All things come of thee, O Lord…

…and of thine own have we given Thee.

by Allison Elrod, Director of Stewardship

A child of the 60’s and 70’s, I grew up a preacher’s kid in the American South. My dad served several Episcopal parishes in those decades, and our home was often next door to or across the street from a church. From my earliest memories, I spent a lot of time in churches where Rite I was the norm.

In particular, I remember sitting quietly at the top of one staircase or another, or just outside a sacristy,  listening even if I wasn’t participating in weddings, funerals, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, or the Eucharist. It’s not surprising that I remain deeply connected to Rite I. Phrases like “But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy” are the comforting and familiar words of my childhood. 

As is, “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.

Since joining the St. Peter’s community  as Director of Stewardship, I’ve given this well-loved phrase a lot of thought. My faith tells me that all things come from God, but do I believe? Do I treat the things I own, my skills, my time, my financial assets as though they belong to God? 

You are teaching me a lot about this.

All through the pandemic I’ve witnessed the many ways you’ve continued to offer your gifts, remaining close to this community of faith in spirit, if not in person. You’ve  continued to uphold a commitment to outreach and social justice. Formation has continued and even flourished, for both adults and our children and youth. Our building has continued to be a place of sanctuary, celebration, and worship. Together, you’ve done exactly what we are called to do—you’ve continued, in faith, as good stewards of your gifts. And your faithful stewardship has kept the lights on—literally and figuratively. 

Not in the least, your collective financial commitment to St. Peter’s in 2022 now exceeds $900,000, meaning we can answer God’s call to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of love in aspirational ways in the coming year. 

Thank you for all the ways you offer your gifts to enrich our faith, our community, our world, and our home.

If you are new to St. Peter’s, or if you’d just like to talk more about how you can offer your unique gifts, I’d love to talk with you. We can begin with my own questions: do I treat the things I own, my skills, my time, my financial assets as though they belong to God? I’m learning that it’s not a question I can answer once. It’s a question I have to ask myself every day, as I make everyday choices about how to live my life. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, you can learn more about our ministries and opportunities for contributing your time, your expertise, and how to make a financial pledge on our website at st-peters.org/giving.

I hope to talk with you soon.

Allison Elrod, Director of Stewardship (aelrod@st-peters.org, 704-749-6146)

This Week

Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)

The Daily Office
Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer)*
Evening Prayer, Monday–Friday, 5:30 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/eveningprayer)
*Morning Prayer is offered virtually weekdays as well as in person Tuesday and Thursdays

Weekdays
Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday)
Wednesday, Room in the Inn

Join us for Worship. Our safety procedures at each service allow us to welcome all those who feel that in-person worship is safe for them at this time. Many COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, are in effect. Socially distanced seating is available in the chapel. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd online this Sunday. As we continue to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID variant, there will be no nursery services offered this Sunday. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children will be offered online. For questions and link information please contact Susan Dosier (susan@dkcommunicationsgroup.com). In person formation for youth (grades 6–12) and adults will still be offered.