Pastor’s College Email Devotion, January 18, 2015

Pastor’s Email College Devotion
The Week of Epiphany 2
January 18, 2015

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947- )
From Pocket Positives for Inspiration Maggie Pinkney, compiler

Today starts the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sometimes, it seems like the only thing religious believers do well … is fight with each other. But this week is an opportunity for us to remember that we have far more that unites us than that divides us. Your generation has grown up in a culture of broader tolerance than most of the generations before you. I pray you all can help us retain our loyalty to religious traditions that inspire us, while still recognizing and affirming the traditions that others also find meaningful. Yes, pray for that very reality.
St. Peter’s participated in a pulpit exchange in our township with some other Christian churches this morning, so I preached over at Highland Presbyterian Church, while Pr. Josh Nolt from the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, preached for us in traditional worship. We also had Jazz Sunday in New Day, with Bret Sassaman’s band Table for Six joining our praise band. Pastor Teichmann also preached over in New Day.
I hope the semester is unfolding well for you all. Be careful if you are in an area where ice storms are a threat. Have fun and study hard. Remember to always make choices that you and those you love will be proud of.

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. (John 17:11, NRSV)
Winter Blessings,
Pastor Ross

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Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.