Worship

Holy Eucharist and Daily Prayer

The principal regular worship of St. Peter’s Church, Salisbury Parish is our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist at 7:45am, 9:00am and 11:00am (8:00am and 10:00 June-August). We also have a Wednesday Noon Holy Eucharist with a Public Liturgy of Healing; Morning Prayer on Mondays at 9:30am and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30am; and Evening Prayer at 5:30pm Tuesdays and 5:00pm Thursdays.  In addition, we celebrate the principal feasts of the church year on their appointed days with Holy Eucharist, and commemorate all Major Feast Days as well.  A complete list of worship services can be found here.

Special Services:

Green Hill Sunday Once a year the five Episcopal churches of Wicomico County gather in the mother church — Green Hill Church, also known as St. Bartholomew’s Church — for a service of Holy Eucharist, a tradition started in the mid-nineteenth century.  Scheduled for Sunday, Aug 24 at 11am.   A picnic by the churches is traditionally held  after the service on the church grounds.  Parishioners are asked to bring a side dish or salad, and lawn chairs. Click here for  Green Hill Map (2) (1)    and Directions to Green Hill Church.

Christmas  We will have a 5pm and 11pm service of Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve with music beginning a half hour before service time, and a said service of Holy Eucharist at 10am on Christmas Day.  Please join us in worship to celebrate the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Click here for a: Christmas Flowers Order Form

Epiphany:  Service at 6pm, January 6, followed by a Cajun Supper in the Parish Hall.

Ash Wednesday:  Services on Ash Wednesday which will include the imposition of ashes will take place February 18, 2015 at 7am, 12noon, and 7pm.

Holy Week & Easter   Come and experience  Holy Week and Easter in the beauty and sacredness of  historic St. Peter’s Church in Salisbury, MD, joining a welcoming community of believers as we come to worship in the many traditional liturgies and music of the season.

On Palm Sunday, St. Peter’s will celebrate the Liturgy of the Palms and the reading of the Passion at the 7:45am, 9:00am and 11:00am worship services.

Services at St. Peter’s Church during Holy Week are:   Maundy Thursday commemorating the Our Lord’s Last Supper on April 17 at 7pm : with Festival Choir, foot washing, Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar;

Good Friday commemorating our Lord’s Crucifixion  at 12noon: Passion of St. John, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross;

Great Vigil of Easter commemorating Our Lord’s Passover from death to life at 8pm: New Fire, Liturgies of Light and Word, First Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday services are:  7:45am Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:00am contemporary Holy Eucharist  with Children’s Choir, Nursery available and Easter Egg hunt after the service; and 11:00am Choral Eucharist with woodwind and organ and Festival Choir.

Ascension Day service is at 7:00pm in the Church.

 

Sacraments:

Baptism In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning ‘universal’], and apostolic Church.” Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).   Baptisms are especially appropriate at Easter Eve (March-April), the Feast of Pentecost (May-June), All Saints Day (Nov), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (Jan) and on the occasion of a Bishop Visitation.  Adult Baptisms require completion of study as a catechumen.  If you are interested in having a baptism at St. Peter’s, please contact the church.

Confirmation, Receptions and Reaffirmation Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a Bishop. Reception is bringing into the church body a person from a different historically linked church. Reaffirmation is personal gesture of explicitly affirming our baptismal covenant. Click here for information on Confirmation Classes.

Weddings If you are interested in having your wedding at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, click here for more information.

Funerals We are available to assist your family in a worship service suitable for your family member.

Hospital and other visits Pastoral visits at critical times in your life are available, contact the church.

 

What the Book of Common Prayer has to say about the Sacraments:

“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace”
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 857)
Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:

  • Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows), pp. 413-419, Book of Common Prayer
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), pp. 447-452, Book of Common Prayer
  • Matrimony (Christian marriage), pp. 422-438, Book of Common Prayer
  • Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop), pp. 510-555, Book of Common Prayer
  • Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) pp. 453-467, Book of Common Prayer