Liturgy (work of the people in worship) is core to Christian tradition and includes a variety of pieces that makes it what it is and definitely unique. Sunday, January 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. during the Rector’s Forum, consider joining others for a detailed look into liturgy at St. Peter’s. This offering is ideal for those who may be new to St. Peter’s as well as a refresher for those who have been here for a long time. What happens from the entrance rite (procession) until the dismissal into the world (by a cleryperson) is tightly interwoven and crafted to equip worshippers not only for the rest of the day but for the week ahead.
In the liturgy, prayers, scripture lessons, hymns, anthems, and moments of silence surround us collectively with great intentions to bless worshippers. When our energies are engaged fully with each element of the experience and our whole purpose for gathering, something amazing can happen. This I continue to hear from countless others and to learn from my own focus whenever I serve as the presider (celebrant). It has been an unexpected gift to worship on Sundays and weekdays at St. Peter’s with those who gather in our space to praise God and receive God in the bread and wine of the Holy Eucharist.
If you would like to explore the Episcopal tradition more deeply, namely through its historical commitment to worship I hope you will make the Rector’s Forum part of your Sunday experience at St. Peter’s. We will explore the two distinct parts of the Eucharistic liturgy: Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Table. Come with questions about why we do what we do in worship at St. Peter’s and worldwide.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector