This summer, beginning June 25, all adults, youth, and children are invited to join my Associate Rector, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, and me for a four-week, inter-generational formation series. “Conversations with the Clergy” is designed to seize the rare season in life at St. Peter’s when all ages have the gift of time to gather on Sundays, simply to learn together, make connections, and foster Christian relationships after the 8:00 a.m. or before the 10:45 am liturgy. Light breakfast refreshments will be available.
Mindful of what appears to be a cultural custom for some to take a summer break from worship and formation, this special 45-minute offering and all that occurs every Sunday and weekday at St. Peter’s are to the glory of God who gives us life and blesses us, daily. Indeed, we are better, stronger, and more equipped to navigate this sinful, broken, and violent world when each week of our lives includes the practice of engaging God’s Word and Sacrament with others from our parish community or wherever summer travels might take us. The Holy Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:11) recalls the importance of “encouraging one and another and building each other up,” which is done primarily by being together and sharing faith journeys.
“Conversations with the Clergy” will cover topics, such as Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation; Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence; and Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Each session will be facilitated in a way that should be easily accessible for adults, youth, and children alike. It will be a sacred time for individuals and households to benefit from our sacred space beyond the pews. More details and childcare information is provided under “Worship and Formation” in the parish news.
It will be a delight to gather with you in the coming weeks, as we focus together on our Parish Vision 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 peace and blessings as we try,
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector