The Mouse for
October 17 & 24, 2021
"For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

— Mark 10:45
Proper 24
Sermon: "Why sacrifice?"

What could be more pointless than sacrifice? Kill an innocent animal for my sins? Worse, kill an innocent man for the sins of the whole world? I would no sooner take a baseball bat to my new car. It seems like a costly waste.

Yet the readings for this Sunday are laser-focused on sacrifice, specifically, on the transition from the ongoing animal sacrifices in the Jerusalem Temple, to the once-and-for-all-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

But why bother with sacrifice in the first place, and why continue to talk about it (and furnish our churches with altars — as if we were fixing to slaughter one of the Kaye's cows on it) if there is no more need for sacrifice?

Come hear (or live stream) this Sunday's sermon to find out all about the necessary substitution that sacrifice provides, and how we are to live after it is finished.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.
Adult Forum: Discussion of sermon and readings, after coffee hour.
You do not want to miss these lively conversations!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour, after church.

The Rev. Cam Hardy will celebrate and preside.

Coming up:
Sunday, October 31, Reformation Sunday/All Saints' Necrology

Please send names for the Necrology to

N.B. The Mouse will next publish on October 29.
Catechism Corner

The Vicar continues his weekly exposition of the Catechism, found in the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 845-862.

God the Son (pp. 849-850)
Q.       What do we mean when we say that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became incarnate from the Virgin Mary?
A.       We mean that by God’s own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.
Although much is often made of Mary’s yes as opposed to Eve’s no, the Catechism rightly puts the emphasis on God’s own act. The two women are not opposed to each other. Eve is not lesser and Mary greater. For good reason did Adam call his wife, “the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20). His words are prophetic. It is to Eve that the promise of the Messiah is given (Gen. 3:15) and it is from her seed that the Messiah comes. By his sin Adam is the father of the dead, but by God’s grace Eve is the mother of all who have eternal life. Mary fulfills God’s promise to Eve.

Food Pantry Update

Received: $8,299 year to date from our Designer Clothes Sale, from Columbus Day sidewalk, and MAM rack sales throughout the year.

Upcoming Events for Youth & Families

2021 Christmas Pageant
Nicole Tapia has kindly agreed to direct this year's pageant. Watch this space for more information.

2022 Confirmation Class
The Vicar will offer confirmation class for children 12 and older after Easter. The tentative dates are: Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 & May 22.* All days are Saturdays. Class is from 3 to 4:30 in the Parish House.

* On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the children will lead all aspects of worship at the 9:30 service, including the homily. N.B. we still do not have a date for the bishop’s visit, but I have requested either June or sometime in the fall of 2022.
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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.
Online Giving

St. Peter's is pleased to offer the convenience of online giving via our website. You may make a pledge payment or a one-time gift either by ACH or credit card. From the website menu, click on Serve > Make a gift online, or click here.
History Highlight

Highlights from Henry Chadwick's The Early Church (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967), selected by the Vicar. Chadwick was the sometime Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge.


"The apostles derived their name and function from the fact of being sent by the Lord as missionaries. They were not the only ones to receive gifts of the Spirit. There were also 'prophets', like Agabus (Acts xi, 28; xxi, 7), and teachers, accredited as instructors in the faith. At Corinth the Church especially prized the gift of ecstatic irrational utterance ('speaking in tongues'). Paul could not afford to deny that the gift of ecstasy was a genuine manifestation of the Spirit, but was alarmed by its divisive possibilities (1 Cor. xiii) and told the Corinthians that the enthusiastic utterance they especially prized was the last in the graded hierarchy of supernatural gifts: it is preceded by 'first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miracle-workers, then healers, helpers, and administrators' (1 Cor xii, 28). The first three in this sevenfold hierarchy are the chief 'orders' of the first missionary generation." (pp. 45-46)
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Collect for Proper 24

Almighty and everlasting God, who in Christ hast revealed thy glory among the nations: Preserve the works of thy mercy, that thy Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of thy Name; 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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