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Centering Prayer Group Temporarily Suspended

Centering Prayer Group Temporarily Suspended

Given the current evidence that vaccinated and boostered persons are contracting the omicron virus, the Centering Pray group has made the decision to temporarily suspend meeting either in-person at the church (with masks) or via Zoom.  This decision will be re-evaluated pending future assessments of the risks of spreading or contracting the virus. This group normally meets the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 9:00 AM.

Sacred Ground 2022

Sacred Ground 2022

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring this study program developed by The Episcopal Church that brings awareness of racial history in this country.

Last year Peggy Smith facilitated Sacred Ground for members of St. Peter’s. People were amazed both by what they hadn’t known, AND by how nurturing it was to learn these hard truths in a container of warmth, acceptance and spiritual dedication.

The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. For more information, go to this link:  episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/.

Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism.
It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.

The program involves watching a variety of documentary films (mostly from PBS) and reading two books, Waking Up White and Jesus And The Disinherited. There is a rich trove of additional recommended materials for those who want to delve deeper. A tremendous amount of care and thoughtfulness has gone into crafting the curriculum. Peggy brings experience as a nonviolent communications teacher to help handle strong emotions that come up. Last year’s group found the whole experience informative both intellectually and emotionally.

Sessions will run every other Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00 PM on Zoom, beginning January 5. Session dates will be
January 5, 19;
February 2, 16
March 2, 16
April 6, 20
May 4, 18

The offering is provided within the gift economy, which means participants can, if they want and are able to, provide a gift for the facilitation. It is expected that participants will have access to the two books. Other readings & videos are available on the internet at no charge. The group size, minimum of 10 and a maximum of 40 participants.

To register contact Peggy Smith, peggy@opencommunication.org. Registration closes December 29, 2021.

Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, September 19, at 5:30 PM.

This beloved service ushers in the end of our Advent waiting and prepares us for Christmas in just five days. Join Barbara Jean O’Brien and the St. Peter’s choir, with guest bass player Nate Martin, for this service of music and readings (Scripture and non-Scriptural alike) to prepare us for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas.

Please, note, there will be no Celtic Service on December 19.

Advent Quiet Day

Advent Quiet Day

Saturday, December 18, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, in the church.

Lael will offer brief reflections on the hour, but this is really an opportunity for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas season and enter into some quiet. Many people journal/write, other draw or paint or knit. How you use your quiet time is entirely up to you. In the last hour Lael will invite the group to join her in the parish hall for a session on the labyrinth. The day will conclude with walking that labyrinth.

Apart from that scheduled conclusion, retreatants will have the full run of the building apart from the Undercroft, so it will be easy to socially distance.  Snacks will be provided.

Advent and Christmas Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Advent and Christmas Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

November 28, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — First Sunday of Advent

December 5, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Second Sunday of Advent

December 12, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Third Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM — Advent Quiet Afternoon

December 19, 10:30 AM — Fourth Sunday of Advent

11:30 AM — Greening of the Church
5:30 PM — Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

December 24, Christmas Eve, 5:30 PM — Festive Candlelight Eucharist

December 25, Christmas Day, 10:30 AM — Festive Eucharist

12:30 PM — Community Christmas Meal (take-away only)

December 26, 7:30 AM and following — Christmas I prerecorded diocesan service

January 1, 8:00 AM — Feast of the Holy Name, Celtic Yule

January 2, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Christmas II, Holy Eucharist

January 6, 5:00 PM — Feast of the Epiphany, Evening Eucharist (spoken service)

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal

Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.

St. Peter’s will continue its tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinner in a slightly different style, due to Covid-19. Instead of the usual sit-down dinner in the church’s parish hall, the meal will be exclusively take-out.

The free turkey dinner will still have all the traditional dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, and lots of pies. Gluten free and vegan items also will be available. Meals can be picked up at the parking lot entrance to the parish hall. There is no charge for dinner.

The church is located at 11 White Street in Rockland. We welcome anyone to come and pick up a holiday meal, but, to keep everyone safe, we require everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. If you are not feeling well or have been around someone who is not well, please stay at home.

If you are considering helping or want to provide food, please contact coordinator Ron Staschak at 207-691-7578.

If you would like to support this community meal with a donation, you can do so electronically on the St. Peter’s parish website or you can send a check, made payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Thanksgiving Meal” in the memo line, to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

Liturgy to Remember Indigenous Peoples Day

Liturgy to Remember Indigenous Peoples Day

This Sunday, October 10, we depart from our regular Pentecost season liturgy to remember Indigenous Peoples’ Day at both services. Special lections, hymns, and a litany for healing and restoration will be offered to remember the Wabenaki here in Dawnland and indigenous peoples throughout this country.

To learn more about the Wabenaki, we invite you to watch this short video from Wabenaki REACH

All Souls Evensong

All Souls Evensong

Please join St. Peter’s on Tuesday, November 2, at 5:30 PM, for a service dedicated to all whose lives have been touched by suicide. In a spirit of loving witness, we gather to lament, to acknowledge our collective reluctance to reach out to those who suffer, and to share our stories. Donations this year will go to support The Landing Place, an after-school teen center in Rockland. 

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Nativity Lutheran Church invite you to a blessing of the animals. Saturday, October 2, 10:00 AM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church grounds between the church and the playground. Come give thanks for the animals in you life! Bring your pet of any shape or size, a favorite stuffed animal, a photo of a beloved animal, or even one from the wild. For the safety of pets and people, all pets must be leashed, haltered, or secured in a carrier.

Connecting, Healing, and Writing a new story with Wabanaki REACH

Connecting, Healing, and Writing a new story with Wabanaki REACH

The Dancing Elephant yoga studio in Rockport has invited us at St. Peter’s to join them in two sessions of Wabenaki REACH programming. The sessions will be held on Friday, October 1, and Friday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom. A link will be sent with registration.

Today we are creating a community together. We are not experts, you are not experts. We will learn from the materials we experience together and from what we share with each other about our own experiences and thoughts. – Wabanaki REACH

We hope you can join us for these two engaging and impactful evening programs. Wabanaki REACH seeks to build a broader and stronger community of people who understand the long term impact of the generational harms done to Indigenous people since first contact, and who are committed to transforming the present day systems that provide advantages to the dominant culture. This is a special opportunity to grow in our understanding of and respect for the first nations in Maine. It is an opportunity to look honestly at colonization and dominant culture, and to participate in creating a new story as we move forward.

Click here for more information and to register.