This Week’s News

Join us for The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 6 Livestream. This Sunday, join us via livestream directly from the website at 10:00 a.m. as the clergy and music staff lead a service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with an opportunity for Spiritual Communion. Links to the livestream, service leaflet, and coffee hour are all on the St. Peter’s homepage.

Sung Compline. Please join us for sung Compline this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. led by the St. Peter’s Choir. This service will be offered online. Compline will begin with an extended, live organ prelude. The link to view the service, as well as a leaflet, will be available on the website shortly before 7:00 p.m. All participants will be asked to remain muted on the call, but you are welcome to join in for any part of the service from your home.

Community without the Commute: In-Person Worship Offering. The Diocese of North Carolina’s guidelines allow for small outdoor worship gatherings of no more than 25 persons in our current phase. Due to lack of outdoor space at St. Peter’s, we are launching a worship offering called “Community without the Commute.” Groups of up to 25 will gather in large outdoor spaces around the Charlotte Metro area to gather for a brief service of prayer at least twice a month, organized by a volunteer coordinator. The clergy will visit each gathering once a month to distribute the Holy Eucharist. All attendees must be masked at all times and refreshments are not to be served. We ask you to refrain from meeting on Sunday mornings so we can attend the Sunday service by livestream. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this brief survey.

Celebration Sunday. The St. Peter’s clergy and staff team are preparing for “Celebration Sunday,” September 13. On this day we will celebrate our parish feast day, the Confession of St. Peter, with special music, a new worship schedule, formation for all ages, and other offerings. Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for both virtual and in-person gatherings in the new program year.

Changes to Livestream. On August 23, we began livestreaming to both Facebook and YouTube, as part of a gradual transition to YouTube, allowing for ease of access for Facebook users and non-Facebook users alike. We know that many people appreciate sharing comments and prayers during the livestream and this capability will be enabled on YouTube only. Visit our website for links on Sunday morning.

Worship and Music

Sunday Worship: COVID-19 Update. Diocesan restrictions are beginning to ease as we enter Phase 1B of the Bishop’s reopening plans. During Phase 1B, in-person worship is allowed only outdoors, with a maximum capacity of 25 persons, including clergy, ushers, and other volunteers. However, because of the layout of our property and the confined outdoor space, it’s not practical for us to try to offer in-person worship at this time. Beginning Celebration Sunday, September 13, we do plan to offer multiple ways members of our community can gather safely in-person, including for Holy Communion. In the meantime, the St. Peter’s Memorial Garden is already open for private prayer Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m.–Noon, excluding holidays. As we prepare for Phase 2, updates and guidelines are at st-peters.org/covid-19-updates. Stay tuned for more information about special offerings this fall.

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer will be offered daily online or by phone. These 30-minute liturgies are a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. Consider daily worship as a means to deepen your own prayer discipline, and as a way to offer gratitude to God. More information:

Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Monday–Friday
Online: https://st-peters.org/morningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 979 1510 0987#, 290185#)
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday
Online: https://st-peters.org/eveningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 965 1453 5880#, 059356#)

Intercessory and Centering Prayer. We continue to pray from wherever we are, 10:45–11:45 a.m., Tuesday mornings. Contemplative Outreach of Piedmont N.C. reminds us that “in the silence of Centering Prayer, we pray for the whole world.” Online contemplative prayer groups are available through Contemplative Outreach’s website, copnc.org. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com), with questions.

Learning

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group: Days of Awe and Wonder. The group gathers each Wednesday afternoon, 1:00–2:00 p.m. via Zoom. We are reading Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century by Marcus J. Borg. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: “Exodus” with Mother Amanda, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Mother Amanda leads a virtual group study as we work our way through the book of Exodus. The stories we read in Exodus are ones that are echoed throughout the rest of the Bible by the prophets, the Psalms, and the New Testament writers. Being familiar with these stories helps us understand the references we find throughout the rest of Scripture. Join online https://st-peters.org/wednesdaybiblestudy or join by phone (646-558-8656, 468 538 276#, 1834#). No advance preparation is necessary, but bring your Bible. Those who wish to read ahead can email Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) to find out which chapters will be covered .

Parent & Catechist Book Study: Listening to God with Children. This book study hopes to prepare the parish for virtual children’s formation offerings by reading Gianna Gobbi’s Listening to God with Children. Ths group, facilitated by Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts at St. Stephen’s, Richmond, and Anna Hurdle, Director of Children’s Formation at St. Peter’s, will seek to prepare adults to be attuned to the spiritual lives of children and themselves. The group will meet via Zoom on Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m. beginning September 10. For more details and or to register, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Deacon Information Sessions. On Thursday, September 10 and Monday, September 21 our Bishops will be facilitating a conversation between the Bishop’s Committee on the Diaconate and a panel of Deacons and Priests to share information about the diaconate. If you are discerning a call, or would like to learn more, you are invited to register for the events. For the September 10 session. For the September 21 session.

Community Life

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in two ways: Submit your request online at www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, send an email to Father Jacob (jpierce@st-peters.org) or to Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org). For pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175. This process is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Creation Care. As you think about how you can better care for our world, remember to give yourself grace and follow Arthur Ashe’s advice: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Outreach and Social Justice

Volunteer Opportunity. Mecklenburg Ministries (MeckMin) has been asked to coordinate faith community volunteers to help with meals at three hotels that are being funded by Mecklenburg County to house previously unsheltered people during the pandemic. The hotels offer people a safe place to stay while COVID-19 remains a threat. Agencies such as Roof Above are also working with the residents to help them identify available resources and move into permanent housing. Houses of faith or individuals are asked to sign up for a weekly slot to serve meals. The meals are provided by a contractor paid by the county. If you want to participate or want more information, email Sally Herlong (bookkeeper@meckmin.org).

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