THIS SUNDAY IS LAETARE OR ROSE SUNDAY
This Sunday marks the midway point in our journey through the Season of Lent, and on this Sunday traditionally the church is called to joyful anticipation of the victory to be won. In medieval times worship on the Fourth Sunday in Lent would begin with the words from Isaiah 66:10: “Rejoice Jerusalem!” (Laetare is Latin for rejoice). This joyful theme provides lightening from the penitential emphasis of Lent. Since the thirteenth century the celebrant of the eucharist has been permitted to wear rose-colored vestments which express the change of tone in the Lenten observance. Look for these vestments this Sunday at St. Peter’s.
At the 9am service St. Peter’s Worship Band will perform Ain’t No Grave at the Offertory. At the 11am worship service St. Peter’s Choir will sing Dale Wood’s Beneath the Cross of Jesus as the Offertory Anthem.
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.
WALK THE WAY OF THE CROSS -- MARCH 24 AT 7PM
There are two more opportunities this Lent to participate in the half hour liturgy of the Stations of the Cross at St. Peter’s: Friday, 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
THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE MEN’S SHELTER
This past Saturday morning, St. Peter’s concluded a successful week of housing the community’s emergency men’s shelter. The shelter was open in St. Peter’s Parish Hall from March 11 through March 18. Many thanks to the leadership and hard work of the co-directors of the shelter, Bob Souza and Scott Mahler.
Thank you also to the groups and volunteers who came and made a hot meal for dinner every night and packed lunches for the men. Thank you to the volunteers who came to welcome and check in our guests every night, and to those who stayed overnight as attendants.
Thank you also to those who made monetary contributions – we were able to finance all the expenditures of the shelter through your donations, and St. Peter’s is grateful for your support too.
During the shelter time, we had many cold nights, and some stormy nights, and we were at capacity every night. Thank you to everyone who kept the guests and the volunteers in your prayers. There were no major incidents – the men were kept warm and safe.
Those who interacted with the guests found that some had jobs they went to, some were unemployed, some were young, some were old, some had mental issues and addiction issues. All are part of our community, all were in need, and through our ministry as a church, we were able to carry out Jesus’ command to care for our neighbors, to provide love to those on the fringes of society.
Order forms are available for Easter Flowers at coffee hour and from the Parish Office. Make a donation in memory or in honor of loved ones for Easter flowers to adorn our altar. Your loved ones will be listed in our Easter Sunday bulletins and remembered at the altar on Sunday. Deadline is April 9.
YOUTH CHURCH LOCK-IN THIS WEEKEND
St. Peter’s Trailblazers Youth Group is having its annual church lock-in this Saturday night beginning at 6pm. Our youth will be taking over our buildings at St. Peter’s with some fun activities, reflections, late night worship, a sleep over, some surprises, breakfast Sunday morning, and concluding when our youth reunite with their families at 9am Sunday worship. All middle school and high school youth are invited – if you haven’t been contacted about this and would like to participate, please contact Nivek Johnson, our Youth Ministries Intern, at email@example.com.
TUESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERIES
The Tuesday Evening Lenten Series: “5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own” continues this Tuesday in the Parish Hall and all are invited to participate. There’s a potluck at 6pm – please bring a dish to share – and the class gets underway at 6:40pm. The Mark of Mission to be discussed at the next meeting will be TEND: Responding to human need by loving service. If you are unable to attend the class but would like to follow the course during Lent, you can do so by going to www.5marksoflove.org and view the videos and materials for the week. Extra workbooks are available for you as well on the table at coffee hour this Sunday.
WATCH WITH THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Jesus said to Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” (Matt. 25:40-41)
From Maundy Thursday evening (April 13) until noontime on Good Friday (April 14), the Reserve Sacrament is taken out of the church and placed on the Altar of Repose, decorated in a garden setting, in the Parlor in the Parish House. At least one person is asked to be in attendance with the Blessed Sacrament during that time. There is a sign-up sheet on the table outside the Parlor which has many open hours for watching. Would you have an hour to give to Our Lord in prayer and meditation? Those who have signed up in past years have found being with the Blessed Sacrament to be a spiritual moving experience. Please consider signing up for an hour to Watch with the Blessed Sacrament. There is no requirement other than just being present with Our Lord for that one hour. There are also FAQ's sheets about the Watch on the table which provide more information..
DIOCESAN INTEGRITY EUCHARIST
Integrity of the Eastern Shore invites all to a festival celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday, March 24 at 6 pm at Trinity Cathedral. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Fr. Alistair So, rector of All Hallows Episcopal Church, Davidsonville, Maryland. Please bring a light snack/finger foods to share for a time of fellowship after the Eucharist if you are able.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Madison Baker, Carolyn Bradshaw, Will Burdett, Ron Collison, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Lucy Graf, Rex Gravenor, Diane Hammond, Margaret Hudson, Rosa Hudson, Sam Jenkins, Kelly Karwacki, Becky Kelly, Frances Kendall, Cathy Malchow, Lisa McClister, Kerry & Kim Mendenhall, Karen Mullins, Ruth Anne Oartel, Delma Tingle, Diana Waesche, Patricia Werle, Tim Willey
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Ministers for Sunday,
March 26th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Amy Maull
Altar Guild:Ann Chaffinch, Margaret Gravenor, Liddell Madden, Kay Stover, Sally Thrash
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: John Phillips
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: The Maull Family
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Aisling Nay
Acolyte: Brenner Maull
Torch Bearers: Delilah & Pearl Stewart
Lector: Aisling Nay
Eucharistic Minister: Linda Hurley
Ushers: Tom Robinson & Chip Potterton
Coffee Hour Host: The Maull Family
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Jimmy Hill
Lector: Howard Adams
Eucharistic Minister: Julie Milliken
Ushers: Gil & Kathryn Allen
Coffee Hour Host: The Maull Family
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
Stations of the Cross
"Feast of the Annunciation" Morning Prayer
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Youth Communion Class
Holy Eucharist II
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Joseph House Kitchen
Joseph House Ministry
Joseph House - SBY
Lenten Study & Potluck
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
||Emily Della Ratta
St. Peter's Church
115 St. Peters Street
Salisbury, MD 21804
The Rev. David Michaud
Parish Office Secretary
Adult Choir Director
Children's Choir Director
Bell Choir Director
Altar Guild Directress
Christian Education Chair
Atif Gaddis - 2017
Chris Hall - 2017
Amy Maull - 2017
Linda Abbott - 2018
Linda Hurley - 2018
Richard Stover- 2018
Ann Allen - 2019
Nancy Burdett - 2019
Phil Shields - 2019