Our central act of worship is the Holy Eucharist, known as Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper, or the Mass. We worship in accordance with The Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal of 1982, that have been authorized by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Throughout the calendar year that mostly mirrors the public school calendar, we offer Christian Formation (education) classes for children, youth and adults on Sunday and weekdays, including special offerings during summertime. We heartily welcome children to participate in our services and believe that the habit of church attendance is instilled at an early age.
All that we do both at and through St. Peter’s is rooted in the worship of God. The term “worship” comes from an Old English root “worthship.” We worship that which is truly worthy of our ultimate allegiance and devotion — God alone. Another term for worship is “liturgy,” from an ancient Greek word meaning “the work of the people.” In many ways, we come away from other common settings namely for liturgy: to pray, read and hear the Holy Scriptures, experience music, be silent, and partake in the holy meal from God’s Table at services of Holy Communion.
God’s Table is central to our journey. This Table is set for all sorts and conditions of people to feast on “food for the journey.” In worship, we affirm our relationship with our Creator. We celebrate with friend and stranger alike what God has done and is doing to create and renew the world. We reset our compasses toward that which is truly ultimate amidst a culture cluttered with distractions. In a stressed and harried world, we enter the sacred time of worship to be refreshed in the company of God and one another. Ultimately, we are strengthened for service.
Whether it is Holy Communion on a Sunday morning or evening or a weekday at noon, the 30-minute service of weekday Morning Prayer, the seasonal service of Choral Evensong, lighting candles or touching holy water during one of the Taizé-patterned Holy Communion services, or entering the unlocked front doors of St. Peter’s that are open for prayer (Monday-Friday during parish office hours), all are welcome to all that we offer — to worship.
Adults and youth interested in serving and supporting worship as an Acolyte, Altar Guild Minister, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Usher, or Welcome Host should contact the Associate Rector, the Reverend Jacob Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-479-6150).