Love will not Fail
In Holy Week, we witness our Lord's suffering and death, the darkness and abandonment of the tomb, the despair of sin, rejection, and betrayal. Easter, however, leads us out of despair and into hope, out of the tomb and into new life.

Read this week's reflection by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector.
Holy Week at St. Peter's

Holy Week is a time to experience in a full way what we proclaim each week when we come together for the Eucharist or Morning Prayer. We experience the truth of the Christian Way, not only through studying it or hearing about it, but by participating in it.

The Maundy Thursday liturgy April 13 at 7:00 p.m. invites us to consider the command of the Last Supper, and in the context of St. Peter's rich choral tradition, the liturgy includes foot washing; stripping, washing, and anointing of the altar; and procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel. Please note that those serving at this service are asked to attend rehearsal at 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday  Our annual Solemn Liturgy from Noon until 3:00 p.m. includes the Passion narrative, meditations by  the Reverend Sam Portaro, silence, and the Procession and Veneration of the Cross. At 4:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross  for all ages commemorates Jesus' last hours, including those who witnessed Jesus' suffering.

The Great Vigil of Easter  at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is the culmination of Lent and the initiation of Eastertide beginning with lighting the first fire of  Easter in front of the church. This ancient liturgy unites many opposites: the struggle between dark and light, cross and resurrection, death and eternal life. Please note that those serving at this service are asked to attend rehearsal at 6:00 p.m.

The Sunday of The Resurrection: Easter Day  offers the Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:00 a.m.*, 11:00 a.m.*, and 5:00 p.m. in TaizĂ©. Historically, the 11:00 a.m. liturgy has the highest attendance because of an increase in visitors; you may wish to attend one of the other liturgies of the day or the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

Incense (hypoallergenic) will be used at the following liturgies: Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Holy Saturday, The Great Vigil, 7:00 p.m.; and on Easter Day, 11:00 a.m.

*Nursery Care - 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 are welcome in St. Peter's professionally staffed nursery. The nursery area is accessible from the Church by walking through the Chapel, and proceeding up the steps to the left.
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We Welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Guest Clergy Maundy Thursday, April 13.
 
We Welcome the Reverend Sam Portaro, Guest Clergy Good Friday, April 14 and Easter Vigil, April 15. 
Sam Portaro is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (AB), Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Seminary (DMin) who was ordained in 1975, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, N.C.; Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William and Mary and Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va., from 1976 until 1982; and Episcopal Chaplain and Director of Brent House at The University of Chicago, 1982-2004. He is the author of seven books, numerous essays and articles, in addition to his work on the faculty of CREDO. He conducts Quiet Days and retreats, has served as a consultant, educator and preacher nationwide and in England, and is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his spouse, Christopher Dionesotes, with whom he enjoys cooking, music, theater, movies, reading, and the endless cultural and culinary bounty of that beautiful city. 

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weeklyThere will be no formation April 16. Regular formation resumes April 23. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information,  email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information,  email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, April 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. There will be no adult formation class. Looking ahead to April 23, the adult formation class will be led by The Reverend Jacob Pierce. "Unpacking the Resurrection" will feature a conversation on the meaning of Christ's resurrection and its implication for our lives and the world.

Holy Chow takes an Easter Break and resumes Sunday, April 23, 8:30 a.m.-9:25 a.m.

Easter Lily Delivery for Pastoral Care. If you are interested in helping Pastoral Care team with lily delivery to homebound and other parishioners, please see Hope Westerfield after the 11:00 service on Easter Sunday. She will have instructions for everyone and notecards to include with your delivery. If you are unable to pick up on Easter Sunday, please schedule pick up on Monday from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Contact Hope for scheduling pick up on Monday.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The March luncheon will be at Leroy Fox at 705 South Sharon Amity (corner of Sharon Amity and Providence roads) at 11:30 a.m. on April 18. The St. Peter's Senior Class is a group of members and friends of St. Peter's (55+) who meet monthly for an informal lunch and twice a year for a party. For further information, please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Center City Concerts, Monday, April 24, Noon, Free. Center City Concerts presents A. W. Duo. This husband and wife duo of cellist James Waldo and pianist Alyona Aksyonova will present a program connecting the music of J. S. Bach and Johannes Brahms. More information is online at www.centercityconcerts.org.

The Center City Concerts Board of Directors  invites you to join them for an evening of Music with a View  Tuesday, April 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  in the church with a performance by The AW Duo playing Music for 'Cello and Piano. The performance will be followed by hors d'oeuvres and drinks on the rooftop (cash bar), and a silent auction.  Tickets to the event, at $75 per person, help make it possible for us to provide free noontime concerts in Center City Charlotte. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here:  RESERVE NOW . If you are unable to join us this year, donations can be made online at  centercityconcerts.org .

Come support the fight against HIV/AIDS in our local community by participating in the AIDS Walk on May 6. To get information on how to register as a walker, or how to support our St. Peter's team financially, please visit or www.aidswalkcharlotte.org. Use the search feature to navigate to the St. Peter's page, or contact Susan Campbell (susan.k.campbell0463@gmail.com).

The Parish Offices will be closed during the week after Easter Day, re-opening on Monday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m.
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April 23: We welcome the Reverend David Pittman as our guest preacher.
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