This Sunday's Readings - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:17-18.
All the accounts of the calling of the first disciples record how the apostles followed Jesus "straightaway." Surely they would not have made such drastic changes and sacrifices unless they had seen something in Jesus, something better, that compelled them to leave business as usual.
They. Just. Left? What did they see that made them immediately leave their nets and follow him?
Our 8:00 am Sunday Rite I Eucharist will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Pages from the Book of Common Prayer will be announced during the service.
Our Sunday Rite II Eucharist with Music will be pre-recorded and posted to our YouTube channel. The service bulletin can be found below.
This Sunday, Eric VanHoven will sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as the offertory solo. The poem was written by Thomas Chisholm. This well-known hymn has an interesting story concerning its composition by this gentle man from New Jersey. READ MORE.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, February 7 at 10:30 am via ZOOM
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held via ZOOM at 10:30 am on Sunday, February 7. The most important part of our Annual Meeting is the election of our fellow parishioners to serve as warden or vestry people.
At December's Vestry meeting, the nominating committee presented the following slate of nominees for election.
Jr. Warden: 2-year term ending 2023 - Anthony Floreno
Vestry Members: 3-year terms ending 2024
Vestry Member: 2-year unexpired term ending 2022 - Traci Rutt
According to our By-Laws, any additional nominations must be supported by three parishioners and submitted to the Clerk of the Vestry, Gary Musciano, seven days before the Annual Meeting.
The Nominating Committe
Updating Phone Numbers in the Parish Directory
The system we use to track St. Peter’s membership and print directories asks for a primary phone number as well as cell phone numbers for each member. The primary number has historically been the home phone (landline). But as more and more people use cell phones, some families no longer have a landline, and others who still have a landline rarely use it.
To be sure we have the best phone numbers for everyone, we are requesting phone number updates from parishioners. What we would like is:
Primary phone number – the landline or cell phone number we should consider the “best” contact number for your family, and
Cell phone number(s) – for each person in your family who wants his/her number included in St. Peter’s directory.
Please CLICK HERE to update your phone number(s) by the end of January. When we have heard from everyone an updated directory will be posted on the website and can be sent to anyone who wants one.
Sunday School continues this Sunday at 10:30 am via ZOOM
As part of his ministry, Jesus would tell his disciples parables to help them wonder about the Kingdom of Heaven. The parables are meant to help us to see our everyday life in a new way, and to see the great value of answering the call to follow Jesus. This Sunday, we continue our series of parables by presenting the Parable of the Great Pearl, as told by our storyteller, Traci Rutt. The parable can be found in Matthew 13:44-46.
The 2020-21 Sunday School schedule is attached HERE.
The Voice Online - January 20, 2021
CLICK HEREfor a link to this week's edition of the diocesan newsletter, The Voice Online.
Opening our eyes
"It takes constantly working to open one's eyes," says Bishop Hughes. "It takes looking sometimes at really difficult things – things that hurt. It takes being willing to disagree with others. And being committed to telling the truth – and the truth based on facts and science and history – a truth that is actually real. When we open our eyes to the complicated things, to the hard parts of the truth, then we can also open our eyes to see what God is trying to do in the complicated parts of our lives."
Click on the video to watch (time: 4:07)
Faith Groups: Sharing our Lives, Growing in Faith
FRI, JAN 29, 7 PM
SAT, JAN 30, 9 AM - 12 NOON
The disruptions of the pandemic have encouraged us to find new ways of being in relationship with one another. While the technology we use to connect may be new, Church tradition offers a model for relationships that is still relevant today: intentional small groups.
At our January gathering, held during our traditional Convention weekend*, our focus will be on “Faith Groups: Sharing our Lives, Growing in Faith,” which will offer a pattern for gathering intentionally in small groups to share times of prayer, reflection, and to grow together in faith.