WHAT TO EXPECT AT ST. PETER'S
Our worship is currently online. Due to Covid-19, and out of an abundance of caution, we are not meeting for worship in our building. We are monitoring the guidelines for best practices from state and local health officials, and are following the recommendations from the Bishop and the Diocese of California Task Force on Reopening. This space will be updated as changes to our worship our allowed.
See our Worship Page for online service information.
We are a friendly and celebratory church, and our worship service reflects that. Our services always begin with this statement: “No matter who you are, or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.” That statement is deeply cherished by our congregation and is weaved into the way we celebrate each aspect of our service, from the readings and gospel, through our hymns and prayers together.
Our worship services are led by Rev. Iain, with parishioners serving as readers, musicians, and lay ministers. Our liturgical style is informal but reverent. If you are familiar with Episcopal language for worship, we would be considered broad church, Rite II. We use liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching our Worship, and other authorized prayer from around the Anglican Communion. What this means is that we celebrate the rich and contextual traditions of the Anglican tradition. We strive to use what is called expansive language. We are committed to praying in ways which speak through our differences as we become one body in Christ.
Children are encouraged to join us for the service at any age, and are often provided opportunities to read scripture, and assist as they are able. When meeting in-person, they often collect offerings, or simply stand close while communion is prepared so they can see what is happening. We also provide a Children's Corner in the Sanctuary if they (and their family members) prefer their own, child-friendly space to hang out during the service as well.
We enjoy passing of the peace as an opportunity to connect with one another. All are welcome to to receive communion or a blessing if they prefer. We also pray for individual birthdays, anniversaries, and travel, or other special prayers for our community. We know each other, and it’s important for us to use some of our worship time to lift each other up. It is important for us to celebrate baptisms and weddings, and to support each other for funerals or other special occasions.
Everyone is invited to join us for an informal coffee hour at the end of the service. It is our opportunity to spend more time catching up with one another and enjoying fellowship together.