Worship at St. Peter’s is rooted in the Episcopal tradition and is centered around The Book of Common Prayer, which contains our authorized liturgies, prayers, and other resources. Episcopalians are united less around dogma and doctrine and more around worship, heeding the ancient Latin maxim, lex orandi, lex credendi (in short, our praying shapes our believing).
As Christians, worship is the source of all we do, spiritually feeding us and enabling us to participate in God’s mission in the world. According to The Book of Common Prayer, the Holy Eucharist (also known as The Mass, Holy Communion, and Divine Worship) is “the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day and other major Feasts” (13).
In the Holy Eucharist, we gather as the people of God to hear God’s Word proclaimed and to respond to that Word by feeding on Christ’s Body and Blood in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. To use the words of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), we ourselves are the mystery of Christ’s Body and Blood on the Altar, in which ordinary bread and wine become, through the Eucharistic Prayer, means of God’s grace for us, so that we can live more fully into who we are called to be as Christ’s Body in the world.
Our three regular Sunday services at St. Peter’s are offered in both Rite I, traditional (pseudo-Elizabethan) English, during the 8:00 a.m. service in the Historic Church, and Rite II, contemporary (modern) English, during the 9:00 a.m. service in the Bank Barn and the 11:15 service in the Historic Church. We invite you to get to know us better by worshiping with us at any time.