CategoryWorship

Posts about our Worship at St. Peter’s. Each week we preview the topic for the coming Sunday, and occasionally we share writing from our Pastors and staff on the topic of Worship.

Advent 2

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of your only Son. John the Baptist appears in the desert with us this week. The crazy guy in sackcloth eating locusts makes his yearly appearance to announce the coming of Jesus into our world and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of…

Advent 1

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come! In times of peace and plenty we often respond to this week’s apocalyptic readings with surprise and fear, but these days the idea of God tearing open the heavens and coming down may seem like a pretty good deal! We are an advent people, awaiting that time…

Christ the King

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. in the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks to the lost, weak, and injured and…

Pentecost 24

Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urgent us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use…

Pentecost 23

Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word…

All Saints’ Day

All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with…

Reformation Sunday

Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to…

Pentecost 20

From the visit of Mary to Elizabeth’s house; through the visits of Jesus to Zacchaeus’s house, Mary and Martha’s house, and Levi’s house; to the visit of the risen Christ to Cleopas’s house, Luke’s gospel is a story of God’s hospitality. God is guest and host, and Jesus’ meal fellowship is a proclamation of God’s…

Singing in Church

You may have seen in the most recent weekly update that the staff are working diligently toward holding in-person worship indoors. In that announcement you would have seen that this service is being offered without sung music. In this article, I attempt to explain how we arrived at that decision and talk about what it…