All are invited to join us for one of our weekend worship services.
School Year Worship Schedule
Saturday Traditional Service @ 4:30 pm
Sunday Contemporary Service @ 8:15 am
Sunday Traditional Service @ 10:30 am
Sunday School/Table Talk @ 9:20 am
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Saturday Service 4:30 pm
Sunday Service 9:00 am
The Lutheran Church celebrates two sacraments, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Through water and the Word, we are reborn into the Church through Holy Baptism and with bread, wine and the Word, we are nourished to do God's work through Holy Communion. These sacraments are vessels that give us birth into Christ's body the Church and food for the journey as we grow in the Lord.
We believe that Christ comes to us through the Sacraments, just like the Lord comes to us through God's Word. Exactly how God comes to us is a mystery, but Christ is truly present and, thus, the sacraments are not just symbols of Christ's presence. Rather, they are means of grace in which we receive the risen and living Lord.
We celebrate Holy Communion weekly, for, like our daily bread, we receive Christ's body and blood to live in the Lord and be Christ's faithful followers. All who are baptized and believe in Jesus Christ are invited to share with us in receiving the gifts of Christ in bread and cup. A person is prepared to participate by simple trust in Christ whose body and blood were "given and shed for you for the remission of sins" and are given to you in the sacrament.
Infants, children, and adults may all be baptized, for as we are born into the world by God's grace, so are we born into God's family.
Children of all ages are welcome and encourage to be in worship at St. Peter! Although children (like all of us!) are involved in the entirety of the worship service, many children especially enjoy participating each week in the "noisy offering" by bringing forward coins for special outreach projects and dropping them in the bucket. We also occasionally have a brief children's sermon as part of the worship service.
If it is easier for you and your children, the overflow room in the rear of the sanctuary is available as an area for restless or crying children as necessary. The service can be heard through the speakers and the space allows children more room for "wandering."
An unsupervised nursery space is also available in the building. Please check with an usher if you would like to use the nursery.
Changing tables are available in each restroom.
As articulated by Craig L. Nessan in his book, Beyond Maintenance to Mission, worship is central to congregational identity. Our identity as a congregation is formed through worship, prayer, community, education, and stewardship.
Worship prepares and leads us outward into participation in God's mission. "This is who we are, this is what we do." In worship, we enter into God's space and time. God meets us in worship; we are transformed, and sent out to serve others.
The Board of Worship is responsible for facilitating this at St. Peter according to our bylaws, by overseeing staff musicians, hiring replacements, providing for preachers when the pastor is absent, recruiting and training lay assistants, ushers, greeters, lectors, and others.
Determining the times and schedule of worship services, the number of communion services, and providing communion assistants are described duties, some shared with the pastor and the Parish Planning Council (PPC). New forms of worship, liturgies, and hymns are implemented with the approval of the pastor. Recording services for local television, other media, maintaining worship supplies along with altar servants are other duties of this board.
Worship Board receives suggestions and questions from the congregation, other boards, and professional staff. They discuss these issues and make recommendations and requests to other boards. For instance, if funds are needed for changes or upgrades, requests are made to PPC. If physical changes are requested, discussion would go to other boards, including church properties, stewardship, and others. The example of the change to flat screen monitors in the sanctuary included input from approximately 80 different members before being presented at a congregational meeting for a vote.
Our current Worship Board director is Gary Rieniets. In addition to charing the board, Gary represents it on PPC. He helps recruit persons to oversee the areas of Music, Liturgy, Altar Servants, Worship Servants, Publicity, Media/Video, and Drama. He interacts with these people and the pastor to support them and obtain information for items that need board action. He works with pastor and the personnel director in administering staff. He wants to be responsive to St. Peter members by being informed of concerns or questions regarding worship.
Worship Board regularly meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and welcomes your visit! We give thanks for all this board does for our congregation!
Winter Worship Schedule
Traditional Worship Service
Sunday School, Confirmation, Adult Forum - Table Talk
The Owls group normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30. Our next regular lunch will happen on April 11th, 2018. (During Lent, in February and March, we will be gathering at 11:30 for worship with lunch following.)
We enjoy a light lunch together, share a devotion, and relax with conversation. This group is for any woman who has lost a husband, recently or years ago. It is a time for sharing, fellowship, and support.
Men's Bible Study meets the third Saturday of the month to discuss the lectionary readings for the week. Our next meeting is on Saturday, January 20th at 8 a.m.
Men's Breakfast meets the last Saturday of the month. Our next meeting will be January 27th at 8 a.m.
Senior Fellowship Lunch meets on the third Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All "seniors" are welcome. Our next gathering will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Please join us and bring a friend! Contact Jim Daack for more information at (563) 580-0860.
The Women's Evening Bible Study group meets once a month. Our next gathering is Thursday, January 18th, at 7 p.m.
There is also an afternoon Women's Bible Study that next meets on January 25th, 2018, at 1:30.
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