Sermon and Announcements for Jan. 17, 2021

We are now in the season of Epiphany. It began on Jan. 6th “The Feast of the Epiphany” when we celebrate that the Magi arrived and presented gifts to the Christ Child and that the good news that Jesus revealed God to all people.  The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning, “showing forth, appearance, manifestation, revelation.”  The season of Epiphany will end on Ash Wednesday, February 17 this year. We will then enter the season of Lent.

We continue to gather virtually by Zoom. If you would like to join us on Sunday, send us an email and we’ll send you the link.

The link to the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White is here.

The Lessons and Discussion questions for this week are here. Please read the lessons and questions prior to our Zoom meeting on Sunday.


PLEDGES for 2021: We’re excited to announce our stewardship pledge campaign for 2021. Here is a link to a letter from our Sr. Warden and Vestry. Your financial support of St. Peter’s mission is important.

PLEDGE: you can send in your pledge card to the church or send an email of intention to the church. Keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the giving page on this website.

IN PREPARATION FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY and our discussion on January 17: Rev. Dorothy asks that we read and listen to the following.  My prayer is that our time for the next two Sundays will allow for sermons and dialogue that continues to strengthen our love of God and one another.

Please know that knowledge and awareness empower us to thrive individually and collectively.  My intent is to provide food for thought as we live through this challenging and unusual season.

Listen to A podcast: Un-mattered Lives by Bishop Rob Wright, Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta Read these two documents (PDF):

1.  The clergy letter that King responded to while in jail in Birmingham.
2. The Letter from a Birmingham Jail by MLK 

STAY TUNED for more information from our Interim Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White, on an upcoming project of “Gift Bags of Social Justice”. This project is coming in January on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

PREACHING ROTA: This link will take you our preaching rota/schedule for the 1st quarter of 2021. Please keep our preachers in your prayers as they prepare.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Nikki Fernandes to join.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Olivia Brown is the contact person for the sharing circle.

St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.