The gift of the 2018th year of our Lord presents us an opportunity to begin again, renew, and with thanks, embrace another year of grace. The awesome place that is St. Peter’s embarks on a new year with hosting Room in the Inn, the Vestry Leadership Retreat, a Saturday Epiphany Retreat, and the host of worship, formation, and fellowship offerings which begin on January 7. Our part of the body of Christ is given a new year to respond to God’s love and abundance by a far-reaching offering of time, talent, and treasures, including money, all in celebration of the birth of Hope at Christmas and the Light of the Epiphany.
Together, as we work daily for the kingdom and dream of God, may we find a source of encouragement from a hymn text appointed for the feast of the Holy Name, January 1:
Now greet the swiftly changing year with joy and penitence sincere; rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace another year of grace.
For Jesus came to wage sin’s war; this Name of names for us he bore; rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace another year of grace.
His love abundant for exceeds the volume of a whole year’s needs; rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace another year of grace.
With such a Lord to lead our way in hazard and prosperity, what need we fear in earth or space in this new year of grace?
“All glory be to God on high and peace on earth,” the angels cry; rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace another year of grace.
– Now greet the swiftly changing year, Sixth Night, 250, The Hymnal 1982
Blessings on the Jesus Movement that calls us,
- The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
St. Peter’s Parish 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.