Come to Holy Week. Journey with us.
When I was growing up in a small town in rural Western North Carolina even the Episcopalians and Presbyterians were culturally Baptist. Every year when Holy Week came around the oddity of our Episcopal tradition became obvious to our religious neighbors. Our priest would reassure us by saying, "Baptists have revivals, but we have Holy Week. Be sure to come to church, because this is who we are."

Read this week's reflection by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector.
This Sunday

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion* in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.

8:30 a.m. "Holy Chow,"  breakfast in the Community Room. Cost is $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages, locations display on signage throughout the Parish House.

10:45 a.m. Holy Communion* in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.

12:30 p.m. Agape Community Meal. In the Parish Hall. St. Peter's will have an Agape (Love feast) meal remembering the Last Supper Christ shared with his disciples and in gratitude for the life in Christ we share as a parish family. The Agape Meal will take the shape of our monthly parish potluck: if your name begins with the letter A-M, bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, bring something sweet. Traditional Agape Meals are simple and include foods such as cheese, nuts, soups, olives, and dried fruits. You may bring any of these items or an item of your choice.

*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.
News

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, weekly. 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 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. T here will not be an adult formation class. Instead we will enjoy fellowship together as we prepare for Holy Week. Looking ahead to April 16, there will not be an adult formation class as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.
 
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.
Palm and Passion Sunday , April 9, recreates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and includes offerings of the Passion narrative according to Luke. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy begins in front of the church with the blessing of the palms. The 8:00 a.m. liturgy begins in the church at the baptismal font.
Morning Prayer, Holy Monday-Maundy Thursday, from 8:00-8:30 a.m. offers a contemplative way to start the day. Lay ministers officiate this service of the The Daily Office throughout the year.
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 for an All-Night Prayer Vigil. 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 Taizé. 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.
 
Make a Joyful Noise: We hope you will attend the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. As part of that service, we remember and re-enact the moment of Christ's resurrection by ringing bells and the "paschal shout." Please bring a bell or noisemaker with you. We also have the privilege of welcoming two new Christians into the household of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. This special liturgy will be a sacred night for all who attend.

Agape Community Meal. On Sunday, April 9, 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. St. Peter's will have an Agape (Love feast) meal remembering the Last Supper Christ shared with his disciples and in gratitude for the life in Christ we share as a parish family. The Agape Meal will take the shape of our monthly parish potluck: if your name begins with the letter A-M, bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, bring something sweet. Traditional Agape Meals are simple and include foods such as cheese, nuts, soups, olives, and dried fruits. You may bring any of these items or an item of your choice. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy the fellowship and mark the beginning of Holy Week.

Pub Theology, Thursday, April 6. J oin parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic will be "Exploring the Passion and the Cross" with the Reverend Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. If you are interested in conversation about Good Friday and its implications for our lives, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.
 
Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, contact Father Keith Lane(klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Easter Memorials: Special contributions, as memorials or honoraria, help fund flowers and special music for our Eastertide observances. The deadline is Monday, April 10. You may make contributions online by clicking here or write a check payable to St. Peter's. (Please use the notation "Easter Memorial" in the memo line of your check.) Questions? Contact Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org).
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Mark Your Calendars

April 13: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman as our guest preacher for Maundy Thursday.
April 14 and 15: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Sam Portaro as our guest preacher for Good Friday and Easter Vigil.
April 23: We welcome the Reverend David Pittman as our guest preacher.
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