Pastor’s Email College Devotion, February 14, 2016

Pastor’s Email College Devotion

The Week of Lent 1

February 14, 2016

Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the ground on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.  (Joshua 7:6, NRSV)


We observed Ash Wednesday this past week.  Did you worship anywhere?  Probably not, but the pastor can dream, can’t he?  J  The ashes of this kick-off to Lent remind us of our mortality.  Your lives are filled with vibrancy and your horizons are expanding.  Most of you rarely think of your mortality, as is natural.  But remember that a healthy recognition that life is precious, and can end at any time, leads to a greater appreciation for and use of every day with which you are blessed in life.  Don’t forget that you are not invincible or indestructible.  Throw a thank you to God every once in a while for the blessings you experience.  As always, make choices that you and your loved ones will be proud of.


Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  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.