In the preface of God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences by the Reverend William “Bill” Kondrath, I am struck by a powerful proclamation that moves me to even greater thanksgiving for life at St. Peter’s. Kondrath writes that “people of faith are the threads, fibers, cords, yard, filaments, twine, and cables that God weaves together into magnificent mutually protective and supportive art that reflects to the world the wonder of the Artist and provides warmth and security in what might otherwise be a cold and dangerous environment.”
This proclamation reminds me that you and I and those who come and go from the doors of our parish church, in faith, are interconnected in ways that cannot be separated. Not only are we interwoven with one another. We are called to be in relationship with the “other,” whomever the “other” may be, because she or he equally is created in the image of God the Artist. The more that we can see the face of God in each other, the more we can embrace the brilliant fact that we, as human beings, are a tapestry.
Every day, God grants us the opportunity to participate in the craft of weaving holy relationships with one another of all sorts and conditions. Relationships within and beyond our common life at St. Peter’s or wherever we call our spiritual home actually matter. Regardless of how we individually might approach faith or life or other people, I am convinced that each of us has a role to play in weaving relationships to the glory of God.
I look forward to engaging the events of St. Peter’s Lenten Reconciliation Weekend, March 6-8, to delve totally into the concept of “God’s Tapestry.” It is my honor to welcome Bill Kondrath as one of the weekend facilitators and as the preacher for our 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on March 8. May blessings abound along our Lenten journey.
–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector