April 18, 2024

Worship at St. Peter's

This Sunday, April 21, Pastor Steve will continue the sermon series entitled A Ragtag Company - according to the Book of Acts, by bringing the message Wronged for What's Right from Acts 4:5-14.

St. Peter's wants to ensure you get the most out of in-house worship. If you are having difficulties hearing the message, sound-amplifying devices are available at the back of the Sanctuary. Ask an usher to assist you.

Joy Wright gives the FLOWERS this Sunday in celebration of Steve's birthday.


Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus is a well-known and much-loved traditional hymn – for over 300 years, it has been sung and cherished – but many specific details are lost in time. It is known to have first been printed in a German hymnbook in 1677, with text adapted from a 1662 Jesuit manuscript, but the author and the composer are unknown.

In 1842, the text was paired with the tune we sing today. Originally titled ASCALON, the compiler of the hymnbook said that he had heard the tune sung by German haymakers. The tune was used by Franz Liszt in ‘The Crusaders’ March’ in an 1864 oratorio (“The Legend of St. Elizabeth”), and it is often referred to as CRUSADERS’ HYMN in the mistaken belief that soldiers sang it on the way to Jerusalem during the First Crusade.

Regardless of the title given to the tune, the message of the hymn has remained the same: Jesus is ruler of all and is adored by his children; he is fairer than all of creation and shines brighter and purer than ‘all the angels heaven can boast.’ The final stanza echoes the first and concludes with a feeling of a doxology:

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

now and forevermore be thine.

Freely adapted from Hannah Cruse in Discipleship Ministries, UMC

Fairest Lord Jesus

Worship from Home

Our 9:00 AM Service will begin broadcasting at 8:55 AM. Join us on our YouTube channel to view the service.

Prayers for Our People

Immediate Prayer Needs

Please remember these people in prayer this week: Randy Alltizer, Phyllis Arnold,

Randall Booker, James Cho, Bob Cogan, Sandy Emery, Helen Evans, Wendy Gingerich, Kathy Gurden, Bill Haislett, Sandy Hale, Ed Hayes, Betty Hickey, Jean Mangone,

Paul Mangone, Shirley Miller, Sharon Nelson, Marlene Nielson, Don Pageler, John and Carol Pardee, Pam Primich, Marlene Reed, Phil Ridout, Brenda Schisler, Vic Schisler, Julie Stewart, Maxine Verch, Rob Verch, Terry Weisman, Christina Yates.

Do you need prayer?

The Prayer Team (Praying Hands) is available to pray with you on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM in Room B in the Worship Center. Contact Dixie Brain at dixiebrain@gmail.com to get more information. You can also call our Prayer Line at 714-846-6641, press #3, or ext. 228. Our Prayer Line is monitored daily, and Prayer Teams are also available on campus Sunday mornings after the service.

Join a Prayer Team

St. Peter’s is a praying church—founded on prayer. Our Prayer Ministry is growing, and we invite you to join us. In addition to the prayers of all small groups, Bible Studies, meetings, and gatherings, the following are teams who use their gift of prayer for specific requests:

  • Praying Hands meets Wednesday at 8:00 AM in Room B.
  • Our At-Home Prayer Team is reached with requests via E-Mail.
  • Sunday morning Prayer Partners are available for personal, confidential requests after each service.

Should you be led to use your gift of prayer with us, please contact the church office at 714-846-6641 or info@stpetershb.org.

This Sunday

The Upper Room Devotional

The May-June Edition of The Upper Room will be available this Sunday at the back of the Sanctuary.

Weekly Bible Studies

Mid-week Bible Study


9:30-11:00 AM

Room C/D

Exodus - Learning to Trust God

Begins May 1

Trust God. Sounds simple, right? Yet, you know it is often very, very difficult to trust God with the things that matter most to you--money, career, marriage, health. As we study the book of Exodus, we'll see that Israel faced similar struggles to trust God completely. In this story of hardship and hope, we'll discover along with Israel that God--and God alone--is worthy of our trust.

Bring your favorite Bible as we read and discuss the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt, prompted by discussion questions from the Life Guide series.

For more information

e-mail info@stpetershb.org.

Saturday Morning Women’s Bible Study 9:00-10:30 AM

Room C/D

Seven Powerful

Claims of Christ

begins this Saturday

In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses “I Am” statements that tell his listeners exactly who he is: the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Gate; the Good Shepherd; the Resurrection and the Life; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and the True Vine. These claims infuriated the religious leaders and eventually led to Jesus’ crucifixion. This six-session study examines Jesus’ extraordinary claims and shows how Jesus provides, protects, guides, saves, and gives everything we need to grow in spiritual maturity.

Join us this Saturday, April 20, as we explore the Seven Powerful Claims of Christ.

For more information

e-mail info@stpetershb.org

Coming Up

Let's Talk About Communion

for Families

Communion holds importance for families on various levels, whether within religious or secular contexts, by providing a sense of belonging, spiritual nourishment, and shared experiences that strengthen bonds and enrich the lives of all family members.

Following the service on April 28, from 10:10 - 10:30 AM, families with children are invited to a conversation with Pastor Steve about the significance of receiving communion.

Please RSVP to mwright@stpetershb.org.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 2

St. Peter's will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2. Join us in the Boathouse for an open prayer session hosted by our Prayer Team. We'll provide prayer resources, and the labyrinth will be available for walking. Join with others around our nation on this National Day of Prayer.

The Boathouse will be open for prayer on May 2 during the following times:

7:00 - 9:00 AM

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

6:00 - 8:00 PM

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