Father Michael A Smith

Father Michael Smith was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2016, but has ministered in worship related roles for more than thirty years. A cradle Episcopalian, Father Michael launched into interdenominational ministries in 1987 with Covenant Players, a theatrical ministry. He met his wife, Heather-Beth, in CP; their common Anglican roots were part of their initial bond. Michael continued to serve in Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian Reformed, and various non-denominational ministries up until 2010, when he began his journey back into Anglicanism.

“I was mostly fulfilled in my ministry life, but somehow felt there was still a piece missing,” Father Michael recounts. “At last the Lord has drawn me back to Anglican liturgy and worship, helping me to realize that this was a vital part of my worldview since my earliest days. It’s always been a part of my design in ministry and my identity in Christ.”

The study and practice of worship has been a primary focus in Father Michael’s ministry and life. For him, worship is about much more than music and singing – it’s about consistent connection to the presence of God.

“In our work, our play, our rising and our resting, we always need to be mindful of His presence, listening for His voice. We are created to glorify God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everything we do should honor Him.”

What is Liturgy?

“Liturgy” is the word used to describe our participation in the rhythms of the Sunday morning gathering. If you are new to Saint Peter’s, or are simply interested in understanding more about the liturgy, this guide will help you appreciate the meaning behind what we do during our worship services. Continue reading

Being Anglican

What is an Anglican?

We are reformed, evangelical, and in our style of worship we use liturgy that is rooted in history.  Anglican worship is rooted in the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.  Scripture is integrated into our liturgy of worship and use the Book of Common Prayer to guide us through prayer, worship and services like weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Continue reading

Following Christ

Everything we do at St. Peter’s is meant to help us follow Jesus.  In addition to our spirit-filled, evangelical, and liturgical worship service: we offer places to grow and learn, ways to meet people and get involved, opportunities to pray and heal, and ministries to make a difference.

Three Streams, One River

The three great streams of Christian tradition –catholic, evangelical, and pentecostal–
are represented in our worship services: we experience God through liturgy and sacrament;
we uphold and proclaim Scripture; and we emphasize the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Read more about three streams, one river in this paper by David Harper from Church of the Apostles in Fairfax, VA [PDF].