Worship at St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Worship is central to our life as a Christian community here at St. Peter’s Church and we provide several differing styles of services to appeal to a wide range of people.
On Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. we celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite 1 during the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent. At other church seasons Rite II is used. There is no music at this service.
On Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. (10:00 during the summer) we celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II a modern English vernacular service with music. On the first Sunday of each month the lay leadership roles are filled by the parish youth, the sermon is geared toward the children who are invited to stand with the celebrant at the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer of consecration.
A Contemplative Eucharist is celebrated in the chapel at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. This is a service of readings, chanting and silence, opening with several minutes of gently tolling the church bell as a call to worship and concluding with the celebration of the Eucharist. This service was initiated in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The chants are primarily drawn from those written by the Taize community in France.
The Eucharistic liturgy is based on liturgies from the Iona community. Readings include a psalm and a gospel lesson (taken from the lessons for the following Sunday) along with other passages, including poems, inspirational writings and readings from other sacred texts. Those who have the time often adjourn to a local restaurant for breakfast following the service for conversation and further fellowship.
If you are interested in what lessons will be used on any given day you may find them listed on line at www.lectionarypage.net.