This Sunday at 7:00 p.m., the evening of the Fourth Sunday in Lent will afford the St. Peter’s parish family an opportunity to fellowship and celebrate outreach accomplishments and opportunities, hear from parishioners about their service learning and experiences, and receive a snapshot about our new commitment to social justice both in and beyond Charlotte. A communal time of food and music for all ages in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall will be the setting. Prayer and encouragement to deepen our personal obligations to the service of others will be the reward.
It is my hope that you and yours, schedule permitting, will be present for this seasonal occasion, particularly as our vision to become bold followers of Jesus is rooted in outreach and social just ministries. The Lenten journey invites us to take on those things that will both stretch and bless us amid full lives. This holy time also intends for us to foster new relationships and rekindle old ones with those around us throughout the parish family.
I remain grateful and amazed that life at St. Peter’s provides us with so many occasions to be stretched and blessed. Moreover, I appreciate that our faith community welcomes any and all to be part of all that we are and all that we offer to the glory of God. What we do or, at least, intend to do is in keeping with our Christian responsibility as so beautifully is offered in the words of Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984) at page 605 in The Hymnal 1982: What does the Lord require for praise and offering? What sacrifice desire, or tribute bid you bring?…How shall my soul fulfill God’s law so hard and high? Let Christ endue our will with grace to fortify. Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.
I look forward to walking humbly with God and you through life at St. Peter’s.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector