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Oct. 23, 2016 

11. Recent Services:

Pentecost 20 Sunday, Oct 2

Photos from Pentecost 20

Pentecost 21 Sunday, Oct 9

Photos from Pentecost 21

Pentecost 22 Sunday, Oct 16

Photos from Pentecost 22

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Flood Donations for Goldsboro, NC

Shaded areas show Goldsboro under water, Oct. 11.

This is an ongoing need. Catherine will be taking or sending the donations to St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Goldsboro. 

Badly needed:

  • New undergarments—underwear, undershirts, socks, bras in all sizes, children to adult sizes, particularly in extra large adult sizes.
  • Plastic gloves.
  • Unopened containers of over the counter medications—anything you’d find in your own medicine cabinets, such as Tylenol, Advil, stomach medications, over the counter allergy medications.
  • Money. If you’d like to provide money, Catherine will be sending monetary donations to the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church Clergy Discretionary Fund (in Goldsboro) for the relief efforts through that church that are already underway.

     Please make your check to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  Memo – “Flood relief- St.  Andrew’s”. We can receive items at the church 823 Water Street P. O. Box 399 Port Royal, Virginia 22535

About St. Andrews Episcopal, Goldsboro 

Web Site

Our most unique ministry outreach is a free community dental clinic.”

In 1907 St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was established on Oak Street in Goldsboro, North Carolina in a parochial school. They built a new church. On September 23, 2002 they moved to the present location on Harris Street.

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, October 23 - October 30

Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, c. 62
[Hiram Hisanori Kano, Priest, 1988]
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, 899
Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1885
[John Wyclif, Priest and Prophetic Witness, 1384]

October 23, 2016 (full size gallery)

Sunday, October 23  Description with photos 

Oct. 26, 10am – Ecumenical Bible Study

Oct. 30,  9am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 

Oct. 30, 10am  – Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade)

Oct. 30, 10am God's Kids (3rd grade and up )

Oct. 30, 11am Morning Prayer , Rite II 

Complete Calendar

Sunday,  October 30  Readings and Servers  

Gratitude month continues - Johnny Davis on Outreach, Oct. 23, 2016

Johnny spoke on the essential role of Outreach at St. Peter's which includes the Village Harvest food ministry, support to Nepal and now the flood victims in our own country.

Video Link

Others in the series

1. Mike Kerr - Oct. 9

2. Helmut Linne von Berg - Oct. 16



O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Photo Gallery of early fall color, Oct., 2016

Season of Giving begins, October 30

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

The season of giving is almost upon us! Part of holy living is to share our resources with others. The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons give us the opportunity to do just that. During the next few weeks at St. Peter’s, you can choose one or more of several ways to help people close to home and those around the world by participating in these various opportunities. At a glance:





Samaritans Purse



Nov. 13,  Nov 20


National, International


Nov 6- Dec. 4




By Nov 20 (Thanksgiving) Dec. 11 (Christmas)

Village Harvest


Food stuffs, Funds

By Nov 13 (for Nov), By Dec. 18 (for Dec.)

Read more about 2016's Season of Giving...

Living Generously - Zacchaeus!  

From Tens.org - By The Rev. J. R. Lander

Check out our Stewardship page

Zacchaeus the tax collector is not the ancient equivalent of modern day IRS or Canada Revenue Agency employees. He was not a civil servant. Ancient Roman tax collectors were individuals who bid for the right to collect taxes in a certain geographic area. This bid represented the tax Rome expected from a given geographic area. The tax collector would then collect funds to pay himself back. Any amount collected above that amount was pure profit, with few limitations. So they not only represented the Roman occupation, but they also profited through abusing and defrauding others.

But Jesus came to bring salvation to all, even the hated tax collector. Through Jesus, this one tax collector, Zacchaeus, experiences a remarkable moment of redemption. Jesus calls him out of the tree he had climbed. Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus’s home, and Zacchaeus is transformed. He immediately offers to give away half of what he has to the poor, and to repay anyone he has defrauded by a factor of four. 

To me, the story of Zacchaeus is a story of learning to live generously. He had far more than he needed. He had much he could share with others. And he recognized that much of that had been earned through fraudulent means.

I believe this story challenges us to consider how we live in our capitalist society. Capitalism isn’t bad. The free market has allowed for much good. But how do we exist within it? Do we hoard all we earn? Are we driven solely by the motivation for our own profit? Or do we seek that balance where we maximize profits, make the world a better place, and share what we have with others?


How do we apply Zacchaeus ?

From Sermons from Seattle. The link also goes into some of the background of this story - Jericho, passover time, circus time

How shall we apply this story to our own lives? Perhaps we could talk about the fact that three stories earlier in the Gospel of Luke, we heard about the rich young ruler who wanted to be saved. Jesus invited him to sell all he had and give it to the poor. The young man couldn’t do it. Jesus said, “It is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. But with God, all things are possible.” And now, three stories later, we discover a rich man who goes through the eye of a needle and is saved. We could focus on that, but we won’t.

Or perhaps we could talk about the fact that Zacchaeus was the biggest immoral scoundrel in town, a skunk, a reprobate, the worst of all possible sinners and Jesus ate a meal with him.

Rather, I simply remind you that Jesus loved Zacchaeus, the biggest sinner in town. Jesus loved him, and in that love, Zacchaeus was transformed.

So, that is the first thing I wanted to talk about today. But the second is equally important, that Zacchaeus was changed. Zacchaeus was changed, from being greedy to generous, from selfish to selfless, from a thieving heart to thankful heart. How did this happen? What did Jesus say to him when they were alone? I mean, Zaccheus only had to pay back what he stole plus 20%; but he wanted to pay them back 400%. He didn’t have to do that, according to Old Testament law. He wanted to. 400%!!! And then he volunteered to give 50% of his goods away to the poor!!! 50%!!! He didn’t have to; he wanted to. There is a huge change in the level of financial generosity within his heart, and that is what we want to focus on today as well.

Read more about this sermon...

Lectionary, October 30, 2016

I. Theme -  Seeking Transformation in our encounters with God.

"Zacchaeus" – Joel Whitehead

The lectionary readings are here or individually:  

First Reading - Isaiah 1:10-18
Psalm - Psalm 32:1-8
Epistle - 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Gospel - Luke 19:1-10 

Today’s readings explore the transformation that follows our encounters with God. Isaiah  warns against empty religiosity and brings God’s promise of cleansing and purity. In 2 Thessalonians, Paul encourages steady faith that waits quietly for the transformation brought by Christ. In the gospel story, Jesus grants salvation to a wealthy man who responds to Jesus with repentance and generosity.

These stories look at how we worship.  Do we celebrate internally forgetting the outside world and the needs of the world which Isaiah complained about ? Also we need to look at hospitality.  Isaiah renames Jerusalem as Sodom and Gomorrah.  Was it their inhospitality that earned the people of Jerusalem this insult?   In Thessalonians  the people have reacted incorrect to promises of Jesus second coming and have created problems in the church.   Paul asks  for their “steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

Luke would have us look at the notions or hospitality, redemption, and inclusion.  It is Jesus who demands hospitality, and it is Zacchaeus who gives it. Here the hospitality gives place to salvation and redemption, “Today salvation for this house has happened.” 

Thus it is not riches that distinguish, nor is it poverty.  It is the inviting in, it is the acceptance of “what I must do” as a sinner, a poor person, a wealthy person, or a person striving for righteousness, that sets the tone and the agenda.  Jesus not only welcomes, but also is welcomed in.  This dual standard is Luke’s call to his hearers to imitate Christ.

In the readings there is a call for the people to understand their sins, to acknowledge them and be forgiven which is part of the Psalms.  Zacchaeus certainly does and decides he will live a changed life - give half his goods to the poor and to recompense generously those he might have defrauded/


Request for Names for All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

We remember those who have died on All Saints Sunday, Nov.6 since the last All Saints Sunday.

If you have a name you would like to submit, please email Catherine by November 1.

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