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Bible Study Opportunities: Tues at 6 p.m. and Tues. at 9 a.m.

Bible Study Opportunities: Tues at 6 p.m. and Tues. at 9 a.m.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study – meets in the Vestry Room at 6:00pm. We are beginning a series of meetings dedicate to reading the scriptures related to sermons by well known preachers.  At the At the end of each session, we will read and practice  “dwelling in the spirit, a form of Lectio Divina, Ignatian contemplation of scripture.  Then in anticipation of the next meeting, we will take home copies of a sermon based on the same scripture.  This will be the basis for the first 40 minutes of our next Tuesday session.  This promises to be a very rich and rewarding sharing of spiritual insights.  No need to sign up on advance, just show up. 

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.

 

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Looking for an alternative worship service? Join us for our meditative 5:30 Sunday Celtic service. Drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria, this service combines meditative silence and music, simplicity of utterance, and faithful commitment of care for the Earth. This way of prayer, of opening oneself to God’s love, God’s forgiveness, and God’s hope – to the fullness of God’s presence in our lives – is hundreds of years old but speaks with immediacy to the yearning of our hearts now. The service includes meditative reflections from lay persons about their personal spiritual journeys, as well as  readings from diverse traditions that focus on the divine unity of all creation and  encourages  participation from all  seeking to deepen their spiritual journey through shared prayer that seeks to break down barriers between different faith traditions and seekers.

Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day Sat. April 27

Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day Sat. April 27

 

Register Now! (click here)
Gather with Bishop Lane and Episcopalians from all across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing and growth. With 22 diverse workshops to choose from, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  It will be held at South Parish Church in Augusta. Coffee begins at 8:30, workshops are at 9:30, and we’ll gather together at mid-day for worship and an address by Bishop Steve.  There’s no charge. But registration by Easter is required. Contact the church office (594-8191) if you need a ride to the workshop.

Community Easter Dinner April 21

Community Easter Dinner April 21

Sunday, April 21, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will be preparing and serving a community Easter Dinner at St. Peter’s. Every one is the community is invited to participate. St. Peter’s is very appreciative of this gracious offering by our Jewish friends. Adas Yoshuron also prepares and serves an annual Christmas Dinner to allow members of St. Peter’s to spend these important religious holidays with their families.  Check out details on the above flyer.

Pledge to Care for Creation Earth Day, April 22

Pledge to Care for Creation Earth Day, April 22

The Pledge to Care for Creation

Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation. Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.

The Pledge to Care for Creation is part of living as the Jesus Movement. It’s a promise to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home. It’s a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on the Earth.
What can you do?

  • During Lent, reflect on the Pledge alone or in a group, with the help of the Reflection Guide
  • During Lent, decide on your 3 commitments to be more LOVING, LIBERATING and LIFE-GIVING in relation to Creation
  • By Easter Sunday (April 21), take the Pledge, including your specific, personal commitments
  • On Earth Day (April 22), the day after Easter, let’s celebrate at least 1,000 pledges
  • All year long, keep your specific commitments to be more loving, liberating and life-giving

The Pledge to Care for Creation

Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation. Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.

The Pledge to Care for Creation is part of living as the Jesus Movement. It’s a promise to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home. It’s a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on the Earth.
What can you do?

  • During Lent, reflect on the Pledge alone or in a group, with the help of the Reflection Guide
  • During Lent, decide on your 3 commitments to be more LOVING, LIBERATING and LIFE-GIVING in relation to Creation
  • By Easter Sunday (April 21), take the Pledge, including your specific, personal commitments
  • On Earth Day (April 22), the day after Easter, let’s celebrate at least 1,000 pledges
  • All year long, keep your specific commitments to be more loving, liberating and life-giving
Holy Week Schedule: April 14 – 21

Holy Week Schedule: April 14 – 21

Palm Sunday, April 14, services at 9:00 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., liturgy of the palms and reading of the Passion Narrative

Tenebrae, April 17, 7:00 p.m., a dramatic service of readings and musi

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Foot-Washing, Stripping of the Altar, and veneration of the sacrament in The Garden of Repose

Good Friday, April 19, All day: Self-Directed Stations of the Cross; 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament

Holy Saturday, April 20, 7:45 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter (Nativity Lutheran Church hosts this year)

Easter Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. ONE service only; Choral Festival Eucharist, followed by the parish Easter Brunch; Easter Egg Hunt at 12 Noon and the Easter Community Meal at 12:30 p.m.

New Altar Linens

New Altar Linens

This past year, Pat and Jim Algrant – faithful communicants of St. Peter’s – died and left two bequests, one for the Altar Guild and another to be used by St. Peter’s at the discretion of the Vestry. After careful thought, Rhonda Hart (Altar Guild directress) and members of the Guild decided to use the gift to purchase new linens. The first of these arrived just in time for Lent. Take time to admire the handsome new purple (color of the season) linens and note the lovely embroidered inscription, expressing gratitude for this gracious gift (photo above).

Sunday Adult Forum during Lent: The Way of Christ

Sunday Adult Forum during Lent: The Way of Christ

Adult Forums in Lent – Please join David Grima and Jim Bowditch for an instrumented Lenten forum experience.  For those of you who joined us for the Advent Forum, this will continue the theme of “The Way of Love”, and from our perspective it is better than the Advent offering.  Sunday, March 10 will outline the program for Lent and cover the first lesson.  There will be plenty of opportunity for an interactive discussion among the participants. Also, there is a resource book which is available through the national Church or through Amazon in either print or Kindle formats.  The idea behind this series it is to continue development on a rule of life which will guide us in the Way of Love, much along the path the early Christians pursued in doing their best to follow Jesus.

Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

Rector’s Lenten Forum on Celtic Theology and Spirituality to be held onSundays during Lent at 4:00pm in the Parlor, (March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7). St. Peter’s has offered for the past year+ an evening Celtic Eucharist. It is our fastest-growing service. Why? In what ways is Celtic theology and spirituality different from or similar to what we know of Christianity on Sunday morning? What are its unique graces and gifts to our spiritual lives?  Join us to learn more about the renewal of this rich strain of Christian worship and thought, and then join us to experience our contemporary expression of Celtic Spirituality in our meditative service.