O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day)
The Last Steps of Eastertide. As we journey from the Ascension (May 9) to the Day of Pentecost (May 19), our common prayer is that God will never leave us comfortless and that the Holy Spirit will be revealed as a source of strength. As an Easter people, a people who believe in new life, a people who believe God has the capacity to do the impossible, do we know that God lives within us?
You and I are called daily to go to God in prayer (conversation) so that the presence of God within us will make our paths clearer and the world might become better. Through weekly engagement of life at St. Peter’s and the various offerings for worship, formation, and fellowship in this incredible place, the God within will become increasingly known. Transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit is bound to happen within and all around us, especially when our hearts are open and we pray without ceasing. May the last steps of the Eastertide journey bless us “real good” and prepare us for even richer lives in Christ.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector