We welcome you to our Church, our Worship, and to our Parish Life. Please know that whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey in faith, there is a place for you here.
Everyone is invited to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you prefer not to receive communion, we invite you to come to the altar rail, cross your arms on your chest, and receive the blessing of God. If you are unfamiliar with the Episcopal "Way", ask someone for help, or merely relax and enjoy the beauty and power of the service by observing what goes on.
St. Peter's is very proud of it's Pastoral Direction, as well as the individual efforts from its Congregational Members; to support and further Christs Mission on Earth. St. Peter's delights itself in its collective Body from various backgrounds and theologies. Although the Episcopal Church has core understanding and guidance; we recognize that this Body includes all people, Christians from all around the world regardless of "religion".
The Episcopal Church values the importance of individuals and the gifts each has to offer. St. Peter's celebrates the Journey we have all undertaken to live out Christs' Mission in such a complicated world. Truly, "everyone" has a part to play and share with others. What inspires you?
“Who is my neighbor?”
The law of God says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. An expert in the law asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29. Jesus answered that question with a story about an outsider, someone whose faith practices were different.
This Lenten Season, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Westfield is providing an opportunity to get to know our neighbors. The activities begin each Thursday night at 5:30 in the church. We will start with a Service of Evening Prayer, in the Traditional Anglican style (come get to know us); followed by a pot luck supper.
The following programs will begin at 7:00 PM in Bailey Hall. The church is located at 12 Elm Street in Westfield. No registration or fee is required and all are welcome.
February 11: Our Muslim Neighbors – Sam Qadri, presenter
February 18: Our Jewish Neighbors – Jay Kallor, presenter
February 25: Our Buddhist Neighbors – Sheridan Smith, presenter
March 10: Our Amish Neighbors – Sarah Price, presenter
March 17: Our Seneca Neighbors – Marilyn Anderson, presenter. In the place of Evening Prayer, this evening will begin at 5:30 with music by the Seneca Singers. Join us to hear hymns sung in the Seneca language and learn to sing a familiar hymn in this beautiful tongue which is in danger of being lost forever.
On March 3rd at 7:00 PM there will be a presentation at our Diocesan Center on our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry’s book, Songs my Grandma Sang, which describes how his Christian faith was formed by the African American tradition of hymn singing. All are welcome to this event. The Diocesan Center is located at Brighton Ave. Tonawanda.
"Follow Christ and reach out to others so they can know the love of God"
"To be a Safe, Non-Reactive Community, of Healing and Spiritual Growth."
It is the Rector's Duty, as well as the Vestry's, to implement Programs, Services, Education, and/or Instructions for all activities offered or attended by it's Parishioners and the Community; to follow and comply with it's Mission Statement.
St. Peter's is in the process of developing new practices that mimic this "Simple Church" philosophy.
Why are our Church Doors painted Red?
- The Episcopal Church is easily recognized.
- It reminds us of the Mark of Blood placed over doors; so the Angel of Death would pass by the Children of Israel.
- It is the color associated with the Holy Spirit.
- Red symbolizes the Blood of Christ that we all pass through, to get to our Heavenly Father.
- To remind us of the Blood of Martyrs.
- Red is the color of The Passion "Eucharist".
- It is our Sign of Sanctuary.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Eccl 3:1
What’s distinctive about St. Peter’s?
"We are not a club."
We believe that God is always at work, and attempting to re-establish his presence on earth through His son and His People. That we, as the Body of Christ, are His hands and feet on earth; to reach out and to do His will. Jesus has set a clear example to receive everyone with forgiveness and without accusations. This was demonstrated over and over again throughout his life. One such notable occurrence was when the Pharisees had brought a woman, caught in adultery, to Jesus and in front of a crowd; intending to trap Jesus. He asked that the one without sin cast the first stone; one by one they left. He then speaks to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
The Holy Eucharist (Passion/Communion) is central to our Worship Service and we celebrate collectively as the Body of Christ. Our efforts are to grow spiritually, welcome God’s Kingdom, and spread the message that we are all members of God’s Body and of equal value. Change is never an easy process and the family of God is a diverse people. It’s our natural instinct to rebel against change. However, God calls us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness”.
As we seek God collectively and individually, change takes root and something wonderful happens. We not only notice the changes in ourselves, but we see the changes in others. Amazing stories of ordinary people that have faced difficult challenges, persevered, and triumphed. We are a people who are seeking after God’s face. “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”.
Alternative Worship Services:
Thursday Nights at 5:30 pm, great Potlucks follow!
Everyone is invited and Welcomed to our Alternative Prayer and Worship Services every Thursday night at 5:30pm. Over the years The Rev. Virginia Carr has explored, taught, and utilized, a variety of mediums to lead the congregation of St. Peter's into a deeper understanding of the mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ. She is as creative in her regular Services, as she is for our Special Events. Without question, her knowledge and understanding are invaluable. Thursday night Services change throughout the seasons and offer new ideas and a fresh perspective; so bring your questions.
Rev. Virginia engages our senses through the use of Liturgy, candles, music (notably Taize), and utilizes a variety or combination of Worship styles. We have also enjoyed exploring the labyrinth, art, poetry, and writing, to name a few. Her creativeness to cross the modern with Monastic and Apostolic practices renews and deepens our Faith. We are currently enjoying the awesome voice and talent of a classical guitarist. Our Thursday nights have provided an opportunity to nurture our Spiritual relationship with Christ. We would encourage anyone that is seeking a greater truth to come join us, and ask the more relevant questions as well.
This is the time to bring your doubts, your questions, your faith, and your scientific understanding of the world; to fully engage both your mind and spirit, in worship together. We recognize that we are all part of the same journey with similar struggles, regardless of age or background. Our way is not to convert someone to our ways but to grow as the Body of Christ, and advance the Kingdom of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work within and beyond the walls of St. Peter’s, and is changing lives. He can change yours as well, if you let Him. Change is always difficult and most often painful; but unless there is change, progress is never made. You are loved!
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Jerusalem Crossing is Bishop Franklin's blog - or online journal, of sorts. Through the "pages" of Jerusalem Crossing, Bishop Franklin plans to share his thoughts on various issues. He hopes you will leave your comments and ideas in return. Jerusalem Crossing, he hopes, will become a way for the entire diocese to be engaged in conversations that can help to keep us informed, broaden our horizons, build our community and ultimately help us to better serve God's purposes here in Western New York. New posts will be added on most Thursdays. You can view all posts made thus far at http://jerusalem-crossing.com
Faith in Practice - Life Changing Medical Mission
"About Us - Mission Statement
The mission of Faith In Practice is to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Our mission is based on an ecumenical understanding that as people of God we are called to demonstrate the love and compassion that is an outward sign of God's presence among us. Faith In Practice's life-changing medical mission is to minister to the poor, while providing a spiritually enriching experience for our volunteers."
Please help in supporting the Ecumenical effort of "Faith in Practice" as they deliver the care so desperately needed. One of our own parishioners, who is a nurse, will be making another trip this year! Your prayers and support will create life changing moments for both the patients and volunteer's.
More information can be found at: http://faithinpractice.org/
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Coming to Saint Peter’s every Sunday or Thursday to follow and fulfill our spiritual path in life is wonderful. Our church home and family at Saint Peter’s is growing and becoming a place for everyone to feel safe and welcome. If you are interested in helping with any of the committee’s or just being a larger part of the church and service by giving your time, we would love to have you and your family volunteer.
We are always looking for parishioners that want to be more involved by welcoming them to do so. We always have room for our growing family.