WHAT TO EXPECT
@ ST. PETER'S
We seek to welcome everyone!. 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 welcome includes people of all races, genders, sexualities, classes, abilities, and immigration status.
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 and our ecumenical partners. What this means is that we celebrate the rich and contextual traditions of the Christian tradition. We strive to use what is called expansive language. We are committed to praying in ways which show respect for the dignity of all human beings and speak in and through our differences as we become one body in Christ.
Children and youth 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 enjoy passing of the peace as an opportunity to connect with one another. All are welcome 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, in our joys and sorrows.
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.