I recently returned from a 10-day pilgrimage with our youth. Our journey to London, Canterbury, Bayeux, Chartres, Normandy, and Paris was a spiritually enriching experience for all. The lives of the nine youth pilgrims and five adult pilgrims will be forever changed by this experience.
The Apostle Paul gives us the metaphor of the Body of Christ to represent the Church. As St. Paul so eloquently explains, it takes many members to make one body. It takes each of us, in our varied expressions, to constitute this body at St. Peter’s.
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.
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.
Lent is about going home. May this be a season to run home, to fall into God’s loving arms, and tell our friends how much the Lord has done for us.
I invite you this week to pray for those Jesus calls blessed, and then to consider how God might be calling you to stand with those who suffer.
We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands has been assigned by Bishop Rodman to serve at St. Peter’s.
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.’”
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.
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.