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, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Shred-It, June 12, 2024, 1:30pm

Above – From Left to right, top to bottom – 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022

Shred-it is an essential ministry because it involves a number of people around a common necessary task that is best accomplished by professionals.

Why support Shred-It?

1. For you. Shred-it’s goal is to safely dispose of records no longer needed. It may be old Tax returns, bank statements, investment records,  any expired document etc.   They lie around gathering dust and may contain personal information that needs to be kept secured even if the records are no longer pertinent or useful. For obvious reasons we don’t want to put them in the regular trash or even recycling bin. Dispose of sensitive documents safely and securely, and free up needed space at home or work.

2. There is also the environmental benefit for having these documents shred rather than lying in  some landfill. A majority of people in the US still sends their trash to the dump. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.

3. Fellowship Shred-it is a fellowship event as well that goes beyond the church. It is a community event  We get to see people who come around once a year from the community. We might ask “What’s new ? How has your life changed over the year ? Have you seen so and so from the neighborhood” and then .”Thanks for contributing to St. Peter’s ministries.” Andrea usually had food to encourage the fellowship.

It is also a time to remember those no longer part of our lives whether due to relocation, sickness, death  or some other reason. It is another event that is part of the scrapbook of our lives.

4. For the church. It is also a fundraiser for our outreach ministries.  The funds we earn less the cost of the Shred-it truck helps our outreach ministries, such as the Village Harvest food distribution, which plows funds back into the Port Royal community. We have netted $2,875 over the last 11 years for outreach ministries.

5. Finally, Shred-it is another opportunity to thank Andrea Pogue who came up with the idea and has organized it since.   For all these reasons here it is a great ministry!

So I am encouraging you to check your valuable records, stuff that needs to go that you don’t want to entrust with your regular garbage or recycling services and plan to bring it to St. Peter’s on June 12 to let the professionals dispose of it securely.  Publicize it to your friends!

Remembering St. Barnabas, June 12

St. Barnabus Curing the Poor – Paolo Veronese.

Collect for his day -"Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well­being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

Who is St. Barnabus and why do we celebrate a feast day for him ?

Three reasons why Barnabas is a famous saint:

1. He was one of the most highly respected leaders in the early church. Born on the island of Cyprus (which means “copper” because of the mines there), his name was Joseph, but the apostles called him Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”).

2. When Saul (as Paul was still known) appeared in Jerusalem after his conversion, he was spurned by the Christians he had persecuted. Yet when Barnabas “took him by the hand, and brought him to the Apostles”, and spoke up for him, Paul was immediately accepted (Acts 9:27).   

He was Paul’s mentor and advocate and was the leader when he and Paul were sent off on the first missionary journey. But Paul’s personality and fervor soon dominated.

Where it had been “Barnabas and Paul”, it was now “Paul and Barnabas”. (See Acts, Chapter 13.)

3. Barnabas was so vital to the spread of the Gospel that he earned the highest accolade that any Christian can receive; “. . . . he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”. (Acts 11:24) 

Around 49, at a council in Jerusalem, St Peter helped to carry the argument of Paul and Barnabas that Gentile Christians need not be circumcised.

It is odd, therefore, to discover Barnabas and Peter siding against Paul in refusing to eat with the Gentiles (Gal 2:13). Was this a matter of personal sympathy? The last we hear of Barnabas is of his falling out with Paul over the latter’s refusal to accept John Mark as a travelling companion.

“So sharp was their disagreement, that they separated from each other; Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed off to Cyprus.” (Acts 15:36-40)

So Barnabas passes from the written record. Tradition holds that he preached in Alexandria and Rome, before being martyred at Salamis.

Grab and Go Meals, Caroline County

For Caroline, Wednesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm at various sites.

So What is an Epistle ?

By Jack Wellman

“I read a survey many years ago that tested the biblical literacy of Christians. One of the questions was “What were the wives of the apostles called?” There were multiple choice answers and the one answer that received the most votes was the apostles wives were called “epistles” but that is, of course, wrong so let’s find out the answers to the questions: what were the epistles in the Bible and what does the word epistle mean?

The Answer is…

Videos, Pentecost 3, June 9, 2024

00 Day Lily in Wind

00 Prelude (Prelude in C Major, J. S. Bach) and Procession In – Congregation

01 Opening Hymn – “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy ”

02 Hymn of Praise -“Sing praise to God”

03 Readings

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Sermon, Pentecost 3, Year B, June 9, 2024

Mark 3:19-35

If you were a character in Mark’s gospel, who would you be?  In what group would you belong? As you heard today’s gospel, where did you imagine yourself in the story? 

Right before the scene in today’s gospel, Jesus has been on the mountain where he has called his disciples.  Verse 19, which I included in the gospel reading, says that after gathering his disciples Jesus goes home to Capernaum, to the house that he uses as headquarters. 

Outside the house are the crowds, who follow Jesus everywhere, excited by all that he is doing.  In Mark, the people in the crowds are those who are on the fence, the undecided voters, the ones who cheered Jesus when he came to Jerusalem for Passover and then shouted “Crucify him” when Jesus gets hauled before Pilate.  Right now, in this story, the crowds have surrounded the house where Jesus and the disciples are, hoping that Jesus will come out and work some miracles.  The crowds are the “what’s in this for me” group. 

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The Gospel in June, 2024

We are back to Mark! In May the readings were from the Gospel of John as it explored the effects of the Resurrection, the roles of the disciples and their relationship to Jesus. This month explores the challenges to Jesus  with the Pharisees, with the disciples and even from his own family.  Jesus is not on the defensive –  these stories help enlarge the concept of the Kingdom of God.

June 2 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost -Mark 2:23-3:6

Sometimes rules and regulations can get in the way of our mission. The connection this week is in the role of the Sabbath. Jesus’ operating principle is that the Sabbath ( and the law and the rituals of holiness) was created for humanity, and not the other way around. ’ In that sense, God is chiefly known as love and the laws and purity rituals are for humanity’s own good.  The alternate theology is that for humans have to achieve a certain level of holiness – through following laws or practicing purity rituals – to be acceptable to God.  That’s the focus on the Pharisees whose religion had deteriorated into rules, regulations and rituals..

To make His point still further, Jesus goes into the synagogue and brings a man with a withered arm into the middle of the gathering. Then, He asks the simple question – is it against the law to do good on the Sabbath – or to save a life? Needless to say, His critics have no answer. Jesus has an answer – he heals the man. Mark’s  description of healings were important  – they were signs that the Kingdom of God was at hand

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Sunday’s Thoughts – June 9, Pentecost 3 – Think and Do Differently

Today’s reading from Mark 3 recounts the further build up of opposition to Jesus’ ministry. Mark 3:20-35 tells of Jesus’ homecoming after he called his first disciples and the reception he received. “The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”

The opposition was after Jesus using labels. People had begun to talk about Jesus and were spreading some rumors and tales, including that Jesus was possessed by Beelzebul. It wasn’t just that – Jesus was busy healing and preaching. He was developing a following that didn’t follow the teaching of the established groups around him – pharisees, scribes and even his family. That may have been the rub

Bishop Curry’s “Crazy Christians” address to the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis equated “gone out his mind” to being crazy. “His call then was for all of use to be a little crazy ‘We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God — like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.’ He cited Mary Magdalene who stayed with Jesus through the crucifixion when the other disciples deserted; Harriet Beacher Stowe who wrote about “the brutality, the injustice, the inhumanity of the institution of chattel slavery” in Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Steve Jobs who encouraged us to “think differently..because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Jesus enlarged his family beyond biological ties to those accept and follow God. Jesus, who is doing good works, cannot be possessed by a demon, for what he is doing is the complete opposite of what demonic forces would do.

Catherine sermon in 2012 creates fictional discussion based on the Gospel. This actually relates to Proper 9, Mark 6:1-13 but the issues are similar.

“We’re putting ourselves at risk, because Jesus is not that gentle stained glass God, who never leaves the church building, but the man who expects his disciples to follow the Way that God set out for him, a way of witness, of service, and of healing out in the world.

“What does this expectation of Jesus for his disciples require of us? Three things that are essential for discipleship today jump out at me from this passage.

“In Christian community, we discern together the will of God, hopefully avoiding the trap of taking up a human agenda that co-opts God’s will. And that old cliché is so true—“Two heads are better than one.” Facing risks and unexpected situations is easier together than alone. Jesus made sure that the disciples had companionship in place before he sent them out.

“Second, borrowing from Alcoholics Anonymous, Let Go and Let God. The disciples found out that when they set aside their own power, and let God work through them, they really could proclaim the good news, and that God really could cast out demons, and heal the sick through them. God can work through us as well if we are willing to set aside our own need for power and let God’s healing power flow through us.

“Third, and one of the most important lessons for us, who live in such a materialistic and self sufficient society is to travel light. We can’t seem to risk leaving home today without taking with us all of our electronic devices and our chargers, and our stash of water, and all of the other particular clothes and shoes our trip might require.

“And yet, Jesus sends the disciples out on their mission trip dressed in one tunic, a pair of sandals, and carrying only a staff—just as Moses and Aaron, sent on a mission from God to free the Israelites, went before Pharaoh wearing sandals and carrying only a staff.

“The point is that they were not to depend on their own self-sufficiency, but on God. As Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

“When God sends us out, hopefully we trust God enough to go out dependent on God’s grace, rather than our own self-sufficiency.

“In our petitions in the prayers for the newly baptized, we ask God “to send them out into the world in witness to your love.” As disciples of Jesus, that is the calling for each and every one of us here today.

“So when you leave this place, go out into the world in witness to God’s love. Go with God and with your Christian companions.

Sunday Links, June 9, 2024

Second Sunday After Pentecost June 9, 11am

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  • Location – 823 Water Street, P. O. Box 399, Port Royal, Virginia 22535
  • Staff and Vestry
  • Servers, June 9, 11am
    Lector: Alice Hughes
    Acolyte: Hamilton and Chester Duke
    Chalice Bearer: Alice Hughes
    Altar Clean up: Andrea Pogue
  • Mon, June 10, Altar Guild meeting.. Please plan to attend to learn more about caring for the altar, a vital ministry of the church. Learn about where things are stored, how to set up the altar, and how to care for the altar after worship
  • Tues, June 11, Regional Clericus meeting at St. Peter’s
  • Wed., June 12, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House, 10am-12pm  Reading Lectionary for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 9, Track 2
  • Wed., June 12, 1:30pm, Shred-It
  • Thurs, June 13, 2PM in the church—training for those who are worship Leaders in the church, and who will be helping to lead worship at St Peter’s in the absence of a priest. People who have been lectors for at least six months are welcome to attend.
  • June newsletter
  • All articles for Sunday, June 9, 2024
  • Recent Articles, June 9, 2024, The Third Sunday after the Pentecost

    Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 9
    Lectionary, June 9, 11am service
    Commentary, Corinthians
    Lincoln’s House Divided Speech
    The Gospel in June
    Visual lectionary from Vanderbilt
    So, What is an Epistle?
    Shred-it, June 12, 2024
    Remembering St. Barnabas
    Anything but Ordinary! Ordinary Time
    St. Peter’s Wildflowers
    Celebrating the Rappahannock River

    Last Sunday, June 2, 2024
    The Way We Were
    Lectionary, June 2, 11am service


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    Episcopal Church Women

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    Portland Guitar Duo at St. Peter’s, April 19, 2024

    Village Harvest

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    Creeds class notes 5 sessions- Conclusion
    God’s Garden collection

    St. Peter’s Wildflowers

    “You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free” – Tom Petty

    These pictures were originally taken 3 Mays ago plenty of sunshine with a warming trend.The date was May 2, 2021. Time to look for some wildflowers beneath our feet…

    Ajuga. Also known as carpet bugleweed. This plant quickly fills in empty areas, smothering out weeds while adding exceptional foliage color and blooms. It’s also good for erosion control. The flowers of bugleweed are normally bluish to purple but they can be found in white as well.

    Geraniums and Cranesbills are perennial plants that belong to the genus Geranium and thrive in temperate climates with cool summers and cool summer nights. They are generally easy to grow and constantly bloom over the season from spring to fall though they require well drained and moist soil.

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