Welcome to St. Peter’s Episcopal, Port Royal

November 18, 2018

Pictures and text from this Sunday, Nov. 18

The Week Ahead…

Nov. 21 – 10am-12pm,  Ecumenical Bible Study

Nov. 25 – 9:00am,  Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Nov. 25 – 10:00am,  Living the Good News Christian Ed for children

Nov. 25 – 11:00am,  Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Christ the King

Sunday, Nov. 25 Readings and Servers

Support the Village Harvest on Nov. 27, Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world

We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Giving Tuesday can help us share what we are doing with the larger community

We have an online recap of the Village Harvest over 4 years here and one used at church ‎here

Our goal last year was $500 and we actually collected $1,010. Can we shoot for $1,200 or about 6 months of support?

This is St. Peter’s second year to participate in this day. We are targeting the Village Harvest in 2018 due to increased costs. We are averaging $192 (average 9 periods) or over $2,300 a year. Help us recover the cost and even add to our resources to do more.

The Village Harvest is a real bargain:

  • A $10 donation feeds 6 people, 12 pounds each. It provides 70 pounds of food and $420 in total value!
  • A $20 donation feeds 12 people, 12 pounds each. It provides 140 pounds of food and $840 in total value!
  • Donating $200 puts you and or your organization into the “Village Club” for special recognition since you have covered the food for one Village Harvest!

How to Give ? Two ways:

1 Go online on Nov. 27 and use St. Peter’s new PayPal account and donate via credit card using this link or churchsp.org/givingtuesday2018/

2 On or before Nov. 27 make out a check to St. Peter’s with “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line

St. Peter’s Church
P. O. Box 399
Port Royal, Virginia 22535 or put it in the plate.

Help us advertise the Village Harvest on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27

1. Send an email with this image (right click the image and save and include in your email).

2. Print out these labels, cut and send.

The “Season of Giving” reminders








Nov. 4. By Nov 18 (Thanksgiving) Dec. 16 (Christmas)


National, International


Nov. 4 – Dec. 2

Heifer Project



Nov. 11 – Dec. 9, Fill the Ark!

Episcopal Relief & Development



By Dec. 16

Help ERD support cleanup for Hurricane Florence and related disasters. Your gift provides their partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water, pastoral care and other urgent needs for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael and other ravaging storms. Funds are also used to assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.

Village Harvest


Food stuffs, Funds

By Nov 21 (for Nov), By Dec. 19 (for Dec.)

Please donate toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex and other paper products

1.  Heifer Project is new this year!  We will be doing the “Fill the Ark” project

A Calendar and Giving Bank were distributed on Nov. 11. The calendar is divided into four weeks, one week on each page. Each day focuses on a single animal,  part of Heifer’s work with populations.

After reading the day’s lesson, determine how much money to place in the Giving Bank.  Place your family’s gift into the Giving Bank and say a prayer that the money will be used to help another family somewhere in the world.

As you fill a Giving Bank with money you’ve saved, you’ll learn how your gifts can share God’s love and end hunger and poverty around the world. Bring the Giving Bank back to the church by Dec. 9

Heifer Project 2018 page

2. The United Thank Offering helps The Episcopal Church Women help people in the United States and around the world. Put coins in the blue box for thanks and blessings in your life. What kind of thanks? FOR LITTLE THINGS like a good parking spot on a busy day, sunshine for your family picnic, or a birthday card from a friend. FOR BIG THINGS like recovery from serious illness, a new job, or forgiveness and reconciliation after a long dispute.

Thankfulness leads to generosity, and your donation will help with projects that provide new spaces for people to gather and to worship, transportation, playgrounds, education, medical services, hot lunches—the list is endless.

The money you donated to the UTO last year helped to fund grants . Last year we collected $757.09

Collection Dec. 2. You may submit a “blue box” or check to St. Peter’s with “UTO” in the memo line.

UTO 2018 page

3. Episcopal Church Men (ECM). Last year they supported 3 families for Thanksgiving and another 2 families for Christmas and collected $1,135 (compared with $1,085 the previous year). This effort will include Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and Christmas presents for them. The men will contact the families and purchase the items in consultation with them and deliver them at the appropriate time.

They are requesting donations of any amount from the congregation in support of their project. This is not just a ECM project!

Thanksgiving -Collection begins Nov 4 and ends Nov. 18 for Thanksgiving.

Christmas collection begins Nov 25  and ends Dec. 16. Please mark your check “ECM, season of giving”  

4. Village Harvest

VH is 4 years old in November! It has provided these benefits:

A. Food for those who are being challenged economically.
B. Enriching those at St. Peter’s who help with the distribution.
C. Providing a role for the church in the community. People who are not members are coming here.

Monthly, the parish has contributed other non-perishable products, such as chicken broth, beans, rice, spaghetti and sauce, paper product, tuna, peanut butter, etc.

For November, we are collecting toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex and other paper products are also greatly appreciated.

The method of distribution has evolved from paper bags to a market style distribution where people can shop as they need.

Thanks goes out to Johnny and Cookie Davis who go to the Northern Neck Food Bank to purchase fresh produce. That’s a big commitment. Thanks to all in the church who have contribute the non-perishable products each month and particularly to those who help distribute the food monthly.

5. Episcopal Relief and Development.

In their mission statement they say “We facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Our work addresses three life-changing priorities to create authentic, lasting results.”

We are focusing on giving to their Hurricane Relief Fund by Dec. 16.

Read more about 2018’s Season of Giving…

We celebrate Christ the King Sunday as the last Sunday of Ordinary Time just before we begin Advent. It is the switch in the Liturgy between Years A, B, and C. This year we will switch from Year B with a focus on Gospel According to Mark to Year C reading passages from the Gospel According to Luke.

The readings for the last Sunday after Pentecost are full of references to the return of Christ, when evil will be defeated and Jesus will begin his final reign as King of kings. In Advent, the Church year begins with a focus on the final restoration of all creation to its original glory. In preparation, on the last Sunday of the Church year, we proclaim the advent of the Lord of lords and King of kings.

The earliest Christians identified Jesus with the predicted Messiah of the Jews. The Jewish word “messiah,” and the Greek word “Christ,” both mean “anointed one,” and came to refer to the expected king who would deliver Israel from the hands of the Romans. Christians believe that Jesus is this expected Messiah. Unlike the messiah most Jews expected, Jesus came to free all people, Jew and Gentile, and he did not come to free them from the Romans, but from sin and death. Thus the king of the Jews, and of the cosmos, does not rule over a kingdom of this world

Christians have long celebrated Jesus as Christ, and his reign as King is celebrated to some degree in Advent (when Christians wait for his second coming in glory), Christmas (when “born this day is the King of the Jews”), Holy Week (when Christ is the Crucified King), Easter (when Jesus is resurrected in power and glory), and the Ascension (when Jesus returns to the glory he had with the Father before the world was created).

The recent celebration came from the Catholics in the 20th century who saw some dangerous signs on the horizon…

Read more…

Church Liturgical Year Table

This time of year there is a focus on the church calendar as we end one year and begin another. Here is a handy table. We have a separate page that provides descriptions of the calendar details.

Lectionary, Christ the King, Year B

I. Theme –  Christ’s kingdom is one of truth and justice and not grounded in this world’s values of imperialism, coercion, violence, and oppression.

Christ the King - Memling

“Christ the King” – Hans Memling (1430-1494)

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”” – John 18:36-37

The lectionary readings are here  or individually:

Old Testament –  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm –  Psalm 93
Epistle –Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel – John 18:33-37

Today’s readings celebrate the paradoxical kingship of Jesus Christ. What does “Christ the King” mean”?

In Daniel and in Psalm 93, the Reign of God is depicted as glorious and authoritative, but also as being manifest through a person who is “like a son of man”. In Revelation this one is seen as Jesus, who is revealed in glory and honor, and whose sacrifice is seen as the primary act in bringing God’s Reign into the world. Finally, in the encounter between Jesus and Pilate, the difference between human rulership and God’s Reign is starkly shown, as Jesus explains that he claims no human kingship, but is the king of a realm that is not of this world. It is a kingdom of truth and justice though not of “this world.”

The challenge of this week’s celebration is to avoid triumphalism. We are not to make God’s Reign out to be the same as human power systems, only stronger, more dominant, and longer lasting. Rather, we are to recognise God’s Reign in acts of compassion and justice, in service and sacrifice, and in the challenge to human systems to give up their obsession with war and conquest in order to build a world of peace and love for all.

On this day, we celebrate God’s reign, kingdom, or community of faith, that endures forever, beyond time and beyond this world, beyond life and death. It is tempting to view Christ’s Reign as a conquering, all-powerful, phenomenon that will violently destroy human power systems, but that would be to misunderstand it. Rather, what the Lectionary reveals is a Reign that is not of this world, that is a completely different reality, and that works within human systems, even as it subverts them toward justice, peace and love

We know that we can glimpse something of this reign here on earth, but whatever vision we have is incomplete. What we do know for certain is this: we have a role to play. We are important. We are treasured by God. And God wants us to be part of this, whatever it is, that is beyond our understanding. Following God’s ways of love, justice, and peace, we will surely be on the path to this kingdom—as Jesus told the scribe who asked him about the greatest commandments, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

Our quest for the kingship of Christ in this world must begin by looking within ourselves. Does Christ reign over our lives and the conduct of our days? Or do we panic at every surprise, cling to false securities, dread change and worry incessantly about failures and flukes? If so, perhaps we have not enthroned in our hearts the One who cares for us intimately and longs only for our ultimate good. It is easy to point to a world run amuck. It is harder to admit that the tangled roots of systemic evils lie in our inertia or lack of belief.

One of the most poignant lines in today’s readings captures that personal culpability. As John envisions the second coming, “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.” That global lament suggests that Christ our King is present paradoxically in those whom we wound. In the bum we readily dismiss, the mousy secretary, the pompous cleric, the acned adolescent, the whiny child, the crack addict, you guessed it—in them, the King comes.

Facing that sorry lot, we wail: “If only I’d known it was you!” Salvadoran theologian Jon Sobrino poses a challenge relevant to this feast: “The reign of God presupposes the anti-reign of God, the reality of our planet today: poverty, injustice… We should look at the crucified peoples today and ask ourselves, ‘what have we done, so that they are on the cross? …and what are we going to do to bring them down from the cross?’”

May our worship remind us of this eternal, “otherworldly” Reign of God and enable us to open our hearts to receive it right here and now where we live.

Read more about the lectionary

Preparing for Advent, the Season of Preparation

We are ending the liturgical year on Sunday, Year B and approaching a new year, Year C. Naturally we are looking ahead and seeing if we are ready. The anomaly is that Advent starts that year which is itself a time of preparation. So this Sunday we are preparing to prepare!

The key in all of this is to begin Advent with a different or changed mindset and a resolve for doing. Here are a few steps from BeliefNet:

1. Have a  proper mindset – Be ready to stop in your busy tracks and embrace the season of Advent and, most importantly, its purpose. The Advent message is “deliverance from oppression and bondage, to those who have much and those who have nothing..” The message of Advent is that, whatever our circumstance in life, Jesus Christ was born to be with us wherever we are. We have to be ready mentally to hear it.

2. Prepare a room at the Inn. Your heart is where Christ wishes to dwell and Advent is the perfect time to make room in it for His presence. If your heart is filled with unforgiveness, it has no room for Christ.

“We need to uncover that place this Advent where we can be silent, reflective, and prayerful. During this time of waiting, our eyes, ears, and minds can adjust to the radiant presence of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.”

Read more…

Top links

1. Newcomers – Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter’s Sunday News

4. Nov., 2018 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (Nov., 2018)

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. This past Sunday

9. Latest Sunday Bulletin (Nov. 18, 2018 11:00am),  and Sermon (Nov. 18, 2018)

Nov. 11, 2018

10. Recent Services: 

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Photos from Oct. 2

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Nov. 11

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Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

Block Print by Mike Newman


Colors for Year B, 2017-18

Red** All Saints Day or Sunday Nov 1 [or the next Sunday]
Green Ordinary Time Nov 4-24


Daily “Day by Day”

3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.

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. 18 – Nov. 25

Abbess of Whitby, 680
Mechtilde of Hackeborn & Gertrude the Great, Mystics, 1298 & 1302
King of East Anglia, 870
S. Lewis
, Apologist and spiritual Writer, 1963
Bishop of Rome, c. 100
Catherine of Alexandria, Barbara of Nicomedia & Margaret of Antioch, Martyrs, c.305
Otis Sargent Huntington
, Priest and Monk, 1935