Fifty days after Easter: The Day of Resurrection, we pray, “Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth.” Pentecost marks the birthday of God’s Church and a renewal of the faith that lives inside us by virtue of our baptism.
On Pentecost, each follower of Jesus is invited to celebrate the gift of God’s abundance, and ponder anew how individual time, talent, and treasures can be used to make a difference and empower God’s Church to fulfill its mission. More than 2000 years ago, the Holy Spirit set followers of Jesus on fire in such a way that both they and the world would never be the same. Today, life at St. Peter’s calls for the spirit of the early Christians to be that which is embodied by all who make their spiritual home at this sacred place in Center City Charlotte. Through a holy combination of worship, ministry engagement, and a pledge to the 2016 Annual Fund, each parishioner can make a stronger foundation from which our work can be done. If you already are doing this, your commitments are appreciated. If you are not but have considered how and when, prayerfully consider doing so on the birthday of God’s Church. Each commitment matters.
May we, in celebration of all that God has given us, things great and small, meditate on the words of Geoffrey Anketel Studdert-Kennedy, who wrote in the text of Hymn 9 in the Hymnal 1982, “to give and give, and give again, what God hath given thee; to spend thyself nor count the cost; to serve right gloriously the God who gave all worlds that are, and all that are to be.”
In thanksgiving for our birth and life together,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector