The Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday, using Rite I at 8:00 AM and Rite II with music at 10:00 AM. The 10:00 AM service also streams on Facebook Live.
The Holy Eucharist is the principal form of worship in the Episcopal Church. The service follows a set pattern that is like those found in other liturgical churches, especially the Roman Catholic and Lutheran traditions.
Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, is one of two Sacraments of the church that are meant for everyone. The other is Holy Baptism, which is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the church. There are also five sacramental liturgies that may be celebrated as appropriate: Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Ordination, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Prayers for the Sick or Dying. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated by a priest.
Parishioners assist during worship as Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs), or Ushers; members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar before the service. Anyone who is interested in serving may contact the Rector.
On Sundays at St. Peter’s, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 8 AM and 10 AM from the Sunday after Labor Day to mid-June, and at 9:00 AM during the summer. At the early service we use the Rite I liturgy, with traditional language. At the later service we use Rite II, written in contemporary English, accompanied by organ and hymns. On occasion we use liturgies from supplements such as Enriching Our Worship.
Our hymns come from three books containing music from roughly 1500 years of Christian worship: the Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II and Wonder, Love and Praise.