AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

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.

Words from the Cyber-Wilderness

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the…

A Brave New World

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to…

Oh, Those Kiddos

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 So … I get a crazy idea as I’m writing a puppet show script for the preschool this week.  (Admittedly, the fact…

Desk Detritus

Last week, the computer mouse on my desk mysteriously fell between the desk and the wall in my office.  By “mysteriously”, I mean “was thrown against the wall in frustration over an uncooperative website form I was trying to fill out.”  My desk weighs the equivalent of a mid-sized rhinoceros, so usually things go there…

In the Wilderness

Everyone has had a wilderness experience or two … or ten.  They are a part of life … they build character … the hard way.As a kid, the only bicycle I had to ride up through my early teens … was my sister’s hand-me-down bike.  It was blue, at least … and not pink with…

Lent 1 Preview

“But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:2 Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation…

Not-so-Dirty Ground

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” ~~ Genesis 3:19 (KJV) I can usually tell who I’m parked next to in…

Standing in the Light of Christ

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:2, NRSV How do you picture the God who speaks to you? (PAUSE) Let me help you out a bit.  Close your eyes.  Find that peaceful place inside your head.  And picture Jesus – the…

Angels Unawares

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2, KJV) Most Sundays after church services are over and before heading for home, I walk through all the pews in the church sanctuary, so as to collect the attendance sheets from the 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. services.  (And allow me…