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Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Palm Sunday, April 5, services at 9:00 AM, and 5:30 PM with Liturgy of the Palms, and
reading of the Passion Narrative.

Tenebrae, April 8, 5:30 PM, a dramatic service of readings and music.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 5:30 PM. Agape Meal/Dinner in the Parish Hall.

Good Friday, April 10,

  • All day, Self-Directed Stations of the Cross;
  • 5:30 PM, Good Friday Liturgy with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament.

Holy Saturday, April 11, The Great Vigil of Easter (St. Thomas, Camden).

Easter Sunday, April 12, 9:00 AM, Choral Festival Eucharist, followed by the parish Easter Brunch.

  • 12:00 noon, Easter Egg Hunt, and
  • 12:30 PM, the Easter Community Meal
Spiritual Direction at St. Peter’s

Spiritual Direction at St. Peter’s

The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., offers spiritual direction at St. Peter’s on the last Tuesday of each month. Bill is an Episcopal priest, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director. He has served as a spiritual director at the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Episcopal Divinity School, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Bethany House of Prayer in East Arlington, Massachusetts. Bill moved to Maine in 2006 and continues a ministry of spiritual direction. He is author of Water in the Wastelands: The Sacrament of Shared Suffering and continues to publish in the areas of grief and bereavement, pastoral psychology, and spirituality. Bill can be reached at (207) 491-9645 or by email at wblainew@bates.edu.

The Rev. Lael Sorensen, B.A., M.A., M.Div., also offers spiritual direction, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Lael is currently rector of St. Peter’s. She is an Episcopal priest, hospital chaplain, and spiritual director. She has served parishes in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Wilmington, Delaware, and at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals and the Swank Center for Memory Care in Delaware. She is currently enrolled in the 2020 Program for Contemplative Spiritual Direction Training at the Alcyon Center in Seal Cove, Maine. Lael can be reached at (207) 594-8191 or by email at rector.stpetersrockland@gmail.com.

The rector keeps a list of referrals for other spiritual directors who work at other locations in the area.

Advent and Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s

Advent and Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1. See what’s going on at St. Peter’s during this season and on into Christmas.

December 1, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, First Sunday of Advent

December 8, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, Second Sunday of Advent

December 15, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, Third Sunday of Advent

December 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Advent Quiet Day

December 22, 9:00 am, Fourth Sunday of Advent
                         10:00 am, Greening of the Church
                          5:30 pm, Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

December 24, 8:00 pm, Christmas Eve, Festive Candlelight Eucharist with Choir

December 25,10:30 am, Christmas DayFestive Eucharist for the Nativity of our Lord
                          12:30 pm Community Christmas Meal

December 29, 9:00 am, Christmas I, Holy Eucharist

January 5, 9:00 am, Christmas II, Holy Eucharist

Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

In his daily meditations, Richard Rohr mines the depths of his Christian tradition through his Franciscan and contemplative lens. You can receive these meditations in your inbox each day. Each week builds on previous topics, but you can join at any time. Sign up here. You can discontinue these emails at any time.

From his website:

One of Richard’s foundational convictions is that God—who is Love—is with and in us and all of creation. But we’ve been conditioned or taught to see ourselves as separate from God and each other. Contemplation opens our hearts to experience this union and become an embodied presence of healing and creativity in our world. As Quaker author and elder Parker Palmer suggests, ask these important questions: “What do we want to let go of? What do we desire to give ourselves to?”

Whether or not you identify as a Christian, Richard invites you to see the Christ—the unifying principle of wholeness at the core of the universe—in everything and everyone. What does it mean to be the Body of Christ, the cosmic and coming Christ, now and for the future?

Richard dives deep into this theme with 1-2-week segments over a full year. Every Saturday includes a summary of the previous week’s meditations and an invitation to contemplative practice. “Gateway to Presence” (at the bottom of each meditation) is an invitation to deepen your experience of reading that day’s reflection.

Please join our growing community of people finding support from these meditations in their daily lives. We offer them with our hearts full of hope that they will meet you where you are and provide a contemplative experience. Learn about contemplative prayer and other forms of meditation.

Creation Care – September

Creation Care – September

Creation Care Month at St. Peter’s coming in September – For the five Sundays between September 8 and October 6, we will focus our Sunday liturgies, our readings and sermons, and hear invited guests talk with us on the topic of Creation Care.  What does the Bible say about how faithful people are to understand this earth and the universe around us? What does right relationship with all of God’s creatures look like? In what ways does our tradition support and challenge us to live more faithfully in the world regarding this planet and its ecological systems? Please stay tuned for this exciting phase in our parish life of worship and ministry.