Outreach is foundational to the Christian faith and St. Peter’s Church has been an incubator of servant ministries since 1834. The great commandment reminds that we are to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. World-renowned theologian Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, unpacks the importance of going beyond ourselves through a resource curriculum called Justice for the Poor: Love God. Serve People. Change the World. Soon after my arrival in September to serve with you, a parishioner shared this formation tool with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring it and look forward to sharing it with others.
On Sunday, January 27 in the morning and evening at St. Peter’s, you and I will have the opportunity to go deeper into the theological waters of outreach. The 9:30-10:30 a.m. Rector’s Forum will focus on outreach, including excerpts from Justice for the Poor. The 6:00-7:30 p.m. January Parish Dinner and Outreach Revival following 5:00 Choral Evensong will feature several special guests from our citywide outreach partners. (The favor of reply is requested to www.st-peters.org for final preparations.) If you have wanted to get involved in this way but have not known where to begin or you simply need a recharge, one or both of these offerings should assist your journey.
St. Peter’s Outreach Commission members will be present as well to assist with your involvement.
It is exciting to share in God’s ministry with a community of faith like St. Peter’s that has been known for service to others. The Spirit of God living within each of us challenges us to exercise our gifts in a variety of ways to build-up the kingdom of God in this place. With God’s help, may we live more deeply into our calls to service through outreach or in other ways that will glorify God and bring us great reward.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector