will focus on the atonement. The atonement is the crux of history — an apt word because it took place on the cross. It is the singular event from which the other events of life take their meaning. It is the one fact of life to which all the other facts of life must be related.

We may be born into Adam’s guilt, but if we die in Christ’s righteousness, it means we will rise again to everlasting life.

Atonement means we are reoriented away from the past and towards the future, a future where even the memory of our sins is forgotten.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

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

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
(Shunpike Cemetery)
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
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 the Old Covenant?
A. The Old Covenant is the one given by God to the Hebrew people.

Eber was the great-great grandson of Noah, a distant relative of Abraham, who gave his name to his descendants, the Hebrews. Eber also means “those who cross” referring to Abraham’s crossing of the Euphrates into Canaan.

The name is apt, not only in anticipating the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by his descendants, the Israelites, but also in the crossing of an even more illustrious descendant of Eber, Jesus Christ, from death to life eternal.
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.
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 children in St. Peter's Church Sunday School during Reverend Mr. Robertson's [the brilliant Princeton man —ed.] tenure never forgot the games played on the church lawn. Mr. Robertson's pretty daughters directed these happy occasions. Then there were the picnics at the Dover Stone Church, or at Hunn's Lake with Mrs. Isaac S. Wheaton acting as the gracious hostess. The children received the thrill of their young lives, riding from the church to the picnic and back again in Mr. Wheaton's Cadillac driven by a chauffeur in uniform."

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

O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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