Commemorating Saint Peter the Apostle

“You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church.”
Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam

It was my privilege to accompany the St. Peter’s Choir on the August 4-14 Pilgrimage and Residency at St. Alban’s Cathedral in the U.K. Not only was I able to journey and become better acquainted with such a fine ensemble of dedicated music ministers, they allowed me the opportunity to sing with them throughout the week. It was one of the best experiences of my life, because music and liturgy were what brought me to the Episcopal tradition by way of United Methodism and Roman Catholicism. Among many ministry aspects of life at St. Peter’s, the extraordinary music that is offered to enhance our celebrations of the Holy Eucharist is one of our bedrocks.

Today, the worship, programs, and events of our thriving common life are on my mind as we commemorate the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle on Sunday, August 20. Indeed, we have been blessed with a strong rock on which this parish community has been built and on which even more building awaits us all. There will be opportunities to learn more about how to engage music, formation, outreach, and fellowship at even deeper levels during the 9:30 a.m. Ministry Fair to which all ages are invited.

I look forward to celebrating the faith that has been imparted to us and imagining how we might become even better stewards of the foundation that has been laid.

God’s peace and blessings as we try,

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector