Painting by Amédée Varin (1818 – 1883). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
On Sunday at 9 am we celebrated the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Jesus Walking on the Water
At that time, Jesus told the disciples to get into the boat and to cross the sea. When He finished teaching the crowds, He went up a hill by himself, to pray. When it was getting dark, the boat was in the middle of the sea. It was getting beaten by waves because the wind was strong. When it was night, Jesus came to the boat. He was walking on the top of the sea. The disciples said, “It is a ghost!” Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, it is I.” Peter said, “Lord, if it is you, ask me to walk on the water to meet you.” Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter began to walk on the water. When the wind became strong, he was afraid and cried, “Lord, save me.” Jesus reached out his hand and saved him. When they reached the boat, the wind and sea became quiet. The disciples knew that only God could command the sea and the wind. They worshipped Jesus and said, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Icon courtesy of Iconographics (www.theologic.com)
(or) And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a boat, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
23-24. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up onto a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. He went up on the mountain to show that we should pray in an undistracted manner; everything He did was for our sake as He Himself had no need of prayer. He prayed on into the evening, teaching us not to cease praying after a short time, and also to pray especially at night, for it is very quiet then. He permits the disciples to be caught in a storm, so that they might learn to endure trials bravely and know His power. The boat was out in the very middle of the sea so that their fear would be greater.
25-27. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, Take courage; it is I; be not afraid. He did not appear immediately to them to calm the storm, but at the fourth watch (night was almost over), teaching us not to ask for a swift solutions to our misfortunes but to endure them bravely.
Some information on the kitchen project:
Rick Marks has been working on whittling away at the proposal to bring the costs down significantly. This proposal will be presented to the Vestry at their meeting on August 10th.
In the meantime, fundraising plans are being talk over with gusto. There will be a meeting tonight at the Ostrouts at 7 p.m. at which time the KF Committee will be discussing fundraising projects.
PLEASE DISCUSS YOUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS WITH A COMMITTEE MEMBER OR JOIN THE COMMITTEE!!!….
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Mondays: 6:30 to 7:20 every week. Weekly Weeders Please join us on Mondays to help us keep our church grounds looking great. It takes an hour and many hands make light work!
August 3rd – 7th 2015 9:00 AM – 12:30. St. Peter’s VBS program St. Peters is planning a fun and exciting VBS program for children prek-5th Grade. Please join us for G-Force Adventure Park Your children will meet Checkers the cheetah. They will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to experience GOD’s Love in action. After a high-energy opening assembly at the G-Force Zone, children will participate in the scripture zone for an interactive bible lesson. Children will participate in a variety of activities, crafts, and music and recreation zone. They will also enjoy a tasty treat in our snack zone. Registration forms are available at the back of the church and in the office (and can also be transmitted electronically). Volunteers in many capacities are needed. We’d love to have some young people (high-schoolers) to help out. Any Scouts out there that need community service? Please call Mary Cheney with any questions (860-537-5067) or the office (860-228-3244).
August 10th Monday– 7 p.m. Vestry meeting