Prayers for the Election

These are wonderful prayers for individuals, families and groups.

Loving God, creator of this world who is our source of our wisdom and understanding, watch over this nation during this time of election. Help us to see how our faith informs our principles and actions.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

We give thanks for the right to vote. Help us to hold this privilege and responsibility with the care and awareness it merits, realizing that our vote matters and that it is an act of faith.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Guide us through this election as a nation, state, and community as we vote for people to do work on our behalf and on the behalf of our communities. Help us to vote for people and ballot initiatives that will better our community and our world so it may reflect the values Christ taught us.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Help us create communities that will build your kingdom here on earth – communities that will protect the poor, stand up for the vulnerable, advocate for those who are not seen and heard, and listen to everyone’s voice.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

We pray for this nation that is deeply divided. May we come together for the common good and do as you have called us to do – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you through creation.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Help us act out of love, mercy and justice rather than out of arrogance or fear.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Lord, continue to guide us as we work for the welfare of this world. We pray for places that are torn by violence, that they may know peace.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

We pray for communities who are struggling with inequality, unrest, and fear. May we all work toward reconciliation with one another and with God.

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Help us to listen in love, work together in peace, and collaborate with one another as we seek the betterment of our community and world. 

Intercessor: God, our creator,
People: Guide us in truth and love.

Source: www.episcopalchurch.org

Sermon and Announcements for October 25, 2020

The sermon is available here. The lessons and questions for discussion are available at this link (PDF).

We meet on Sunday at noon via Zoom. If you would like to join us please send an email and we’ll send you the link. We’d love to meet you!

ST. PETER’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

For more information on our programs, to get a program link, and to volunteer please email us.

EVERGREEN EAST END CEMETERY CLEAN UP Saturday, October 31 from 9 am – 12 noon. Contact Jabriel Hasan.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

PLEDGE: you can 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 donor dash box on this website.

VOTING: SOULS TO THE POLLS. St. Peter’s is providing updates on voting for the November election. This information is posted here on our website and our Facebook page. If you need a ride to vote please contact us. We strongly encourage you to vote early either in-person at your local registrar’s office or by mail-in absentee ballot. Mail-ballots should be mailed by October 24 to ensure safe arrival by election day.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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 October 18, 2020

The sermon can be found at this link.

The readings and questions for our Zoom discussions can be found at this link (PDF).

We meet on Sunday at noon via Zoom. If you would like to join us please send an email and we’ll send you the link. We’d love to meet you!

ST. PETER’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

For more information on our programs, to get a program link, and to volunteer please email us.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

PLEDGE: you can 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 donor dash box on this website.

VOTING: SOULS TO THE POLLS. St. Peter’s is providing updates on voting for the November election. This information is posted here on our website and our Facebook page. If you need a ride to vote please contact Olivia Brown. We strongly encourage you to vote early either in-person at your local registrar’s office or by mail-in absentee ballot. Mail-ballots should be mailed by October 24 to ensure safe arrival by election day.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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.

Souls to the Polls!

Volunteers from St. Peter’s took over a dozen people to vote last week! For one gentleman it was his first time to vote. We’re grateful to our volunteers and to all the people who took advantage of voting and our offer of transportation.

In voting news…

  1. Early voting, in person or by mail-in ballot, is still open here in Virginia. We STRONGLY urge you to vote early. It is safer and easier and faster. Take a government issued photo ID with you. Wear your mask. Curbside voting for those with mobility concerns is available. Locations:

City of Richmond: M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays Oct. 24 and 31: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: 2134 West Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA

Eastern Henrico County: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
3820 Nine Mile Road Henrico, VA

2. Up to date voting information is available on the state elections page.

3. If you voted by mail-in absentee ballot you can track the status of your ballot. This will tell you if the ballot was delivered and if it has been counted. This is a great stress reliever!

4. If you have your mail-in ballot but have not voted or mailed it yet DO SO NOW! We STRONGLY recommend that it be mailed no later than October 24 to ensure that it arrives in time.

5. GRTC has begun an hourly shuttle service for voting. It will pick up passengers Monday through Friday on the north side of City Hall at the intersection of Ninth and Marshall streets and on West Broad Street near the front of the Science Museum of Virginia.

Weekday trips at City Hall begin at 7:45 a.m., with the last trip leaving the registrar’s office at 5:15 p.m. The shuttles will stop at the Broad Street stop along the way to the

NEW registrar’s office, which is at 2134 W. Laburnum Ave. The election office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the two Saturdays before the Nov. 3 election from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. GRTC will operate the shuttles on those Saturdays as well.

In the week before Election Day, Richmond will open two additional voting sites, City Hall and Hickory Hill Community Center, which will be open from Oct. 24 through Oct. The city also will have drop-off ballot boxes.

6. If you need transportation assistance to the polls please email us.

Sermon and Announcements for October 11, 2020

All are welcome to join us for our Zoom worship and fellowship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Email us for the link.

You can watch the sermon at this link. The Bible readings and questions for discussion during Zoom are at this link (PDF document).

ST. PETER’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

For more information on our programs, to get a program link, and to volunteer please email us.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

PLEDGE: you can 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 donor dash box on this website.

VOTING: SOULS TO THE POLLS. St. Peter’s is providing updates on voting for the November election. This information is posted here on our website and our Facebook page. If you need a ride to vote please contact Olivia Brown. We strongly encourage you to vote early either in-person at your local registrar’s office or by mail-in absentee ballot. Mail-ballots should be mailed by October 19 to ensure safe arrival by election day.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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.

Election Update and Transportation Offer

This flyer (PDF) gives you updated information on voting for the November election. There is information on voting early in-person, absentee write in voting, and voting on November 3.

The flyer also contains information on new GRTC shuttles for voting and an offer from St. Peter’s for rides for early in-person voting on October 9 and on November 3.

Sermon and Announcements for September 27, 2020

The sermon for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost is from the Rev. Deacon Karla Hunt. You can watch it here.

The readings are: Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32

The Reverend Deacon Karla Hunt was ordained 29 September 2018 as a vocational deacon after 30+ years as a lay member at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She is a retired geologist with two adult daughters and a 13-month old granddaughter. She is also the leader of the pack of two lab mix ‘pound puppies.’ Deacon Karla has been with us here at St. Peter’s since August 2019 participating in the food distribution program, pastoral care and healing prayer.

We meet on Zoom at 12 noon each Sunday. We’d love to have you join us. Send us an email and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

St. Peter’s Weekly Announcements

For more information on our programs and to volunteer please email us.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

PLEDGE: you can 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 donor dash box on this website.

VOTING: SOULS TO THE POLLS. St. Peter’s is providing updates on voting for the November election. This information is posted here on our website and our Facebook page. We will also be offering rides for early in-person voting.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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 for September 20, 2020

The sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost can be found here. The preacher is Mr. Jabriel Hasan, a young adult member of St. Peter’s. Jabriel grew up at St Peter’s. He is currently attending seminary and in the discernment process with the Diocese of VA.

The readings for September 20 are:

Exodus 16:2-15 and Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45  • Philippians 1:21-30  • Matthew 20:1-16

We meet on Zoom at 12 noon each Sunday. We’d love to have you join us. Send us an email and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

ST. PETER’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

For more information on our programs and to volunteer please email us.

St. Peter’s is providing information on voting in this fall’s election. These updates are posted on this website and our Facebook page. We encourage everyone to check their registration information and polling place now OR register to vote. If you will be 18 by November 3 you can register now. Use this link. Early in-person voting is now open! Use the previous link to check the locations. St. Peter’s will be providing transportation for early voting. Stay tuned for more information.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay. You can join by Zoom or phone.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM. You can join by Zoom or phone.

PLEDGE: you can 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 donor dash box on this website.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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.

Book Study: Episcopalians and Race

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There are three journey’s to the Christian life: to go out, to go together and to go deep. Because the first two are difficult in this time of Covid 19, perhaps as leaders of the Church if we  focus on going deep, we will also go together and be better equipped to go out.

I am offering this discussion group for two reasons. First, I want to know more about our clergy and laity than their photos on the screen. I want to have conversations about issues that matter and get beyond the coffee hour conversations.

Second, it’s essential that we as members of the Church, go beyond the confusion and the anxiety much less the anger and animosity of the culture around us to remember who we are as followers of Jesus and what we are called to do.  A British theologian once said, “The Church is like a swimming pool: all the noise comes from the shallow end.”  In these times, our country has become a and even louder and more shallow swimming pool.  My hope is that real conversations lead to mutual conversion which lead to communion.

Episcopalians and Race: Civil War to Civil Rights

This group will examine our Episcopal identity around race.  Gardiner Shattuck Jr. tells us the history we don’t want to hear.  He begins with the Civil War and comes up to the 1960’s.  My aim is not to make us historians, nor is it have an intellectual exercise. Rather it’s to ruminate over—chew on—part of our church’s history  that we often avoid—not to feel guilty but to recognize that one’s culture can blind one  to his or hers sin.  Perhaps by reading this chapter of our Church’s history, we might recognize the effect of these patterns of behavior in today’s time and respond accordingly.

This isn’t intended to be a book group nor an intellectual exercise. Rather the intention is to own our past as a church in order to gain a greater mission of who and what we are called to be.  The readings will be relatively short to leave time for discussion. Because the book is relatively expensive, I will do what I can to scan the pages for those who don’t have the text.

The class will last 8 weeks—one week per chapter and a week for plenary.

If you are interested, please notify Anita Lisk at alisk@thediocese.net and also indicate if you are clergy or lay. 

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor
Assisting Bishop
ptaylor@thediocese.net