Readings for this Sunday:

Genesis 2:4-9, 19-20

Psalm 148:7-14

Matthew 11:25-30

 

All creatures - great & small - Welcome at The Blessing of the Animals - 10:30AM this Sunday!

 

Today we celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. St Francis (1181 – 1226), founder of the Franciscan order, is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. However, what many people recall about him is his love for animals and nature.

Francis preached that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God (a common theme in the Psalms) and the duty of all to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God's creation and as creatures ourselves

Every year we remember St. Francis of Assisi’s devotion to animals and we bless God’s creatures that are such a blessing to us. Bring your furry, squirmy, and feathery friends (with appropriate container, or restrainer please!) for this outdoor liturgy at 10:30am.. Dr. Mike Strickland, 35 years a vet in Loudoun, will be on hand at our “Ask The Vet” free check-up booth for whatever ails your pet.

Please PRAY for the following:                                                                                                                        

  • In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, pray for the congregations & clergy of Philippines
  • For Shannon, Ted, and Susan, our own Bishops in the Diocese of Virginia
  • For Tom, our rector; Michael, our seminarian
  • In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our Renovation Team
  • For St. Peter’s Church, Caldwell, Liberia
  • For Persecuted Christians in Egypt & Ethiopia
  • For our President, Donald; Congress, and Judges
  • For U. S. troops throughout the world, our foreign service personnel and contractors: Jason Powers, Annie Adams, David Crowley; Jason Gillis
  • For those who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts and are suffering from the invisible wounds of posttraumatic stress
  • For our Federal, State, & Local Police Officers and Loudoun Valley Fire and Rescue Departments
  • In our Community Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our Committees on Environment
  • For Julie Krone; George Thompson; Mandy Balas; Pam Smith; Ann Neely; Judith Refo; Michael & Maggie Snyder; Shawn Miltz; Brad Lafferty; Gail Hunt; The Harmon Family; Katy Rubarth; Geri Booras

PRAYER NEEDS: Individuals and families may choose to have their names placed on the public and/or private prayer lists. The names on the public prayer list are included during the Prayers of the People during worship on Sunday and in the bulletin. St. Peter’s Prayer Quilt members spquilt(at)stpetes(dot)net pray for the people on the private list. Names are listed for four weeks. If you would like someone to remain on our list, please send us an update every 4 weeks.

The altar flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by Judy & Tim Hall

in memory of Elizabeth Nelson Tompkins, born October 1st, 1898

LEARNING

No Classes This Morning Due to

The Blessing of the Animals

PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR—St. Peter’s 101: Do you have questions about living as a Christian or the distinctive way we do it here at St. Peter’s? We will offer our “Path In” to the life of St Peter’s on Sunday afternoons from 12:30-2pm in McCray Hall. We will help you explore what we are about here at St Peter’s and how we live and work together as a congregation. (October 1, 8, 15, 22) Join us!

BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASSES START NEXT SUNDAY: The next Holy Baptism will take place on All Saints Sunday, November 5. To prepare for that day, and the way of life that will follow, the parents of baptismal candidates will gather for four sessions of study and discussion on Sunday, October 8, 15, 22, 29, from 9:30-10:15am, in the Rector’s Office. Please let Wanda in the Church Office know if you would like to participate.

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED: What’s the best news you have ever heard? We all get one life to live and deep down we’re all asking the same question – what’s it all about? Christianity Explored gives you time and space to think through who Jesus is and why it matters. Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm, at Trillium Gathering Building, 18915 Lincoln Rd., Purcellville. Questions? Contact Dell Nunaley or visit www.stpetes.net .

DOING

DINNER SOCIAL GROUPS – Small Group Opportunity: We plan to form small dinner groups starting in October 2017, for fellowship and support. We’ll enjoy a meal together and get to know each other at a deeper level. Interested? Contact Ron Clark.

ST. PETER'S ANNUAL UNITED THANK OFFERING collection will be on October 8th. The UTO addresses compelling human need through grants to projects that alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally, within the Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses. Please pick up your UTO box or envelope in the narthex and return it in the offering plate on October 8th. Please make checks payable to St. Peter's with "UTO" on the memo line. The Mt. Calvary Guild will bring St. Peter’s UTO contribution to the Episcopal Church Women Fall Annual Meeting on October 12th.

JOIN THE CHOIR! Contact: Andrew McGinley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TOL FOOD PANTRY August donations 97 lbs, Let’s fill up the shelves! Items particularly needed: Baked beans; Canned chili and beef stew; Canned fruit; Canned vegetables (not green beans or corn); Cereal; Chef Boyardee items (we are completely out); Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo); Jelly; Pancake mix and syrup; Potato items (canned, boxed, instant); Soups (not chicken noodle); Spaghetti sauce; Spam; Sugar; Tomato products (diced, sauce, stewed, etc.

Assisting at This Morning’s Services

8:00 am

10:30 am

Sub-Deacon

Michael Whitnah

NA

LEMs

Buddy Andrews, Terry Duhring

NA

Lector

Mark Baker

Jon Corbett

Acolytes

Aubrey & Addie Winger,

James Nunaley, Colin Donohue

Jonathan LaPre,

Grace Falatko, Scarlet Daly

Ushers

Paul Miller & Laurraine Landolt

Keith & Regina Brzozowsky

Greeters

Mark Baker

Jaq Whalen

Coffee Hour Hosts

Rick & Tricia Smith

FINGER FOOD POTLUCK

Ollie & Betsy North

FINGER FOOD POTLUCK

Tellers

Pat Long & Sven Johnson

Altar Guild

Nancy Dillon, Judy Hall, Una LaPre, Linda Turner, Justine Phelan

Musicians

Andrew McGinley and Paxson Ridge

Assisting NEXT WEEK (October 8)

8:00 am

10:30 am

Sub-Deacon

Michael Whitnah

Michael Whitnah

LEMs

Judy & Tim Hall

Dan LaPre, VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Lector

Kelly Cockerill

Liz Tuohy

Acolytes

Josh, Megan & Olivia Smith,

John Matthews

George & Henry Simmons,

Lexi Eddinger, Claire Falatko

Ushers

Dick Wilhelm, Zan Shah

Billy Dillon, Jimmy Eddinger

Greeters

Dell Nunaley

Jon Corbett

Coffee Hour Hosts

Bill & Beth Gibson

FINGER FOOD POTLUCK

Tred & Debi Parry

FINGER FOOD POTLUCK

Tellers

Howard & Linda Evans

Altar Guild

Bobbie Wilhelm, Jean Kuhns, Ruth Ensor, Mari Campbell

Happening This Week:

Sunday

Oct. 1

HOLY EUCHARIST Rite I

MORNING PRAYER & Blessing the Animals

Pizza with the Pastor (McCray Hall)

Bible Study (Nunaley’s home)

8:00 AM

10:30 AM

12:30 AM

5:00 PM

Monday

Oct. 2

Bible Study (TBD)

7:00 PM

Tuesday

Oct. 3

Vestry Ministry Mtg. (Trillium Gathering Building)

7:00 PM

Wednesday

Oct. 4

MORNING PRAYER (Chapel)

Mission Mtg.   (Library)

Christianity Explored (Trillium Gathering Building)

11:30 AM

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Thursday

Oct. 5

Next Step Community (TBD)

7:00 PM

Saturday

Oct. 7

Men’s Breakfast (McCray Hall)

7:00 AM

Sunday

Oct. 8

HOLY EUCHARIST Rite I

Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Sunday School & Christian Formation Class

HOLY EUCHARIST Rite II

Pizza with the Pastor (McCray Hall)

Bible Study (Nunaley’s home)

Youth Group   (Youth Room)

8:00 AM

9:15 AM

9:30 AM

10:30 AM

12:30 AM

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

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