how  we  worship

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The faith community of St. Peter's gathers several times a week to offer praise and thanks to God and to be nurtured and challenged in its spiritual growth through worship. Our celebrations are marked by a spirit of joy, warmth and reverence. Exceptional music and thoughtful, provocative preaching enliven our Sunday experience of our beautiful Episcopal liturgy.


This is a Eucharistically-centered parish, celebrating the Holy Eucharist several times per week.


The Laying on of Hands and Anointing, with prayers for healing, are offered during the Communion portion of most Eucharists. At the Sunday services if you wish to receive unction or to share a special prayer request, please meet a member of the clergy during the distribution of Communion.

 

All God's people are welcomed to the Lord's Table to receive the Holy Sacrament of Communion, including children. The ushers will help direct you to the Communion rail. If physical limitations make it difficult for you to come to the rail, please let an usher know, and we will be happy to bring Communion to you in your pew.

services

WEEKLY SERVICES

 Holy Eucharist is Celebrated


Saturday:  5 p.m.

Sunday:    8 a.m. (with organ) 

                   10 a.m. (with choir) in the Sanctuary. This service is broadcast on Facebook and YouTube

10:15 a.m.  Iona Service in the Parish Hall

                             (will return in September)

Wednesday:     7:00 p. m. 

Thursday:         12 p.m. at The Moorings (formerly Cadbury) in Lewes




Special Services: Scroll below

sung compline

Dates to be determined.


Join our Adult Choir in a short contemplative service of evening  worship. Compline is the last service of the Daily Office typically celebrated by religious orders. Compline consists of psalms, short scripture passages, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a litany, collects and additional prayers, sung to plainsong chant. 

In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God's gift of a new day. 

The service is about 20 minutes and sung by the adult choir of St. Peter's. 


Compline Service Leaflet [PDF]

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

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  • Acolytes are trained to perform important functions in the worship service such as carrying the cross, lighting the candles and assisting clergy in preparation of the Eucharist.  Please speak to Fr. Jeffrey or Fr. Ray if you are interested in serving.

  • The Altar Guild is the ministry of men and women who prepare and maintain the sacred vessels and vestments used in the church.  Some of our members also help with floral arrangements and decorations for special occasions.  Members are trained and assigned to a rotating team that is responsible for the services during a two week series.  Serving on the Altar Guild, members say, is like preparing for a very special party--a feast--because you set the table and choose fine linen and candles or oil lights, the brass or silver vessels.

  • To serve St. Peter's church as a Lay Eucharistic Minister is a meaningful and fulfilling ministry.  The opportunity to assist the celebrant during Holy Eucharist as a chalice bearer and lay reader is available to any church member who is in good standing and who wishes to be trained to perform these duties.  If you are interested in volunteering at any of our services, please speak to Fr. Jeff.

  • To be eligible to assist the Rector in visiting the sick and shut-ins in the congregation and to provide the Eucharist you must be a member in good standing, faithful in worship and devotion.  If you are interested in pursuing this ministry, please speak to Fr. Jeff.

  • By reading the lessons at each service, this group of parishioners is given a meaningful way to participate.  Simple training is provided and each Lector is sent a copy of their assigned reading before the Sunday service so they can familiarize themselves with the text.  If you are interested in this ministry, please speak with Fr. Jeff.

  • Ushers at our worship services are crucial participants in our liturgy.  They welcome newcomers, help them find seats and assimilate into the service.  Usher teams typically serve once a month and are essential to our ministry of hospitality. If you are interested in serving as an Usher, please contact the office.