Entries by Jacob Pierce

Drawing the Circle Wider

What fruit of the spirit do you see in your neighbors outside of our faith community? What gifts might they offer the Church? As each of us are confronted with the human impulse to exclude, may we choose to draw the circle wider, erring on the side of inclusion, and remembering that God has never created a person God does not love.

Love Will Not Fail

Our Lord’s victorious triumph over the grave is not a sentimental symbol, but a clear and distinct sign of this simple Easter truth: Love will not fail.

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

Sunday, January 13, the first Sunday after the Epiphany, is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. Luke’s Gospel tells us: “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’”

Welcoming the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan

I believe it is no coincidence our parish is named for St. Peter. We are the inheritors of a solid foundation, a rock which has been a beacon of hope in Charlotte for 184 years. As we celebrate this Sunday, may we be inspired to join those who are recommitting themselves to following Jesus in this great Episcopal tradition, and may we, like Peter and those before us, continue to boldly proclaim Christ’s love in Center City Charlotte and in all the world.

Strategic Planning Kick-off, Sunday October 7

Our Lord called St. Peter “the rock on which I will build my church.” We are the beneficiaries of a solid foundation laid by our forebearers. Now is the time to build on the foundation we have inherited and ensure that St. Peter’s continues to be a beacon of hope for years to come.

Opportunities to Serve as a Worship Volunteer

We welcome many visitors throughout the year. When visitors are known to us, clergy and staff welcome them directly and through the work of the Congregational Development Team. When I speak with newcomers about their experience at St. Peter’s, almost all remark on the beauty of our worship.

Opportunities for fellowship, rest, and retreat

The hard work of following Jesus, effecting change, and being a place of radical love, welcome, and hope, cannot be possible without the gift of community. This fall let us nurture our community buy being together to “rest for a while,” to learn from one another, and to fellowship more deeply. May our times of fellowship and rest renew and strengthen us for the work of the gospel.