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With Easter Coming, St. Peter's Has A Wide Range Of Activities Planned

March 18, 2013 by Special To The ...

This year the Easter Celebrations at St. Peter’s Church have a little something for everyone. St. Peter’s welcomes one and all to participate in this years Easter festivities:

Palm Sunday, March 24
Services & Blessing of the Palms
Celebrated with The Rite Rev. J. Bishop Laura Ahrens, Bishop Sufferagan
8:15 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite 1~ Blessing of the palms at entrance to the church
10:15 a.m. — Holy Eucharist, Rite 2- Begins with the Blessing of the Palms on the Humiston Lawn,
with procession behind bagpipes and a cross into the church.

Maundy Thursday, March 28
Service & Seder Meal
On Maundy Thursday the service will begin at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. As Jesus shared the Passover Feast with his disciples, St. Peter's welcomes all to join them in a meal much like the Seder feast still celebrated by Jews today at the time of Passover. After the meal children will be invited to remain in the hall and continue the Seder meal while adults enter the church for the “Liturgy of the Word.” The service will continue with the last Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, March 29
Noon & 7 p.m. Services
12 p.m. — Good Friday liturgy with Veneration of the Cross
Congregation is invited to make their own personal devotions at the foot of the cross.
7 p.m. — Good Friday Taize Service
An opportunity for contemplative prayer in preparation for Easter.

Great Vigil Saturday, March 30
Service & Celebration
The Great Vigil service at 7 p.m. begins with the lighting of the new fire on the lawn in front of the church. Carrying candles lit from the Paschal candle (the light of Christ) parishioners enter a darkened church to listen to stories that speak about the way God has reached out over many generations. Infants and adults are baptized and brought into full communion with the church. If you have them, please bring hand bells to join with ringing in celebration of Christ's resurrection. Following the service the Easter celebration continues in the parish hall as the Lenten fast is broken. Easter goodies brought by the congregation are shared at the feast.

Easter Sunday, March 31
Services with choir & Easter Egg Hunt
8:15 a.m. — Holy Eucharist Rite 1
10 a.m. — Easter Music offered by the Choir
10:30 a.m. — Family Eucharist with full Choirs
11:30 a.m. — Easter Egg Hunt outside for children in grades 4 and under immediately following the service

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