Gospel and Sermon for August 2, 2020

Gospel reading from Matthew 14:13-21.

Sermon by Deacon Karla Westphall-Hunt.

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. 

Thank you for joining us for these online offerings. If you’d like to join us for Sunday worship and coffee at 12 noon via Zoom please contact us via email and we’ll send you the link.

Do You Want to Deepen Your Bible Study?

Are you interested in studying the Bible, theology, and deepending your call to ministry in the world? If so, explore EfM, Education for Ministry, a program from the School of Theology at Sewanee.

EfM invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online, and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

There is an EfM group meeting via Zoom that is mentored by Deacon David Curtis at St. John’s Church Hill. St. Peter’s members and friends are encouraged to explore it. You can read more at the EfM website or by contacting Deacon David Curtis at St. John’s, or sending an email to stpeterschurchhill@gmail.com.

Farewell to the Terry Family

Saying good-bye can be bittersweet, can’t it? That’s how the St. Peter’s family feels right now. On July 19 we bid farewell to the Rev. Andrew Terry, his wife Tiffany and their son Langston. They are moving to Texas where Fr. Terry will begin a new position as a missioner with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The move will also bring them close to family in Texas. For all of this we give thanks to God.

We send them off with sadness but with hearts full of thankfulness and joy for the gifts and friendships they’ve brought us for the past 5 years. We are also filled with anticipation and excitement about what lies ahead for St. Peter’s. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for updates on our new leadership and plans.

At the farewell service on July 19th the congregation presented Fr. Andrew with a new stole and a framed picture of all of us. The picture is taken from one of our current Zoom fellowship times, and it is surrounded by the names of everyone at St. Peter’s. You can see the gifts in the picture below.

Go in peace Andrew, Tiffany and Langston. You are loved and will be missed!

Fish Fry

We will not have our annual Crab Feast this fall because of the corona-virus pandemic.

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But we hope to have a fish fry on October 24! It will be curb side pickup only.

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More details will be released as we get closer to the date.

Worship for Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday, July 19, is Pastor Andrew Terry’s last Sunday at St. Peter’s. He and his family will be moving to Texas where he will begin a new position with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Tiffany, Langston and I would like to invite you to join us for lunch on Sunday at noon at our usual Zoom coffee hour. We would like for you simply to prepare at home for a lunch.  Or if you aren’t a lunch eater, then get yourself a snack.  And let’s share a meal together virtually, while we enjoy the program prepared by a St. Peter’s committee, to say good-bye.

Jesus knew what he was doing when he gathered with friends for a simple meal at a time of departure. So we will follow his example on this my last Sunday with you all and enjoy some time together.

We will also be singing a familiar hymn, Will You Come and Follow Me? The PDF is here. We plan to put the lyrics on the Zoom meeting on Sunday but just in case that doesn’t work, you can open the PDF linked above.

The link to the reading from the Book of Exodus is here. Fr. Terry’s sermon is here.

We wish Fr. Terry, Tiffany and Langston safe travels to Texas and God’s peace as they settle into their new home and jobs. We love you and will miss you!

The Terry Family

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)