With Gratitude

I am ever grateful for the welcoming community I've found here at St. Peter's: on the staff, in the choir, and amongst the congregation as a whole. I am deeply grateful to all of you and for this community. With your support, I am confident in our ability to continue and grow the wonderful tradition of great music and liturgy that has already been so firmly established.

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.

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.

*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.

Sunday Morning Formation Hour: Looking Ahead. The clergy, staff, and lay leaders are finalizing a variety of formation, worship, programs, and events to begin in late August for adults, youth, and children. Watch for the Fall 2017 issue of Life at St. Peter's magazine and calendar. From June 25 to July 16, our 9:30 a.m. "Conversations with the Clergy" included Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation; Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence ; and Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart . Each intergenerational offering was well attended.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's. In addition to 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, an extraordinarily meditative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This year-round liturgy includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for August 20, and if you have never attended, please consider this powerful option for worship. Our second and fourth Sunday offering of Choral Evensong resumes on September 24.

Elizabeth Lenti to Give Organ Recital: Sunday, July 23. As part of the annual American Guild of Organists (AGO) Summer Recital Series, our newly appointed Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti, will give an organ recital this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude, Alain, Duruflé, Shearing, and Reger. Admission is free. There will be a free-will offering, the proceeds of which will benefit the Stigall Scholarship Fund, established by St. Peter's members Ann and Robert Stigall. This fund helps support the education of young organists in the Charlotte area.

Pre-Pilgrimage Summer Evensong on Sunday, July 30. The Clergy and St. Peter's Choir will lead an extraordinary service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, July 30 at 5:00 p.m. before the August 4 - 14 Pilgrimage of the St. Peter's Choir and the Rector to St. Albans Cathedral, U.K. All are invited to this special worship occasion, which also will celebrate our parish choir's invitation to serve as the choir-in-residence at The Cathedral Abbey and Church of Saint Alban. Choral Evensong, sung Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, includes hymns, psalms, and traditional canticles for evening worship. A reception will follow the liturgy.
September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Register Today. Our annual retreat to Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place from dinnertime on Friday, September 15 through lunchtime on Sunday, September 17. "Unopened Gifts" is this year's theme. During a balanced weekend of fun, fellowship, rejuvenation, and recreation for infants to our oldest parishioners, those on retreat will have occasions to share and explore the things that bring joy in our lives. What gifts has God given that make our days and weeks brighter? How might God be calling us to use our gifts to serve others? Register online  or for more detailed information, contact Eleanor Shell ( eleanor.norman@me.com . )

Bishop Diocesan's July 15th Consecration. The St. Peter's parish community was well represented at Duke Chapel in Durham on Saturday, July 15 for the consecration of our XII Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III. The following participated in the occasion either as members of the congregation or through certain chancel party roles: Mark Boyd, Abigail Cudabac, Rosie Cudabac, Josephine Hicks, Harris Holt, Lyn Holt, Amy Dillon King, Susan McConnell, Wendy Merrill, Bert Miano, Jim Padgett, Fr. Jacob Pierce, Kristine Reid, Max Reid, Ellie Rencher, Fr. Ollie Rencher, and Adam Santalla. Ask any of them about their experience. Watch a recording of the liturgy and access a copy of its service leaflet. "Bishop Sam" looks forward to his official visitation to St. Peter's on Sunday, October 15.
More News
Weekday services continue: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer; Tuesday, Noon Eucharist
Kanuga Update: The Talent Show returns - Share your talent during the parish retreat
Next Parish Potluck: August 13
Additional Help Needed for July 16-23 Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's
Ben Outen Music Fund established to honor Outen's 25 years of service
Give Altar Flowers or Eucharistic Supplies in honor or memory of people and occasions
Summer Parish House Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Volunteers Needed for Community Garden
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets First and Third Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Financial Updates and More Online

Mark Your Calendars

August 20: "Becoming Episcopalian" Inquirers/Confirmation 8-week class begins.
August 27: September - May formation classes for all ages begins.
August 27: Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown Charlotte.
September 15- 17: Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center.
October 15: Bishop's Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.   
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