Pastor’s Email College Devotion, January 17, 2016

Pastor’s Email College Devotion

The Week of Epiphany 2

January 17, 2016


And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.   (Matthew 14:23, NRSV)


Jesus’ life is filled with times when he was with people, and times when he was alone to pray and focus on his mission and call.  Your life is like that, too.  You spend a lot of time with others, in classes, social settings, dorm life, and dare I suggest … occasional campus or town church activities.  You also spend time alone studying, writing, reflecting … maybe praying.  That rhythm is healthy and godly and productive.  Maintain the balance.

We talked about “Seeds” in church today through the lens of the “Parable of the Sower.”  Vicar and Sister had solid sermons on the theme, and Pr. Pretz and Jenny Sassaman had terrific children’s sermons, too.  Good music, good attendance, good community at St. Peter’s this morning.  I pray the new semester has gotten off to a good start.  As always, make choices that you and your loved ones will be proud of.


Grow in us the gift of faith, the joy of community, and the blessing of diligence in all our efforts.  For through these gifts we give you glory, gracious God.  Amen.

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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.