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St. Peter’s Church

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In-person worship paused

Worship via CTV: April 11, 25

or via the eMessenger / Zoom / stpeterskw.ca

Church building closed

Feed your spirit

Easter 2021 

 

Peace, friends.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

One of the things that so many in the St. Peter’s Community are missing is gathering in the heart of Kitchener…to pray together, to laugh together, to celebrate together, to sing together, and to serve together. The pandemic and lockdowns have been challenging.

That said, we can still lean into this world with hope and love. 

This morning St. Peter’s is delivering hundreds of individually bakery wrapped hot cross buns from Cobs Bread to Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, remembering those they serve, and to Grand River Hospital as a thank you for the tireless work that their teams do for the community. 

People matter. Caring for neighbour matters. This has not changed.

Since we were not able to gather at 49 Queen Street North this Easter, I thought it fitting to take the service to the church roof, looking over the city, the community, the country, and towards all of the places we each find ourselves, and offer praise, prayers, readings, and blessing…it was super windy at the beginning! The video also includes a reflection and uplifting music from truly talented artists. Timings and details are listed below.

As you feed your spirit use the elements that are helpful for you.

St. Peter’s expresses its gratitude to Sheila Dietrich, Joshua Ehlebracht, the Inter Mennonite Children’s Choir, Mary Jay, Larry Larson, Brandon Leis, Daniel Lichti, Avery McDonald, Peter Nikiforuk, the St. Peter’s Choir, Mark and the team at Cobs Bread, and Andrew Heubner. 

As always, should you feel (mentally) stressed and find yourself in need of supportive conversation, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Mark via email pastormark@stpeterskw.ca or at (519) 591-1551. 

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! 

Friends, take care of yourselves and each other. 

Onward,

     Pastor Mark

 

00:00  Gratitude

00:13  A Throwback Easter Shoutout

00:37  Music 1          Sound the Trumpet (Henry Purcell)

                                    – Mary Jay, trumpet, Larry Larson, trumpet, Peter Nikiforuk, organ

02:35  Opening

Prayer text: Julie Perrin

05:05  Music 2          The Risen Christ (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #390)

                                    – St. Peter’s Choir & Congregation

07:25  Reading         Isaiah 25:6-9

08:14  Music 3          Fugue in A minor (Bohuslav Cernohorsky) – Peter Nikiforuk, organ

10:48 Reading         Acts10:34-43   -Avery McDonald, lector

12:13  Music 4          My Faith Looks Up to Thee (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #759) – Brandon Leis, tenor, Peter Nikiforuk, piano

14:46  Gospel           Mark 16:1-8  

16:02  Music 5          Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (arr. Mark Hayes)

                                    – Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone, Peter Nikiforuk, piano

20:27  Reflection

References: Leonard Sweet (Preach the Story); Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Nadia Bolz Weber (patheos.org); Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson; Michelangelo quote (brainyquote.com)

31:40  Music 6          Laudate Dominum -Praise the Lord, You People (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)                      

                                    – Sheila Dietrich, soprano, Peter Nikiforuk, piano

35:20  Prayers

Crafted by Katherine Kussmaul (adapted)

38:04  Music 7          Blessing – Inter Mennonite Children’s Choir

                                      -Carolyn Neumann Vanderburgh, artistic director

40:06  Blessing        

40:28  Music 8          Finale from Symphony No. 1 (Louis Vierne)   -Joshua Ehlebracht, organ  

                                                                    

LABYRINTH

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.
PROVINCE-WIDE EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN

April 1, 2021

Peace, friends. 

Today, Thursday April 1, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced that the Province of Ontario is enacting a Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown beginning at 12:01am on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Restrictions will be in effect for 28 days. 

There are new restrictions in place for places of worship. Specifically, this directive is:
 
Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
 
They also add: “On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household.” (see https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60986/ontario-implements-provincewide-emergency-brake , accessed April 1, 2021)

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 April 11 and 25 (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.

Indeed, we can still lean into the world with a message of hope and love!

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.

Onward,

Pastor Mark

NEED TECH SUPPORT?

There’s a new program called enTECH@home that provides phone- and email-based tech support to anyone who may need a bit of technology help. This service is entirely free, and run by University of Waterloo student volunteers. 

“We are happy to provide support to anyone who contacts us – this service is available to you no matter where you live or how old you are. We are happy to provide support to community members living in retirement homes and long-term care homes.”

Services are currently only offered in English. We are looking into providing support in other languages.

Common issues include:

  • Problems with video calling
  • Setting up an email account
  • How to use YouTube
  • Joining online religious services
  • Other technology issues

A volunteer will make two attempts to contact you, after which we would ask you to reconnect with us and provide your updated availability. (http://www.entech.club, accessed Feb18,21)

Details are in enTECH’s graphic below.   

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Rev. Mark Ehlebracht
Pastor

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.

David Roth
Parish Administrator

David graduated from the Management and Administration Program of The Canadian Institute of Management and Administration at the University of Waterloo in 1988... Click image to see more.

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