From The Stable Into The World

rencherOur Christmas journey from the isolated stable into the complicated world is progressing and full of opportunities to spread the Good News of God in Jesus the Christ as Light to the nations. Before we know it, the twelve days of Christmas will end, leading us to Tuesday, January 6, The Epiphany of our Lord. At 7:00 p.m. St. Peter’s will host a 7:00 p.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate how all sorts of conditions of people came from far and near to see our Lord.

It is brilliant that the new year of our Lord and the feast of the Epiphany happen so closely together. Such timing will serve us well as we make resolutions of what we want either to do differently or to become once we arrive into 2015. I trust that whatever we resolve, we will rely on God to help and enrich our prayer lives in faithful ways, revealing occurrences of the right things—things that often are exactly what we need versus what we might want.

Life at St. Peter’s intends to support our 2015 needs. All things scheduled for winter, spring, and summer have been planned by lay leaders and staff to bless us on the way. I encourage our increased engagement of them, as well as finding new and rewarding ways to become involved in the ministries of the parish. What we do within and beyond our doors is a part of our commitment to create God’s beloved community—one in which all people are reconciled with God and one another.

May the rest of Christmas and light of Epiphany empower us to live in love and service to the One who came among us as fully divine and fully human to enlighten our paths.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector