The Collect (prayer) for July 27, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, reminds us that without God nothing is strong and nothing is holy. “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.”
Through this comforting prayer and its clear focus on how things could be without our engagement of and trust in God, I am overcome with a sense of peace — deep peace. I arrive at peace because whenever I cast worldwide unrest, turmoil, evil, discrimination, injustice, and sheer brokenness of the human condition into the care of God, I know that all shall be well. In God, these and other life occurrences which can weigh heavy and effect how I might approach each day, people, situations, and all things, become manageable. Moreover, the Spirit of God that dwells within you and me makes its home to assist us as “we pass through things temporal” and “lose not the things eternal.”
In God and the Holy Eucharist, we are invited to find strength and are reminded that we are holy, because the Spirit of God dwells within and nourishes our souls. The same Spirit of God dwells within the beloved community of St. Peter’s Church to make us strong and holy and to empower our work of ministry. Let us feast weekly from God’s Table, pray without ceasing, live in hope, and remember that nothing is strong and nothing is holy without God.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector