Final “Worship in the Garden” Service — Don’t Miss It!

“Worship in the Garden” at 8:30 am Has Final Service!

This is our second year for “Worship in the Garden,” a shortened, outdoor worship service on the lawn behind the Parlors. The half-hour service includes a hymn, scripture, a meditation and prayers. Regular summer worship continues this Sunday and next Sunday at 9:30 am in our beautiful sanctuary.

Coffee and Panera coffee cake will be offered following the summer’s culminating 8:30 am service of worship in the garden. Please plan to attend this last early service of the summer season and find your quiet time with God.

Here’s What’s Happening This Sunday ...

On this 14th Sunday After Pentecost Worship Sunday, August 30th

This Sunday is the 14th Sunday After Pentecost with two services, the FINAL 2015 summer season’s “Worship in the Garden” (8:30 am) and in the Sanctuary (9:30 am) service (which continues until the Sunday after Labor Day weekend). Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include from the Older Testament the Song of Solomon, where one lover calls to another: Arise, my love, and come away; the reading from the Epistle is James 1:17-27, where every good gift comes from God; pure religion is to care for others; and the Gospel reading from the lectionary is Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, where James speaks of a debate about authority and tradition; evil things come from within. Pastor Peter is back from vacation and his sermon is “Know When to Wash Your Hands.”

The offertory this Sunday is based upon the epistle lesson from the Book of James. The writer of the text, John Kebel was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire in 1792. A preacher’s son, he was homeschooled by their father up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John won a scholarship at Corpus Christi College and in 1810 a Double First Class, and elected a Fellow of Oriel, a great honor for a boy under the age of 19. At the age of 23 he became Examining Master for the schools. Kebel became a priest in the Church of England and went on to write extensive collections of poetry on the subject of faith.

Two verses are below for reflection.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see their God.
The secret of the Lord is theirs;
their soul is Christ’s abode.

Lord, we your presence seek;
we ask this blessing true:
Give us a pure and lonely heart,
a temple fit for you.

Summer worship hours continue this week. This is your last opportunity this summer to attend the early worship in the Garden, beginning at 8:30 am! Our regular summer worship in the sanctuary is at 9:30 am this Sunday and again next Sunday. Sunday School continues on recess for the summer until “Welcome Back!” Sunday, September 13th. Children are welcome in worship and, while the Christian Education Committee will not be staffing the Nursery this summer, the service can be heard on the speaker in the Nursery Room for parents who wish to be with their children in the Nursery during worship. All are invited to enjoy Refreshments and Fellowship after the service on the front lawn or, if rain, in the Parlors.

From the Balcony ...

This is the first week in a few that our sanctuary is looking normal as the Chamber Music Festival’s 32nd season has completed and the mic cords and light towers have been stowed for another winter. This year I purchased tickets to three programs and some family and friends attended the programs with me. At the last one we heard, Doris Edwards and I sat upstairs in the balcony. This allowed us a fine view of the piano keyboard but also an opportunity to watch some members of the audience as they mentally digested the music.

The program was a presentation of a few of the most challenging compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach; piano, viola and violin were the instruments. From our vantage point, I could see three people in particular who throughout my observance over the hour hardly changed their gleeful grin. After the program was over, I had a moment to say hello to a couple that I had observed with smiles throughout the evening. Following our conversation, I departed with a warm heart, reflecting upon the seemingly unseen role the church has in the lives of many in the community.

Soli Deo Gloria

Bridgehampton Food Pantry Needs ...

After a relatively low volume through the summer, this week we had an increase in clients at the Bridgehampton Food Pantry. Items which could be used include:

  • small to medium canned ham or spam products,
  • canned corn,
  • snack crackers,
  • small servings of orange juice and,
  • small to medium portions of beef, hamburgers.

Frozen products may be brought to the parlors and placed in the cooler. They will be taken to the pantry following worship. Thank you in advance. Also, watch the September Banner Newsletter for information on how you can volunteer and help shelf, bag and distribute the food goods to our clients the third Wednesday of each month.

Gently Used Duffel Bags Welcomed for Foster Children’s Moves

The Mission Committee is assisting “The Chain USA” in collecting used Duffel Bags for use by children services to help foster children move from foster home to foster home. The Mission Committee invites BPC to bring in any large, collapsible (or fold up) duffels (not luggage). The youth would then not have to pack up their things in plastic bags. Bring them in on Sundays if you have a large duffel you are not using. If you want to check out the group’s website that may provide info on who The Chain USA is and the events they have run in the past, see:

Volunteer Opportunities

East End Hospice Seeks Volunteers

East End Hospice is currently accepting new volunteers into their Hospice Volunteer Program. Two brochures are on the Narthex Bulletin Board: one about East End Hospice and, the other, about EEH’s Hospice Volunteer Program. If interested, please contact the EEH Office by September 3rd to schedule your pre-training interview. Call the EEH at 631-288-8400 or see their web page:

Worship Liturgists and Greeter/Ushers Needed

This is a good time to try out something new or bring back a skill from the past! Worship and Music Committee invites you to be a liturgist reading the Scripture and leading prayers during a Sunday worship service and/or to serve as a greeter/usher welcoming congregants as they enter the worship space, offering a bulletin, and collecting the offering. We love to see new faces at the lectern and welcoming us to worship!

Share Pastoral Care Needs with the Church Office

If you are aware of any pastoral concerns please call the church office so that we may notify the pastor and the deacons contact: 631-537-0863. You can reach the Church Office by email: or Pastor Peter directly:

Summer Worship Schedule

  • No Sunday school classes
  • 8:30 “Worship in the Garden” (Sundays in July & August)
  • 9:30 Summer Worship Hours in the Sanctuary
  • 10:30 Regular Worship Hours (return September 13)
  • 10:30 Sunday School classes begin (September 13)

BPC On Your Phone

Click for mobile siteDid you know you can catch up with what’s going on at BPC on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or other mobile device? Just click the smartphone image at right, scan the code printed in your Sunday bulletin, or navigate to and you’ll be taken to our mobile site, recently certified “mobile-friendly” by Google. Here you can stay up to date with church activities, read a message from Pastor Peter, or listen to live and archived services.

Now you can listen in on your mobile device, as well as your home computer, on occasions when you can’t get out of the house. We’ve received positive comments from those who have taken advantage of this service.

Our webmaster is always receptive to your comments about both our desktop and mobile websites; please drop a line to

Bring a Bag of Gently Used Clothing to Worship this Sunday!

Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is again helping to care for those who are needy and suffering on Long Island by collecting gently used clothing. BPC is partnering with the Long Island Council of Churches (LICC) and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDPLI) here on Long Island to collect clothing to assist those in need from the tips of the Forks to the Brooklyn and Queens borders. You will find the green Clothing Bin behind The Parlors. Pull up on the lawn to the bin and place your donations in the convenient slot. Donate and know you are making a difference for Long Islanders in need!

Six Ways to Stay Connected...

In the age of the Internet, BPC has six new ways for you to connect and keep current with your church family:

  • Stay up to date with church activities, or listen to live and archived services, on the BPC Mobile Website. Click or scan the code at right.
  • Receive the weekly E-pistle! The E-pistle is a mid-week email that goes out to the congregation and friends with all the news and announcements. Make sure the Church Office has your email or write it down and place it in the offering plate!
  • Become a FaceBook friend! To become a Friend, go to and sign in, go to “Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church,” click on the word “Like,” and you are a “Friend.” Tell your friends!
  • Enjoy “live” streaming at on days when you can’t make it to worship. Later on in the week you’ll also be able to hear archived highlights.
  • Check out the church website:
  • Receive the monthly Banner newsletter! While some continue to receive the paper version of the monthly Banner, it is also available early to those who sign-up for the email notice that a new month has been posted. Make sure the Church Office has your email address!

Whenever you see the “Give Now” button on our church Website or E-pistle, simply “click” on it and complete the easy and safe form to make your donation.

Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s New Online Giving Option!

For the first time BPC members and friends can now give to the church online — just as you do for many charities — using a debit or credit card or electronic funds transfer to support our congregation’s ministries!

All you have to do is click on the “Give Now” button on our church website: You will be redirected to the Presbyterian Mission Exchange and our Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church “Donate” page. A secure form is easily completed and you can designate and make your donation all in a matter of minutes. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation as your weekly offering or stewardship pledge. It is the generosity of members and friends like you that allows us to do what we do.

By clicking “Give Now” and filling out the form, we realize that you are trusting us with your money. We want you to know that every attempt has been made to make this process simple, easy and safe. The information you provide is encrypted, secure and confidential. We appreciate your confidence in our ministry and value your contribution through our partnership with Presbyterian Mission Exchange (a service of the Presbyterian Foundation).

In order for you to make your online donation, simply “click” on the icon and complete the form, indicating your choice of the funds available:

  • Capital Improvement Fund
  • Mission Fund
  • General Fund
  • Music Fund

If you wish to designate a donation more specifically, check “General Fund” and indicate the special work you wish to support in the “Note” area near the bottom of the form. Your transaction will appear on your statement as BB - Presbyterian Foundation. You will receive an email acknowledgement and expression of gratitude. Your full donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Go ahead! Give it a try! Why not become familiar with how it works by donating $10.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund. It’s that easy!

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