This Sunday: Juneteenth Observance


Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:30 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:00 a.m., Church and Livestream
Coffee Hour Fellowship, 12:15 p.m., Parish House Lobby

On Sunday, June 19, St. Peter’s will celebrate Juneteenth during our worship services. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, particularly the event when news reached enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Join us for worship on Juneteenth for special music and to hear our guest preacher, the Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens, Vicar of the Chapel of Christ the King.

An except from “On the pulse of morning” by Maya Angelou

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.

Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands,
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts
Each new hour holds new chances
For a new beginning.