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August 9, 2020 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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The Week Ahead…

August 9- Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 9 – 10:00am – Join here at 9:30am for gathering – service starts at 10am Meeting ID 834 7356 6532 Password 748475

1. Bulletin for Aug 9, 10:00am

2. Readings and Prayers Pentecost 10, Aug. 9

3. Sermon

August 9 – 11:15am – National Cathedral church service online

August 12 – 10:00am – Ecumenical Bible Study through Zoom

August 12 – ShredIT!

August 12 – 5:00pm-6:30pm, Village Dinner Take-Out

August 13 – 7:00pm Sacred Ground discussion

August 16 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Regathering Outside!

August 16 – 10.00am – Morning Prayer along the River. Bring a chair, a mask and observe social distancing

August 16 – 11:15am – National Cathedral church service online

August 16 – -7:00pm, Evening Prayer on Zoom – Join here at 6:30pm for gathering – Evening Prayer service starts at 7pm Meeting ID 834 7356 6532 Password 748475

Shred-it, Aug 12, 10am-2pm

Get your document boxes ready! On August 12 from 10am-2pm the Shred-it Truck will be at St. Peter’s to help you safely dispose of sensitive documents. This is a wonderful community service

This is the 9th year of Shred-it made possible with the leadership of Andrea Pogue The funds after paying the Shred-it company go to St. Peter’s outreach ministries. Donations are $5 a box or whatever you care to give

Why support Shred-It?

1. For You – You are able to dispose of sensitive documents safely and securely freeing up needed space at home or work.

2. For the Environment – one less document in a landfill. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.

3. For the Church – The funds we earn less the cost of the Shred-it truck helps our outreach ministries, such as the Village Harvest food distribution. And we have a good time doing it! It’s fun to watch the Shred-It truck do its job. It’s a great fellowship event visiting with neighbors.

The Village Dinner Comes Back, Aug 12

It has been gone 4 months during Covid-19 but it is back in August on the second Wed (Aug. 12) in a slightly different form:

1. Meals will be take-out only (no dining inside). 2. One person will be the runner to take meals to the cars. 3. The runner will also carry a pot that patrons can place their payment in. 4. Food preparers/kitchen help/runner will wear gloves and face masks.

The meal in August will be Lasagna, bread, salad and for dessert 2 large cookies.

Sacred Ground Begins this week, Aug 13, 7pm

Plan to join the Sacred Ground discussion group. Sacred Ground is a ten session study that a lot of churches are using to help friends and congregations to talk about the issues around race in the United States.

The program has been developed by The Episcopal Church and Katrina Brown, director of the Traces of the Trade documentary. Through readings and documentaries, we will learn about the history of race in America and the impact it has in our world today and to talk about changes that we can be part of to work for greater justice for all. We’ll gather on Zoom to talk about the challenges and the divides of the present day from a place of faith, hope and love for God and for one another.


Additional information

Sacred Ground introductory seminar


The first session for this series will be on Zoom, Thursday, August 13, at 7PM. Please let Catherine know if you plan to participate so that you can read and watch the materials provided to focus our discussion at that first session OR online signup

Virgin Mary, Aug. 15

We celebrate her saint day on August 15. 

Mary lived circa 18 BCE- 41 CE. She was a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, the daughter of Joachim and Anne and the wife of Joseph, the carpenter. Little is known of her life except when it relates to Jesus life. She remained faithful to him through his death (when his disciples denied, betrayed, and fled), and even after his death, continued life in ministry with the apostles.

The New Testament records many incidents from the life of the Virgin which shows her to be present at most of the chief events of her Son’s life:

  • her betrothal to Joseph [Luke 1:27]
  • the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel that she was to bear the Messiah [Luke 1:26-38]
  • her Visitation to Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist [Luke 1:39-56]
  • the Nativity of our Lord [Luke 2:20]
  • the visits of the shepherds [Luke 2:8-20] and the magi [Matthew 2:1-12]
  • the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple at the age of forty days [Luke 2:22, 2:41]
  • the flight into Egypt, the Passover visit to the Temple when Jesus was twelve, [Matthew 1:16,18-25; 2; Luke 1:26-56; 2];
  • the wedding at Cana in Galilee [John 2:1-11]
  • and the performance of her Son’s first miracle at her intercession [John 2:1-11],
  • the occasions when observers said, "How can this man be special? We know his family!" [Matthew 13:54-56, Mark 6:1-3, Luke 4:22; also John 6:42],
  • an occasion when she came with others to see him while he was preaching [Matthew 12:46-50,Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21],
  • her presence at the foot of the Cross, where Jesus commends her to the care of the Beloved Disciple [John 19:25-27],
  • her presence with the apostles in the upper room after the Ascension, waiting for the promised Spirit [Acts 1:14].   

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Lectionary, Aug. 16 2020, Pentecost 11,  Proper 15, Year A

I.Theme –   God comes to all us, includes all in his mercy and calls us to lead lives of justice

 "Jesus and the Canaanite Woman"  – Jean Colombe

The lectionary readings are here or individually

Old Testament – Isaiah 56:1,6-8
Psalm – Psalm 67 Page 675, BCP
Epistle –Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Gospel – Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 

Three ingredients come together to create a celebratory mix in this week’s Lectionary: The first is God’s salvation (expressed in terms of justice and mercy); the second is God’s blessing given to those who are saved; and the third is the inclusion of "foreigners" and "outcasts". The expansion of the gospel beyond the boundaries of Judaism does not supersede God’s love for Israel, but reflects God’s love and inspiration of all people.  The focus, then, of this week’s worship is on God’s coming to us, welcoming all people, and including all people in God’s mercy, salvation and blessing, while also calling all people to lives of justice.

In Isaiah 5 , God calls God’s people to justice and fairness because God promises to come to them and bring not just God’s people, but also the foreigners and outcasts, to worship and to be blessed by God on God’s mountain.

Psalm 67 is a psalm of praise for God’s blessings and mercy, which calls all nations to join in praising God for God’s saving power.

In Romans 11, the apostle Paul affirms God’s faithfulness to the Jewish people. There is no room for anti-Judaism in Christianity. God’s providential gifts of grace are irrevocable. God has made an eternal covenant with the children of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. God’s revelation in Christ expands God’s covenant to include all the peoples of the earth. God will have mercy on disobedient people everywhere, whether Jew or Gentile.

The question of being chosen once again is ambiguous. An omnipresent and omni-active God, for whom love is the guiding principle, chooses all creation. No one is left out. This is problematic for those who see the Jewish people and nation, or any other nation, as absolutely unique. As some prophetic writings suggest, Israel was chosen for a mission, to be a light to the Gentiles, bringing God’s love to all peoples.

The gospel reading places Jesus in an unusual light. When a Canaanite woman comes to Jesus to seek healing for her daughter, Jesus puts her off, apparently excluding her because of her ethnicity from God’s healing realm. The woman persists and eventually Jesus relents, apparently impressed by the depth of her faith and her willingness to experience humiliation for the love of her daughter. Jesus cures her daughter from a distance; his energy transcends the boundaries of space.

This story also portrays another kind of transcendence, the transcendence of ethnic and personal barriers for the sake healing and wholeness. Now, there are a number of ways to interpret the encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman. At first glance, Jesus appears to succumb to the racist tendencies that characterized the attitudes of many Jewish people toward foreigners. He puts her off because, as a Canaanite, she is unworthy of God’s love. A second interpretation suggests that Jesus is testing her faith, trying to discern how much she loves her daughter and what she is willing to do to secure a healing for her daughter. Finally, a third interpretation asserts that Jesus may be creating a trap for those who see the woman as an inferior outsider. He acts and speaks like a racist, getting their insider assent, and then pulls the rug out from under them by healing the Canaanite woman’s daughter. From this perspective, the encounter is a parable, a reversal of expectations, a turning upside down of socially acceptable racism in light of God’s realm of inclusion and healing.

However, we understand the meaning of the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman, the story portrays Jesus’ eventual inclusion of non-Jewish people into his ministry. God’s healing embraces all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, or sexuality. Mature faith widens the circles of God’s love to go beyond our well-being to embrace and support the various gifts of the earth’s peoples.

Earlier in the readings, Jesus explains that it is not what we eat that defiles us but the evil that is in our hearts. Then he is approached by a Canaanite woman who convinces him, in spite of his initial reluctance, to heal her daughter who is being tormented by a demon.

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Doin’ Some Hollerin’ – The Canaanite woman in poetry

From Jan Williams "Painted Prayerbook"

A Canaanite woman from that region
came out and started shouting,
“Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David;
my daughter is tormented by a demon.”
 – Matthew 15:22 

"Christ and the Canaanite Woman.” Drouais, 1784.


Clearly Jesus didn’t realize who he was messing with that day. Or did he? Perhaps Jesus knew precisely what he was doing and chose to use this encounter as a teaching moment for his hearers. Or perhaps he was simply in a stubborn mood and found himself facing someone who could match him easily, stubborn for stubborn. Either way, the story shows us that when it comes to saving what needs saving, being merely nice and pliant won’t win the day, or the life. Sometimes we need to dig in our heels and do some hollering

Stubborn Blessing 

"Don’t tell me no.
I have seen you
feed the thousands,
seen miracles spill
from your hands
like water, like wine,
seen you with circles
and circles of crowds
pressed around you
and not one soul
turned away. 

"Don’t start with me. 

"I am saying
you can close the door
but I will keep knocking.
You can go silent
but I will keep shouting.
You can tighten the circle
but I will trace a bigger one
around you,
around the life of my child
who will tell you
no one surpasses a mother
for stubbornness. 

"I am saying
I know what you
can do with crumbs
and I am claiming mine,
every morsel and scrap
you have up your sleeve.
Unclench your hand,
your heart.
Let the scraps fall
like manna,
like mercy
for the life
of my child,
the life of
the world. 

Don’t you tell me no. " 

© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com.

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Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week,  – Aug. 9 – Aug. 16, 2020

[Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)], Philosopher, Monastic & Martyr, 1942
Lawrence, Deacon, and Martyr at Rome, 258
Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253
Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910
Jeremy Taylor, Bishop & Theologian, 1667
Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian and Martyr, 1965
Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ