What are you giving up for Lent?
Last week, on Ash Wednesday, someone asked me, "What are you giving up for Lent?" I didn't have an answer in that moment but, after some thought, I realized that I'm not giving up anything. I am taking on something - the spiritual discipline of simplicity.

This Sunday

Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday. At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 Daylight Saving Time returns, so don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.

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. Choral Evensong  with Holy Eucharist. The St. Peter's Choir and the St. Peter's clergy lead a service of Choral Evensong, sung evening prayers. This ancient service includes hymns, psalms, and the traditional canticles for evening worship. A brief service of Holy Eucharist takes places just after Evensong.

*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.

St. Peter's delegation (pictured left to right: Lyn Holt, Amy King, Des Keller, Mark Boyd, Josephine Hicks, John Budall; kneeling: the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher) to the special convention to elect a new bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina. Read more on the diocesan website about the selection of the Reverend Sam Rodman by clicking here.

Life at St. Peter's Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar
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 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.  The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will focus on "Engaging Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday," with Mr. Josiah Daniels leading the discussion. This session will explore the meaning of Palm/Passion Sunday, especially as it relates to Anglican worship. Looking ahead to March 19, the Parish Hall Forum will continue the focus on "Engaging Holy Week." The Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee will lead the discussion exploring the meaning of Maundy Thursday, foot washing, and the Eucharist, and the paradoxical Christian path of strength through vulnerability. 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 Taiz√©. 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 Taiz√© Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano. Our next Evensong is March 12, led by the Clergy and the St. Peter's Choir. The Winter-Spring 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent.  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the 40-day covering of certain religious symbols, including images and processional crosses, is part of what is called the "Lenten Array" at St. Peter's. Medieval symbols depicted in the dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter's third denial of Jesus) and what is a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (offering wine to Jesus as he hung on the cross). On either side of Jesus are Mary, Mother of God on the left and on the right, the disciple John depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as Lamb of God.
Safeguarding God's People Training.  St. Peter's is offering Safeguarding God's People  training, Level I and Level II, on March 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Youth Room to anyone who does ministry at and through St. Peter's. This program is especially important for those involved in ministry with youth and children, providing pastoral care, or just for your own edification. The training will be led by Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Ministry, trained and licensed by the Diocese for this program. You will receive a certificate acknowledging your training and the Diocese will keep a copy of your certificate on file to satisfy Diocesan requirements for working with church members. Please RSVP to Lyn Holt ( lholt@st-peters.org , 704-763-3564).
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Sunday, March 19: We welcome the Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee, PhD as our guest preacher.

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

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, 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!
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