Entries by Ollie Rencher

Connections: Parish Retreat at Kanuga

This year, it has been impressive and humbling to observe the leadership, creativity, diligence, and energy of the Parish Retreat Design Team, a committee of Congregational Development, in preparation for September 15-17. Significant among their duties has been the offering of two-tier pricing and generous scholarships to ensure that even more parishioners might attend this connection-making opportunity.

Commemorating Saint Peter the Apostle

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.

Because We Believe In Freedom

For a whole host of reasons, most people do not see others as their equal, and perhaps not made in the image of God, the Creator of all things holy, good, and perfect. Yet, the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. Because of this reality, we must change.

Summer Sunday “Conversations with the Clergy”

We are better, stronger, and more equipped to navigate this sinful, broken, and violent world when each week of our lives includes the practice of engaging God’s Word and Sacrament with others from our parish community or wherever summer travels might take us. The Holy Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:11) recalls the importance of “encouraging one and another and building each other up,” which is done primarily by being together and sharing faith journeys.

Music in the Air

Let us give thanks for music, which can help us to connect to the God within–and even fill our hearts with joy. This week’s posting is by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.

Reconciliation: All Sorts in All Seasons

Considering the fractured world in which we live, I am prayerfully reminded that we are called to the ministry of reconciliation. The mission of the Church–the body of Christ–is to restore all people to unity with God and each other. Thus, reconciliation is when persons make right or harmonize around a difference or situation that has caused hurt, conflict, or separation.

Recalling Our Strength

Our actual ability to glorify and please God in will and deed is rooted in the source of our strength: God. Whenever we rely on God and entrust our lives, present and future, to the One who created us, we come closer to experiencing a certain peace that surpasses human understanding.

A Personal Creed for Bold Followers

The prophet Micah proclaims to a broken, desperate, confused, discouraged, and likely well-intended people what precisely God requires of them. They, like most people of God, wanted to know what would be pleasing and acceptable to their Creator.