Welcome! We hope our website will help you learn more about our parish and the mission and ministry we share with one another. St. Peter’s is a community where the past is celebrated, the present enjoyed and the future sought with excitement. Christians have been gathering in community at St. Peter’s for more than 325 years. Our roots of our parish go back to before the Revolutionary War. We combine that heritage with a modern touch as we strive to live out our Christianity with joy and relate it to our everyday lives. The warm welcome that we give has made us a diverse congregation for many years. Please come and visit us when you get the chance – we’d love to get to know you.
Holy Week At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2014
During Holy Week, the last week of Lent, we re-enact, re-live, and participate in the events leading to the Christ’ Passion. Holy Week Observances have taken place from the earliest days of the Church.
Tenebrae – Wed. April 16th 7:30 pm
This service provides an opportunity to experience darkness and light and to reflect quietly in the silence following each reading. Tenebrae is an ancient service where candles are extinguished following each reading until the only light in the Church is a single candle, the symbol of Jesus Christ. Even then this candle is hidden, symbolizing the apparent victory of the forces of evil. It is restored with a loud noise representing the earthquake before the Resurrection.
Maundy Thursday – Thurs. April 17thAgape meal, 6:00 pm, Service 7:30 pm, Watch until midnight
Our Maundy Thursday worship is preceded by an Agape Meal at 6 pm in the Parish House. This meal is in memory of the Last Supper to show the love that Christ has given us for one another. The setting, as well as the foods, is sparse and simple. Appropriate foods include soup, cheese, olives, dried fruit, bread, and wine. Maundy Thursday beings the Triduum (the three days) – from sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and his betrayal by Judas. We listen to the story of the disciples in the upper room and engage in symbolic foot washing prior to our last Eucharist until Easter. At the conclusion of the service the altar is stripped of all liturgical elements as Psalm 22 is read. The night watch begins after the service until midnight. Join your fellow pilgrims on this Holy Week journey to sit and pray in remembrance of Jesus and his disciples waiting in the garden of Gethsemane for his arrest.
Good Friday Service – Fri. April 18th 7:30 pm
On this day, the church commemorates Jesus’ arrest his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial. Since services on this day are to observe Jesus’ death, and Eucharist is a celebration, there is no celebration of Eucharist. Communion is only received from the reserved sacrament. Good Friday services are aimed at allowing worshippers to experience some sense of the pain, humiliation, and ending in the journey to the cross. At this service, the St. Peter’s youth group reenacts the Stations of the Cross which represent various scenes from Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, and death.
The Great Vigil of Easter/La Gran Vigilia Pascual – Sat April 19 /Sab Abril 19, 7:30pm
The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. The vigil opens with the Service of Light – the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the paschal candle. Stories of the history of our salvation are told. Alleluia’s will return after forty-days of absence and we will celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. This will be a bilingual service.
Easter Day – Sun. April 20th 8:00 am & 10:00 am
On Easter Sunday we celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00. Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the end of our observance of Lent! Easter egg hunt takes place on April 27!