DUE TO COVID-19, ALL IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Join St. Peter's worship online and by phone:
- 5:30PM LIVE Thursday Prayer Service on GoToMeeting. Go to https://www.gotomeet.me/MarkAllen7 You can also dial in using your phone. Dial 1+5713173122 and enter 900-143-517#
Diocese of WNY & NWPA: List of online worship opportunities
If on any Sunday or other Day of Obligation you are prevented from making your Communion you may join in the prayers of the Universal Church by using the following form of Prayer.
People are finding meaningful dialogue through “Sacred Ground”
Leaders of the Episcopal Church with the help of many other contributors working to eliminate racism and discrimination have come together with a program called “Sacred Ground”. It’s a powerful ten part curriculum that includes documentary films, videos, and assigned readings; followed by deep dialogue circles to discuss content.
This program focuses on the Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they have intersected throughout the European American stories. Participants are invited to peel away the layers contributing to our implicit (presumed) biases and the division that haunts us today.
“It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.”
Developed last year as part of the Episcopal Church’s long-term initiative for racial healing, reconciliation, and justice; it is intended to have an impact on our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. It can connect people from different walks of life through a safe environment of open and honest discussions that foster understanding.
Sacred Ground invites and challenges small groups to walk through the chapters of our America’s history through the lens of race and racism. It weaves together the threads of economic class, and political and regional identity from our own family’s history. It challenges people of the same race, as well as those of other race’s to talk with each other about racism past and present, their own racial identity, and issues of class, religion and ideology.
This is necessary dialogue for our community, its civic leaders, church officials, teachers, and anyone else with an interest in learning more about themselves and others in pursuit of a beloved community. This series will begin on Thursday, August 13th from 7-8 PM, and will meet online every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 PM thereafter.
You are Welcome here!
We welcome you to this church, our worship, and parish life. Please know that whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your faith journey, there is a place for you here at St. Peter's. Our collective body comes from various backgrounds and theologies, whether believers or seekers. We value the importance of individuals and the gifts each offers. Truly, everyone has a part to play and share with others. St. Peter's parishioners affirm the journeys we've undertaken to live out Christ's mission in a complicated world. We invite you to join us and experience what we're about for yourself.
Here is what is distinctive about our community
- We are rational thinkers who believe that the Holy Spirit guides our reasoning
- We value education and learning and we welcome open, honest, and respectful discussion
- We are inclusive and diverse; we embrace all who seek to participate in a life based on the way of Jesus
- We are risk takers; we face the future with hope
- Our Baptismal vows ordain us to ministry - continuing the work which Jesus began, the work of healing a hurting and wounded world
- We offer genuine love to anyone who genuinely wants it
- We believe that our spiritual journeys are varied and personal but not private - they are lived out in community
- Our worship is a living drama, steeped in ancient tradition, into which we are invited to participate, and in which we hear the whole story of our faith
- Our worship seeks to transform us by the renewing of our minds rather than through an emotional experience
- We believe the scriptures to be the living word of God - the work of human hands through which the Holy Spirit of God continues to reveal God's love for us
- Our primary focus is on the Gospels which show us Jesus' example and teachings and we interpret the Old Testatment, the Epistles, and our lives in light of this gospel