We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

When the Sermon stopped – blame it on Jonah!

Art Linkletter had a phrase from his TV show many years ago – “Kids say the darndest things!! We had a Linkletter moment at St. Peter’s today.

The children in Sunday School on Sept 24 had a lesson on water and the story of Jonah and the whale was included. Later, during the sermon in Church, the Rev. Tom Hughes mentioned Jonah as part of Old Testament lessons and stressed that it demonstrated the grace and forgiveness of God. Then, a child raised her hand and a discussion began which led to a rapid end of the sermon in a good way. The children had paid attention in Sunday School!

The video has part of the Sunday school lesson on Jonah, about 4 minutes 25 seconds. Then after 4 blank seconds the end of Tom’s sermon is spliced in. The children did not have a microphone but in the end, it didn’t matter!

Videos, Pentecost 17, Season of Creation 4, Sept. 24, 2023

1. Opening Hymn- “Not here for high and holy things”

2. Song of Praise- “A Scottish Blessing”

3. Sequence Hymn- “Amazing Grace”

4. Gospel and Sermon

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Videos, Pentecost 16, Season of Creation 3 Sept. 17, 2023

1. Prelude – Larry Saylor

2A. Opening Hymn- “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

2B. Opening Hymn- “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” – First procession in 3.5 years (COVID)

3. Song of Praise- “A Scottish Blsssing”

4. Sequence hymn – “Bless the Lord, my soul”

5. Gospel and Sermon

6. Offertory – Larry Saylor Guitar

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Videos, Pentecost 13, Aug. 27, 2023

Welcome- Opening Hymn and sentences -“Come, we that love the Lord”

Gospel, Hymn “In my life, Lord be glorified and Sermon

Announcements, Offertory


Concluding Hymn

Videos, Pentecost 12, Aug. 20, 2023

Opening Hymn -“Pass me now, O gentle Savior”

Gospel and Sermon


Prayers of the People


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Videos, Pentecost 11, Aug. 13, 2023


Opening Hymn – “O God Our Help in Ages Past” – Portion – Congregation

Gospel and Sermon

Prayers of the People

Announcements, including address by Anneette Steele, Principal of Victoria School

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Videos, Transfiguration, Aug. 6, 2023

Sycamore Tree Aug 6 after the cleanup this past week from a storm on July 29

Opening Hymn – “O Wondrous type!”

Gospel and Sermon – Rev. Catherine Hicks

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Videos, Pentecost 9, July 30, 2023

1. A brief look at the beautiful Rapphannock River on Sunday

2. “Shall We Gather at the River” – Opening Hymn

3. Romans reading – Chapter 8 verses 25 -39

4. Gospel and Sermon – Rev. Tom Hughes

5. “Seek ye First”

6. “Be Thou My Vision”

Videos, Pentecost 8, July 23, 2024

Hymn of Praise – “Praise to the Living God”

Sequence Hymn – “What wondrous love is this”

Gospel and Sermon – Rev. Tom Hughes

Prayers of the People


Concluding Hymn – “On Christ the solid rock I stand”

Videos, Pentecost 7, July 16, 2023

Rain before Church!

Larry Saylor – Prelude

Gospel Matthew -The Sower

The Sermon- Rev. Catherine Hicks – a Modern Parable

Offertory – Choir Trio – “Nearer, My God to Thee”