Located on the upper level of the west side of the St. Peter's Church building, Grace Chapel is open daily for private prayer and meditation from 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Grace Chapel was dedicated on Sunday, January 24, 1999. The congregation prayed:
Lord Jesus Christ, who sanctified and transfigured the use of ordinary things: Grant that this chapel may proclaim thy love, benefit thy church, and minister grace and joy to all who use it. Make this a temple of thy presence, a house of prayer, a place of meditation and contemplation and renewal for all people. Be always near us when we seek thee in this place. Draw us to thee when we come alone and when we come with others, to find comfort and wisdom, to be supported and strengthened, to rejoice and to give thanks. May it be here, Lord Christ, that we are made one with thee and with one another, so that our lives are sustained for thy service. Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts, that we may grow closer to thee through joy and through suffering. Be with us in the fullness of thy power as new members are added to thy household, as we grow in grace through the years, when we are joined in holy matrimony, when we turn to thee in sickness or in need, and, at the last, when we are committed into the Father's hands.
Grace Chapel's Stained Glass Windows
Created by Brother Steve Erspamer and Emil Frei Associates, Inc., Artists and Craftsmen, of St. Louis, Missouri, Grace Chapel's stained glass windows are mouth blown full, antique stained glass.
On January 3, 2000 artist and designer Brother Steve Erspamer wrote to the congregation of St. Peter’s Church in A Word About The Windows:
I am pleased to present the stained glass windows of Grace Chapel. In creating these designs, I considered the architecture of the building, the use of cherry woods in the Chapel, and the colors, forms, and images which reflect the theological and aesthetic interests of the faith community which is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
The windows complement the simple lines of the Colonial style of the Church and Chapel. The Chancel window is a tall, narrow rectangle with a half-circle arc at its summit. The height portrays the relationship between God and humanity—God’s steadfast love and mercy descend, as Creation’s expressions of praise and thanksgiving ascend. The Chancel window has two smaller companion windows which, when viewed together, suggest the upward movement of prayer. The windows on the West wall continue the themes illustrated in the other windows.
Since strong colors would distract from the serenity of this setting, I have chosen a subtle, but bright, color scheme. I have designed the windows in pale hues of greens, golds, grays, browns, and clears in a variety of textures and translucencies.
To symbolize God’s grace, the design abstracts the tree forms on the Church grounds and incorporates natural light coming from above. The yellow-gold passages in the windows weave in and out of the tree forms from top to bottom and express the constant presence and abundance of God’s grace among us. The interior appearance of the windows will change with varying movements, lights, and colors from outside the Chapel.
You are welcome to visit Grace Chapel and to spend some time in quiet prayer.