The corporate worship life of St. Peter's reflects much of the diversity of liturgy available to the Episcopal Church. The community can worship at two Sunday morning services, 8:00 a.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist (alternating weekly between Rites I and II), and the principal service at 10:30 a.m., which alternates between the two rites of the Eucharist and Morning Prayer (Rite I).
While we consider the liturgical norm at St. Peter's to be "low church," our gifted choirs sing sophisticated and traditional sacred choral music, and the Eucharist is celebrated from an altar which faces the east wall.
During the academic year, (September through May) other celebrations of Eucharist are offered during the week. One is scheduled on Wednesdays at the close of the workday. Additionally, there is a monthly healing service held in conjunction with the Friday morning gathering of the Prayer Group.
Observances of major feasts include a Christmas Eve pageant and midnight celebration, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and All Saints' Sunday. We celebrate St. Peter's Day in September to coincide with the launching of our program year, and also mark the Confession of St. Peter in January. During Lent, we offer daily evening prayer.
In addition to these traditional occasions, we also celebrate an annual "Kirkin' of the Tartans" service in November (using the propers for St. Andrew), and a play on Mother's Day dramatized by many of our junior members. Twice a year we welcome our newcomers with a "New Member Sunday."
We take full advantage of our excellent musical program through several means. On the first Sunday of each month from September through May, an organ recital followed by Evensong is scheduled. Evensong is replaced in December by a concert.
Our worship life at St. Peter's is supported by a host of dedicated parishioners, including the Altar Guild, the Wedding Guild, and members who serve as lectors/chalice bearers, ushers, greeters and acolytes, as well as members of the hand bell choir, choristers (youth choir) and adult choir.