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St. Francis Day Pet Blessing and Reception Oct. 4th
Peter joined the staff of Grace Church in July of 2017. As organist and choirmaster, Peter programs liturgically appropriate hymnody, choral music, and organ voluntaries for regular services as well as an array of special services including Lessons and Carols and Evensong.
Notable performances include Guilmant Organ Concerto no 1 with the SEK Symphony, continuo for Messiah with MSSU combined choirs and orchestra, and choral evensong with PSU choirs at Gloucester Cathedral, England.
Peter holds a Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in organ performance from Pittsburg State University.
The Book of Common Prayer says that the “ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.”
Those who are baptized are welcomed into God’s family, the church, for the purpose of doing good works using the gifts God has freely given. They are called to “carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.” The baptized are the body of Christ in the world and without them, there is no church.
That funny word ‘Episcopal’ comes from the Greek word for bishop. One of our distinctives is that we are a Protestant church that still has bishops. Bishops serve as the chief priest and pastor of a diocese (a group of churches in a geographic area), builds up the church, guards the faith, unity and discipline of the Church and ordains others to continue Christ’s ministry.
Priests are called to provide leadership to local parishes, serve as pastor to the people, administer the sacraments, share with the Bishop in overseeing the Church and speak blessings and pardon in the name of God.
Deacons are ordained to serve those in need and organize the people of God to repair the injustices and indignities of our world. Deacons serve at the intersection of the church and the world. In our worship, they assist bishops and priests in proclaiming the Gospel and administering the sacraments.