So you’ve clicked on the website, you’ve read a bit about St. Peter’s, and you’re interested in giving it a try…now you wanna know what kind of experience you’ll have when you get here.
Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
The primary and largest worship service of the week is the 11:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist service. While there is a wide range of worship styles in The Episcopal Church, at St. Peter’s, you’ll experience what can be best described as a “moderately high-church” service. Now, you may be asking, “What the heck is high-church?” This is a perfectly reasonable question. High-church is a style of worship where the service is choreographed to flow the same way week after week, and includes traditional hymnody and chants, sung congregational responses, incense, and elaborate vestments for those serving at the altar. Every Sunday service includes multiple Bible readings, prayers, and Holy Eucharist (a.k.a. Holy Communion). All people who feel called to receive communion are welcome to do so at St. Peter’s, or you’re also welcome to come forward and simply receive a blessing.
After the service, coffee, juice, cake, and new friends abound. Just follow to crowd to the Guild Room where people will gather, talk, and connect.
Sunday Morning Worship – 8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
The 8:00 A.M. service is smaller, quieter, and more intimate. Unlike the 11:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist, this service does not include congregational singing, sung responses, or incense. However, it generally follows the same pattern as the 11:00 A.M. service and includes Bible readings, prayers, and Holy Communion.
Wednesday Evening Worship – 6:30 P.M. Spoken Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
The 6:30 P.M. Spoken Holy Eucharist offers space in the middle of the week to gather in the chapel and immerse yourself in silent prayer, incense, and chant. While following the pattern of a Sunday morning service, the Spoken Holy Eucharist uses less formal language and includes readings from the Bible as well as from selected Christian wisdom writers, and Holy Communion.
The service sounds great, but what about the rest of the time? What is it like to be in the community? Is there a place for me and my friends and family?
St. Peter’s is a community that spans multiple generations and multiple demographic groups, and it is difficult to say which generation or demographic is most numerous. There are several families with young children, lots of young professionals, and a healthy dose of retired persons. Being in a vibrant urban neighborhood with an ever-changing population, St. Peter’s is constantly welcoming and integrating new members into the fold.
While it can be a laborious process to “break into” some Christian communities, St. Peter’s will welcome you and your gifts and talents with open arms, at whatever pace you find comfortable. So if you’re ready to jump right into ministry at St. Peter’s upon arrival, there are a myriad of ways for you to get plugged in. If you like to hold back and dip in slowly, that is great too! The simple act of coming and being present at worship is a greater ministry than many people realize.
What about my children? How will they experience attending St. Peter's?
Children are fully immersed in the worship experience at St. Peter's and are able to take part in Communion or to come forward receive a blessing. Rocking chairs are available near the front of the church for mothers and fathers to help soothe infants and young children. Youth Sunday School is offered at 12:30 P.M. in the fall, winter, and spring, with a break during the summer months.
If you're expecting a child, or are the parent of young child, and want to learn more about baptism, we will be excited to explore the possibilities and make plans with you.
Example of a Sunday Eucharist at St. Peter's
The Confession of St. Peter -- January 20, 2013