Worship and the Arts at St. Peter's

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless.... - From the Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Book of Common Prayer 1979 

As you contemplate your life at St. Peter's, to what is God's Spirit calling you?

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.

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, May 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Terry Prince will lead a conversation on the Doctrine of Hell entitled "An Anglican Approach to Sacred Scripture and Tradition: A Conversation about Hell." Terry Prince is interested in retrieving their meaning in a form that invites engagement today. He will offer reflections on an alternative and traditional understanding of Hell, and how the doctrine might be viewed positively today. Looking ahead to June 4, we welcome back the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, who will lead the adult forum with a presentation discussing his sabbatical.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter'sAt 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.
Ascension Day Service, Thursday, May 25 . There will be a spoken service of Holy Eucharist with organ and hymns on Thursday, May 25 at Noon. Please join us if you can.
Call for Day of Pentecost Readers: Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on June 4 at the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m liturgies. Sign up by Wednesday, May 31, by contacting Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate ( ewood@st-peters.org or 704-749-6141) and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.
Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, June 4. Sunday, June 4, marks the "birthday of Christianity." Fifty days after the Day of Resurrection, God in Christ imparted the Holy Spirit to all sorts and conditions of people. Mysteriously, they spoke in numerous tongues, yet with one voice, to reveal interconnection to God and one another. On the Day of Pentecost we will welcome the return of our Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. Our celebration will include baptisms, magnificent music, and a parish picnic in Independence Park.

Note: Incense (hypoallergenic) will be burned on June 4 at the 10:45 a.m. service as part of our corporate worship. While the incense burned is hypoallergenic and mild, parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend the 8:00 a.m. service where incense will not be used.

Volunteers Needed for the St. Peter's Community Garden. The St. Peter's Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte's "Meals on Wheels" program) is undergoing a change in leadership. Now, more than ever, volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Without additional volunteers the garden will grow no food this summer. V olunteers are needed for the following tasks: preparing soil and seed flats Friday, May 26 starting at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday, May 27 starting at 10:00 a.m.; growing flats of seedlings at home from May 31 to June 7; planting on Thursday, June 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.; joining the summer gardening team so that there are enough people to tend the garden two days a week with at least two people working each day. The St. Peter's Community Garden is located in Uptown on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. Please contact Nancy Duncan ( innercitygardens4@gmail.com ) by noon on Friday, May 26 if you will join the team. To learn more about this outreach ministry, please click the link here.
Pub Theology, Thursday, June 1.  Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, June 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is "Exploring the Holy Spirit: A Closer Look at Pentecost" with the Reverend Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Social Justice Committee Film Night Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. At the last Social Justice Leadership Team meeting, we heard a presentation on the "A Tu Lado" ("At your Side") program, which provides support for people in the Charlotte area who are seeking asylum in the United States. At the meeting, we discussed ways to get more people in our parish community involved in this effort. One way that was suggested was to use our movie night to show a film that would explore the plight of this population and spark a discussion in our community. We decided to show the film "The Visitor," which takes place in post 9/11 New York. You can view a trailer for the film here.  We will be starting the movie at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 in the youth lounge area in the basement of St Peter's. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. For more information, contact Paula Savich ( paula.savich@gmail.com ).
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Save the Date - September 15-17
Special Kanuga Events at the June 4 Parish Picnic
Kanuga Breakfast at St. Peter's - June 18

Update on the "Pie in the Sky" ContestSeveral staff and lay leaders have agreed to participate by having pies put to their faces (in order of money raised): Lyn Holt, Youth Director, is holding her strong lead, but the rest of the leader board has shifted. Currently Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector, is in second place over Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist, and Bert Miano, Senior Warden. So far, contributions have raised $300 toward Kanuga scholarships. Each leader will have a bucket in the Parish House lobby for the remainder of May to receive donations; the person with the highest amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation. As for the others, at the parish picnic you can pay $5 to join the fun and pie the participant of your choice!

Mark Your Calendars

June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical and celebrating the Holy Eucharist: the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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