The Mouse for
January 9, 2022
"And the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'"

— Luke 3:22
Epiphany 1
Sermon: "Friends of our souls"

We all experience great loss in life and, eventually, even the loss of our own lives. This is consistent with man's existence after the fall, when he was deprived of the benefits of living in covenant relationship with God in Eden.

Yet, in the moments immediately after the fall, God was already working to restore His people to the covenant He made with them. The descent of the Spirit in this Sunday's readings from Acts and Luke is the sign of that restoration.

How do we face the setbacks, disappointments, and failures in our lives? We should not be surprised by them, for these are all the ill effects of the fall, the working out of the curse. But if we apply to Christ for relief, He will surely grant it. That is why He came. It was for you and me that He was praying after His baptism. And, if we are in Him, then the words, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased," are spoken over us too.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Morning Prayer & Sermon, 9:30 a.m.
(Livestream only. To access the livestream, click here.)

Please note there is no in-person worship at this time.
We hope to resume in-person worship on January 16.

To read the Dutchess County Public Health Alert,
please click here.
Vocalists this week

The singers for the livestream this week are Lillian Chapman, Doug Larson, Torrie Larson, and Nancy Vanderlee. They will sing "Shall We Gather at the River?" at the offertory.
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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.
Parish Prayer List

Please pray for:


And for the repose of the souls of:

Nicki Gillis
Christina Lang

Please email to add a name to the prayer list.
Collect for Epiphany 1

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.
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