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In-person worship paused

Worship via CTV: Jan 24, Feb 14 & 28

or via the eMessenger

Church building closed


January 13, 2021

Peace, friends. 

Like so many in our community, we have been following the increased COVID-19 case numbers in the Region of Waterloo. “Effective January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the province of Ontario will enter into a second provincial emergency and provincial stay-at-home order to help address increasing COVID-19 cases. Residents are required to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.” (

For St. Peter’s this means that

  • in person worship continues to be paused (as it has been since Nov 2020)
  • the building is closed

Ultimately, it is the safety of staff, volunteers, members, guests, and those we serve guides our decisions regarding building use and activities and we will err on the side of caution in our decision making. As such, we will not look for ways to creatively get around or alter public health directives and guidelines.

The leadership team remains committed to providing the St. Peter’s and wider community opportunities for connection and worship, particularly while we cannot gather in-person. Our national television ministry continues; you can tune in on Sundays at 10AM on January 24, February 14 & 28 (Bell Fibe: 201/1201  Bell Satellite: 584, 1505; Rogers Cable: 12/109/518;  Shaw Direct: 67/369 *Local listings across the province and country may vary). Online/eMessenger (worship) materials will continue to be provided as well as supportive pastoral conversation and various learning opportunities.

In the book of Ecclesiastes we read that “For everything there is a season…” There is a time for mourning – like for the loss of normal life and routine – and a time to refrain from embracing – due to physical distancing.  But there are also other times. Bishop Larry encourages us to “welcome moments of joy” and “help each other live into hope. Trust that God is at work in this time and look for the new things God is doing even now.” I hope that we can continue to be patient with each other in the weeks ahead.

I continue to be inspired by the resiliency of the St. Peter’s community. I continue to be moved by the St. Peter’s community’s love of neighbour. I continue to be uplifted as the St. Peter’s community proclaims the Gospel.

Updates will be offered in a variety of ways; this is an evolving situation. This is a challenging time, and one that we can continue to meet with “dexterity, generosity, and deep faithfulness. […] May God continue to bless us with abundant gifts of hope, forbearance and patience as we navigate the significant decisions and choices that will need to be made going forward” says our Bishop Michael Pryse (Eastern Synod, ELCIC). We couldn’t agree more.

Know that you remain, as always, in my heart and prayers.


Pastor Mark

Peace, Friends 

We are delighted to share with you the broadcast from the January 10, 2021 featuring inspirational music with special guest, baritone Kirk Lakenbauer, and organist Peter Nikiforuk, chalking the door, prayers including requests from across the country, readings, a message, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Kirk Lackenbauer is a local baritone and former WLU voice performance student. Kirk has worked in the past with most of the musical organizations in southern Ontario singing everything from Bach to musical theater from Vancouver to France. Kirk is enjoying his semi-retirement in Port Franks on Lake Huron.

We offer these worship elements for you to use this day or at your convenience; the timeline is listed below so you can jump to the pieces that are helpful for you. Hymn numbers are for Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

Blessing on your worship!



00:35  OPENING

05:25  MUSIC 1        (453) Baptized and Set Free


            From Sundays & Seasons.

11:00  MUSIC 2        The Kings (Peter Cornelius) 

13:53  READING      Genesis 1:1-5

14:43  MUSIC 3        I am the Lord’s (Josef Rheinberger)

19:12  READING      Psalm 29

20:34  MUSIC 4        (304) Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized

22:40  GOSPEL       Mark 1:4-11

24:02  MUSIC 5        (673) God, Whose Almighty Word


References: Blair Meeks (sermon of Baptism of Our Lord); James Wilde, Hilary Hayden, eds (Liturgical Conference; Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Nadia Bolz Weber (via; Adjoa Andoh-Cunnel (parish of Herne Hill); Howard Thurman (The Work of Christmas); Van Jones (CNN coverage/commentary on Capitol Hill riot)

36:35  MUSIC 6        Christ, our Lord, to Jordan Came  

                                  – from Clavierübung part III (JS Bach)

                                    “Merkt und hört, ihr Menschenkinder

                                    -from Cantata 7 (JS Bach)

44:23  PRAYERS

            Resource note: ELCA worship at home

47:43  MUSIC 7        O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (Dietrich Buxtehude)


This communion liturgy has been crafted and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents. References are for original script which may be altered during the live broadcast. Pieces from: Pastor Tanya Ramer of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hamburg, ON; Bread and Wine Online (pmphillips); Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church: Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic (Rev Lane Cotton, Rev Juan Huertas); Scattered and Gathered (Simon Woodman); Evangelical Lutheran Worship; St. Bride’s Holy Communion (Miranda Threllfall-Holmes); Online Communion for Palm Sunday (Rev Maren C. Tirabassi); Lectionary Liturgies (Thom Shuman)

54:54  MUSIC 8        (838) Beautiful Savior & EXTRO

Church building closed

In-person worship paused

Worship via CTV or eMessenger


St. Peter’s had planned to host a few public labyrinth walks in the coming months as a way to re-invite the community into the labyrinth space, and to revive labyrinth programming; due to social distancing, we have had to put the walks on hold for now.  However, this does not mean that we can’t take advantage of what the labyrinth has to offer, while we are staying close to home. Click Labyrinth in the navigation bar to find out more.



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Rev. Mark Ehlebracht

Mark became St. Peter's pastor in 2009 and the dress code at church has never been the same. Mark is a creative catalyst at St. Peter’s, which can be fun at times... Click image to see more.

Dr. Peter Nikiforuk
Director of Music

Peter Nikiforuk is a native of Brantford, Ontario, where he received his early musical training with Nan and Markwell Perry. Over the years, he has studied with John Tuttle, Robert Baker,... Click image to see more.

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