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

Add your talents to the Music Ministry at St. Peter's.  Those who love music and praising and praying to the Lord with a singing voice - please join our Choir!  We meet for rehearsals between the services most Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15.  You are always welcome!

Additional rehearsals may be added seasonally for special services (Christmas & Easter primarily). 

Do you play an instrument?  Please let Andrew know!

Contact:  Andrew McGinley, Director of Music

 

Lectors

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   (John 1:1).  Speaking this Word to the people is the role of Lector.     

Lectors are laypersons trained in reading scripture who appointed 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.

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:  Tom Coate

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Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) are members of the laity (i.e., non-ordained persons) who assist the priest during the Eucharist by serving the consecrated elements to the people.  

      To serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter’s, you need to:

  • be at least 16 years old 
  • be a baptized and confirmed member of the parish
  • apply for a license from the Bishop (applications available in church office)
  • receive LEM instruction from the Rector or the Rector’s designee

If you would like more details about the duties of LEMs, call or email the church office and request the "Guide for Lay Eucharistic Ministers".

Contact:  Fr. Tom Simmons or Linda Stoutenburgh

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. Intercessors follow Jesus’ example as He is known as the heavenly intercessor who prays for us. (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1) 

At St. Peter’s they lead the Prayers of the People, which are prayers of intercession (BCP, pp. 383-395).  The prayers are presented to the Lord on behalf of the congregation, and the congregation is invited to add prayers for their own special needs, concerns and blessings.         

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.

Contact:  The Rector or Tom Coate

 

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