Christmas Services at St. Peter’s

Join us at St Peter’s to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome.  There are two services on Christmas Eve (Sat., Dec. 24):  5pm and 11am; and one service on Sunday, Christmas Day (Dec. 25), at 10am.

At the 5pm Christmas Eve service there will be a children’s procession to the crèche at the beginning of the service, and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight after communion.  Music will be provided by Peter’s Voice, the St. Peter’s Key Singers Children’s Choir, Robert Young at the organ, and a solo by Brittany Spicer.  Music begins at 4:30pm.  All children are welcomed to participate in the procession to the crèche – parents: please have your child come to the Parish Library by 4:50pm to be part of the procession.

At the 11pm Christmas Eve service St. Peter’s Choir will perform with Robert Young at the Organ and Ron Davis on Trumpet.  There will be a station at the crèche at the beginning of the service and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight after communion.  Music selections include:  Carol of the Bells, John Ritter’s the Coming of Our King and Angel’s Carol, Bach’s Prepare Thyself sung by soprano Carol Schwalm, He Shall Feed His Flock sung by Ann Allen and Linda Smith, Gesu Bambino sung by baritone Bob Souza, and O Holy Night sung by soprano Sharon Clark and St Peter’s Choir.  Music begins at 10:30pm.

The 10am service on Christmas Day is a quiet said service of Holy Eucharist.

Children’s Christmas Pageant this Sunday

This coming Sunday, December 18, the youth of the parish will present the annual Christmas Pageant “The Beginning” at 9:30am in the Parish Hall.  This is a new production involving quite a cast of characters telling the story of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Please note the special service times for this, the 4th Sunday of Advent:  8am – Holy Eucharist Rite I and 11am Holy Eucharist Rite II.  There will be no 9am worship service this Sunday.  Parishioners are encouraged to attend one of the two services and the Christmas Pageant.  There will be a fellowship opportunity with refreshments in the Parish Hall after the performance and before the 11am Service.

 

Begin Thanksgiving with Worship

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, St. Peter’s will hold a 10am service of Holy Eucharist in the church.  Begin your Thanksgiving Day giving thanks and praise to God in worship and song.  We will be singing all the traditional Thanksgiving hymns with choir and organ.   St. Peter’s Choir will be singing John Rutter’s, For the Beauty of the Earth; Ann Allen, Soprano, will sing, A Grateful Heart (by Mary Plumstead), and Bob Souza, Bass, will sing, Bless This House O Lord We Pray (by May Brahe).  We welcome Guest Musician Ron Davis, Trumpet.  Come and bring friends and family along!

Evensong with the Maryland State Boychoir Nov. 4

A service of Evensong with the Maryland State Boychoir as the choir for the service will be held Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm in St. Peter’s Church, with a small concert by the Boychoir to follow.  Evensong is part of the Episcopal Church’s discipline of  Daily Prayer and is an important part of our Anglican choral heritage.  This is the fourth year in a row that the Maryland State Boychoir has come to St. Peter’s and the third Evensong in which they have participated.  If you have been part of this service in years past, you know how wonderful they are – and if this is your first time, prepare to be moved and spiritually delighted.

There is no charge for this event and the public is invited.  Please spread the word and encourage friends and family to come to Evensong.  An offering will be taken up during the service to go toward the Boychoir’s expenses and training.  For more information, contact Brittany Spicer brittanyvspicer@yahoo.com.

Bishop Investiture Live Streaming Sat. 10/15

The Investiture of the Rt. Rev. Santosh “San” Marray as the Eleventh Bishop of Easton at Chesapeake Community College in Wye, MD will be live simulcast at 11am today. Go to www.dioceseofeaston.org. Link will appear shortly before the service begins

ST PETER’S VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The video presentaion — St. Peter’s Church — Our Past, Present, and Future — that was premiered at the September Discernment Cottage Meetings, is now available on St. Peter’s You Tube Channel by clicking here.

 

PREMIERE OF ST. PETER’S VIDEO PRESENTATION AT DISCERNMENT COTTAGE MEETINGS

A video presentation – St. Peter’s Church: Our Past, Present and Future – has been produced and can be seen exclusively as part of the Discernment Cottage Meetings now underway.  The Cottage Meetings are your opportunity to participate in discussions about our future together at St. Peter’s.  Here are the dates and times of upcoming meetings:

 

Monday, Sept. 12th (10 a.m., 7 p.m.);

Tuesday, Sept. 13th (7 p.m.);

Wednesday, Sept. 14th (7 p.m.); and

Sunday, Sept. 18th (10:15 a.m.)

 

This is a critical part of our discernment process and your participation is very important.  All meetings are held at St. Peter’s.

Fall Worship Schedule Resumes this Sunday

This Sunday, September 11, we return to three services:  7:45am Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II and 11:00 Sung Holy Eucharist Rite II.  This Sunday at the 9am service St. Peter’s Worship Band will make its debut, and at the 11am service St. Peter’s Choir returns after its summer recess.  There will be a Ministry Fair from 8:30am until 11:00am in the Parish Hall and all are invited!

Green Hill Sunday – Aug. 21

OLD GREEN HILL CHURCH, WICOMICO RIVEROn Sunday August 21 the five Episcopal congregations in Wicomico County, including St. Peter’s, will travel to our historic mother church, Old Green Hill Church, for a joint worship service at 11am and a picnic after the service.  Directions and a map to Green Hill Church can be found here.

Note for that Sunday, August 21, there will be only one service at St. Peter’s at 8am.  There is no 10am service at St. Peter’s on August 21.

Green Hill Sunday has been an annual tradition since the late 19th Century, when the church was renovated and consecrated as “St. Bartholomew’s Church” by the Bishop of Easton.  Green Hill Sunday occurs on or near the feast of St. Bartholomew on August 24. Green Hill Church was built in 1733 and is one of the oldest structures in Wicomico County.  Situated on the banks of the Wicomico River, it served as the colonial parish church of Stepney Parish, which was established in 1692 as one of the original Maryland parishes of the Church of England.  The brick church contains box pews and a large wood pulpit and altar table.

There is no air conditioning in this historic church, so those who attend the church service and the picnic are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.

St. Peter’s parishioners are asked to bring a salad or side dish to the picnic.

 

 

Vacation Bible School

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL BEGINS THIS SUNDAY EVENING

Space is still available for youth to sign up for the Wicomico Episcopal Churches’ Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.) from Sunday, August 7 through Thursday, August 11 from 5pm to 8pm – the first three days will be hosted at St. Peter’s and the last two days will be hosted by St. Alban’s, Salisbury.

Registration forms and information are available on the VBS page on our parish website:  http://www.stpeterschurch.net/education/vacation-bible-school/. Registration forms are also available on the table by the parlor at coffee hour this Sunday, and from the Parish Office.

St. Peter’s is hosting Sunday evening’s 5pm dinner – if you are able to help with the dinner, please contact Sherri Hall at (301)807-4017; email:  hallshome@comcast.net.Other volunteer opportunities are available as well. St. Pauls, Hebron, St. Alban’s, and St. Philip’s, Quantico are hosting dinners on other days.