“There is no excuse to not participate in your own life, to let the opportunity to do good pass you by.” This line, from what I received as an excellent, convicting homily offered by Josh Meloy on Youth Sunday, June 10, gives much to consider about how we might approach our lives. The Latin expression “Carpe diem” (seize the day) came to mind and keeps ringing.
Indeed, because God is life and God is good, we are called to participate in our lives with God at beginning and ending of our days. As a people called to be bold followers of Jesus, each day presents openings to do good and bless others both with and through our lives. To help with participating in our lives, St. Peter’s upholds the observance of weekly worship as one of the single most important gestures that able-bodied adults, youth, and children can do. Each is called to participate in God by remembering the Sabbath day and keeping holy by worship, intentionally gathering with fellow members of the body of Christ around God’s Altar.
Life at St. Peter’s intentionally offers numerous worship opportunities on Sundays and beyond to provide congregants with God’s Word and Sacrament, nourishment for life: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. plus every third, and most second and fourth at 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. For parents with young children, the Infant and Toddler Center is staff Sundays, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Josh Meloy also expressed that “rushing through life always wanting more and more and never appreciating what we have can rob us of happiness and a true connection with God.” May we strive, in faith, to do those things that will help us to participate in our lives – gifts from God.
God’s blessings and peace as we try,
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector