The annual celebration of Christmas, the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, retells the famous mystery of how God the Creator has been and continues to be the unconditional companion and hope for the world. Following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph, the earthly father of our Lord, we are invited to stay the course of faith—even as we, like them, have no idea where our paths might lead us.
Life at St. Peter’s is designed to empower us and our journey like that of Mary and Joseph through the gift of community with one another. In this sacred place, community comes both intentionally and primarily by gathering regularly for worship, formation, fellowship, and service opportunities, as we are able. I pray that you and I will use the twelve days of Christmas to prepare for deeper commitments to our covenants with God in 2014 and increased presence in all that we are and offer. In the name of the Savior who was born into poverty as a meek king, let us consider how we might partner with God to bring hope and healing to a broken world. The call to discipleship is upon us in this season.
The Christmas invitation ultimately invites us to respond to the birth of Christ through participation in the new vision of this parish church. Our commitment is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.
Our vision is bold. Our hearts are open. Join us for the journey.
In peace and thanksgiving for Christmas, I am….
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector