BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS FOR JUNE THIRD FRIDAY

The theme this month for Third Friday Downtown is “Paw Prints” and St. Peter’s is participating in a number of ways.  Father David will officiate at the “Blessing of the Animals” in St. Peter’s Courtyard on Friday, June 16  at 5:45pm and  6:15pm, rain or shine.  All people and their animal companions are invited to come and receive a blessing. Also hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and other items will be offered for sale and there will be a children’s activity.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Spring Events

  • Rogation Sunday:  May 21 — outside rogation blessings at 9am and 11am services
  • St. Peter’s Music Ministries Spring Concert: May 21 at 3pm in the church
  • Ascension Day Holy Eucharist May 25 at 7pm in the church
  • Memorial Day Holy Eucharist — remembering those who gave their lives – May 29 at 8:30am in the church
  • Parish Picnic — Sunday, June 4 at Cedar Hill Park in Tyaskin: 11am outdoor Holy Eucharist with picnic to follow

THIRD FRIDAY ACTIVITIES AT ST. PETER’S

The Friday after Easter, April 21, is the beginning of this year’s outdoors Third Fridays Downtown in Salisbury and St. Peter’s is once again planning to be part of the festivities as Salisbury’s downtown church.  For the April Third Friday, St. Peter’s will be selling its famous hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and drinks in the courtyard and will also have a plant sale and a children’s activity.  These activities will run from 5pm to 8pm. The theme this month is “Sustainable Salisbury,” featuring themes of ecology and caring for creation.

Caring for Creation

In conjunction with Third Friday, St. Peter’s is one of the sites of a two day series of information and activities for the whole family about Caring for Creation, sponsored by the Wicomico Interfaith Partners for Creation Stewardship. This organization brings together Christians, Jews, Muslims and environmental groups who share a common desire to care for God’s creation.

Stuart Clarke, Executive Director of the Town Creek Foundation, will speak at St. Peter’s at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 21 on the topic “The Horse and the Cart: Taking the Next Step Toward Maryland’s Clean Energy Future.” In addition, the program will include music and reflections from leaders of local faith communities and a drum circle.

On Saturday, April 22, this interfaith series continues with talks and activities at Asbury United Methodist Church.   A special Earth Day-themed art activity for youths ages 5-12 will be offered on Saturday morning by the SBY Art Space. Registration is required for this workshop since it is limited to 30 children. To register your child for the art program, call 410-546-4748.

All programs are free and everyone is invited to attend. For further information on the adult programs, call 443-880-3182 or visit http://www.wicomicoenvironment.org/interfaith-stewardship.html

Come to St. Peter’s for Holy Week & Easter Services

The Easter Triduum consists of three special services in Holy Week:  Maundy Thursday (April 13), Good Friday (April 14) and the Great Vigil of Easter (April 15).  These services commemorate the Last Supper, Our Lord’s crucifixion and death, and his resurrection, and they are all linked together as one liturgy in three parts.  To participate in all three services is to experience the totality of the Paschal Mystery.  We go from being observers to being participants in Christ’s passion, death, and his passover from death to life in the resurrection. Consider taking the time to experience all or even one of these services this year.  They are all rooted in the ancient liturgies of our church going back to the earliest centuries of its existence.

Maundy Thursday Service – 7pm on April 13

Holy Eucharist, Foot washing, Stripping of the Altar; Choir and organ

Good Friday Service – 12noon on April 14

Passion of St. John, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, Mass of the Pre-sanctified; Choir and organ

Great Vigil of Easter – 8pm on April 15

New Fire, Exsultet, Service of lessons, Holy Baptism, the First Eucharist of Easter; Robert Young at the organ — BRING YOUR BELLS TO RING!!

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

7:30am Holy Eucharist Rite I (with the singing of a couple of Easter hymns)

9:00am Festival Eucharist Rite II (Children’s Choir and Worship Band)

10:15am Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

11:00am Solemn Eucharist Rite II (St. Peter’s Choir, Trumpets, and Organ)

Final Lenten Stations of the Cross this Friday

WALK THE WAY OF THE CROSS  — THIS FRIDAY AT 7PM This is the last opportunity during the season of Lent to participate in a half hour liturgy of the Stations of the Cross at St. Peter’s Church. Retrace and remember Jesus passion from his being condemned to death and his walk to Mt. Calvary to his crucifixion and burial in the tomb. The church is open for everyone for this service and all are invited to participate.

LABYRINTH WALK THIS SATURDAY

 

This Saturday, March 25 there will be a Labyrinth Walk and meditation in the Parish Hall from 10am to 11am and all are invited to participate.  The Rector, Father David, will give a brief explanation of labyrinths for those who have not walked a labyrinth before.  Labyrinths are laid out in a circular pattern and are meant to allow one to experience a spiritual walk to and from the center, in a way similar to a journey a pilgrim would experience in travel to a holy site and back again.  It is an opportunity to leave the world behind and to enter the world of the labyrinth.  Come and participate in this spiritual experience. We are grateful to St. Albans, Salisbury, for the use of their canvass labyrinth for this event

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

WALK THE WAY OF THE CROSS  — THIS FRIDAY AT 7PM There will be three opportunities to participate in a half hour liturgy of the Stations of the Cross at St. Peter’s Church at 7pm on Fridays this Lent:  this Friday, March 10, and on March 24 and April 7.  Retrace and remember Jesus passion from his being condemned to death and his walk to Mt. Calvary to his crucifixion and burial in the tomb. All are encouraged to participate.

Ash Wednesday Services

All are invited to Ash Wednesday Service at 7am, 12noon, and 7pm in St. Peter’s Church on Wednesday, March 1.  Imposition of ashes available at all three services.  Organ and choir will be part of the 7pm evening service.

Van Der Bogart Scholarship Applications Available

Applications for the 2016 Van Der Bogart Scholarship, administered by St. Peter’s, are now available on the scholarship page of the Parish website.  This merit based scholarship is worth over $13,000 for the upcoming academic year for a young man or woman who is a resident of Wicomico County and demonstrates academic excellence and good Christian character.  See application for details.  Deadline for application submission is March 10, 2017.  Members of St. Peter’s are especially encouraged to apply.

Bishop Marray Visits St. Peter’s Jan 15

bishop-marrayThe first visit of our new Bishop of Easton, the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, will occur on Sunday, January 15.  The visit of the Diocesan Bishop is an important annual event in the life of an Episcopal parish.  Bishops in our church serve as chief pastors, exercising a ministry of oversight and supervision.  Bishop Marray, as our Diocesan Bishop, holds jurisdiction in the Diocese of Easton, with particular responsibility for the doctrine, discipline and worship of the church.  Bishops preside at ordinations of bishops, priests and deacons;  bless altars, fonts, chalices, patens and church bells;  consecrate new churches and chapels; and at his visit this month, Bishop Santosh will preside at the confirmation and reception of members of our parish.

There will be three services as usual on the Sunday the bishop visits:  7:45am, 9:00am, and 11:00am.  The bishop, as is proper, will preside and preach at each of the services.  He has also asked that there be an opportunity for the parish to gather together while he is with us so that he can address everyone and have a conversation with us.  He is doing this with all parishes in the Diocese of Easton in his first 100 days in the office of bishop.  As such, there will be an all parish lunch and discussion with Bishop Marray on that Sunday after the last service at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Everyone is asked to be present at that lunch.

In addition, Bishop Marray will be meeting with youth at the 10:15am Sunday School Hour, to teach and to have a conversation with them in place of the usual Sunday School class.  Parents are asked to make sure their children are present to meet with Bishop Marray.

At the 9am service the confirmations and receptions will take place.  Music will be provided by Peters Voice, St. Peter’s Worship Band, St. Peter’s Key Singers Children’s Choir and Robert Young at the organ.  At the 11am service, music will be provided by St. Peter’s Choir, the Grace Notes Hand Bell Choir, and Robert Young at the organ.

Let’s have a good turn out and welcome for our new Bishop when he visits St. Peter’s on January 15.