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St. Peter’s Church

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In-person worship paused

Worship via CTV: Mar 14 & 28

or via the eMessenger

Church building closed



Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the broadcast from February 14, 2021 featuring inspirational music with special guest, singer Jennifer Enns Modolo, and organist Peter Nikiforuk, an invitation to a Lent journey on Wednesday evenings, prayers including requests from across the country, readings, a message, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Jennifer Enns Modolo is an accomplished concert soloist with repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary. She performs regularly with choirs and orchestras large and small throughout Ontario and across Canada. Jennifer is a member of the Hamilton based ensemble Capella Intima, which specializes in performing exciting concerts of lesser known 17th century vocal and operatic music, as well as the Spiritus Ensemble. When not teaching, rehearsing or performing, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her three growing children and husband Mark. Jennifer was one of the first soloists to sing for us when lockdown began almost a year ago and we’re delighted to welcome her back.

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


            Crafted by Rev. Brooklyn Lane

07:16  MUSIC 1        808 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song


            Crafted by Rev. John Polacok

10:45  MUSIC 2        Give Me Jesus (arr. Mark Hayes)

13:41  READING      Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

15:11  MUSIC 3        806 O God, My Faithful God

18:23  READING      Psalm 22:23-31

19:45  MUSIC 4        Vater Unser im Himmelreich (Georg Boehm)

22:40  GOSPEL       Mark 8:31-38 

23:57  MUSIC 5        If All Should Then Forsake You (Josef Rheinberger)


References: Leonard Sweet (Preach the Story); James Howell (Ministry Matters); Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Brené Brown (Ted Talk: Vulnerability/Shame/Courage); Richard Rohr (The Universal Christ)

40:30  MUSIC 6        Unto Thee I Lift Up My Soul (Peter Cornelius)

44:10  PRAYERS

46:05  MUSIC 7        (468) Around You, O Lord Jesus


~This communion liturgy has been inspired, crafted, and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents. The majority is from the Eastern Synod’s Lent Worship Resources and, in particular, that of the Rev. Dr. Allan Jorgenson of Martin Luther University College in Waterloo, ON. See also: 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).

53:27  MUSIC 8        802 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus


            Crafted by Rev. Heather Spencer



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.
In-Person Worship (still) paused & Building closed

February 18, 2021

Peace, friends. 

Like so many in our community, we have been following the COVID-19 case numbers in the Region of Waterloo.

The Region of Waterloo will move to the Red-Control category of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework on February 16 at 12:01 a.m.

The  Red – Control category means

Stringent measures

  • Implement broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors, to control transmission.
  • Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.

Waterloo Region residents should consider COVID-19 to be widely circulating in the community. Residents are encouraged to stay home and only go out for essential purposes. For details review the guidelines for social interactions.(, accessed February 18, 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 February 28, March 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


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. (, accessed Feb18,21)

Details are in enTECH’s graphic below.   



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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.

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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