Worship for April 11, 2021

Diocesan Wide Service of Morning Prayer Second Sunday of Easter | April 11, 2021
We will join churches from around the diocese for the Second Sunday of Easter, so that all members of the Diocese can share in the joy of the diocesan-wide gathering. Bishop Goff will preach and the service will feature readings and music from Executive Board leadership and congregations across the Diocese.  
Questions? Contact Erin Monaghan Kamran.
The April 11 service is available on Dropbox, Facebook and YouTube. Links below. 
Participate on YouTube or Facebook:  YouTube or Facebook (premieres at 8:00 a.m.) The service will be available to view from either platform at any time following the 8 a.m. premiere. Join the Watch party on the diocesan Facebook page at 10:00 a.m.  Access the service bulletin in English or Spanish.
Zoom Access the full service recording on Dropbox.  Access the service bulletin in English or Spanish.

Updating the Church Directory

We are working on updating the current St. Peter’s Church directory. 

If you are already listed in our directory, please review your information and send any additions or corrections to Olivia Brown.  Please also let us know birthday and anniversary dates for you and your family members, as we plan to add a calendar for these dates, by month, to the directory.

If you are not in our directory, please  send your information to Olivia.  You do not have to be a “member” to be included in our directory! 

Include: your full name and that of your spouse or partner; mailing address; email address(es); home phone # and cell phone numbers; names of your children; all birthdays, and your wedding anniversary.   ANY information you do not wish to share can be left out.  Giving us your information is always optional!

We plan to publish our updated directory in early summer, and also to put it on our website.  The online directory WILL BE password protected. 

Holy Week Worship Schedule

All services are held via Zoom. We’d love to have you join us. Please send us an email and we’ll send you the link.

Holy Week Services*:

We begin with Palm Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon.  On this day, we re-enact the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with a blessing of the palms, songs of Hosanna, and a procession into the church.  The tone of the liturgy then turns from celebration to solemnity as we read the Passion Narrative and, as observers, experience the wide range of emotions and responses to Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion.

We continue through Holy Week, not as observers, but as participants in Jesus’ walk toward the cross, the tomb, and the resurrection.  The first three days of Holy Week are times for prayer and reflection, and many churches offer services on Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Then we arrive at Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm. The word “maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment.  More precisely, it refers to the “new commandment” that we hear in our reading from the Gospel of John on this day, the Love Commandment, the commandment that Jesus gives his disciples, and all of us, “to love one another, as I have loved you.” 

The next day is Good Friday, April 2 at 6:00 pm. We are not really sure of the historical basis for calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “Good Friday,” but it is most likely referring to the word “good” as meaning “holy.”  In fact, in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, as well as in the non-Germanic western churches, the day is referred to as “Holy Friday.” 

The Great Vigil of Easter was re-introduced to our liturgy in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, but we know it to be one of the most ancient of Christian rites. In the early centuries of Christianity, it was the primary celebration of the resurrection and a time when those who had been in training for as long as three years were finally baptized.  

And then, of course, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day, April 4 at 12 noon. By the way, we don’t refer to that day as “Easter Sunday,” because every Sunday is Easter Sunday as we proclaim Christ resurrected each week of the year. Easter Day is that special Sunday which brings our Lenten season to an end and restarts the cycle of worship and celebration of which we partake throughout the year. 

We hope you will join us via Zoom for our times of worship. If you need the Zoom link, send us an email and we’ll send it to you.

*Written by The Rev. Amelie Wilmer.

Recap: Holy Week Services:

Palm Sunday Service, March 28th at 12 noon

Maundy Thursday Service – April 1st, 6:00 pm 

Good Friday Service – April 2nd, 6:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Service, April 4th, at 12 noon

New Worship Format

Our Sunday worship continues to be on Zoom – Sundays at 12:00 noon. The format has changed and we now do a live service. This service, which is a modified form of Morning Prayer, has music, three readings from Scripture, prayers, creed and live sermon. It lasts about 45 minutes. It is followed by a time to visit and chat.

We would love to have you join us. Send us an email and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

Here is our schedule for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday Service, March 28th at 12 noon 

Rev. Dorothy will be our preacher

On Palm Sunday, March 28th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. members may come by St. Peter’s to pick up a Palm and receive a prayer/blessing.  Please wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated.

Maundy Thursday Service – April 1st, 6:00 pm 

The Rev. Laura Inscoe will be our preacher

Good Friday Service – April 2nd, 6:00 p.m.

Rev. Dorothy will be our preacher

Easter Sunday Service, April 4th, at 12 noon

Rev. Dorothy will be our preacher

Worship and Announcements for Feb. 28, 2021

On Sunday we will begin our Zoom Live Worship Service. The Lessons and Questions for discussion can be found here.. The sermon will be live. Following our service those who desire may stay online to participate in a modified “Coffee Hour.”  We will begin our worship at 12:00 noon.  Our virtual doors will open at 11:55 a.m.  If you would like to join us and don’t have the link, email us and we’ll send it to you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are now in the season of Lent. You can read about Lent and special practices for the season at this link.

PLEDGES for 2021: It is not too late to pledge to the important work of St. Peter’s for 2021. Here is a link to a letter from our Sr. Warden and Vestry. Your financial support of St. Peter’s mission is important.

PLEDGE: you can send in your pledge card to the church or send an email of intention to the church. Keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the giving page on this website.

PREACHING ROTA: This link will take you our preaching rota/schedule (PDF) for the 1st quarter of 2021 (updated 2.22.21). Please keep our preachers in your prayers as they prepare. Here is the rota for the 2nd quarter of 2021 (PDF).

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays. Food is packed on Tuesday afternoon. Contact Ron Cary for more information.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Nikki Fernandes to join.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Marc Lockhart is the contact person for the sharing circle.

What is the SHARING CIRCLE?
St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

Sermon and Announcements for Feb. 21, 2021

The sermon can be found here (YouTube).

Here are the lessons and sermon discussion questions (PDF).

We are having our Annual Meeting on February 21. You can read the reports from our ministry groups here (PDF). The agenda is on page 1.

ANNOUCEMENTS

We are now in the season of Lent. You can read about Lent and special practices for the season at this link.

PLEDGES for 2021: It is not too late to pledge to the important work of St. Peter’s for 2021. Here is a link to a letter from our Sr. Warden and Vestry. Your financial support of St. Peter’s mission is important.

PLEDGE: you can send in your pledge card to the church or send an email of intention to the church. Keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the giving page on this website.

PREACHING ROTA: This link will take you our preaching rota/schedule (PDF) for the 1st quarter of 2021 (updated 2.22.21). Please keep our preachers in your prayers as they prepare. Here is the rota for the 2nd quarter of 2021 (PDF).

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Nikki Fernandes to join.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Marc Lockhart is the contact person for the sharing circle.

What is the SHARING CIRCLE?
St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

From:   Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia

To:       Members of the Diocese of Virginia

Re:       Update on the Bishop Diocesan Search Process 

February 16, 2021

Since the annual convention in November, in addition to its regularly scheduled first-Thursday-of-the-month meetings, the Standing Committee has been steeped in learning about — and taking action on  —  the early responsibilities associated with the Bishop Diocesan search. We are grateful for the support provided by The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development and a member of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff. Among these early responsibilities is to hire an election consultant, whose role is to navigate the Search Committee through the myriad details of the search process — and, when the time comes, to serve as a guide to the Transition Committee through their process, as well. The Standing Committee interviewed four consultants for this role — two Virginia-based consultancies and two individuals referred to us by Bishop Ousley. We have hired The Rev. Dr. L. Ann Hallisey — one of the consultants from Bishop Ousley’s Office of Pastoral Development. The next step in our process will be to hear from those of you who are interested in serving as a member of the Search Committee. We are committed to ensuring that this Committee reflects the full diversity of the Diocese. Watch for a communication soon with a link to an online application, which will be offered in English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. We look forward to hearing from many of you. An application process for the Transition Committee will be launched later this Spring or Summer; and, likewise, we are committed to ensuring that this Committee also reflects the full diversity of the Diocese. Thank you for your prayerful support as we continue this important work in the life of the Diocese. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at standingcommittee@thediocese.net.