While you and I easily could relax or continue to recover from the fullness of Lent, Passion Week and Easter Day, the good news of God in Christ commands us to come together always for worship, formation and fellowship. The great mystery of faith (Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.) is a story to be told and celebrated whenever we have a chance, particularly on the Sabbath Day.
Last year at St. Peter’s, we deemed the Second Sunday of Easter as High Sunday versus the historical and anticipated understanding that congregations worldwide will experience a Low Sunday, based on lower attendance after the annual hype of Easter. Life at St. Peter’s, however, is thriving and only will continue to thrive through our constant presence and prayers as people of faith. Moreover, the period after Easter Day is a perfect time to bring friends, neighbors, and even strangers to share in our common life and activities – to explore God with us.
On this day, formation classes for adults, youth and children resume at 9:30 a.m. For adults, Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. The same content will be offered on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. Series participants are in for a whirlwind through the “Word of the Lord.” The day also will include a festive brunch hosted by our Fellowship Ministry Team. Based on last year’s hit event, remarkable shrimp & grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, live music and more will create a big Eastertide celebration in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. Pre-paid reservations are required online or by calling the parish office no later than Thursday, April 24, when food and beverage provisions will be purchased. These events and more will make for another extraordinary day to bless our souls and fortify us for the days to come.
I give thanks for sharing the joy of Easter with you before, during, and after High Sunday.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector