Parishioners and priest entering church for worship service

Every Sunday we gather for the liturgy to lift up our hearts to God, together with countless Christians around the world.  We join with "angels and archangels and all the company of heaven" in pouring out our adoration and gratitude to God. It's this shared love for God and dedication to his service that unites us together, with all the other saints on earth and in heaven. 

Because of this love we do what we do every day, week, month and year at St. Peter's. And what fine fun it is! We have a good time together. And as we live and work together and love each other and serve God our lives are being changed to more resemble Jesus, in his love and humility, in his truth and purity, in his strength and serenity. 

Worship means giving to God what he is worthy of receiving. It is our highest calling and, when you love God, our greatest pleasure in life. It is also something that Christians easily view as an optional activity in the course of their day or week. 

Somehow the duty and delight of blessing the God who blesses us sometimes gets bumped aside by busy schedules and more pressing and urgent matters. No wonder people's lives are so out of focus. No wonder Christians are so apt to drift with the swift moving currents of our culture. No wonder churches experience so little of the world-changing presence of God. 

I don't want that for you or for our parish. I want us to be a people who experience fully the joy and wonder of the presence and power of God and the transformation of our relationships that results. All this begins with knees bowing and tongues confessing the glory of God in our liturgy. Won't you come and make it the center of your life? God is worthy. 

- Fr. Tom Simmons

People kneeling in worship  

Music

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We speak to those who love music and praising and praying to the Lord with a singing voice.  That would be many of us, I think!  If you are an older singer, consider extending and enhancing your worship when experiencing our very spirited and spirit-filled rehearsal time together.  If a parent of a young person who loves to sing, why not have your child join the Choristers, learn a little more fully about all aspects of music and be a part of this community of young singers among us?  When is it an appropriate time to add your talents to our music ministry at St. Peter's? Any time! You are always welcome!

The Choirs: Adult Choir & Choristers -  Our choirs continue to grow in competence not only because of consistent diligence but also because we have been  blessed with new members such that we now have a multigenerational ensemble that works well together.  The mix of veteran experience and novice enthusiasm allows the choir to gain confidence as they take on new challenges. With Evensongs, Lessons and Carols for Advent, Christmas Eve services and the Easter Vigil, there are at least six services each program year with a heavy choral emphasis.

Contact:  Barbara Bulger Verdile, Director of Music

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Lectors

Do you love God's Word?  Consider becoming a Lector at St. Peter's. 

Lectors are laypersons trained in reading scripture who are appointed by the Rector to read the lessons during a service. The term "Lector" is from the Latin, "to read."

If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact the Rector or Parish Administrator and we will arrange for your training.

Acolytes

St. Peter's Acolytes 

The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” Acolytes are helpers who assist the priest, performing a number of important functions before, during, and at the close of the liturgy. Acolytes-in-Action is a student-led ministry; youth recruiting youth and youth training youth. We are honored to assist our Rector and Lay Eucharistic Ministers every week at both services. 

Contact:  Dan LaPre

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Ushers

An Usher is a layperson who greets and assists people as they enter the church. They hand out service bulletins, assist and answer questions from visitors and newcomers, count the number of people in the congregation, collect and present the offering at the offertory, assist parishioners during the administration of communion, and straighten the pews after the service. At St. Peter’s they bring the people's offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant at the presentation of the gifts.

Contact:  Jim Schatz

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Lay Eucharistic Ministers

It is a privilege to serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.  A Lay Eucharistic Minister is a layperson licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. They are confirmed members in good standing, approved by Fr. Tom, and are licensed to serve a term of three years. These ministers serve on a rotation basis at Sunday services and may be called at other times to assist Fr. Tom with the Sacraments. 

Please talk to the Rector about serving in this ministry and to obtain an application.

Altar Guild

To serve the Lord’s Altar as a member of the Altar Guild is a privilege and a most rewarding experience. Members are dedicated, meticulous, and reverent as they care for His Table. The Altar Guild welcomes members who have served for many years as well as members who are just learning the intricate responsibilities that allow our church to welcome each season with fresh and beautiful greenery and floral displays.

Contact:  Bobbie Wilhelm, Judy Hall, Jean Kuhns

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Intercessors

An intercessor is one who prays on behalf of another or others through an intercessory prayer. At St. Peter’s they lead the Prayers of the People, which are prayers of intercession (BCP, pp. 383-395). Intercessors follow Jesus’ example as He is known as the heavenly intercessor who prays for us. 

If you would like to be a part of this ministry please contact the Rector or Parish Administrator.

Greeters

The purpose of the Greeter Ministry is to reflect the love of Jesus Christ in the way we greet everyone who enters our church.  We want to ensure everyone is warmly welcomed and made to feel at home.  This is a great way to get to know folks!  Basic tasks include:

  • Welcome guests and regular attendees
  • Offer information
  • Lessen anxiety
  • Convey love and respect

We encourage individuals, families, and youth to volunteer.

 

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