THIS SUNDAY IS PALM SUNDAY
This Sunday at our worship services we will begin with a celebration of Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the waiving of palms, shouts of “hosanna!” and the reading of Matthew’s gospel describing the event. The palms will be blessed and all will be given a blessed palm. After that, we will turn from the palms to the passion of our Lord, and hear St. Matthew’s description of Christ’s arrest, trial, crucifixion and death, concluding with Holy Communion. Peter’s Voice will perform at the 9am service. Our Grace Notes Hand Bell Choir will perform at the 11am service along with St. Peter’s Choir. Robert Young is at the organ for the 7:45, 9:00 and 11:00 services.
HOLY WEEK OBSERVANCES
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!!
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANIST HYMN SING-SUNDAY, APRIL 30
The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the Hymn Sing with Nationally known organist, Dr. John Walker, here at St. Peters, on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 PM. The hymn sing will be led by the adult choirs of Wicomico Presbyterian Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, under the direction of Dr. Walker. Hymns to be included from the Episcopal Hymnal are, “All People that on Earth Do Dwell,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Abide with Me,” “God of Grace and God of Glory,” “O Love How Deep,” and, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”
John Walker is national president of the American Guild of Organists. Following distinguished tenures at the Riverside Church in the city of New York and Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, he is minister of music emeritus at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He is Artist-in-Residence at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore. He is acclaimed for his dynamic skills in service playing, which he has presented in workshops throughout America and Asia. Gothic, Pro Organo, and JAV recordings have issued numerous CD recordings of his organ performances and choirs under his direction.
CENTERING PRAYER – APRIL 8
As part of our “Spiritual Saturdays” series during Lent here will be a workshop on Centering Prayer in the church at 10am- 11:30am this Saturday, April 8. Led by the Rector, Fr. David, the workshop will explore and practice the techniques of centering prayer as a means of meditation and spiritual awareness. All are welcomed to participate. Give yourself the gift of some time in prayer. Mark your calendar and come to St. Peter’s Saturday morning for centering prayer.
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 are still 7 one-hour time slots available on the sign-up sheet on the table outside the Parlor. 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. 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.
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 Easter Sunday. Deadline is this Sunday, April 9.
REHEARSALS FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES
There will be a rehearsal this Sunday in the church at 12:30pm for those serving and involved in the Maundy Thursday service and a rehearsal this Sunday at 1:15pm for those serving at the Easter Vigil service.
TUESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERIES
The Tuesday Evening Lenten Series: “5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own” concludes 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 TREASURE: Striving to Safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth.
ST. PETER'S CARING TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP
St. Peter’s Caring Team needs more members to help those in the parish who are in need of assistance – would you be willing to sign up to help? All you do is contact the Pastoral Care Committee Chair Laura McCarthy at phone: 443 523-8669 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will put you on the Caring Team email list. Then when she is made aware of a need by a parishioner, she sends out an email to the Caring Team. If you are able and willing to help with that task, just give a reply. If you can’t, that’s okay. There will be more opportunities in the future. You respond according to what you can do and your schedule. Placing your name on the Caring Team allows Our Lord to work through you in caring for fellow parishioners. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. And thank you to everyone on the Caring Team for the wonderful and often unsung service that you give to members of St. Peter’s parish community.
SPECIFIC PASTORAL CARE NEEDS
Please contact Laura McCarthy at phone: 443 523-8669 or email: email@example.com if you can help with any of these needs below:
Ruth Anne Oartel is in need of transportation to the 11am service. Laura McCarthy can arrange a schedule so volunteers can take her to church on a rotating basis.
Gretchen Nichols is recovering from knee surgery which was more extensive than originally anticipated. A schedule has been set up for meals between April 1st and April 15th; however, there is one spot still open for Friday, April 7. This need may extend into the third week of April depending upon what the doctor tells her at her next appointment. Please stay tuned for more information.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Madison Baker, Carolyn Bradshaw, Will Burdett, Ron Collison, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Lucy Graf, Rex Gravenor, Amelia Hall, 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, Tim Willey
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Ministers for Sunday,
April 9th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Linda Abbott
Altar Guild: Laura McCarthy, Betsy Hanulak, Deb Souza, Punky Vickery, Mary Grauer
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Atif Gaddis
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Charlie Potterton
Acolyte: Will Burdett
Torch Bearers: Will Potterton & Larry Stewart
Lector: Lynne Peverley, Amanda Jenkins & Ryan Nay
Eucharistic Minister: Amanda Jenkins
Ushers: Chip Potterton & Kathy Willey
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Julie Milliken
Lector: John Phillips, Ernie Cornbrooks & Katherine Wright
Eucharistic Minister: Linda Smith
Ushers: Ron & Susan Wilkins
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Vanderbogart Scholarship Committee Meeting
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
Stations of the Cross
April 9 - Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Maundy Thursday Rehearsal
Easter Vigil Rehearsal
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Evangelism Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Lenten Study & Potluck
Men's Bible Study
Finance Committee Meeting
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
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