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.

Transfiguration Sunday Preview

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:1-2 Why do “bury” the Alleluias on Transfiguration Sunday? Based on the Hebrew word, hallelu…

Epiphany 6 Preview

“If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you…”  Deuteronomy 30:16 Much of Sunday’s Gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments.…

No Darkness at All

St. Peter’s presents a Hymn Festival entitled “No Darkness at All” Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm. The evening will be a celebration of hymnody and theologically-centered readings from the Bible and other sources centered around the theme of God’s light shared with God’s people and the whole world. Hymn festivals are a development from the…

February 2, 2020

February 2nd is the day the church celebrates the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple; it is also an american secular day known as “Groundhog’s Day”. There is a direct correlation between these two events. It is also a reminder that we can find sacred in the secular.

Epiphany 3 Preview

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”  Matthew 4:19-20 This Sunday is Youth Sunday and an opportunity to celebrate the many gifts our youth bring to our mission and ministry. With the assistance of our pastors, deacon, and our…

Epiphany 2 Sunday Preview

“ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. ”   — (John 1:35-37, NRSV) Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the…

January 12, 2020 Preview

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17…

Christmas 2 Sunday Preview

“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” –John 1:12 In Sunday’s Bible readings we are reminded that we are claimed and called as children of God. God creates family not because we are God’s blood relatives, but through adoption. In baptism we are…

Advent 4 Preview

“…and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23 During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. Never is God so with us as in Jesus of Nazareth. Here is…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matthew 11:3) .  “A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign. We wait with patience for the coming of…