The early Christians had their whole lives in common. We read about them in the Acts of the Apostles 4:32-33: “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power, the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them.”
I suggest that we at St. Peter’s also have our whole lives in common: we are bound together by one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. Even as we often share that we don’t know each other throughout our ever-changing, growing, and thriving parish family, this sacred place is our faith community. Several such opportunities await us all. On Sunday, June 5, we will learn about the stewardship ministry of Planned Giving and St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society; hear choristers from The Choir School at St. Peter’s during the 10:45 a.m. liturgy; and gather for food, fellowship, and play at the Parish Picnic at Independence Park on East Seventh Street. On Tuesday, June 7, we will welcome neighbors from beyond our doors for a “Community Dialogue on Race in Charlotte” to examine racial justice, equity, and community in the Queen City. These are some examples of how community is celebrated through life at St. Peter’s.
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. May all that we are and offer strengthen the meaning and experience of what it means to be a Christian community.
In thanksgiving for our birth and life together,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector