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October 15, 2015

Music: Inspiring All That We Do

After the Bishop’s visitation, September’s Center City Organ and Brass concert, and the combination of Evensong with Eucharist on Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, one can hardly imagine things getting bigger.

Hold on! Things do.

outenFirst, there’s food for the soul during another free lunchtime concert at Noon, on Monday, October 19, as part of the third season of the Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s series. This month, the Bechtler Ensemble Piano Trio will perform will perform music by Dvorak, Enescu, and Prokofiev that is warm, lively and evocative. Tanya Bechtler, Cynthia Lawing, and Joseph Meyer are longtime Charlotte personalities whose musical excellence is a real treasure. Come early and enjoy this free, hour-long concert.

At the end of October, we also offer Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood). This hour-long children’s opera is being produced by The Choir School at St. Peter’s and Opera Carolina, accompanied by members of the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Youth Symphony, and the Early Music Ensemble of Central Piedmont Community College. Even with 120 performers involved, the congregation gets to sing hymns as part of the drama.

All Saint’s Day, Sunday, November 1, will be a continuation of the glorious musical offerings at St. Peter’s.  We are fortunate to have Tristan Clarke, trumpeter with the Charlotte Symphony, to help lead our service. We will celebrate those who have come and gone before and will welcome new members through baptism. The hymns, anthems, and liturgy of All Saints’ Day bring together our past, present, and future in ways that inspire all that we do.

– Ben Outen, Director of Music & Organist; Founding Director, The Choir School at St. Peter’s

Vacation Bible School: Register Now

burlingtonVacation Bible School will take place August 3–7 this summer. The theme is that of a medieval pilgrimage. In order to grow together in faith, help from many parishioners is needed. Will you join us on our journey? Following are four ways that you can help us seek the Kingdom of God.

Mastercraftspeople – Mastercraftspeople lead a guild of pilgrims from activity to activity through the week of VBS. This role includes some lesson preparation and physical presence while VBS is in session (from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).

Pilgrimage preparers – This role entails preparing the guild rooms for the week of VBS with decorations according to the theme of the week/guild and acquiring any materials the guilds will need to use in their guild rooms. Volunteers in this role are not required to be present during VBS week.

Pilgrimage patrons – Patrons will be responsible for acquiring the materials needed for craft activities during the street fair. During the course of the week pilgrims will experiences 25–30 different crafts. A Pilgrimage patron will choose one or more craft activities and supply the items needed to do a specific activity(ies). A patron will receive a list of required materials and is not responsible for making up the craft activity. This role does not require volunteers to be present during the week of VBS.

Street Fair Artisans – Artisans will lead pilgrims in a specific craft activity during the street fair. This role requires a volunteer to be present at VBS from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the day that they are available to lead an activity.

Email me at or register now if one or more of these roles appeal to you. Last year’s VBS was a rousing success. I hope you will experience A Second Pilgrimage: Still Seeking the Kingdom of God with us this year!

–Laurie Haynes Burlington, Director of Children’s Formation

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I course for adults will be held at St. Peter’s this summer, June 15-20, 2015. Parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the very rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through this course, adults have the opportunity to see all age-appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. Each course focuses on a specific development age group of the child. Level I prepares adults working with children aged three to six. The foundation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is in the Level I formation course, as it is in this course that a catechist becomes attuned to the religious life of the child. The course includes preparation in giving presentations (the lessons) to children and provides solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work. Please note that one does not have to commit to working with children as a prerequisite for participation in the course. Download a brochure and registration form here (PDF opens in a new window). Contact Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle ( for more information.

Lay and Ordained Ministers to Share Good Friday Pulpit

window-it-is-finishedOn Good Friday, the pulpit at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will feature brief meditations on the “seven last words of Jesus” by five lay and ordained ministers. The Reverend Dr. Rodney S. Sadler of Union Presbyterian Seminary and Sardis Baptist Church, St. Peter’s church member Elizabeth Richardson, and the Reverends Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, L. Murdock Smith, and Ollie V. Rencher will preach during the three-hour service on April 3.  Established in 1834, the historic church is located at the corner of N. Tryon and W. Seventh streets in Uptown.

Officiated by the Reverend Jonathan E. Soyars, the noon to 3:00 p.m. Good Friday service will include chanting of the Passion narrative, intentional silence, exceptional music for choir and organ, hymns, and the solemn act of venerating the Cross.  While many worshipers often attend for three hours, others have needed and are welcome to come and go for a variety of reasons.

Father Ollie Rencher, Rector of St. Peter’s, shares that, “This dramatic service reflects one of many ways for our parish church to boldly proclaim the spectacular story about the unconditional love, justice, and reconciling power of Jesus.  It will be a gift to hear brief sermons about the Crucifixion from a variety of voices before we celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Day.”

The Good Friday service is a core aspect of Christians’ observance of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, which falls this year on March 29.  Palm Sunday services typically include the Procession of Palms and reading of the Passion Gospel. St. Peter’s will offer a host of services between Holy Week and Eastertide.

Click here for the full schedule of services during Holy Week and Eastertide.

Parish Lenten Retreat, March 6-8