Our Relationships Build God's Kingdom
Fr. Richard Roar reminds us, "the Holy Spirit is the love relationship between the Father and the Son. It is this relationship itself that is gratuitously given to us. Or better, we are included inside this love."

God, in the Trinity, models for us how to live in relationship with each other. As a Vestry member liaison to the Congregational Development Team at St. Peter's, our group focuses on the part of our church vision becoming "a place known for radical love and welcome."

Read this week's column by Vestry member Cooper Morrison.
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.

*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 This Sunday. The Reverend Dr. Paul A. Hanneman graduated from Kalamazoo College (B.A.), Colgate Rochester Divinity School (M.Div.), and the Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min.) He is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and served four urban congregations during 25 years of pastoral ministry before joining the Urban Ministry Center's staff in 2000. Dr. Hanneman retired from the Center in April 2015; he is now a Formation Partner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and an adjunct faculty member at Christ Episcopal Church, offering courses on the Enneagram and spiritual development, Christian spiritual formation and prayer, and the Christian mystical tradition. He also offers spiritual direction and counseling in his office at St. Peter's. Over the last twelve years, he has introduced more than 17,000 people from congregations, social service organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to Bridges Out of Poverty, a paradigm shift in understanding the culture of poverty and its impact on people caught in its grip. He has also developed educational materials on homelessness and the work to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte.

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, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will focus on "Engaging Holy Week: the Great Vigil of Easter." The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman will present our Parish Hall Forum and lead us in conversation related to the liturgy and theology of the Great Vigil of Easter. Looking ahead to April 9, there will not be an adult formation class. Instead we will enjoy fellowship together as we prepare for Holy Week.
 
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 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. 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.

Young Adults First Sunday Brunch. April 2 at 12:30 p.m., all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to walk to brunch at 5Church (127 N. Tryon Street). With questions about this and St. Peter's Young Adults Fellowship, email Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com).
 
Pub Theology, Thursday, April 4. Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, April 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at a location to be announced soon, 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.

Save the Date: 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.
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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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