This Sunday's Readings - 24th Sunday after Pentecost
In his many parables about the Kingdom of heaven, Jesus has taught us that its coming is quiet and steady and certain like growing things. This mysterious growth we have learned belongs to God and we have to wait for it quietly and faithfully. But in these final 3 weeks of our liturgical year our attention has been turned to Jesus' final 3 parables in chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew. Now we hear the other half of the story, that although God's Kingdom comes as a pure miracle, its advent also depends on our ultimate decision to seize it.
Picture Credit: "Parable of the Talents" by Argentinian artist, Jorge Cocco Santangelo.
About Indoor Gatherings.
In anticipation of new guidelines coming from the Governor's office, starting this Sunday, Nov. 15, the maximum number of people allowed for indoor worship in the Diocese of Newark is 25. Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29 that number will be reduced to a maximum of 10.
It will be imperative that starting in Advent those that wish to attend the Sunday 8 AM in-person service will need to register with Sue Marshall at email@example.com Thursday at Noon as the attendance, including ministers will be capped at 10.
Our 8:00 am Sunday Rite I "in-person" 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.
We hope to close out the pledge campaign by next week the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, Nov. 22 when everyone's pledges will be blessed and offered for God's mission here at St. Peter's.
Sunday School continues this Sunday at 10:30 am via ZOOM
This Sunday we will hear Father Michael tell us the story of The Prophets. The role of the prophets was to say and do what God told them to and to show the People of God the Best Ways to Live. There are still prophets in this world. Maybe you are called to be one, too.
The 2020-21 Sunday School schedule is attached HERE.
We have a new doctor!
We recently received word from Eugenio Simango in Mozambique that he passed Certification Exams he took in July, and is now a medical doctor. So he is now Eugenio Simango, M.D. He is working in a temporary medical position in Tete Province (which he says is the hottest area of Mozambique) while he looks for a better position to become available. His search is complicated by the presence of COVID-19 in Mozambique.
The Diocese of Newark is hosting a Speaker Series on Race co-hosted by Bishop Hughes and the Namaste Anti-Racism Commission. On three consecutive Mondays in November, three leaders from within The Episcopal Church will reflect on the question “How are we talking about race in The Episcopal Church?” Each speaker will provide a unique understanding and an opportunity for reflections on race.
Zoom and phone information will be emailed out to recipients of The VOICE Online with sign-in instructions for this Zoom meeting.