Information for the Season of Lent 2021

Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, April 3rd

The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.

The forty days of Lent are from Ash Wednesday though Holy Saturday omitting Sundays.  Historically these days were spent as a time of the preparation for baptismal candidates .  During Lent, all Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (BCP, p. 265). 

“Remember my brother/sister/sibling that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

A sobering reminder of our humanity is pronounced as ashes are placed upon our foreheads in this season.  As we are surrounded by the fruit of pandemic and crisis we have more than enough reason to hasten to the arms and grace of God.

Suggestions for the use of these 40 days:

+Pray (gather prayer concerns weekly from family and/or friends)

+Read a daily devotional (in print are online)

+Read scripture (suggestion begin in the Old Testament Genesis 1 and in the New Testament: John 1)

+Listen to hymns, gospels, instrumental tunes that feed and refresh your spirit

If we embrace this season with anticipation and joy, the fruit of God’s grace will be evident.  Each day that we are alive is a priceless gift.  Let us go through this season giving thanks, praying for one another, learning to trust in God, and leaning into the fellowship that we share as a family of believers. 

Prayers to Prepare Your Heart

(select one per day; consider writing a prayer) 

Prayer of Thomas Merton

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

“I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”  Amen.

Psalm 46:10a (sit quietly, palms on your lap, take deep breaths, read slowly)

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am …

Be still and know …

Be still … 

Be …

Prayer for Humility (an AA – Prayer — Cleveland)

Lord, I am far too much influenced by what people think of me.

Which means that I am always pretending to be either richer or smarter or nicer than I really am.

Please prevent me from trying to attract attention.

Don’t let me gloat over praise on the one hand or be discouraged by criticism on the other.

Nor let me waste time weaving imaginary situations in which the most heroic, charming, witty person present is myself. 

Show me how to be humble of heart like You.  Amen.

Bible Studies through Lent

From the Episcopal Church Website

Lent 1:  https://www.episcopalchurch.org/bible_study/bible-study-lent-1-b-february-21-2021/

Lent 2:

Lent 3:

Lent 4:

Lent 5:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same as they were on this Sunday in 2018)

Palm Sunday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same as they were on this Sunday in 2018)

Maundy Thursday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary readings are the same for Maundy Thursday)

Good Friday:

(The Revised Common Lectionary Readings are the same for Good Friday)

Easter Vigil

Readings and devotional thoughts will be posted in Holy Week.

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Here is the booklet of daily devotional reading written by the residents and staff of Westminster Canterbury, Richmond.

Sermon and Announcements for Feb. 14, 2021

This is the last Sunday of Epiphany. It began on Jan. 7th “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. Stay tuned for more information on 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 video of the sermon from the Rev. Laura Inscoe can be found here (YouTube.)

The Lessons and Discussion Questions (PDF) are here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s Annual meeting will be held virtually through zoom on Sunday, February 21, 2021 beginning at 12 pm.  There will be reports from special groups, senior and junior wardens, treasurer and Interim Priest Rev. Dorothy White.  Here is the agenda. Reports listed will be available for your review during this coming week.

Questions may be submitted for answering during the meeting by using  – www.stpeterschurchhill@gmail.com.

We look forward to your participation

Our Ash Wednesday service will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 6 pm on Zoom. A link will be sent to the congregation.

PLEDGES for 2021: We’re excited to continue 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.

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.

What is 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.

Sermon and Announcements for Feb. 7, 2021

We are now in the season of Epiphany. It began on Jan. 7th “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. Stay tuned for more information on 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.

Here are the Lessons and Questions (PDF) for Discussion. Please note to read them prior to Sunday morning as some require preparation.

Here (YouTube) is the sermon from the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White.

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.

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.

What is 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.

Sermon & Announcements for Jan. 31, 2021

We are now in the season of Epiphany. It began on Jan. 7th “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.

Here are the Lessons and Questions for Discussion (PDF). Please read prior to Sunday.

Here is the link to the sermon on YouTube.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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.

What is 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.

Sermon and Announcements for Jan. 24, 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.

Here are the Lessons and Questions for Discussion for January 24, 2021. Please note: These require reading and some preparation prior to Sunday’s Zoom meeting.

Here is the link to the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White on YouTube.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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.

What is 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.

Bishop Announces Appointments to Executive Board

News from the Diocese of Virginia, 1.20.2021
The Executive Board of the Diocese has been expanded to include three at-large members to be appointed by the Bishop. The Board expansion, approved by the 2020 Annual Convention of the Diocese, seeks to enhance diversity of board membership in many forms – race, gender, age, parish size, skillsets, and professional expertise. Bishop Goff, with the advice of the Standing Committee, selected three talented lay leaders, all of whom are active in the life of their congregations.
Cheryl Groce-Wright is Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope CollaborativeRVA, a Richmond-based consulting firm seeking to be a proactive and effective champion for racial equity and empowered communities. Cheryl is the recipient of the 2015 Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice, awarded by the YWCA. She is a member of Holy Comforter, Richmond.
Garway Bright is Genworth’s Director of Compliance in Sales, Product and Marketing. In this position, he leads and manages a team of professionals responsible for providing all facets of regulatory compliance support for the US Life Insurance Division’s sales, product and marketing functions. He is a member of Christ Church, Glen Allen.
Alda L. White, now retired, was the first woman County Attorney of Stafford County, and the first African-American local government full-time attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a member of Trinity, Fredericksburg, where she previously served as Co-Chair of the Discernment Committee.
The Executive Board will continue to have elected representatives from the 16 geographic regions of the Diocese. Three appointed members will allow the Bishop to draw on the strengths and richness of talent within the Diocese, while also tailoring the appointments to the needs and tasks anticipated for the coming year. Bishop Goff has also announced appointments to several clerical leadership positions in the Diocese.
The Very Rev. Kim Coleman, rector of Trinity, Arlington, and dean of the Arlington region, will serve as Archdean. In this role, she will coordinate activities of the 16 regional deans.
The Rev. Lee Gandiya, rector of St. Paul’s, King George, has been appointed Director of the Young Priests Initiative (YPI). YPI helps young adults to discern a call to leadership outside of the typical parish setting. Since 1999, YPI has worked with over 100 young adults, many of whom continue their ministry as ordained priests or lay leaders. 
The Ven. Deacon Holly Hanback, St. Gabriel’s/San Gabriel, Leesburg, and the Ven. Deacon David Curtis, St. John’s, Richmond, will serve as Archdeacons. They will coordinate and support the work of the diocesan vocational deacons as well as those discerning a call to the vocational diaconate.
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Prayers from St. Peter’s 1.20.2021

These prayers were offered in response to the following:  Write a prayer expressing your concerns for our world/country/communities.

  1. Prayer for Our Country and Others

Almighty Father,

I thank you for the opportunity of sharing my concerns about the United States and the present conditions we find ourselves in.  I know you are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  All of the hatred and uncaring spirit for our fellowman was not your plan when you created the world.  You put together a world that you were pleased with and you provided for mankind all of your protection of love, grace and mercy.  God my prayer is that you will manifest yourself in our cold hearts, break us, melt us, mold us and fill us so we will heed to your call and prepare ourselves to be and make a difference in this world according to your will.  Bless the new administration.  Please give them the fortitude and courage to stand for truth, do justly, show love and walk humbly before you.  I pray for all new births, especially the baby you have given to Andrea and Grant Berger; may they know that as parents, they are the stewards of this precious one that you have added to their lives. I pray for their happiness and peace.  All of these petitions I pray in Jesus’ name.     Amen

Written by: Mrs. Mary W. Thompson

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  1. Creator God, you have searched us and known us

    since first we quickened in our mother’s wombs.

You spot each of us under the fig tree,

     searching for you.

Bind us together as your children just as we are

     bound together in you.

Brother Martin says, “The time is always ripe to do right.”

Together, may we unite under the fig tree and

     enjoy its fruits, equally and justly, a bounty for all.

Written by: The Rev. Janet S. McDonald

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  1. Dear Lord!  

As we begin, this New Year, please let us pray for all in

our world, that we can and will accept the truth of Spirit and of love,

to reduce sin in your world and paint a picture of spiritual renewal in

us of care for one another and provide new opportunities for all.  Let

us accept truth that will stir within us a glimpse what glory is to come

you.  In the name of Jesus! Amen

Written by: Dr. Ron Carey, Senior Warden 

Prayers For These Times


These are most challenging times in multiple ways.  Many of us share a feeling at this time of feeling somewhat unmoored and an inner need to root more deeply in our faith. 

There is such power in prayer, amplified when we pray/meditate together (where two or more are gathered).  ‘Together’ is also a challenge right now.

Please consider joining us to pray together at noon (EST, USA) each day through the remainder of January as we navigate these days.

For this practice, I am returning to the familiar voice of the prayer of St Francis.

Consider this for your prayer time: As you read/recite the prayer, breathe in each key word to bring in that quality and breathe out to send that quality out into the world.  For example, breathe in (accept the gift of) peace and then breathe out (send out) peace.   You may wish to visit a given quality two or three times.

There may be other qualities you may find you want to spend time with: strength, wisdom, courage, compassion, gratitude, etc.  

As you pray, you may wish to consider our public servants, those who protect us and others, those who devote their energies to addressing the pandemic, those who are in pain, suffer or mourn in any way at this time.

Please share with others who may want to join together with us in prayer during these extraordinary times.
(This was sent to St. Peter’s from a friend and we are sharing it with all of you.)

Another prayer form is to join with the Diocese of Virginia in these prayers.