In Acts 20:28, the Apostle Paul tells us, “Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”
In the Gospel of John 13:34, Jesus tells us “I give you a new commandment….that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciple, if you have love for one another.”
And in Romans 13:10, “ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
During my time as a member of St. Peter’s—as a member of the Vestry, as a member of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team, and now as Senior Warden—I have seen over and over again the way the people of St. Peter’s express the love of Christ to one another, especially in times of significant change in our lives. Whether because of illness, loss of a job, the death of a loved one, becoming a caregiver to a spouse or family member and at other times of loss and change, the St. Peter’s community responds with love and support. And I see it in the everydayness of our life together: Sunday Morning Eucharist, Holy Chow, children processing into the Church from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with smiles on their faces that light up our world, our Youth, our splendid choirs, the Altar Guild, Room in the Inn, The Augustine Literacy Project, Morning Prayer, our Young Adults Group, the Senior Class, the Gay Pride Parade, the Soup Kitchen, Small Dinner Groups. “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”.
There is so much giving and receiving of love at St. Peter’s. Thanks be to God!
Irma Hoffman, Senior Warden