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In this time of world-wide crisis, St. Peter’s is not able to gather for worship or any activity. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer.

On this page we will post some videos to help keep you going through these challenging times. 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

Happy watching!

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to finally share with you the July 12 broadcast featuring hymns and inspirational music with special guests Amie Debrone and Sean Simpson, prayers including requests from across the country, readings, a message, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Sean Simpson is a former organ student – and current friend – of our music director Peter Nikiforuk. Sean recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as Director of Music at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church on East Avenue in Kitchener. During the week, he is a Vice President of Ipsos, Canada’s largest public-opinion polling firm. He is married to Amie Debrone, the featured soloist.

Amie Debrone received her Music Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also studied at  Shenandoah University, NYU, and The Banff Centre.  She is equally at home on the classical and musical-theatre stages having performed with Drayton Entertainment, Lost & Found Theatre, Spiritus Ensemble, and more.  Amie has had a busy voice and piano studio for over ten years, and is in demand as a voice clinician.

In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. 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!

 

0:00   BROADCAST INTRO

0:35   OPENING & SHOUT-OUTS

3:28   THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

4:53   HYMN             574 Here I am Lord

9:31   PRAYER 

10:18 HYMN             506 The Word of God is Source and Seed

12:42 READING      Isaiah 55:10-13

13:45 SOLO             For the Beauty of the Earth (Rutter)

17:29 READING      Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13

18:27 HYMN             508 As Rain from the Clouds

20:27 GOSPEL        Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

22:35 HYMN w/ Chorale Prelude Intro 510 Word of God Come Down on Earth

25:47 TEACHING

References: Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Diane Karay Tripp (author of All the Seasons of MercyDaily Prayer in the Reformed Tradition: An Initial study, and Trusted Voices: Spiritual Wisdom from Lost Generations of Women; see thoughtfulchristian.com); William Willimon (Preaching Commentary; Ministry Matters)

38:06 SOLO (ORGAN)       Schmuke Dich, o liebe Seele (Brahms)

40:55 PRAYERS                                                    

43:41 SOLO             Pie Jesu (Faure)

46:38 EUCHARIST

This communion liturgy has been crafted and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents. See: 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)

52:23 HYMN             853 When Morning Gilds the Skies

55:01 BENEDICTION & THANK YOU

56:04 POSTLUDE (& EXTRO)     Prelude and Fugue in C+ (JS Bach)

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the June 28 broadcast featuring hymns and inspirational music with special guest Laura Pudwell, a blessing of computers for oneROOF Youth Services, prayers including requests from across the country, readings, a message, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Grammy–nominated Laura Pudwell has a well-established international profile, with recent engagements in Paris, Salzburg, London, Houston, Boston and Vienna. She has sung with many leading orchestras and opera companies, including Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roi, the Boston Early Music Festival, Opera Atelier and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. A specialist in early music, she is a member of the Toronto Consort. Her repertoire covers 800 years from Hildegard of Bingen through Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter.

In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. 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!

 

0:00  BROADCAST INTRO

0:36  OPENING & SHOUT-OUTS

02:50 MUSIC 1        453 Baptized and Set Free

05:23 PRAYER

05:49 MUSIC 2        The God of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23) – Eric Thiman

08:44 READING      Jeremiah 28:5-9

09:51 MUSIC 3        779 Amazing Grace

12:38 READING       Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

13:44 MUSIC 4        I Walk a Stranger in this Land – Dale Wood  

17:32 GOSPEL        Matthew 10:40-42

18:20 MUSIC 5        641 All Are Welcome

21:54 TEACHING

References: Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Diane Karay Tripp (author of All the Seasons of MercyDaily Prayer in the Reformed Tradition: An Initial study, and Trusted Voices: Spiritual Wisdom from Lost Generations of Women; see thoughtfulchristian.com); Sterling A. Brown – first poet laureate of the District of Columbia – (Strong Men All)

31:15   MUSIC 6 Recit de Nazard – First Organ Book of Louis-Nicolas Clerambault

34:37  BLESSING OF COMPUTERS

38:37  MUSIC 7        Esurientes (from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat)

42:17   PRAYERS

45:23  MUSIC 8        483 Here is Bread 

47:57  EUCHARIST

This communion liturgy has been crafted and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents. See: 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)

54:32  MUSIC 9        757 All My Hope on God is Founded

56:33  BENEDICTION & THANK YOU

57:19  (POSTLUDE &) EXTRO

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the June 14 broadcast (below) featuring special guest, vocalist Muriel Clemmer, hymns, inspirational music, readings, a message, a word from our Bishops, and prayers from across the country.

In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. 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.

Blessing on your worship!

 

0:00      BROADCAST INTRO

0:35      OPENING, SHOUT-OUTS, LOOKING AHEAD with HOLY COMMUNION

4:57      THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

6:32      MUSIC  1         His Eye is on the Sparrow

10:00    PRAYER

10:35    READING        Exodus 19:2-8a

11:58    MUSIC  2         This is My Father’s World  ELW 824

14:28    READING        Psalm 100

15:17    MUSIC  3         The Lord is My Light – Frances Allitsen

19:00    READING        Romans 5:1-8

20:14    MUSIC 4         In the Garden

23:12    GOSPEL          Matthew 9:35-10:8 [9-23]

25:10    MUSIC 5          Pater Noster, II: Hallowed Be Thy Name – Denis Bedard

28:40    TEACHING

Message references: Bishop Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places), Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber (via www.patheos.com), Panelist Ijeoma Oluo responding to an audience member at Six Degrees, Toronto, 2018, moderated by Rosanna Deerchild and featured on the June 7th 2020 CBC Radio episode of Unreserved entitled “We have to have some people give up power’: A conversation about race, privilege and making space” available on-demand at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-105-unreserved

41:49    MUSIC 6          Be Thou My Vision  ELW 793

44:00    APOSTLES’ CREED

44:47    MUSIC 7          My Faith Looks Up to Thee – arr. Dale Wood

47:54    PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

51:03    MUSIC 8          Pater Noster, VII: Lead Us Not Into Temptation – Denis Bedard

53:40    A Word from ELCIC National & Synodical Bishops (full text at https://elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=570)

56:40    MUSIC 9 & EXTRO          Day by Day ELW 790

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the May 31 broadcast (below) featuring special guest, trumpeter Larry Larson (principal trumpet, KW Symphony), the Pentecost hymn project “O Day Full of Grace” from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, prayers from across the country, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Larry has been Principal Trumpet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1993 and is a proud graduate of DePaul University. Larry has performed in orchestras across Canada and also enjoys an active studio career in Toronto on motion picture soundtracks and commercials.  He has had the great pleasure to work in back-up orchestras for Herbie Hancock, Brian Wilson, Diana Krall, Yes, and many others.  As leader of “Larry’s Jazz Guys,” he wears a different hat as leader of his own 4-6 piece jazz combo that performs across southern Ontario in various concert halls and clubs.

In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. 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.

Blessing on your worship!

0:00     BROADCAST INTRO

0:35     OPENING

3:49     MUSIC 1          Praeludium in F (Buxtehude) – Peter NIkiforuk

8:45     PRAYER

9:21     READING        Acts 2:1-21

11:50   MUSIC 2          Komm, Heiliger Geist (Buxtehude) – Larry Larson, Peter Nikiforuk

16:45   READING        1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

18:16   MUSIC 3          Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major: Andante (Haydn) – Larry Larson, Peter Nikiforuk

22:00   GOSPEL          John 20:19-23

23:00   TEACHING

32:55   MUSIC 4          Bist du bei mir (JS Bach) – Larry Larson, Peter Nikiforuk

35:08   PRAYERS

39:03   MUSIC 6          O Day Full of Grace (ALCM Pentecost Hymn Project)

  • ALCM notes:During Lent of 2020, churches around the world suspended liturgies as a pandemic spread its way around the entire globe, sending people around the world into isolation.  Moved by an Episcopalian Easter hymn project, and longing for worship and song, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians hatched a plan and put together an arrangement of the hymn “O Day Full of Grace.” Parts for 4-part high and 4-part low voices, a descant, and instruments were created and made available. Participants were invited to submit a video recording of themselves playing or singing the part of their choosing. The invitation net was cast as wide as possible – including internationally. In the end there were over 1,300 video submissions – 960 singers, 364 instrumentalists. We are delighted to be able to share this with you today and hope that you will find it as meaningful and moving as we have. Friends, Soli deo Gloria”

44:26   EUCHARIST

  • This communion liturgy has been crafted and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and  continents. See: 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)

50:44   MUSIC 5          Dearest Jesus, We Are Here (Johann Ludwig Krebs) – Larry Larson, Peter Nikiforuk

54:06   BENEDICTION & THANK YOU

55:00   POSTLUDE       Offered by Peter Nikiforuk

57:34   EXTRO

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the video below of the May 24 broadcast featuring special guest, vocalist Amanda Wilhelm.

In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. 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.

Blessing on your worship!

0:00     Intro & Opening

3:16     Simple Gifts – Aaron Copeland (with Chorale Prelude Intro by Gerald Bales)

7:40     Opening Prayer & Reading

10:22    Blest Be the Tie That Binds

12:31    Reading

14:30    Prière à Notre Dame – Léon Boëllmann

19:05    Gospel

20:51    Safe Within Your Arms – Mark Hayes

25:20    Teaching

37:34    You Are Mine

39:55    Prayer Requests & Lord’s Prayer

42:45    Softly and Tenderly (with Chorale Prelude Intro by Timothy Albrecht)

48:28    What’s Ahead

53:20    Stand By Me – Tom Kendzia

56:45    Benediction, Thank you, Extro

Peace, Friends

We are delighted to share with you the video below of the May 10th broadcast when we had ourselves a good ol’ fashioned hymn sing featuring Daniel Lichti. Acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest concert and oratorio singers, Mr. Lichti continues to build on his stellar career with major symphonic, choral and concert organizations worldwide, that include: Canadian Opera Company, at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Opera Atelier, Edmonton Opera and Opera Hamilton. His concerts have been heard on the CBC, BBC, and NPR networks and he has performed in concert with the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Cleveland, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and Newark; with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Canadian Chambre Ensemble, Theatre of Early Music, Philharmonia Baroque of San Francisco, Les Violons du Roy and Tafelmusik. Until 2017 he served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Voice for the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. We are delighted that Daniel joined us to sing some wonderful hymns and to include a wonderful choral prelude introduction to We All Are One in Mission composed by Jeff Enns. Jeff Enns is a composer from Elmira just north of Waterloo. He is the brother of Jennifer Enns Modolo who sang for us on Palm Sunday. He composed this chorale prelude on the beautiful Finnish folktune Kuortane for Peter Nikiforuk in 2010.

Happy watching and singing!

Blessed Assurance  0:00

Opening Prayer  4:53

Great is Thy Faithfulness  5:45

Psalm 31  8:50

My Life Flows on in Endless Song  9:52

Gospel Reading  12:12

How Great Thou Art  14:17

Teaching  17:50

When Peace Like a River  30:21

Apostles’ Creed  33:20

O Master Let Me Walk with Thee  34:21

Prayer Requests & Lord’s Prayer  36:16

Beautiful Savior  38:55

Good News Stories  41:15

We All Are One in Mission  44:30

Benediction & Thank You  49:38

Amazing Grace & Extro  50:14

Acknowledgements:  Music: Denis Bédard – Pater Noster (Peter Nikiforuk, organ) JS Bach – Ich habe genug (Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo soprano, Peter Nikiforuk, organ) used with permission; Congregational worship excerpts are from past broadcasts; Message references: Jake Owensby – Looking for God in Messy Places; Nadia Bolz Weber – Cranky, Beautiful Faith: For irregular (and regular) people and (Easter) Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding

Message references: Jake Owensby – Looking for God in Messy Places; Tara Brach – Radical Acceptance; John Petrenka – The Road to Emmaus; Seamus Heaney – The Cure at Troy; Nadia Bolz Weber – While it was Still Dark; Various Masterclasses (masterclass.com) – esp. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Archbishop Desmond Tutu & The Dalai Lama in The Book of Joy.

Message references: Barbara Brown Taylor – God in Pain; Jake Owensby – Looking for God in Messy Places; Shannon Kershner – Palm Sunday; Nadia Bolz Weber – patheos.com; Hymns arrangements/hamonizations: Evangelical Lutheran Worship and Michael Hassell’s Jazz Sunday Morning as well as Mark Ehlebracht.

Worship Services

ALL IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS SUSPENDED

All are welcome at our Sunday service at 10:00 am located at 49 Queen St. North, Kitchener, ON. A warm, uplifting and re-affirming experience awaits you featuring music, song, and messages for adults and children alike. Worship at St. Peter’s is crafted to be EPIC (Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, and Connecting).

What to Expect During a Service

  • Our worship includes instrumental music on an organ and piano supplemented by other instruments.
  • Our choir sings inspirational music in a variety of styles.
  • You are invited to sing from a hymnal during some songs. Just ask someone next to you if you can’t find the right page.
  • We take communion most Sundays. All are welcome at God’s table.
  • An offering will be taken, you are welcome to contribute but not expected to.

Common themes in our liturgical service include:

  • Celebration that anticipates the transformative power of God.
  • Thanksgiving and assurance that leads to a deeper awareness of who God is and what God is doing.
  • Insight and discovery leading to discernment of one’s own call into mission and ministry.
  • Integration of all personal missions of the church into one body of Christ.
  • Awakening to destiny and coaching ways of discipleship.
  • Profound sense of self-worth and purpose overflows into a commitment of generosity.
  • Joyful discontent motivates people to leave the service intent on sharing faith and new life in the wider community.

Join us before the service for refreshments and conversation.

Sunday Morning Learning

Children are precious to us! During the service, children from toddlers to grade 6 will be escorted to bright, colourful classrooms on the second floor and supervised by caring teachers. The Sunday School Team will captivate your child’s heart and imagination as they present God’s Word in fun and innovative ways.

Parking

There is parking available for approximately 30 cars in St. Peter’s parking garage located at the front right-hand side of the church on Queen Street. Please honour the signed reserved spaces for the pastors (24/7). There is also a 5-car designated wheelchair parking area on the north side (Weber Street side) of the church building directly off of Queen Street that accesses directly into the church narthex (foyer). Downtown parking is free on Sundays in the City along the streets and in the following parking areas: the parking lot off of Queen Street between Duke & King Streets, the Duke & Ontario Streets Parking Garage, and the Market Square Parking Garage (first 2 hours are free). Details of downtown parking.

Watch Our Service on TV

St. Peter’s Worship services can now be seen across Canada, usually on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10:00AM EDT via CTV

Bell Fibe: 201/1201

Bell Satellite: 584/1505

Rogers Cable: 12/109/518

Shaw Direct: 67/369

The broadcasting of St. Peter’s worship service through CTV Southwestern Ontario has been a vital part of the witness ministry at St. Peter’s for more than 50 years.

It all began with the televising of a Christmas Eve service in the late fifties. Shortly after in 1961, the service was regularly broadcast on the second and fourth Sunday of each month with neighbouring St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, broadcasting on the first and third Sundays. Since that first broadcast more than 1,200 Lutheran services of worship have been televised across the CTV viewing area of South-western Ontario.

The television ministry is one way in which the St. Peter’s community witnesses it’s faith and proclaims the Gospel – the good news of God’s love, forgiveness and salvation. It also provides a means for all who are home-bound and recuperating from an illness to join in worship with a faith community. A growing number of viewers are also worshipping with us as they vacation at a cottage, campground or resort in the viewing area.

If you wish to financially support the television ministry or if you wish to receive a copy of the weekly worship bulletin please contact us at:

St. Peter’s Church
49 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 2G9
Tel. # (519) 745-4705 | Fax # (519) 745-4706 | info@stpeterskw.ca