We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands has been assigned by Bishop Rodman to serve at St. Peter’s.
Sunday, January 13, the first Sunday after the Epiphany, is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. Luke’s Gospel tells us: “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’”
I believe it is no coincidence our parish is named for St. Peter. We are the inheritors of a solid foundation, a rock which has been a beacon of hope in Charlotte for 184 years. As we celebrate this Sunday, may we be inspired to join those who are recommitting themselves to following Jesus in this great Episcopal tradition, and may we, like Peter and those before us, continue to boldly proclaim Christ’s love in Center City Charlotte and in all the world.
Our Lord called St. Peter “the rock on which I will build my church.” We are the beneficiaries of a solid foundation laid by our forebearers. Now is the time to build on the foundation we have inherited and ensure that St. Peter’s continues to be a beacon of hope for years to come.
We welcome many visitors throughout the year. When visitors are known to us, clergy and staff welcome them directly and through the work of the Congregational Development Team. When I speak with newcomers about their experience at St. Peter’s, almost all remark on the beauty of our worship.
The hard work of following Jesus, effecting change, and being a place of radical love, welcome, and hope, cannot be possible without the gift of community. This fall let us nurture our community buy being together to “rest for a while,” to learn from one another, and to fellowship more deeply. May our times of fellowship and rest renew and strengthen us for the work of the gospel.
Anyone who has worked on a church staff knows the frustration and the gift of interruption. During staff meetings we learn that someone is in crisis. On our way to coffee hour we hear about an unexpected death. Preparing to begin our Sunday morning class we learn that a member of our community is desperately in need. Each interruption is not a distraction, but an opportunity to refocus, to remember our purpose and mission as the Church.
The journey of Christian formation begins with baptism. But baptism is the beginning and Christian formation does not end with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children or Journey to Adulthood for youth. No Christian ever “graduates” from the Church, even in death.
The legacy of Absalom Jones is profound. Known for his speaking skills, he galvanized the Episcopal Church toward equality long before emancipation. The Feast of Absalom Jones is February 13, and there are several opportunities to celebrate his life at St. Peter’s.
As the New Year dawns and as each of us reflect on resolutions and opportunities for 2018, I hope you will consider how you might give of your time, your talent, and your treasure to support this vibrant corner of God’s Kingdom. Christ has no body now on earth, but yours.