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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 2, 2013

From the Rector

Eastertide: New Life Awaits. “Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter)

For many, the resurrection of Our Lord is not a monumental or believable event, because the host of new things that God should have been doing—from an individual’s point of view—have not occurred. Sufferings, disparities, trials, and high hopes persist and the abilities of God remain in question.

The fifty-day season of Easter invites us to begin again, always. This season of the church year calendar challenges us to believe again or maybe for the first time that the God who mysteriously created us [through humans] has the capacity to make things new. It dares us to have faith that the God who mysteriously raised Jesus Christ from the dead is a God of miracles, big and small; that our waking up each day in and of itself is a miracle. 

The new covenant of reconciliation made by the Redeemer of the whole world is a new covenant into which we too are called. New life awaits us as we learn to love God with whole heart, soul, and mind; to love neighbor as self; and to be truly sorry and humbly repent for wrongdoing. The capacity for God to raise Jesus from the dead is the same capacity to resurrect the faithfulness of followers of Jesus. Easter boldly calls us forth to experience and give new life. For what are we waiting?

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 4/7

9:30 a.m.  At the Rector’s Forum in the Parish Hall, The Forum will feature St. Peter’s Rector and guests offering a variety of weekly presentations about engaging the Great 50 Days of Eastertide.

9:30 a.m.  Sunday Scriptures Study Class in the Tower Room. Join a lively small group discussion of the Eucharistic lessons appointed for the day. Bring your bible and a friend.

9:30 a.m.  Formation Classes for Youth and Children, and Crib/Nursery Care on levels “B” and “1” of the Parish House.

After 10:45 worship, High Sunday Brunch in the Parish Hall.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
(2nd and 4th Sundays)
Choral Evensong
5:00 p.m.
(3rd Sundays)
"Service of Light & Holy Meal," a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)


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Looking Ahead

The Parish Office is closed from 12:00 p.m. Good Friday until 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4. In the event of a hospital or pastoral emergency concerning a member during this staff holiday period, call the Clergy on Call Phone, 980-225-2887.

Charlotte Art Guild and St. Peter’s Church Partnership. The Rector and Vestry are pleased to announce that The Charlotte Art Guild and St. Peter’s have entered a partnership that would allow artwork to be shown for sale on the second floor of St. Peter’s Parish House. Thirty percent of each piece sold would benefit ministry areas of St. Peter’s. Please visit our art gallery on weekdays or Sundays and consider purchasing art to benefit St. Peter’s.

Sunday, April 7 is High Sunday at St. Peter’s.  The celebration of Eastertide will continue on the Sunday after Easter Day with a “High Sunday” events that include youth preacher Jonathan Ghareeb at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship; 9:30 a.m. Rector’s Forum begins Engaging the Great 50 Days; 10:45 a.m. worship music by the Davidson College Chorale and 12:15 p.m. High Sunday Brunch with shrimp & grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, music, and more. Cost is $5/children, $10/adults, $30 household maximum. Reservations are required for brunch and the deadline is tomorrow, April 3; click here to make reservations. Spread the word and don’t miss the parish family event.

Formation offerings for children, youth and adults resume Sunday, April 7. All are invited to grow in Easter knowledge and adults will have two offerings: Sunday Scriptures Study class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall).  *Rector’s Forum will kick-off weekly “Engaging the Great 50 Days” series that will feature of host of special presenters who will reflect on faith in action and more.  

Early Childhood Music Education Classes begin Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. My First Music Discovery featuring The Music Class curriculum for ages 0 – 4 years, will be offered for 8 weeks at St. Peter’s taught by Laurie Haynes Burlington. For more information on the curriculum, benefits for your child and to sign up for classes, visit

Discovering The Diaconate, Saturday April 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at All Saints Concord. Have you ever thought about what your ministry is or could be? Have you ever considered becoming a deacon in The Episcopal Church? The Diocese of North Carolina will host an exploratory session and all are welcome to attend. To register, contact the Reverend Deacon Jane Holmes (704-929-5412 or by April 10 and to learn more, visit the Diocese of North Carolina website.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Murray Forbes Somerville, former Organist of Harvard University, will play a recital on the Van Ness Hamrick (Fisk, Opus 136) organ at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The program will include music by Bach, Buxtehude and other favorites as well as a new setting of “I love to tell the story” by contemporary composer, Carson Cooman.  There will be a reception immediately following the recital.  

Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. The Senior Class meets at The Greek Isles (200 E. Bland Street) for its monthly luncheon. Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) for more information.

Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Murray Forbes Somerville, former Organist of Harvard University, will play a recital on the Van Ness Hamrick Organ (C. B. Fisk Opus 136) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The program will include music by Bach, Buxtehude and other favorites as well as a new setting of “I love to tell the story” by contemporary composer, Carson Cooman. There will be a reception immediately following the recital. Read more about this recital.

Saturday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Luigi’s Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the Summer 2013 Youth Pilgrimage. Stay tuned for more about tickets and details about this annual parish fellowship event.

Sunday Evening Worship Service April 21, 5:00 p.m. If you have yet to attend it, mark your calendar and bring guests to our new monthly Service of Light and Holy Meal in the manner of the Taizé, France Community.  In a setting of peaceful light, this unique service for adults, youth, and children offers simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, silence and Holy Communion. Offered the third Sunday of every month since February, we look forward to broadening worship styles and opportunities at St. Peter’s. Spread the word.

Saturday, May 4, 8:00-11:00 a.m. The Charlotte AIDS Walk 2013 is in Uptown Charlotte at Gateway Village Atrium and a St. Peter’s Walk Team is being organized by Frank Steele and friends.  Stay tuned for more and get ready to walk for the 17th annual largest HIV awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas.  

Sunday, May 19 is the Day of Pentecost and culmination of the Great 50 Days of Easter. Mark your calendars for a host of events that will take place on this particular day, the birthday of Christianity.

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