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shares from the celebration at St. John's today for the dedicated service of our own Roger Dale Peyton:

This beautiful rite occurred just before the Sign of Peace.
The Ending of a Pastoral Relationship
On the 1st day of May, 2011, I began serving as Minister of Music at St. John’s Church, Chuckatuck. I have, with God’s help and to the best of my abilities, exercised this trust, accepting its privileges and responsibilities.
After prayer and careful consideration, it now seems to me that I should leave this charge, and I publicly state that my tenure as Minister of Music at St. John’s ends this day.
Celebrant: Do you, the people of St. John’s Church, recognize and accept the conclusion of this pastoral relationship?
People: We do.
All: O God, you have bound us together for a time as Minister of Music and people to work for the advancement of your kingdom in this place: We give you humble and hearty thanks for the ministry which we have shared in these years now past.
Silence
We thank you for your patience with us despite our blindness and slowness of heart. We thank you for your forgiveness and mercy in the face of our many failures.
Silence
Especially we thank you for your never-failing presence with us through these years, and for the deeper knowledge of you and of each other which we have attained.
Silence
We thank you for those who have been joined to this part of Christ’s family through baptism. We thank you for opening our hearts and minds again and again to your Word, and for feeding us abundantly with the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of your Son.
Silence
Now, we pray, be with those who leave and with us who stay; and grant that all of us, by drawing ever nearer to you, may always be close to each other in the communion of your saints. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
People: Amen.
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celebrates the wonderful Music Ministry of a Pulaski Town son, Roger Peyton, at St. John's Church in Tidewater. Roger is pictured here with Fr. Ferguson.

Roger has completed five years of ministry at St. John's. The hymns today were tunes of "Forest Green" adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), one of the great musicians in the first half of the 20th Century. You will remember the most famous, "I Sing the Almighty Power of God" (# 398 in the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal). The congregration ended the service with another "Forest Green" arr. by Vaughan Williams -- # 705 "As those of old their first fruits Brought of vineyard flock, and field...." (same tune).

We'll share the blessing provided after the Passing of the Peace in the next post, but here's the tune of "Forest Green" with another familiar hymn. www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJqgspx57C0
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shares this great image Hung has taken of the Little River Dam, just north of Claytor Dam. As you can see, it's a spectacular site near Snowville. It provides a small percentage of hydroelectric power to Radford.

If you are not familiar with this wonderful place check out the following (thanks Roanoke Times!):

www.roanoke.com/nrv/community/radford-examines-future-of-little-river-dam/article_07dccdb6-3fc5-5...
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thanks to the Pulaski County Public Schools for this great image and comment:

"Congratulations to the 2016 inductees of the National Honor Society! These 67 students were chosen based on their dedication to scholarship, leadership, service, and character to both their school and community. Faculty sponsor: Felicia Goad"

We concur! Bravo.
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