June 30—A Day of Thanksgiving at St. Peter’s

Our common life at St. Peter’s is full of opportunities to give thanks to God from all whom all blessings flow. Even as we naturally are less aware of our countless blessings, we are called daily into mindfulness of, and gratitude for, people, places, and things that bless us.

June 30 is definitely a day of thanksgiving as our community of faith gives thanks for the 99th birthday of parishioner Edith Pearson. All are invited to gather after 10:45 a.m. worship for a festive birthday celebration. Amazingly, Edith was baptized at St. Peter’s and is able to attend 10:45 a.m. weekly worship preceded by regular presence at the 9:30 a.m. Rector’s Forum from September to May. (Learn more about this celebration in today’s news.)

On this day, we also give thanks for the June 29 ordination of the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer as Transitional Deacon approximately six months before her upcoming ordination as Priest at St. Peter’s. In addition to programmatic duties as Associate Rector for Formation and Pastoral Care, Joslyn will perform liturgical duties designated for the holy order of Deacons: proclaim the Gospel, bid the Confession, bid the Prayers of the People before the Intercessor offers intercessions, set the Table, and dismiss the people into the world. She also will preach, teach, and join me in leading the baptismal call for each of us to serve the poor, sick, and oppressed.

Although I will be away from June 25 to July 4 with fifteen youth and four adults for the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) pilgrimage to Italy, our pilgrimage crew will be in prayer and thanksgiving for the gift of St. Peter’s. Let us all hold one another in prayer wherever our daily pilgrimages take us and be thankful for our blessings.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector