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1. Newcomers - Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter's Sunday News

4. December, 2016 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (Dec., 2016) , Supplemental Newsletter

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. What's new on the website Nov. 27, 2016

9. Latest Photo Galleries 

10. Latest Bulletin (Dec. 4, 2016) 11am  and Sermon (Nov 27, 2016)

Dec. 4, 2016 

11. Recent Services:

All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6

Photos from All Saints 

Pentecost 26 Sunday, Nov. 13

Photos from Pentecost 26

Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 20

Photos from Christ the King

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 15, Aug. 28, 2016 - "Brethren, We Have Met Together"   

We have a repository of favorite book titles and authors. More information..

Submit your favorite book(s) to our growing repository.

Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting


Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online, since 1999

"We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance."

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week, Nov 27 - Dec. 4

Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885
Saint Andrew the Apostle
Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, 1637; also [Charles de Foucauld, Hermit and Martyr in the Sahara, 1916]
Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop in China and Japan, 1910
[Francis Xavier, Missionary to the Far East, 1552]
John of Damascus, Priest, c. 760

Dec. 4 -10:00am - Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade)

Dec. 4 -10:00am - "God's Kids" (3rd grade and up)

Dec. 4 -10:00am - Matthew's Infancy Stories, Parish House

Dec. 4 -11:00am, Holy Eucharist- Advent 2 

Dec. 4 -12:00pm, First Sunday Social 

Photos from Sunday, Nov. 27 

Last Sunday Advent 1, November 27, 2016)    

How do these objects fit together ? See the sermon

Sunday Readings and Servers, Advent 2, Dec. 4, 2016   

A Christmas Village Harvest, Dec. 21

This month, on Wednesday, December 21st, we’ll be serving a simple supper to all who come to the food distribution. The plan is to prepare bean soup for people to enjoy eating and to provide supplies so that they can make jars of bean soup mix to give as a gift or to make at home again later.

You can help by volunteering to cook soup, to help serve soup or to help people prepare their own jars of bean soup mix.

Lots of dried beans will be needed—red beans great northern beans split peas pintos and black beans. Also needed—quart jars. This is a great opportunity to get all of those quart jars you’ve been saving out of your pantries, attics and basements.

You can always make a monetary donation with a check to St Peter’s with "Village Harvest" in the memo line.

Advent 1

Advent 1 links

Advent 2

Explore Advent, Part 2

Second Advent readings affirm the coming of a deliverer, the Messiah—Jesus! Malachi announces the approach of God’s messenger, who will refine like fire. Baruch calls for the exiles to celebrate their return home. Paul reminds us to wait for Jesus’ return in glory. In today’s gospel, John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus’ public ministry, calling his listeners to repentance.

"Advent is a time to look for “desert places”: the place of solitude, the place of true silence in which we can become fully awake to our sin and God’s forgiving grace which alone can heal it."-Br. Robert L'Esperance

This week we focus on John the Baptist through scripture, art and commentary. Let's move to  Advent 2.

St. Nicholas




St Nicholas Day is December 6. 


Here is a presentation that provides the background of this saint who has had a colorful and varied history over 1800 years. 


Additional Meditations:   

Suzanne Guthrie - "A Way in the Wilderness" (2014)

Daniel Berrigan - "Advent Credo" (2004)

Catherine Adler - "Advent Hands" 


From the Presiding Bishop- Advent Messages 2012-2014 - "What are you waiting for?" 

From the Episcopal and Lutheran churches - Advent devotions for each Sunday in Advent


From the Archibishop of Canterbury - An Advent course "Getting More Out of the Bible"


From the Diocese of  Virginia -

Learning the Art of Waiting in Advent  (2012)
Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

Be Awake, Alert, Aware, Alive, Part 1 (2013)
Be Awake, Alert, Aware, Alive, Part 2 (2013)
Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

Liturgical Layers - Advent
Bishop Shannon Johnston

Christmas Flowers
Linda Hemming, Aquia Church

Advent Waiting in Hope
Jeff Borden

The surprising origins of the Twelve  Days of Christmas


 Make Ready the Feast highlights one scripture citation and one recipe during Advent

A St. Peter's Advent and Christmas

Advent is a season of preparation for the coming of Jesus as one of us. Jesus brought God’s light into the world during his lifetime and we expect him to return to reign in glory at the end of time.  

1. “Matthew's Birth stories” - Sunday mornings 10am

Adoration of the Magi (1481) - Leonardo da Vinci

Sun. Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec. 4, Dec 11

Matthew’s Christmas story is much shorter than Luke. It is different – no angels, shepherds, instead a star and visitors from the East. Jesus is born in a house, not a stable. Where Mary is the focus in Luke, it is Joseph who dominates Matthew’s account. Luke is more about joy. In particular Matthew brings up the theme of conflict with Herod trying to destroy Jesus and the Holy family’s trek to Egypt and back.

Nov 20, Nov. 27- Matthew, Chapter 1

Dec. 4, Dec. 11 - Matthew, Chapter 2

There are two major purposes:

->What did Matthew’s story mean to1st century Christians? Much of Matthew’s account is a fulfilment of Old Testament scripture. Matthew took liberally from these sources.

->What does it mean to us today? One writer has simply said “the purpose of Advent and Christmas is to bring the past into the present”

2. Port Royal Christmas Lighting Fri. Dec. 9, 5:30pm-8pm  – at the town Fire Hall. Food , games, songs and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

3. Choir Retreat – Sat Dec 10,10:30am – The choir will be gathering to rehearse Christmas music at St. Peter's followed by lunch. Set aside some time to pray this morning for Brad Volland, our organist, and our dedicated choir. And if you’d like to join the choir, let Brad know.

4. Everett’s Christmas – Sun. Dec. 11, 5:30pm. Gather round the Everett’s table for a delicious pot luck dinner, over the top Christmas decorations, and Christmas caroling. All are welcome.

5. Christmas Play on Advent 4 – Sun. Dec. 18,11am.  Each year it's unique and at the same time a wonderful introduction to Christmas week.

6.  Christmas Tea for the ECW, Sun. Dec. 18, 5pm.Enjoy Moravian sugar cake, love feast coffee, and the Christmas putz. (Men are also welcome as guests of the ECW.)

7. Christmas Eve – Sat., Dec. 24, 4:30pm – Holy Eucharist Rite II. Celebrating Christ coming among us.

8. Christmas  –  Sun., Dec. 25, 11:00pm – Holy Eucharist Rite II. Celebrating the arrival of Christ. The last time Christmas was on Sunday was in 2011

9. New Year's Eve Gala   Sat. Dec. 31, 6pm. Parish House

10. Lessons and Carols – Sun. Jan 1, 11am. This traditional Anglican service, developed in England, gives us the opportunity to hear the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ through scripture and song.  

Christmas Deadlines  

1. Poinsettias for Dec. 18,  Christmas Eve and Christmas  - If you like to donate a poinsettia for Christmas, the cost is $10. Please complete the order form and include a separate check to St. Peter’s with poinsettia in the memo line. Deadline Sunday, Dec. 11th.

2. The Christmas pageant will be Dec. 18, 2016 as part of the 11am service. If you would to participate, please let Catherine know.


St. Peter's Church 823 Water Street  P. O. Box 399 Port Royal, Virginia 22535  804-742-5908.  Reverend Catherine D. Hicks, Priest-in-Charge, stpetersrev@gmail.com;    Site Map