“O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” –Collect for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
As summertime in Charlotte or wherever we are continues to unfold and we go and come from St. Peter’s, we are invited to praise and seek God in all things. The Collect for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost reminds us well that without God nothing is strong and nothing is holy. These comfortable, encouraging, and powerful words are perfect, as I will travel from July 26 to August 2 with my wife, Ellie, to Kenya for a church-related conference that will focus on the important matter of human sexuality and justice. (More about this is found in today’s notices.) Gathering with a host of ordained and lay ministers from throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, we will pray, listen, respond, and learn what it means to seek God in all things. More, we will learn explore what it means to put ourselves aside in the name of Love and the Other. It should be a rich time amid breathtaking scenery. In October 2011, I attended this same conference in South Africa and continue to reflect on the transformative nature of being with other Christians from diverse settings who are invited daily to praise and seek God in all things.
I invite you to join me in the praising and seeking of God in all things, as we make our spiritual home at St. Peter’s and are called by our ministries to bring about justice and peace and to live in love. Godspeed, blessings, and looking forward to our return.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector