The Collect for Sunday, August 17 reflects on the gift of Jesus, Son of God, as a sacrifice for sin and example of godly life. In it, we humbly ask God to give us grace to be thankful for the redeeming work of Jesus and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life. What we ask is no small request. Rather, it is a huge request that can best be answered through connections — with God and one another. I am convinced that connections matter.
Soon, our parish family and friends will have access to Life at St. Peter’s, a guide to our 2014 Fall programs and events. Copies will be sent to homes, posted online, and available for pickup in the Parish House. Life at St. Peter’s is offered to remind us of how the collection of our vision, worship, formation (education), pastoral care, fellowship, servant ministry, and music can be the path by which we can become better connected with each other and God. St. Peter’s staff and lay leaders are committed to how we explore God, together, on the journey of life in the Church. Each lay and ordained minister anticipates a life-giving future in worship and shared ministry with all who might participate. Exciting times are ahead.
Two years ago, my wife Ellie and I relocated from Memphis, Tennessee to Charlotte and continue to be blessed immensely by the mission and people of this sacred place and the “Queen City.” Often, we reflect on the joys of being here. I am grateful for the connections I have made and look forward to making more. I pray that connections will become central to life throughout St. Peter’s and await your reflections on how we are doing.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector