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But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love. (1 Thessalonians 3: 6)

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We are open for in-person worship Saturdays at 5PM and Sundays at 10AM.  A video of a recent service is above. Video explaining our COVID-19 protocols:  Reopening Video

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Sunday at 11:30 AM, St. Peter’s will gather virtually to hold our Annual Meeting to vote for various Vestry and Parish positions.  Your attendance is appreciated.  The Zoom link is https://dioceseofnj.zoom.us/j/9194312541.  To call in by phone, dial 1 646 558 8656 and then the Meeting ID: 919 431 2541.

October 2, 2020

Beloved in Christ,

I have an affinity for October 4th because it was my mother’s birthday (it was also the birthday of our dearly loved and missed bishop, The Rt. Rev. George Councell). Some may be aware that October 4th is when the Church remembers St. Francis of Assisi, or, if nothing else, that around this time of year there is a blessing of the animals.  This is because St. Francis is associated with loving all creatures of God.  I’ve seen many statues of St. Francis with birds on his hands or some other woodland creature crawling around his legs.

A beloved mentor and colleague of mine, The late Rev. William Breedlove, was a member of the Society of St. Francis, a third-order community (i.e. living in the secular world) that follows a rule of life in accordance with St. Francis’s model.  The placid representation of St. Francis drove Fr. Bill crazy!  He hated that a paragon of faith was reduced to a Disney-princess version of himself.  Indeed, Francis was a religious radical who literally gave everything he had to live as Christ did.  Francis was born into a wealthy family and lived a very frivolous life for several decades until he was convicted of his need to give all he had to God.  His father disowned him after his conversion, and he lived in poverty for the rest of his life, which was exactly how he wanted it!

Francis saw all of creation as equal under God.  Humans were no more important than animals, insects, or grass.  He wanted all of creation to sing God’s praise and learn to be as obedience to God’s will as Jesus was.  He preached all the time, and, as legend states, if no humans were available, he preached to the birds and even the sun and the moon.

We do love our pets in the US and spend over a billion dollars (!) a year on them.  I spoil my own "fur baby," so I cannot fault anyone else. However, as we love and bless our animals, I hope we can also celebrate Francis’s dedication and live into his deep devotion to God in some way.  Maybe that is offering a contribution to an organization dedicated to creation care or an animal rescue.  Or maybe taking care of the part of creation we are stewards of at home, at church or even public land.  And we can all spend more time just being part of God’s awesome creation, listening to all the creatures we share this earth with, or even the wind as it blows through the trees.  Sometimes it is the humble, simple things that offer us a deeper, clearer perspective of life that reminds us that we are part of a wonderful creation that God loves.

In Christ,

Rev. Valerie+

PLEASE NOTE:  Rev. Valerie will be taking Monday-Wednesday off next week to make up for some lost vacation time.  The Healing Service and Bible Study will resume on 10/14.

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Sermons

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                        17 Oct 2020       11 Oct 2020  B Ceechini  4 Oct 2020

                        27 Sept 2020        20 Sept 2020      13 Sept 2020       06 Sept 2020

                        30 Aug 20      23 Aug 20      16 Aug 20      09 Aug 20    02 Aug 20

                        26 Jul 20      19 July 20 B Cecchini      12 July 20      05 July 20

                        28 June 20    21 June 20      14 June 20      07 June 20 Trinity Sunday

                        31 May 20 Pentecost    24 May 20    21 May 20 Ascension    17 May 20    10 May 20    03 May 20

                        26 Apr 2020 Fr. Legnani      19 Apr 2020      12 Apr 2020 Easter Sunday      05 Apr 2020 Palm Sunday

                        29 Mar 2020      22 Mar 2020      15 Mar 2020      08 Mar 2020      01 Mar 2020

                        26 Feb 2020 Ash Wed      23 Feb 2020      16 Feb 2020      09 Feb 2020      02 Feb 2020

                        26 Jan 2020      19 Jan 2020      12 Jan 2020

                        Christmas Day 25 Dec 2019      Christmas Eve 24 Dec 2019

                       29 Dec 2019      22 Dec 2019      15 Dec 2019       08 Dec 2019    01 Dec 2019

                        24 Nov 2019      17 Nov 2019      10 Nov 2019      03 Nov 2019

      27 Oct 2019        20 Oct 2019       13 Oct 2019        6 Oct 2019

      29 Sept 2019     22 Sept 2019     15 Sept 2019       8 Sept 2019      1 Sept 2019

      25 Aug 2019        18 Aug 2019       11 Aug 2019

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