I am encouraged by the words “Come, Lord Jesus,” especially as we transition from the longest season of Pentecost to the first Sunday of Advent on December 1. This significant day marks the start of the Church New Year and anticipates the inevitable prosperity that will come upon us. During Advent, “Come, Lord Jesus” will be our response to the petitions offered during Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at St. Peter’s.
These prayer words will remind us, yet again, to wait with boundless expectation for the rebirth of “God with us” at Christmas while continually giving thanks for the first birth of Our Lord to Mary, Mother of God. They name a great need and spiritual longing for Christ to become better known to us in a manner that is transformational. They suggest that all things, including new and eternal life, are possible through the mystery of faith.
It is my hope that you and I will take advantage of the necessary days before Christmas in ways that are countercultural. Intentionally, we can let Advent be Advent. Then, we can turn our attention to Christmas Eve and the 12 days of Christmas, which end with the Feast of the Epiphany on Monday, January 6. During Advent, the worship, formation, fellowship, and outreach life of St. Peter’s will offer diverse occasions to assist our engagement in the purpose of the season. Our Sunday and weekday offerings are designed specifically for the parish family to exercise holiday discipline amid the chaos and to plant spiritual seeds that are bound to bear rich fruit.
I look forward to celebrating the Church New Year with you and praying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” Our prayer for the Savior of the world to come closer is bound to change our lives and those of others.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector