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St. Peter’s Weekly News

March 8, 2017


Rite 13 Ceremony THIS SUNDAY: We will celebrate and honor John Ivory, Valerie Neske and Jackson Reazor in this rite of passage.  It is important that these young people know their church community supports them, so please plan to attend this special event! This will be our monthly children’s service so all kids will be included. Also, the Folk Group and Choir will be partnering together to offer special music on this day.

Library Renovations: The library has a fresh coat of paint, refinished floors and new furniture thanks to the generosity of one of our parishioners and the hard work of Roy Gibson and Tim Valera. Please take a look at our beautifully renovated space and thank Roy and Tim for their work!

Stations of the Cross: This year we are adding a new opportunity to deepen our Lenten observance by offering Stations of the Cross every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will be using Kathrin Burleson’s paintings and accompanying reflections from her book, The Soul’s Journey to journey with Jesus and to contemplate the meaning of the cross for ourselves. If you can’t join us for one of these Wednesday offerings, the artwork and reflections will remain in the Sanctuary throughout Lent. You are welcome to participate in this time of prayer on your own.

Evening Prayer: Returns in Lent. It will take place every Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. Come join Emily and your fellow parishioners for this 20 minute service of prayer, scripture reading, and quiet contemplation. Make Evening Prayer a part of your Lenten discipline this year.

Women’s Group Dinner: Friday, March 10th at 6:00 pm in the parish hall. All women are invited to join us for a shared meal and conversation and laughs!  We will “debrief” the retreat weekend and have fellowship. Questions or signup, please email Polly @

Adult Forums in Lent: For adult forum in Lent we will meet to pray together in the library. Using a Buddhist love meditation (Metta) we will pray for ourselves, those we love, those we do not know and those we dislike (or hate). This will be done in the format of Morning Prayer and the beatitudes. Consider joining us in the library at 9:15 on Sunday (each Sunday in March and April 2) as a Lenten discipline to ready yourself for the Eucharist and to orient yourself for the week to come.

Lectionary Bible Study: Pope Francis says, “Read the Bible as Often as You Check Your Cellphone” To help you do this, here are the readings for Sunday: Genesis 12:1–4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1–5, 13–17, John 3:1–17. Read one each time you check your phone. When you’ve read them all, start over again. Meditate. Then, bring your observations, questions, and snacks as we probe this week’s readings in the library after the 10 am service; “so that by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”

Canon Walmsley’s Visit: The new Canon to the Ordinary (Asst. to Bishop) Shawn Walmsley will be serving as celebrant and preacher on March 19. He will also be with us for our Transition Team’s spring event and luncheon following the service. He will be with us specifically to learn about the joining together of our two communities and begin a conversation with us about the future purpose of the buildings of St. Philip-in-the-Fields.  Please join us for this special day.  Emily+

Lent Madness: The brackets are updated and remember, you can influence the vote! tells you how your lobbying can help and, for those of you who submitted brackets, there is serious money at stake here – well worth trying to manipulate the outcome.

Thrift & Gift Shop: is in need of boxes with lids.  Please drop any boxes you may have at the shop. Thank you, Jeanne Robson.

 This coming Sunday: March 12, at 3:00 PM, our Minister of Music, Tim Brown will be performing the Toccata in G major by Théodore Dubois as part of the annual Members Recital presented by the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  The recital will be held in the chapel of the Lawrenceville School, 2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.  The program will feature many of the area’s most talented organists playing music by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré and Paul Hindemith.

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