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

On this 10th Sunday After Pentecost Worship Sunday, August 2nd

This Sunday is the 10th Sunday After Pentecost with two services, both “Worship in the Garden” (8:30 am) and in the Sanctuary (9:30 am) services. Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a, where using the parable of a lamb, Nathan convicts David of his sin; the Psalm reading is Psalm 78:23-29, where the Psalmist says, the Lord rained down manna; the people ate and were filled; the Epistle reading is Ephesians 4:1-16, where Paul writes, there is one body and one Spirit; speak truth and grow in love; and the Gospel reading is John 6:24-35, where Jesus teaches about the bread of heaven, food for eternal life. Pastor Peter’s sermon is “Bread of Life.” The sacrament of The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.

Summer worship hours continue this week. Early worship in the Garden begins at 8:30 am and worship in the sanctuary begins at 9:30 am. Sunday School will be on recess for the summer. 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 ...

Music selections this week center around the sacrament of Holy Communion or communion of saints. The prelude is devised from the hymn tune Sine Nomine by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The hymn is carried in over 450 hymnals and is thought to be the finest text written by Bishop William Walsham How D.D. How, son of solicitor William Wybergh How, was born in Shrewsbury, Oxford in 1823. Taking holy orders in 1846, he served several parishes in the UK and wrote over 80 hymn texts as he eventually became Bishop of Bedford, later Wakefield. The selection we hear in worship is arranged by Lani Smith, a contemporary composer given credit for composing over 1000 works.

The Offertory is a contemporary meditation written by Henry Kihlken. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he serves the parish of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, Ohio.

During communion we’ll hear a setting of the early chant Adoro te devote (Humbly We Adore Thee). Composition of tune is attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274); this selection by Charles Callahan b.1951.

The service closes with a free setting on “Lauda Sion,” another composition by St. Thomas Aquinas, which expresses the bread and wine as body and blood of our Savior. This from the hand of Charles Callahan.

Two Summer Opportunities to Worship...

Worship in the Garden Continues Sundays in July & August at 8:30 am!

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 will include a hymn, scripture, a meditation and prayers. Regular summer worship will be at 9:30 am in our beautiful sanctuary.

Board of Deacons to Meet Saturday Morning, Aug 8th

The Board of Deacons will meet on Saturday, August 8th, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am for an orientation to the new Vineyard Lists and a brief instruction on how to prepare communion. It is hoped that as many deacons as possible can attend this important meeting as Vineyard assignments are made and preparations are made for the fall. Please read the brief Chapter One on “The Biblical Background” of The Presbyterian Deacon: An Essential Guide that was passed out at the last meeting. See Pastor Peter if you did not receive a copy.

Building and Grounds Committee to Meet this Week (TBA)

The Building and Grounds Committee will meet this week of August 3rd on a day yet to be determined. We want to look at the following issues and your ideas as we begin:

  • painting the church (perhaps in two phases: four sides in the Fall and the tower in the Spring),
  • new roof on the church, (hopefully to coincide with the painting for most economical work),
  • consider replacing the sprinklers in the Memorial Garden with a drip method (more effective and less water),
  • refasten the storm drain on the north east corner of the manse (disconnected in storm), and,
  • other items as needed.

Please speak with Bill Barbour, Fred Wilford, Michael Wootton, Harry Halsey or Pastor Peter if you have suggestions on the maintenance and upkeep of the church.

The 32nd summer of BCMF concerts held in the BPC Sanctuary.

BCMF Holds Four Weeks of Chamber Music Concerts through August 23rd

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) has begun its 32nd Season here in the sanctuary of our church building. It continues to be an honor to house this yearly festival that offers so much to our community each summer. Off to a good start this weekend, the first concert to be held in the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church sanctuary will be music from “Bach and Mendelssohn” on Sunday, August 2nd, at 6:30 pm. The BCMF Festival brochure describes the concert:

Mendelssohn was not only deeply influenced by Bach but also may have saved him from obscurity by championing his works through public performance. Bach’s orchestral suites and works for keyboard are now legendary. Mendelssohn’s writing for strings as showcased in the brilliant Octet and Capriccio and Fugue for String Quartet place him next to Bach at the pinnacle of chamber music.

Two more concerts will be held in the sanctuary Wednesday, August 5 (7:00 pm) and Sunday, August 9 (6:30 pm). Wednesday’s concert will be Beethoven’s “Archduke,” described by the Festival as:

Three masters display their virtuosic grandeur in a program that beams with energy. While World War II was raging, émigré Bohuslav Martinů was in the glorious surroundings of Tanglewood in Massachusetts, composing his bright and lively trio. Mozart’s Duo exemplifies virtuosic elegance, while Beethoven’s “Archduke” trio captures the composer in all his heroic glory.

And, next Sunday’s concert will be “Precise Passion”, described by the Festival as:

We begin with a triumphant work for winds and piano Mozart himself called “the best work I have ever written,” move through Daniel Godfrey’s beguiling work about a “wrinkled moon” and Kevin Puts’ reflection on Robin Williams’ impish brilliance, before culminating in Brahms’ love-tormented masterpiece.

More information on both concerts and future concerts through August 23rd, along with tickets, may be found at their web site: or in their Festival office in The Parlors.

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:

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:

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!

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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