Daily, it seems, we find ourselves reading, seeing, hearing about, and even experiencing something that leaves us with a feeling of unrest, fear, anxiety, concern, anger, sadness, or hopelessness. Where, we might ask, is the peace and when will it come? Our cultural sweep of responses, questions, and emotions are what make us fully human. Furthermore, I find that they also present us with an opportunity to entrust ourselves, one another, and the situation at hand into the care of God—the one who can make the impossible possible, in a timeframe forever different from our own.
Our desire for deep peace in times like these, paired with a weekly presence at one or more of the various worship offerings of St. Peter’s, is bound to bless and prepare us for whatever will come our way. Even when we think we cannot make it to a liturgy of the Church and we end up making it, something about us—and our day—becomes different. The worship experiences of the Church are crafted to be like nothing else we do in life. They are readily available to fill us with the sustenance that Christians require to enter and endure each day of their lives. More often than not, I know for myself and learn from others that the deeper I am willing to go into God informs the level of peace that I am able to find.
“The peace of God, it is no peace, but strife closed in the sod. Yet let us pray for but one thing—the marvelous peace of God.” Long ago, Mississippian William Alexander Percy (1885-1942) wrote these words, set to the hymn tune “Georgetown.” In times like these, let us receive them as an invitation to spend intentional if not radical time, amid hectic lives, around God’s Table at St. Peter’s. From God’s Table, we are sent in peace to love and serve the only One from whom deep peace may be found.
God’s blessings and peace to your journey,
–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector