The first letter to Timothy tells us to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and generous and willing to share. In this way, we lay up treasure for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of “the life that is truly life”—and I think that our life together at St. Peter’s is certainly that.
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Jesus was a refugee when his parents fled to Egypt in the wake of the “slaughter of the innocents” ordered by King Herod (Matthew 2:13-15). We hear today about people coming through the Mexican Border seeking asylum, escaping violence, and about what happens to them: children in cages; deportation of undocumented immigrants living in Charlotte; new limits on who may even apply for refugee status. These are just some of the troubling issues that lead us to ask: What are we as followers of Jesus called to do?
At St. Peter’s, through God’s grace, we find so many good things—fellowship, friendship, food, kindness, beauty, comfort, education, warmth, wisdom, music, joy, peace, wonder, and love—all offered one to another and to the world around us and to God. Never as a payment. Offered. Given. Unconditionally.
Our historic church, built in 1895, stands as the oldest building on North Tryon Street in a city known for having preserved only a few of its beautiful buildings. Its brick façade, stately stained glass, unique brownstone, and ornate elements offer a physical beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte.
This Sunday, our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, will visit St. Peter’s to baptize, confirm, receive, and reaffirm new Episcopalians. During his visit he will also bless the new aumbry. “But what is an aumbry,” you might ask?
Love your neighbor as yourself. Many of us struggle to know how to demonstrate this commandment in our lives. Please join us at the next Social Justice meeting on November 6 to learn more or get involved.
At the same time that we are remembering, sharing, and unpacking the 2019 Youth Pilgrimage in this Sunday’s Forum, we must begin the process of preparing the next class of youth pilgrims for their life-changing journey in 2021. Join us for Shrimp and Suds on Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the St. Peter’s Rooftop Patio.
We will begin offering Compline at 7:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, beginning October 6. I hope that you will plan to make this new service part of your worship life at St. Peter’s.
St. Peter’s is hosting the Charlotte Area Ultreya from 6:00-7:30 p.m. this Sunday, September 22 immediately after Evensong. Ultreya is a chance to share our experiences of Jesus; offer each other love, support, and encouragement; and learn about the Cursillo ministry.
The Becoming Episcopalian course, beginning this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Library, is an annual class for adults preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, for Reception, or for Reaffirmation. It is also a great opportunity to simply learn more about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition. I hope those interested will join us for this annual formation opportunity.