As we begin the long season of “Ordinary Time” ahead of us, it seems fitting to pause to say thank you to the many lay ministers who enable our diverse and inspiring formation programs. On a given Sunday, there are over 20 lay ministers using their spiritual gifts of teaching, serving, and encouraging to help us all grow “more and more” into the “full stature of Christ.” Hours of prayerful preparation go into each 9:30 a.m. Formation Hour, during which you can find adults meeting up for contemplative prayer or making connections between faith and the newspaper headlines; children learning how to reverently hold the Holy Scriptures or examining a topographical map of Jerusalem in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program; and teenagers building spiritual bonds with peers and adults that enable them to navigate their young adult years. On Saturday, May 21 we will gather with a special meal to say thank you to the many lay ministers who make our Formation programs thrive.
Our Formation as Christians doesn’t take a “summer break,” but we do use the change of seasons and summer schedules to experiment with new and different ways to engage God’s call for us to grow in love and wisdom. Adult Formation programs during the 9:30 a.m. hour on Sundays will feature two three-week long series on “Listening for God” in June and “Cultivating Simplicity” in August. The Youth will be heading to Ferguson, Missouri; engaging in local outreach efforts and attending HUGS camp; and leading adults in a mission trip to a farmworkers camp in Eastern North Carolina.
And, perhaps most exciting of all, we are launching a “Saints in the Summer” program, kicking off with a celebration of our patron saint, St. Peter, on June 26 at 5:00 p.m. Then from July 31 through August 21, our 5:00 p.m. Sunday services will feature a special saint, followed by a simple meal, activities to inspire us, and fellowship. You won’t want to miss this – bring the kids, sign up to help with the liturgy, the activities or the meal! Sign up now by following the instructions at www.st-peters.org/rsvp.
– The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector