Our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has an interesting column in the October Living Lutheran, our ELCA monthly magazine (you can also get their weekly email updates). As we Lutherans often do in October, she reflects on Martin Luther. However, Bp. Eaton does not dwell on the glories of Reformation past or the need for continual reforming now or in the future. Rather, she reminds us of the freedom we have in Jesus Christ’s fulfillment of God’s promises – freedom from and freedom for. I encourage you to read her column here: From the Presiding Bishop.
Coming up, we have two festival Sundays in a row: Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday. You are invited to wear red on Reformation Sunday (October 25) and on Reformation Day (October 31). On All Saints Sunday (November 1), we will be remembering our loved ones who have died, especially those who have died in this past year. If you have particular people you want included in our All Saints Day Remembrance, please email or call and share their names.
– Intern Pastor Beth
two four updates for the St. Peter Lutheran community this week:
First, our sister in Christ, Helen Pierce, died last Friday. She was 101 years, 8 months YOUNG! Her funeral will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2:30 pm, at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. We will be outside, physically distanced, and masks are encouraged but not required since we’re outdoors. All are welcome to attend. Her obituary is here.
Second, I am beginning to hold regular office hours at church on Thursdays, 10 am – 12 noon. You are welcome to stop by during those hours. Please ring the bell by the south door. If you need or want a conversation at another time, please call or email the intern (see our Contact Us page) and we’ll get together – either in person or virtually! I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the St. Peter community.
Third, the Christ In Our Home daily devotional for October-November-December has arrived! Pick one up on Sunday, stop by during office hours on Thursday, or get in touch and we’ll bring it to you.
Finally, the Church honors St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, so that Sunday we will be holding a Blessing of the Animals. If you email or text me a picture of your pet, we will include them in this Blessing. Pictures are due by Thursday, October 1.
– Intern Pastor Beth
Out of an abundance of caution, we will NOT gather for in-person worship this Sunday, September 13, due to the Hazardous Air Quality in the Spokane area. You are invited to stop back here on Sunday evening or during the week to view an abbreviated service, as Intern Pastor Beth explores new technology, or to visit another congregation for online worship on Sunday morning. We do plan to resume in-person worship next week.
– Intern Pastor Beth Parks
On August 16, 2020, I was installed as St. Peter’s new Intern Pastor. I’m still learning some of the technology, so worship services from the past 3 weeks are on our Facebook page and will be posted here soon.
I’m interested in getting to know more St. Peter folks, but I know many are not yet coming to worship in person. I’m beginning to make Zoom appointments so we can see each other’s faces, talk, and still stay safe. If I haven’t reached out to you yet, please email or call and we’ll set a time.
– Intern Pastor Beth Parks
JOIN US ON JULY 26, 2020 FOR OUR NEXT IN-PERSON SERVICE (UNDER MINIMIZING RISK–RE-OPENING PLAN)—-DOORS OPEN AT 9:30 AM AND SERVICE BEGINS AT 10:00 AM. PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK!
WE WILL CONTINUE TO RECORD AND POST WORSHIP SERVICES ON THIS SITE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND IN-PERSON.
JOIN VIRTUAL GLOBAL COMPANION PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020 AT 11:00 AM PDT- ZOOM INFORMATION LISTED HERE:
FOOD BANK IS SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE JOIN US IN DAILY DEVOTIONS AND PRAYER. THESE ARE POSTED ON THE DAILY DEVOTIONS TAB OF THIS SITE. THEY ARE POSTED BY THE WEEK AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SCROLL DAY TO THE DAY/DATE YOU ARE CHOOSING.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:30 PM Dinner and 6:15-6:55 PM Lenten Service
Homily: Grace Alone
Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:30 PM Dinner and 6:15-6:55 PM Lenten Service
Homily: Faith Alone
Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:30 PM Dinner and 6:15-6:55 PM Lenten Service
Homily: On the Word of God Alone
Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:30 PM Dinner and 6:15-6:55 PM Lenten Service
Homily: In Christ Alone
Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:30 PM Dinner and 6:15-6:55 PM Lenten Service
Homily: To the Glory of God Alone
CELEBRATION THROUGH MUSIC
Saint Peter Lutheran Church and
Grace Baptist (Our Sister Moldavian) Church
Cordially Invite You To Our
CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT
DECEMBER 20, 2019 AT 7:00 PM
Saint Peter Lutheran Church Sanctuary
Choral Music, Congregational Carols, Choir, Youth Choir, String Orchestra,
Mandolin Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Accordian Music
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW IN THE PARISH HALL
Visit Our Nativity Walk at Saint Peter Lutheran Church
Continuous Display of Forty Nativities
Advent through the Day of Epiphany
The summer season is a time of transition at St. Peter Lutheran Church. As one intern pastor leaves (Eric Schwirian) we are ready to embrace the next shepherd of this congregation (Tim O’Shields) and affirm the mission of this church which is rooted in baptism.
As Lutheran Christians, we affirm the covenant God made with each of us in baptism and this informs how we serve the community of Hillyard (Food Bank / Free Community Breakfast) and the greater Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by raising up and teaching the next generation of Lutheran pastors. Our baptismal covenant with God includes:
Living among God’s faithful people, Hearing the word of God and sharing in the Lord’s supper, Proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, Serving all people, following the example of Jesus, And striving for justice and peace in all the earth? (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 236)
We invite you to be a part of our congregation as we confidently and joyously proclaim the Gospel through word and deed and continue to place our faith in Jesus!
(Christmas Caroling at an Assisted Living Facility)
St. Peter Lutheran Church wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This winter began with joyous celebrations of Jesus our Savior, Messiah, and Lord’s birth. We rejoiced in this good news of great joy for all people by singing carols at the residences of our home-bound members, participating in weekly Advent meals and worship, decorating the church, and by continuing to proclaim Jesus through deeds to those in our community during our Food Bank and Community Breakfast ministries.
We invite everyone to join us in proclaiming Jesus through Word (Worship) and Deeds (Volunteering) during 2019! The rest of this winter will include acknowledging how God in Christ was and is still being revealed to us during the Epiphany Church Season. During the Lenten Church Season beginning in March we will acknowledge through prayer, self-reflection, and worship the sacrifices Jesus made for us during his life and death on the cross that lead us to his Easter resurrection.
Christmas & New Year’s Blessings to All!
Intern Pastor Eric
(A Recent Winter Photo of St. Peter Lutheran Church)
The past couple of months have provided me with the opportunity to participate in and witness the ongoing ministry efforts of this church. It is with great joy and gratitude that I can share that here at St. Peter we are living into our faith and our congregation’s mission statement:
We are a worshiping faith community called to: Serve, Teach, Pray and Love in commitment to our Savior Jesus the Messiah.
Serve: No matter when the 2nd or 4th Friday or the 3rd Saturday of the month falls on the calendar we are prepared to serve our community with food. Our volunteers for our Food Bank and Community Breakfast events come from this congregation, fellow Lutheran parishes, and other Christian churches here in Hillyard and throughout the surrounding community. There is no doubt we are proclaiming Christ through our deeds, and it is entirely as meaningful for those that receive the food as it is for our volunteers handing it out!
Teach: This past September we began our Children’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Study. This October we are beginning our Confirmation Classes where our youth will learn what it means to affirm their baptism. Our goal is to teach and walk alongside them so that they can confidently engage and read the Bible, have a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the sacraments as well as many other topics rooted in the Word of God.
Pray: During our prayers in worship, before and throughout our ministry outreach events, and when we pray as individuals we recognize the power of prayer, how God listens, and how when we invoke Jesus name that healing and transformation are experienced.
Love: It is our goal to ensure that the love we share is without boundaries. We serve and love our community regardless of need, ethnicity, race, faith or any other description that a child of God may claim.
Let’s all continue to do our best to help each other nourish our faith, serve, and inspire the community to follow Jesus’ Greatest Commandment of Loving God and Our Neighbors!
Many Blessings to All,
Intern Pastor Eric