HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Next week is Holy Week, the most sacred time for Christians in the church year. Make this week holy for you by attending the many observances offered throughout the week as we walk together as a parish family through the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Invite others to attend as well.
March 20: Palm Sunday – Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist: 745am, 9am (Peter’s Voice), 11am (Hand-Bell Choir, St. Peter’s Choir)
March 21: Monday Morning Prayer-Rite I: 9:30am
March 22: Tuesday Evening Prayer-Rite II: 5:30pm
March 23: Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Healing Service: 12noon
March 24: Maundy Thursday Service (St. Peter’s Choir, Children’s Choir): 7pm, followed by an all-night Watch at the Altar of Repose
March 25: Good Friday Morning Prayer-Rite I: 8:30am; then Good Friday Service (St. Peter’s Choir): 12noon
March 26: Holy Saturday Morning Prayer-Rite II: 8:30am; then Great Vigil of Easter (Baptism): 8pm
YOUTH PRESENTING CHRISTIAN SHELTER DRIVE OFFERING THIS SUNDAY
The big box outside the parlor is now full of donations for the Christian Shelter. Thank you to all who contributed during Lent. The donations will be presented by our parish youth this Sunday at the 9am Palm Sunday Offertory to the Greater Glory of God and will then be delivered to the Christian Shelter.
SIGN UPS NEEDED TO 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 (March 24) until noontime on Good Friday (March 25), 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 in the hallway 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. Thank you.
EASTER: A GLORIOUS DAY FOR CELEBRATION!
Easter Sunday is March 27 and the music ministry teams are working hard to bring forward some great musical offerings as part of our worship services on that day. There will be music at all three services. The Children’s Choir will perform at the 9am service along with the Worship Band; St. Peter’s Choir along with brass instrumentalists will perform at the 11am service. Note that the early service begins at 7:30am on Easter Sunday.
An Easter Egg hunt for the children will be held after the 9am service in place of Sunday School. The Downtown Plaza will be closed to traffic that morning and will be the site of the Easter Egg hunt. Many thanks to the Trailblazers Youth Group who is organizing this event.
Easter is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to come to church. Prayerfully consider who you can invite to this joyous occasion and reach out to them now with an invitation.
WICOMICO MISSION CLUSTER DISCUSSING JOINT PROJECTS
The Diocese of Easton, following up on recommendations last summer from the Diocesan Discernment Process, has established geographic mission clusters throughout the diocese to encourage neighboring Episcopal Churches to come together for mission projects. St. Peter’s is part of the Wicomico Mission Cluster, along with St. Albans, Salisbury; St. Phillips, Quantico; St. Paul’s Hebron; St. Mary’s, Tyaskin; and St. Paul’s, Vienna.
Representatives and Clergy from these churches met at St. Peter’s last Saturday and decided to pursue a joint Vacation Bible School this summer, continue to work cooperatively on Green Hill Sunday (August 21 this year) and explore possible joint outreach projects in the county. St. Peter’s Wicomico Mission Cluster representatives are John Phillips and Carolyn Jenkins.
EASTER FLOWERS ORDER FORMS DUE SUNDAY
Order forms for Easter Lilies to adorn our altar for Easter Day are due by Sunday, March 20. These forms can also be found in the Parish Office.
REHEARSALS FOR HOLY WEEK
For those involved in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Services during Holy Week, there will be rehearsals in the church Sunday afternoon, March 20, as follows: Maundy Thursday – 12:30pm; Good Friday – 1:00pm; Easter Vigil – 1:30pm.
SIGN-UP FOR PARISH DIRECTORY PHOTOS CONTINUES SUNDAY
Sign-ups continue this Sunday for your appointment to have your picture taken for the new 2016 St. Peter’s Pictorial Directory. Parishioner Jim Ritch of DisciplePix will be taking pictures in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, April 12, Wednesday April 13, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. The sign-up sheets are available this Sunday at coffee hour in the Library for reserving your 15 minute appointment.
Everyone who participates will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a new directory. It is very important for St. Peter’s as we encourage greater fellowship and as we grow as a congregation to have a good response to this so we can have as many photos of parishioners in the directory as possible.
Parish groups: Those groups and ministries that would like a group photo should reserve an appointment on the sign-up sheets as well.
If you cannot make any of those days and times, there is a place on the sign-up sheets to indicate you are interested in being part of a make-up session in May.
PARISH PICNIC: SAVE THE DATE
The Fellowship and Hospitality Committee has announced that the Annual Parish Picnic will be held Sunday, June 5 at Cedar Hill Park in Bivalve. Details to follow.
The deadline for submitting articles for the Spring Issue of the parish newsletter, the Keynoter, is this Friday.
BISHOPS’ PASTORAL MESSAGE
The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word to the Church.
A Word to the Church
Holy Week 2016
"We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”
On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.
In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.
In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.
We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.
The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Lex Abbott, Carol Phillips Ailes, Ellen Bloodsworth, Carolyn Bradshaw, Will Burdett, Jim Cherrix, CarlAnn Cornwell, Jack Cragg, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Lisa Dickey, Lucy Graf, Keller Hoch, Doris Hoffman, Rosa Hudson, Sarah Hughes, Sam Jenkins, Kelly Karwacki, Becky Kelley, Frances Kendall, Barbara Knight, Brodie Andrew Mejias, Fred Mertes, Bob Nay, Ruth Anne Oartel, Andy Phillips, Ann Phiilips, Quintin Ramirez, Ruth Richens, Frank Robinson, Damion Marlowe-Rogers, Betty Lou Steffens, Delma Tingle, Jerry Truitt, Diana Waesche, Priscilla Wheatley, Sarah Young.
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Ministers for Sunday,
March 20th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Sharon Clark
Altar Guild: Laura McCarthy, Ruth Anne Oartel, Betsy Hanulak, Debra Souza, Punky Vickery, Mary Grauer
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: John Phillips
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: Gil & Ann Allen
Holy Eucharist 9:00AM
Crucifer: Will Burdett
Acolyte: Emily Della Ratta
Torch Bearers: Charlie & Will Potterton
Lectors: Aisling Nay, Kellie Michaud, Amanda Jenkins
Eucharistic Minister: Linda Hurley
Ushers: Chip Potterton & Carolyn Jenkins
Coffee Hour Host: Gil & Ann Allen
Holy Eucharist 11:00AM
Acolyte/ Crucifer: Zachary Bugas
Lectors: Richard Culver, Julie Milliken, John Phillips
Eucharistic Minister: Tom Clarke
Ushers: Mark & Tammy Todd
Coffee Hour Host: Gil & Ann Allen
Bell Choir Rehearsal
Parish Music Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Parish Music Room
"Feast of St. Joseph" Morning Prayer
Women's Bible Study
March 20 - Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Week Services Rehearsal
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Contemporary Worship Band Rehearsal
Joseph House Kitchen
Joseph House Ministry
Joseph House - SBY
Children's Choir Rehearsal
Choir Room - 2nd Floor
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
Peter's Voice Rehearsal
||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
Richard Culver - 2016
John Phillips - 2016
Chip Potterton - 2016
Atif Gaddis - 2017
Chris Hall - 2017
Amy Maull - 2017
Linda Abbott - 2018
Linda Hurley - 2018