New Year’s Greetings from the Rector

church-facadeDear St. Peter’s Parish Family:

Today, we are blessed to enter the 2015th year of our Lord and invited to pray with Christians worldwide the appointed Collect of the Day from The Book of Common Prayer (p. 213).   “Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.”  In thanksgiving for another year, we ask that God will plant the love of Jesus in our hearts so that we might become “bold followers,” as we express in our parish vision.  All that we do within and beyond the doors of St. Peter’s is designed to enrich our lives and invite others to join us on the faith journey.

Engage God. Deepen Connections.  On behalf of my staff colleagues, I am excited to share an online version of “Life at St. Peter’s – 2015 Winter, Spring and Beyond.”  This seasonal publication is a guide to a variety of programs and events from January to August that will help us to engage God and deepen connections with one another and the wider community. Next week, paper copies of this issue should arrive via mail to members, newcomers, visitors, and friends for whom we have information in our records.  A limited number of copies also will be available next week in the public spaces at St. Peter’s.  Click here to read “Life at St. Peter’s” for what is scheduled beginning with Sunday, January 4.

With the 2015 Winter–Spring edition of Life at St. Peters, we are inviting members to complete a brief  survey to inform the clergy and lay staff of the various ways that parishioners might share their time and talents for the good of parish life and personal reward.  You can pick up the survey in the public spaces of the Parish House or complete it online at

Our Vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.

God’s blessings in this new year and thanks for your many gifts to the vision of St. Peter’s Church.

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector