The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, and marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.
Ash Wednesday – March 6, Ash Wednesday services of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:00am, 12:00pm (spoken service), and 5:30pm (choral service).
Ashes to Go – St. Peter’s will be offering Ashes to Go in downtown Rockland on Ash Wednesday (March 6th), again joining up with our friends from Nativity Lutheran. Ashes to Go is a practice of bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind church walls and into the places we need them every day – and we especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. This is an opportunity to listen, to offer a blessing, and, for those who request it, to impose ashes and be with others who long to make a connection with the transcendent on this Holy Day. It requires some training, and, if you’re interested, call the church office (594-8191) and ask to speak with the Rector.
March 5th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Episcopal Church Women are again hosting a special Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch with pancakes, sausage, syrup, fruit and sherbet. All are invited to this traditional feast before the season of Lent begins on Wednesday. Adults $8, for adults; $4 for children – and pay at the door (reservations not required) Proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s outreach ministries.
The women of St. Peter’s and a man or two, will cook and serve fabulous pancakes. Gluten-free pancakes also will be available on request. The St. Peter’s folks organize the food, cook it all, decorate the parish hall with a Mardi Gras theme, and delight in serving each guest.
The final program in the series “Spirituality At the End of Life”
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s series concludes on Sunday March 3rd at 4 pm
As people age, issues in life raise questions that often are not
experienced in their youthful years. They may seek answers for
themselves, friends, or older relatives. The series has covered palliative
care, hospice, funeral planning, and cognitive disorders.
The focus in the final program will be Intergenerational Conversations
and Conflicts. Some people feel all the preparation for the death of a
loved one that can be done is done. Then they are surprised by the
unexpected. That surprise may cause conflict or be a joy or both.
Several speakers will share their experiences with siblings and parents
as a parent faced the end of life. Speakers will be Manette Pottle,
Deborah Oliver, John Snow, Bridget Buck, and the Rev. Lael Sorensen,
rector at St. Peter’s.
The programs in the community series are free and open to the public.
Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be
provided. For additional information contact the parish administrator
at St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or see the Latest News announcements
An online two-week discussion of how the Bible came into being, ways to read it, and how Episcopalians read it. You can join this from the comfort of your home. We will meet online on Thursdays February 21 & 28. Orientation and introductions are at 6:00pm and the seminar is from 6:15-7:15. If you are new to using Zoom on your computer, we will help you to get oriented before the first session, and if that fails you can participate by phone.
Our leader, Deirdre Good ThD, is an experienced teacher of the New Testament and Christian origins. She is a licensed lay preacher in the Diocese of Maine, a parishioner at St. Margaret’s Belfast, and on the faculty at the Stevenson School for Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. We’ll record the presentation for churches who want to use it in the future. This seminar is free. Questions about the seminar? Please email Deirdre Good or Jane Hartwell. Register here
Sunday, January 20, immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service, the parish will gather in the sanctuary for the Annual Meeting. This is your opportunity to elect Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Reports will be presented, primarily in written form, to update everyone on the activities or the past year and plans for the future of St. Peter’s. The approved 2019 operating budget will also be reviewed. In these times of social change and discernment of new ways to be church, being informed about our own congregation is important – so plan to come. Refreshments and coffee will be available.
Then following the meeting, plan to stay to “meet the candidates” for the next bishop of the Diocese of Maine.
Meet the Candidates for Next Bishop of Maine – Sunday, January 20, after the Annual Meeting, 1:30-4:30pm. The Portland “Walk-About” with candidates will be live-streamed, and we can watch from the comfort of our parlor. Bring a bag lunch and settle in as we have an opportunity to watch and phone in with questions of the candidates for our next bishop. Our delegates from St. Peter’s (The Clergy and Lay Delegates Marty Rogers, Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, and Doree Fisher) need your wisdom and impressions.
If you would like to read up on the candidates, their resumes and responses to some short questions, take a look at the Bishopquest Website.
Advent Quiet Day – Saturday, December 15th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The pre-Christmas season can be hectic with many competing demands for our attention, and it is easy to overlook the spiritual aspect of the season. When we feel too busy, though, the very things for which we think there is no time are often the most important for our health and well-being. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee at St. Peter’s, Rev. Lael will lead a guided Quiet Day (really half day). Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.
Lessons and Carols is a favorite Advent or Christmas service that combines the reading of nine scripture lessons from the Old and New Testament with choir anthems and congregational carol singing. St. Peter’s is offering the community the opportunity to participate in this traditional service (most famously associated with Kings Chapel, Oxford) on Sunday, December 16 at 5:30. This is a lovely and meaningful way to gain insight into Christian life – and we invite all spiritual sojourners to join in stepping aside from from the commercial frenzy of this season and into a vision of the just, compassionate and healed world that God wants for his creation.
Saturday, Dec. 1, Members of St. Peter’s will have a booth at the Oceanside High School’s Holiday Art & Craft Show, featuring MABird Accessories, with proceeds to benefit St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. MABird (parishioner Mary Alice Bird) works with recycled sweaters, knits and other textiles to create unique cashmere and mixed knit hats and scarves for men and women. She also uses recycled textiles to make Catnip Mice, Lavender Sachets, and Balsam Holiday Sachets – all are reasonably priced and are make unique handcrafted holiday gift items. MABird was not able to participate in this year’s November 17 Fair at St. Peter’s; but reserved table space at Oceanside’s Fair. So if you missed getting some her items on November 17, you have an opportunity to do so on Dec. 1 – and your purchases will benefit St. Peter’s outreach ministries in the Rockland area.