“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Alabama, 1965
St. Peter’s is a community of faith that is committed to the prayerful and important work related to racial equity, reconciliation, and justice. Parishioners of all sorts and conditions often share this same observation with others and me. Indeed, The Episcopal Church, because of the “Jesus Movement” and Baptismal Covenant about which our Presiding Bishop speaks regularly, encourages us to do whatever we can to respond to the universal sin of racism.
In the coming days, millions will remember Dr. King, who did much in his life in the name of Jesus and for the welfare of all beloved children of God. As we consider the parts that we each might take on the trek to reconciliation, let us pray, reflect, and act courageously in ways that will point to change.
Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led thy people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may strive to secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
I hope that many will attend our 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Monday, January 16, followed by the Noon concert featuring Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble Gospel Choir, who will not disappoint. Gathering faithfully for such an occasion is bound to bless and inform our next steps.
God’s peace and blessings as we try.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector