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Entering into The Holiest of Weeks
Soon, we celebrate Palm/ Passion Sunday. For many years I have felt the juxtaposition of waving Palms and singing All Glory Laud and Honor to welcome King Jesus in our midst to joining the crowd in yelling "Crucify, crucify him," just a few minutes later to be incredibly jarring... Read more
Sunday, March 20
at St. Peter's
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Holy Chow Breakfast - Community Room
Conversation in the Parish House Lobby
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Children's Atrium
Youth Journey to Adulthood - Youth Suite
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Coffee Hour following the 10:45 a.m. service - Parish House Lobby
5:00 p.m. Evenings at St. Peter's
Note: Childcare for infants and toddlers up to age two is now available 7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, on the main floor of the Parish House.
Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
- March 28-April 1: Parish Offices Closed for Clergy and Staff Break
- April 14: Pub Theology
- April 16: Solemn Communion Retreat for Children - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- April 17: Discover St. Peter's Class - 9:30 a.m.
- April 18: Center City Concert at Noon
- April 19: St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys -7:30 p.m. at First Methodist Church
- April 24: Final Evensong of the Season - 5:00 p.m.
eNews from St. Peter's
March 16, 2016
Holy Week at St. Peter's
Holy Week is a time to experience in a full way what we proclaim each week when we come together for the Eucharist Morning Prayer. We experience the truth of the Christian Way, not only through studying it or hearing about it, but by participating in it.
- Morning Prayer, Holy Monday-Maundy Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m., offers a contemplative way to start the day. Lay ministers officiate this service of The Daily Office throughout the year.
- Palm and Passion Sunday, March 20, recreates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and includes offering of the Passion narrative according to Luke. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy begins in front of the church with the blessing of the palms. The 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. liturgies begin in the church at the baptismal font.
- The Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:00 p.m. invites us to consider the command of the Last Supper, and includes foot-washing, as well as the stripping, washing and anointing of the altar, and procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel for an All Night Prayer Vigil, in the context of rich music.
- All Night Prayer Vigil follows the Maundy Thursday liturgy through 7:30 a.m. on Good Friday, when all are invited to respond to Jesus' request to the disciples to "remain here, and stay awake with me." Sign up to participate and/or submit prayer requests at the Holy Week at St. Peter's sign in the Parish House Lobby on Sunday or RSVP online.
- Good Friday begins with 7:30 a.m. prayers and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the Chapel. Later, our annual Solemn Liturgy from Noon until 3:00 p.m. includes organ and choral music, the Passion narrative, silence, meditations by The Reverends Paul Hanneman, Keith C. Lane, Ollie V. Rencher, and Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, and the Procession and Veneration of the Cross. At 4:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross for all ages commem-orate Jesus' last hours, including those who witnessed Jesus' suffering.
- The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is the culmination of Lent and the initiation of Eastertide, beginning with the lighting of the first fire of Easter in front of the church. this ancient liturgy unites many opposites: the struggle between dark and light, cross and resurrection, death and eternal life.
- The Sunday of The Resurrection: Easter Day offers the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Historically, the 11:00 a.m. liturgy has the highest attendance because of an increase in visitors; you may wish to attend one of the other liturgies of the day or the Easter Vigil on Saturday.
Incense (hypoallergenic) will be used at the following liturgies: Palm Sunday, 10:45 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Holy Saturday, The Great Vigil, 7:00 p.m.; and on Easter, 11:00 a.m.
Make a Joyful Noise: Please bring a bell or noisemaker with you when you attend the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. As part of that service, we remember and re-enact the moment of Christ's resurrection... Read more
New This Week
Discover St. Peter's: Whether you are very new to St. Peter's or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter's family, you are welcome to participate in this two-session class... Read more
Parking News: You may notice some the next time you park in the TransAmerica parking garage across the street from St. Peter's. The changes provide more options... Read more
Schedule Changes: The following regularly-scheduled activities will not occur during Holy Week or the week following Easter:
- No Formation classes on Easter Day, resuming Sunday, April 3.
- No Kerygma Bible Study on Monday, March 28, resuming Monday, April 4.
- 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer will be cancelled on Friday, March 25, and throughout the week following Easter, resuming Monday, April 4.
20s and 30s Discussion Group: St. Peter's 20s and 30s Fellowship will join others in the Parish House Lobby for conversation with the clergy and fellow parishioners.
Holy Chow: Hours for Holy Chow will be extended to 10:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday... Read more
Holy Week eNews: To give you every opportunity to paraticipate fully in the events of Holy Week at St. Peter's, you will receive your eNews next week on Monday, March 21... Read more
Good Friday Offering: Offerings are invited from across The Episcopal Church to support the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East to promote peace and mutual understanding... Read more
Guest Preacher on April 3: The Rev. Rhonda Mawhood Lee, PhD, Diocesan Canon for Regional Ministry, will preach on Sunday, April 3... Read more
In Case You Missed It
Eastertide Parish Book Study: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates will be introduced at the April 3 Parish Hall Forum... Read more
This Week's Formation Hour: All are invited to enjoy informal conversation over coffee and pastries in the Parish House Lobby on Palm and Passion Sunday, March 20, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The only agenda is to get to know your fellow pilgrims better as we enter the holiest of weeks in the Christian year.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: This week's 5:00 p.m. service is a Service of Light and the Holy Eucharist in the manner of Taizé... Read more
Hope and Grief: This four-week program is open to any and all who have experienced a loss of any kind... Read more
Center City Concert: Lake Norman Choral Artists with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players will be the featured artists at this free concert at noon on Monday, March 21... Read more
High Sunday Brunch: Make reservations today for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 3... Read more
Easter Potluck Lunch: Celebrate Easter with the 20s and 30s at the home of Marion and Cooper Morrison after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy on Easter Day. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Needed: Reception desk volunteers to work either a morning or afternoon shift one day a week at St. Peter's answering phones... Read more
Children's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood: Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House.
St. Patrick's Day Fellowship: Join others from St. Peter's when we gather on the lawn for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 19. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Beyond Our Doors
NC Bishop Search:
The Nominating Committee for the Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina offers two opportunities for input into the process: A survey and listening sessions in the Charlotte area... Read more
Diocese Bicentennial History Day Events: The Bicentennial Planning Committee of the three Episcopal dioceses in North Carolina invite you to History Day 2016 on Saturday, April 9... Read more
Scholarship Applications: Women who are 23 years of age or older may apply for scholarship funds to pay for specialized training in vocational or technical skills, or for a degree or certificate... Read more
Compassionate Conversations: Planning for healthcare at end of life is a gift to our loved ones, but it is so easy to put off those conversations. Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte offers two sessions to empower you to make decisions for a secure future... Read more
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
115 West Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28202