Sermon for July 5, 2020

Here is the sermon for July 5, the 4th in our series “Pentecost and Protest”. The preacher is Ms. Nikki Fernandes, a young adult member of St. Peter’s. Nikki teaches English at VCU, and is the leader of our Intercessory Prayer Group.

A prayer for our country:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our
heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove
ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, pg. 820)

Juneteenth 2020: Friday, June 19

Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration, will be held virtually on Friday, June 19th. More information about the events can be found here. This PDF gives additional information. This is a family event, and there will be life demonstrations and events for all ages.

Richmond Hill is also offering an Zoom event on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Information and the registration form is here. The panel discussion features St. Peter’s young adult members Nikki Fernandes and Anthony Gabaton.

Sermon for June 14, 2020

We are excited to offer a series of young adult preachers for the month of June. This Sunday’s sermon is from Jabriel Hasan. Jabriel is a young adult who has grown up at St. Peter’s. He is currently in seminary and in discernment for ordination with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Jabriel brings a deep spirituality and a wide range of experiences to his preaching. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Stay current with our offerings and programs through this website and our Facebook page.

Virtual Prayer Vigil for Justice, Reconciliation and Peace

Virtual Prayer Vigil for Justice, Reconciliation and Peace
Saturday, June 6
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia invite you to join a virtual prayer vigil. It will be held from 9 on June 6. There are a variety of ways to participate:

  • You may sign up for 30-minute prayer slots. There is no limit to how many people can sign up for a single time slot. The more people praying together, the better! 
  • You can set a time to pray alone or with members of your household.
  • You can host an online prayer vigil for your small group, congregation or faith community.
  • You can tune in to the Diocese of Virginia’s Facebook page at 8:00 pm on Saturday for a live prayer time.

The diocesan deacons have composed this prayer booklet (PDF) for use as a resource during the vigil.

Questions? Contact the Ven. David Curtis at dcurtis@saintjohnsrichmond.org

Reading and Sermon for the Day of Pentecost

While we cannot be together physically we are still together spiritually through the reading of scripture and the sermon. The reading and sermon for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020, can be found at this link on Youtub. We also hope you will read this prayer from Teilhard de Chardin titled Trust in the Slow Work of God.


Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way

to something unknown,

something new.

Yet it is the law of all progress, that it is made

by passing through some stages of instability,

and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.

Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.

Let them shape themselves without undue haste.

Do not try to force them on

as though you could be today what time-that is to say, grace- and circumstances

acting on your own good will

will make you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new Spirit

gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.

Source: https://thechapelofthecross.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/06/Prayers-for-Time-of-Transition.pdf accessed 27 May 2020