St. Peter’s Weekly News
March 15, 2017
Canon Walmsley’s Visit This Sunday: The new Canon to the Ordinary (Asst. to Bishop) Shawn Walmsley will be serving as celebrant and preacher on Sunday. 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 about the future purpose of the buildings of St. Philip-in-the-Fields. Please join us for this special day. Emily+
Let the Madness Begin!! St. Peter’s March Madness Fans, I was hoping you might want to join me in filling out brackets and playing in this year’s tournament challenge. The cost is $5/entry and can be placed in Patty McDonough’s church mailbox; the winner will split the winnings with St. Peter’s. When filling out your bracket, please include your name. The deadline for bracket submission is tomorrow at noon. Let’s see if the Wildcats can go back to back! Or maybe another Wildcats team will spoil their fun?! +Emily
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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.
Taizé Service: Join us for our bimonthly Taizé Prayer service this Thursday from 7-8 pm. We gather in the quiet of the church to listen for God and sing our prayers in the style of the Taizé community. This service will focus on Lenten themes, prayers and meditative singing.
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.
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!
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.
Lent Madness: The brackets are updated and remember, you can influence the vote! Lentmadness.org 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.
Family Event: If you want to have an amazing time with amazing people from church join us at REBOUNDERZ Indoor Trampoline Park, 616 East Main St., Lansdale Pa 19446 on Saturday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. There is a sign up sheet on the red education bulletin board outside the Parish Hall. You must sign up in advance so I can get a head count. All St. Peter’s families are welcome! Please contact me with any questions. Peace, Shannon Godwin, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Walk Preview: An introduction to the Fourteenth Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. (The walk will take place on Sunday afternoon, April 30th in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia). Members of the Montgomery Deanery will be participating together as a group at the Walk. The Preview Event is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2 to 4 at the Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Old York and Homestead Roads, Jenkintown. Program includes a brief video, sharing from walkers representing various faith traditions, plenty of Q &A time and refreshments.
Bishop’s Visit: On May 14 Bishop Gutierrez will make his official visit to St. Peter’s, presiding over the Eucharist and serving as preacher. This will also be opportunity to have our Bishop preside over baptisms and confirmations. In its essence, the Rite of Confirmation is an affirmation’s of one’s baptismal vows. It is a public declaration of one’s desire to make the Episcopal Church their spiritual home. Retired Bishop Porter Taylor of Western North Carolina offered this about Confirmation, “It is saying that God has been doing something in my life and I want to mark that by standing up in the midst of the congregation and having the bishop lay hands on me in order to celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit.” Welcoming Bishop Gutierrez among our community again will be a great celebration. It will be made even more special with the experience of baptisms and confirmations. If you are interested in exploring the Rite of Confirmation, please speak with me. Emily+