A Christmas Message from The Rector

Creating A Better World. Christmas, The Nativity of Our Lord, invites us to be and do better in the name of the One for whom we wait during Advent. The birth of Christ the Savior, who was born into conditions that paradoxically mirror modern forms of darkness, poverty, and exclusion, was the mysterious delivery of who we are called to follow. Today, we ponder how we might respond to the Christmas with our own lives.

In The Road to Daybreak, Henri Nouwen offers that “Christmas is saying “yes” to something beyond our emotions and feelings. It is saying “yes” to a hope based on God’s initiative.” It is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work and not our own. Therefore, believers in Christmas are called to be co-creators with God on building the Kingdom on earth as one might imagine it in heaven. For those who follow God Incarnate, things will never look or feel just right or be easy. The world will continue to be broken and inhabited by broken people; always need healing; and need those who might have the courage required for creating a better world.

Our “yes” and actions are bound to glorify God. During Christmastide and year-round, life at St. Peter’s strives to provide the space and support necessary for affirmative responses to the birth and invitation of Jesus. Our Parish Vision 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. Daily, our parish family is called to try becoming what is advocated by this vision as a perfect beginning for what the Holy Spirit will complete.

In thanksgiving for Christmas, let us pray, serve, and give in ways that show our commitment to creating a better world. Now, more than ever, the world needs the Church, the body of Christ, to fulfill its primary mission, which is to restore all people to unity God and each other in Christ.

Christmas blessings and peace to you and yours.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector