LENT at St. Peter’s: “A Thin Place”
In the Celtic tradition, “thin places” provide us an opening into the magnificence and wonder of the Divine. There is a Celtic saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places that distance is even smaller. A thin place is where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted and one is able to receive a glimpse of the glory of God. Thin places appear throughout the Christian Scriptures.
A thin place often requires us to step in faith from one world to another, mentally and/or physically, to a place where we have less control and where the unpredictable becomes the means of discovery. During the season of Lent, we will explore the idea of “thin places” through the prayers of the Psalmist. Sunday messages will be grounded in the prayers of a particular Psalm. This year’s Lenten Devotional offers daily reflections based upon a Psalmist prayer written by members of our St. Peter’s family.
As we journey toward Easter we invite you to reflect on the thin places in your own life. What part of your life or the world around you is God asking you to re-examine that may open the door to the threshold of an encounter with God?
Begin your Lenten Journey - Lenten Daily Devotional 2017 on Psalms
Ash Wednesday Worship & Dinner
Wednesday, March 1
Worship | 6:00 PM | Sanctuary
Dinner | 5:30 PM | Reeves Hall
Our Ash Wednesday Service will include music featuring acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment. We will gather for song, Scripture, prayer and the imposition of ashes (ashes on foreheads in sign of cross). This experience will be meaningful, spiritual and appropriate for all ages. A Labyrinth will be set-up in the Sanctuary and available to walk one hour before the evening service and a short time after the service. Nursery Care (infant – 3yo) available during the service.
A soup and salad dinner will be available before worship hosted by our Children & Family Ministries. A $5 suggested donation. All are welcome!
Ashes To Go
Ash Wednesday | March 1
6:30-8:00 AM & 11:30-1:00 PM
*Starbucks San Pedro (25th & Western)
*Starbucks Rancho Palos Verdes (Golden Cove)
*Starbucks Rolling Hills Estates (Peninsula Center)
*Coffee Cartel Redondo Beach (1820 S. Catalina Ave)
*Peet’s Coffee Torrance (Crenshaw & PCH next door to Whole Foods)
*St. Peter’s Sanctuary (for preschool children, families – all are welcome)
"Ashes to Go" is a way of taking church to the streets, meeting people in the midst of daily life with a moment of grace.
Staff members and Elders will be available around the South Bay at locations/times listed above for the imposition of ashes. Look for a simple “Ashes to Go” sign or a familiar face. All are welcome.
A Community Music Concert on Palm Sunday
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem Mass
April 9 | 3:30 PM | Sanctuary
From darkness to light, grief to hope, Mozart's Requiem sets the traditional prayers of the Requiem Mass to spectacular music expressing the depths of life's struggle juxtaposed with bright hope for the future. Performed initially for Mozart's own memorial, it is hauntingly beautiful and deeply moving.
We offer this concert in the hope that it will serve as a memorial to our loved ones.
The concert is free to all in the community and we invite you and your family, friends and neighbors to come hear this amazingly beautiful piece of choral-orchestral music. There will be a goodwill offering to support the music fund, which makes these concerts possible. If you are interested in making a gift in memory of someone, please use the online donation tool @ StPetersPres.org, where you can designate your gift to the music fund, and include your memorial in the comment box. You are also welcome to contact the church office. Childcare will be provided for the concert.
Memorials received by Monday, April 3 will be listed in the program.
Maundy Thursday, April 13
Worship | Communion | Prayer Stations | 7:00 PM
A unique service in Reeves Hall 'in the round' that includes Communion along with prayer stations and the opportunity to walk the labyrinth. Beautiful contemplative music. An opportunity for older children to participate in worship and remember Jesus' last night with the disciples. Childcare available.
Good Friday, April 14
The Readers' Theatre | 3:00 PM | Gospel of Matthew
This year our Annual Readers’ Theatre will perform the Gospel of Matthew in the Fireside Room, followed by a soup supper, and Tenebrae worship service. A dramatic reading of the entire Gospel, divided into three parts, with breaks around the hours of 4:00PM and 5:00PM. Come for one section or really settle in and enjoy all three. The entire Gospel will be read as a dramatic reading with several readers assuming the parts of John, Jesus, the disciples and all the many people who appear in the story of Jesus as told by Matthew.
Join us for a soup & salad supper at 6:00PM in Reeves Hall directly following The Readers’ Theatre. All are welcome. There is no childcare available for the supper. Choirs’ participating in the Tenebrae service may come at 5:30 to have supper before rehearsal.
Tenebrae Worship - Service of Shadows
7:30 PM | Sanctuary
As the shadows lengthen and our Lord yields up his life as sacrifice for our sins, we will keep vigil. In a service of scripture and song, with ever deepening darkness, we will hear the story of our Lord willingly giving up his life to claim victory over death for all. A quiet and solemn yet powerful service with choir and congregational music. Childcare is available.