Liturgy & Worship

Holy Eucharist (Mass)

  • SUNDAY AT 10:00AM (September - May)
  • SUNDAY AT 9:00AM (June - August)

St. Peter’s is rooted in our Sunday morning experience. Our Sunday gathering is the center of parish life. The primary form of worship in the Episcopal Church is Holy Eucharist and we believe in the “real presence” of Christ. Our parish vision is rooted in our Eucharistic faith. We believe in the “real presence” of Christ in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

Our Sunday celebration of Holy Eucharist is joyful and spirit-filled. Our music is upbeat, inspiring and contemporary (piano, guitars, drums) and all of our prayers use contemporary language. We strive to create an environment of energy and enthusiasm in which new people feel welcome and want to come back.

Many of our members were raised in other denominations and have now found a new spiritual home at St. Peter's. They often say that they feel called to be part of our community because they sense here a deep sense of openness, inclusion and hospitality. We are a “youth-friendly” church and children of all ages are welcome at worship.

Baptism

Jesus was baptized and taught his Apostles to do likewise. In the waters of Baptism, a child is lovingly welcomed into God’s family. In the Episcopal tradition, a person may be baptized at any age.

We extend to new parents a message of radical welcome!  You do not need to be a member of St. Peter’s to initiate the process of baptism in our parish but we welcome you to become fully engaged in the life of our faith community.  If you choose to have your child baptized here, it is our expectation that you will continue to raise your child in the Christian faith by being connected to our church.  As parents, you will make the promise on the day of your child’s baptism to raise your child as a Christian believer.  That involves being connected to a faith community.  Baptism is not just a one-day event, but it is the beginning of a beautiful faith journey for your whole family.

We are here to help families connect with Jesus. We are here to help you in your faith journey no matter what denomination you have been connected to in the past. Baptism is God’s gift for your child and for you.

We believe sponsors / godparents should be chosen by the parents. We trust that parents are the best judges of who will be the best mentor of the Christian faith for their child.

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Marriage

St. Peter’s welcomes your interest in celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in our church.  Marriage is a sacramental rite in which a couple makes a solemn and public commitment to each other before God.  Since Holy Matrimony is one of the sacraments in the Episcopal Church, the process of working with couples who are preparing for marriage is a journey of faith.

Currently, since we are not a “wedding venue,” we are only able to celebrate marriages for couples who are active members of our faith community and who worship with us on Sundays.  If you would like to be part of our parish community by registering as a committed member, we are very happy to help you in that process.

There are also some basic guidelines for marriage within the Episcopal Church: at least one of the partners must be a baptized Christian; the ceremony must be attested to by at least two witnesses; and the marriage must conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.

The parish priest must be notified of your intended wedding date one year in advance.  Because the needs of individual couples vary, the time required for premarital counseling also varies, but will include a minimum of three sessions including meeting with a therapist and completing the FOCCUS survey, with both the bride and the groom present.   Couples must also meet with the clergy for pre-marital preparation.  Please contact the church office for more information.   In the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, clergy officiate at same-sex weddings.