Feasting on Prayer and Reflection in Lent
Though many of us might understand Lent simply as a season to fast, to give up something enjoyable in our lives such as dessert or television, the reality is that Lent is also a season in which we can deepen our prayers and study of scripture. Lent is an opportunity to feast on prayer, reflection, and meditation.

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.

5:00 p.m. Taizé Eucharist . Every third Sunday of the month, St. Peter's offers this contemplative service of Holy Eucharist, with time for silence, singing, prayer, and praise.

*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 Canon Rhonda Lee, Guest Clergy This Sunday.
Canon Rhonda M. Lee grew up bilingual and bicultural (English and French) outside Montreal, Quebec. She has lived in North Carolina since 1992, except for a six-year sojourn in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was ordained. Canon Lee holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Duke University. A writer and a spiritual director formed in the Ignatian tradition, Canon Lee supports congregations and clergy in a variety of ways, including coaching, discernment processes, mutual ministry reviews, leadership transitions, and conflict management. She is particularly interested in intentional communities, ministries of presence and accompaniment, and intercultural ministries, which can take many forms-most of which, she suspects, we haven't yet imagined.

Life at St. Peter's Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar
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This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick-up in all public spaces at St. Peter's. Mark your calendar for any and all of what's in store!

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday-Friday, 8:00-8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests to any and all of these weekday offerings. 

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, March 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will focus on "Engaging Holy Week: Maundy Thursday," with the Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee leading the discussion exploring the meaning of Maundy Thursday, foot washing, and the Eucharist, and the paradoxical Christian path of strength through vulnerability. Looking ahead to March 26 our Parish Hall Forum Holy Week series continues with "Engaging Holy Week: Good Friday." The Reverend Sally Johnston will present our Parish Hall Forum and lead us in conversation related to the liturgy and theology of Good Friday. Please plan to join in this time of reflection as part of our preparation for Holy Week.
 
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: Evensong and Taizé. All are invited to experience alternative contemplative ways to begin the week: worship on most Sundays at 5:00 p.m. On most second and fourth Sundays, Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist is offered. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano. Please join us this Sunday, March 19 for Holy Eucharist with music from Taizé. The Winter-Spring 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here.

Gourmet Gospel Brunch, Sunday, March 26: At 12:30 p.m., the St. Peter's Choir will host a Gourmet Gospel Brunch Fundraiser for their August 2017 pilgrimage to England where our choristers will serve as choir in residence at St. Alban's Cathedral. Tickets are on sale now at www.st-peters.org/rsvp. Food will be catered by St. Peter's Choir Provisions and entertainment will include the choir, guest gospel artists and you, the audience!

Social Justice Team Hosts Movie Night. The Social Justice Team of St Peter's will be hosting a "movie night" to watch the documentary Salam Neighbor. The screening will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the basement Youth Lounge at St. Peter's. Salam Neighbor brings us into a refugee camp, chronicling the experiences of two filmmakers who lived in the Za'atari refugee camp seven miles from the Syrian border. You can view a trailer for the film here . In order to help us plan for snacks and seating, please RSVP by March 27 to Lisa Wielunski (lisajan81@gmail.com).

Urgent Need. Room in the Inn needs immediate donations of hand towels, deodorant, and toothpaste. Please drop off any donations in the parish lobby. 
 
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 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).

In Memorium
 
Judith Minnes McLeod
July 30, 1947 - March 1, 2017
 
St. Peter's member Judy McLeod, wife of Richard Pierce, died in the early morning of Ash Wednesday, March 1. A Requiem Eucharist is scheduled at St. Peter's Saturday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. A reception follows in the Gallery.
 
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Judy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

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Mark Your Calendars

March 26:  We welcome the Reverend Sally Johnston as our guest preacher.

April 2:  We welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman as our guest preacher.
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