Lenten Book Group – The rector will lead a series of discussions on Sundays in Lent (February 18 and 25, March 4, 11, and 18) based on Rowan Williams’ Being Disciples: the Essentials of the Christian Life. We will gather at noon on Sundays, share a bag lunch, and discuss the book. The former archbishop of Canterbury, Williams is an important theologian who here writes in a gentle, inviting, and pastoral style. This short, lovely book has been described as “the most beautiful writing on discipleship”. Copies are available for purchase or you can find them at your local library, bookstore, or online bookstore.
THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch – February 13th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Once again the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) are hosting a special Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch with pancakes, sausage, syrup, fruit and sherbet. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children. Consider making a donation, too, so that someone who cannot afford the meal could join us. All are invited to this traditional feast before the season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14. The annual pancake luncheon is just one off many events hosted by the ECW to support community outreach activities.
Open and Free to the Public: a video tape delay of the Trinity Institute Conference on Values in Action. The better world we all seek requires discerning shared values to form powerful partnerships and then moving forward with courageous intention. Speakers include Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow; Pádraig Ó Tuama, whose most recent book In the Shelter explores the place of storytelling in peace making, presiding bishop Michael Curry, and others. Video sessions will be followed up with conversation/discussion. Snacks will be provided and we will share lunch with the Loaves & Fishes community. If you have special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch. Arrive when you can; leave when you must.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study – meets in the Vestry Room at 6:00pm. Lee Karker is facilitating a series on the World and Letters of St. Paul. The study will include short videos, followed by discussion of scripture and history. This series can be joined at any time; no advance preparation is necessary. An outline of the series is available in the Narthex.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study – 9:00am group meets in the Parlor to review next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Drawn from such practices as Lectio Divina, Ignatian contemplation of Scripture, or what nowadays is sometimes called “Dwelling in the Word” (a practice used regularly by our Vestry). This way of reading invites the Spirit to speak through the Scriptures to you now and increases your own ability to notice and be moved by God through Scripture.
Be Still and Know that I am God. Increasingly the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has become a frenzied time of parties, shopping and secular activities that often leave no room in our souls to contemplate the coming of Christ to “incarnate” the light of peace and hope within us and our world. A day of quiet retreat gives us time to breathe in the Holy Spirit and re-center our lives, not within our egos, but in the abiding presence, mercy, and love of our Creator.
Setting aside several hours at this time of year can center us in the true meaning of Christmas, hope for peace and healing in our personal lives, our community and the world. Setting aside time to be in God’s presence is a deeply enriching spiritual practice. Join with others on Saturday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to experience this re-centering of your life and soul.
Periods of silence and personal reflection will be Interspersed with readings or reflections. A simple lunch will be provided. You may want to bring a notebook for writing or sketching your own reflective experiences. You are also encouraged to engage in centering prayer during the silent period of the “quiet day.”
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 17 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.
December 5, 8, 19, 22 – 9:00 -10:30 a.m. Contemplative Prayer Workshop
– 7:30 pm, Christmas Eve, Carol Sing
– 8:00 pm, Christmas Eve, Festive Candlelight Eucharist with Choir
December 25 – 10:30am, Christmas Day, Festive Eucharist for the Nativity
– 12:30 pm Community Christmas Meal
December 31 — Christmas 1 with services at 8:00 and 10:30
January 6, 2018 – 5:30pm, Twelfth Night, Choral Feast of the Epiphany with Music, Sermon, Holy Eucharist and Reception following in the Parish Hall.
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY to learn/practice Contemplative Prayer – Judy Mullins will again be leading a four-session introduction to Christian contemplative prayer this Advent. This will be a repeat of her offering this past summer(which led to a regular 2nd and 4th Saturday meeting each mont (see below) designed especially for those who could not join the group in July but open to all, including those who would welcome a refresher. The four 90-minute Advent sessions begin at 9:00am and will be held on Tuesday and Friday mornings on December 5, 8, 19, and 22. Because of the nature of contemplative prayer, participants should plan to attend all sessions; no drop-ins, please.
Ongoing Group :Those who attend who are interested in being part of an ongoing Centering Prayer group are encouraged to join the St. Peter’s Centering Prayer group regularly meeting the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month from 8:30 – 9:30 in the reception area outside the Rectors office. Newcomers are asked to arrive at 8:15 am for an overview of how the Saturday session functions. For more information about the Advent worksop, contact the Church Office at 594-8191.
Dec. 12, at Noon in the Parlor: LUNCH AND OPENING CONVERSATION ON OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE. Lael, our rector, is scheduling a series of programs in coming months that address the our spiritual journeys as we age. This is an opportunity for us as members of St. Peter’s to invite friends to join us for a light lunch and on open-ended, facilitated conversation (Mary Alice Bird, facilitator) to share thoughts and topics we would like to see addressed in this upcoming series. As aging children, parents, friends, or children – our shared life experiences – whether small or large, practical or theological – all open avenues to deeper communication with God and one another. Lunch provided, but to help plan for for the day, please sign up on the church bulletin board or call the office or let Mary Alice or Lael know you are coming. And bring a friend.