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St. Peter’s Church

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In-person worship resumes September 12

Worship via CTV: September 26, October 24 

or via the eMessenger / Zoom / stpeterskw.ca

Hi Friend,

I’m glad we can be with you today in mediated fashion through a curated experience of music, liturgy, song, word, and prayer around the themes of lament and thanksgiving. “For many it will be right to give voice together to the loss and sadness we have shared, allowing us to cry out together to God, to lament what cannot be regained, to hear again God’s promise, and to give thanks for God’s steadfast love. Though we grieve with sadness for things which cannot be restored, we look to the future with hope in Christ in whom all things are made new.”
 
We are pleased to offer this video for you to use this day or at your convenience as you feed your Spirit.

Sending good vibes your way.

Take care and stay safe. 

 

This service and preface is crafted and adapted, with thanks, from The Methodist Church, United Kingdom, and the Church of England (Prayers of Lament, Thanksgiving and Restoration). Reflection (adapted) with thanks: Jake Owensby.

 

Peace, Friend. 

What a pleasure it is for me to finally say welcome home! I am delighted to announce that St. Peter’s will resume weekly in-person worship services Sundays at 10AM beginning September 12, 2021. The gathering is open to each and all without pre-registration but is limited to a capacity that allows for physical distancing in the sanctuary.

We feel strongly that worship should be as inclusive and safe as possible.  

Here are some things you need to know:

*People entering the building to attend an event will be screened. The screening questions are per COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Ver 8):

  1. Are you currently experiencing one or more of the symptoms below that are new or worsening? Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other known causes or conditions. Do you have one or more of the following symptoms?
    • Fever and/or chills
      • Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Cough or barking cough (croup)
      • Not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, COPD, or other known causes or conditions you already have
    • Shortness of breath
      • Not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have
    • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
      • Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
    • Fatigue, lethargy, malaise and/or myalgias
      • Unusual tiredness, lack of energy (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
      • Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  1. In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside of Canada AND been advised to quarantine (as per the federal quarantine requirements)?
  2. Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?
  3. In the last 10 days, have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19?
  4. In the last 10 days, have you received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone?
  5. In the last 10 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or a home-based self-testing kit?
  6. In the last 14 days, has someone in your household (someone you live with) travelled outside of Canada AND been advised to quarantine (as per the federal quarantine requirements) in the last 14 days?
  7. In the last 10 days, has someone in your household (someone you live with) been identified as a ”close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 AND advised by a doctor, healthcare provider or public health unit to self-isolate in the last 10 days?
  8. Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?

*Everyone will need to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth for the whole time, in accordance with the municipal by-law.

*What about my vaccine status?
If you’re vaccinated – that’s great!  We won’t be asking for this information at church and masks still need to be worn. We are encouraging everyone to get both doses of the vaccine before they attend gatherings.  Please take your vaccination status into consideration as you decide whether to attend in-person or not.

*We will encourage “no physical contact” greetings including during the sharing of the peace.

*All in person children’s programs are suspended.

*Ventilation
The windows and doors will remain open throughout the service to increase ventilation and the sanctuary exhaust fan will be on. Good and proper ventilation is an essential way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. For the time being, until other arrangements or building modifications can be made, all the windows and doors will be open regardless of the weather or temperature outside. Please dress accordingly.

*We will not be singing…yet
Scientists and public health have determined that singing is a high risk activity that has the potential to spread more droplets into the air that could potentially cause infection. We have decided to use instrumentalist(s) and/or singer(s) who will offer musical praise on behalf of the congregation. In future when pandemic conditions allow, congregational singing will slowly be reintroduced into worship.

*Regarding Holy Communion
It will be distributed differently and be in one kind only (bread). Please follow the direction of the worship leader.

*Washrooms are available for you to use
Only one person is allowed in the washroom at a time. If there is someone ahead of you, please wait next to the sign in the hallway-allowing the person ahead of you plenty of space to leave the washroom.

*We cannot congregate in the narthex/lobby but…
Fellowship can happen after the service, outside with masks on. Socializing indoors is the biggest risk factor for the spread of COVID19, both at home and in places like churches. Provincial COVID-19 legislation under the Reopening Ontario Act (Step 3) has a 25 person cap on indoor social gatherings associated with worship services so we could not invite everyone to an indoor fellowship.

*To maintain physical distancing, please sit only in designated areas in the sanctuary.

*Please maintain physical distancing (2 metres) when on St. Peter’s property.

*We will not be serving coffee or tea…yet!

*We encourage high-risk individuals to NOT come to the building, but continue to worship via CTV or stpeterskw.ca

*Worship duration times (excluding the CTV Broadcasts) will be reduced to no longer than 40 minutes.

In a keynote address at our recent Synod Assembly, one speaker used the “liturgical” name Coronatide to describe this season. It will also be a season of continued experimentation. This is a complex time for everyone. For as many people who will rejoice to return to in-person worship, just as many may feel anxious and more cautious. We will need to continue to experiment as we discern how best to sustain community, ministry, virtual and in-person congregations. Anything that can be accomplished virtually – various meetings, for example – will continue to be accomplished virtually.

Ultimately, it is the safety of staff, volunteers, members, guests, and those we serve that guides our decisions regarding building use and activities. The COVID-19 Operational Planning, Worship and Arts, and Board Teams remain unwavering in their posture to not look for ways to creatively get around or alter public health directives and guidelines and to stay up to date on all government and public health directives and adhere to them.

Updates will be offered via eMessenger and website; this is a fluid 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” said our Bishop some time ago. We couldn’t agree more.

Onward,

Pastor Mark

Peace, Friends,

As we return to live broadcasts and in-person worship, it is our privilege to share with you the broadcast from Sunday, September 12, 2021, featuring inspirational music with guest musician Amanda Wilhelm, and our own Peter Nikiforuk, a word from Lutheran and Anglican Leaders on the election, prayers including for educators and students, for our upcoming election, and requests from across the country that have come in during the summer, readings, a message, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Amanda Wilhelm needs no introduction to our CTV audience. For 10 years, she was one of the choral scholars in the St. Peter’s choir and she returns regularly to help out when she can. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to her large private voice studio, she also coaches for KW Glee. She is regularly featured as a soloist with various choirs in Southern Ontario. 

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 to you as you feed your spirit.

 

00:00  BROADCAST INTRO

00:35  OPENING     

06:36  MUSIC 1        733 Great is Thy Faithfulness

09:50  A WORD & PRAYER FROM LUTHERAN AND ANGLICAN LEADERS ON THE ELECTION

13:40  MUSIC 2        On Eagle’s Wings (Michael Joncas, arr. Mark Hayes)

18:05  READING      Isaiah 50:4-9a

19:24  MUSIC 3        798 Will You Come and Follow Me

22:45  GOSPEL       Mark 8:27-38

24:45  MUSIC 4        How I Love Your Word (Mark Hayes)

28:55  TEACHING

References: Leonard Sweet (Preach the Story); Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); David Lose; Nadia Bolz Weber (patheos.org); Liturgical Conference (James Wilde and Hilary Hayden, eds.)

37:39  MUSIC 5        583 Take My Life, That I May Be

40:40  PRAYERS

back to school prayer crafted by Christie Morrow-Wolfe

44:35  MUSIC 6        810 O Jesus, I Have Promised

48:02  EUCHARIST

This communion liturgy has been inspired, crafted, and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents, in particular, that of Richard Giles (Creating Uncommon Worship). 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). Post-Communion prayer crafted by Andrew Nunn (adapted).

53:18  MUSIC 7        The Blessing (Brendan Graham and David Downes, arr. Mark Hayes)

57:35  EXTRO

Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Write To Members In Advance Of Upcoming Federal Election

September 7, 2021

The leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada have written to their members in advance of the upcoming federal election.

The text of the letter follows. Download a pdf version here.

September 7, 2021

On September 20, Canadians will vote in a federal election, electing Members of Parliament who will help shape the life of our country for the next four years. We give thanks for each candidate and their willingness to offer their vision, gifts and service for consideration for leadership in public life.

Over the last two years, many events have pushed for deeper reflection on the kind of Canada we desire.

Finding the remains of more than 1,300 Indigenous children who were buried in unmarked graves at the sites of several former residential schools is traumatic, heart-wrenching and profound. Many more sites have yet to be investigated. The call for healing, reconciliation and renewed relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples is a fundamental element of work for social and ecological justice in the Canadian context today.

The murder of George Floyd in particular, along with many other incidents in Canada and beyond, have called attention to anti-Black racism and other expressions of systemic racism. In March 2020, the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Church Council participated together in a session of anti-racism training. This was one step on a multi-faceted journey of working to dismantle racism and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas of life.

The recent report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the need to address the climate crisis. This election takes place during the Season of Creation, when we are invited to reflect on our relationships with Creation and our impact on our shared home. Indigenous wisdom and relationships with the land need to inform individual, community and societal choices for healthy relationship with the Earth.

Human trafficking affects millions of people around the world. Children, women, and men are being trafficked across Canada. Certain groups are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Through a joint National Youth Project, Anglican and Lutheran youth have committed to being be agents of change in their own lives and community.

Over the last two years, our churches have also spoken together for global access to vaccines, affordable housing, Guaranteed Basic Income, justice in Palestine and Israel, human rights in the Philippines, and the dignity of human beings of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Several of our partners are publishing election resources and we commend them to you for prayer and reflection: The Canadian Council of Churches, KAIROS Canada, Citizens for Public Justice, Vote Housing, and Basic Income Now.

What kind of a Canada do you desire? How is that desire rooted in your spiritual convictions as a follower of the way of Jesus Christ? Let’s talk about that in our churches, discuss it with candidates in our ridings, pray about it in the deep longing of our hearts, bear witness to it in our public discourse, and seal it with a vote that thoughtfully considers what will make our country a good place for all, and therefore a good place for each of us.

Let us pray together:

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the centre of this Sacred Circle through which all of creation is related. You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life. Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your Spirit, for you are God, now and forever. Amen.
(The Gathering Prayer, Gospel Based Discipleship)

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Mark MacDonald,
National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, Anglican Church of Canada

The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls,
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

The Rev. Susan Johnson,
 National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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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Affordable housing project coming to Queen Street North

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church partners with a Christian-based charity to provide 40 one-bedroom apartments

www.therecord.com