AuthorRev. 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.

Penultimate Resurrection

Do you recognize these flowers?  One of our church members sent me a picture of these interesting flowers from her garden.  They bloom in the spring, as do most flowers, and then die off in the mid-summer.  But just when you are ready to trim them back, cause they’re looking so ratty and spent ……

Life

The image which heads this week’s email devotion, is a snapshot of two shelves that are part of the bookshelf which sits in my impromptu home office. I have never really had a home office, per se, until Covid hit, and I found myself trying to repurpose what we call our “organ room” at home…

Playful Creativity

I’ll give you three guesses … go ahead … three guesses on what the cover picture to this devotion is. Nope … this is a picture of the tape we had used to mark off the church sanctuary when we opened up worship on June 6th.  We taped off every other pew as a help…

The Rats in Our Lives

Our thanks to Greg Hand for offering this week’s devotion! Plato was reported to have said, “The greater part of instruction is being reminded of things you already know.” Samuel Johnson put it a slightly different way: “Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.” And Robert Fulgham probably received substantial royalties from his book,…

A Perfect Day

FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT — for those who wish to attend the funeral service for Pastor Dick Geib, it will be this Friday, July 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Bring a mask as we will be singing two hymns. A time of greeting with the family will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m.…

What Lies Beneath

Nope.  Not thinking about the 2000 release of the Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer horror movie of the same title.  I’m thinking about a tree.  An apple tree.  An apple tree that stands in the northeast corner of my yard.  An apple tree whose days are numbered. On Saturday night, as I was returning from…

A Simple Pleasure

“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” (Revelation 21:5a) This is going to sound overly dramatic … but I’m going to share it anyway.  Because it is true … for me, at least. The past two Sundays at St. Peter’s have brought tears to my…

Weekly Update for June 2

Hi Folks.  Here are some news items for the coming week including details about summer worship and our Mission Campaign. THREE SUNDAY WORSHIP OPTIONS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND Lots of news here as we begin our summer worship schedule.  Please carefully read through the next three items. IN-PERSON SANCTUARY WORSHIP – 8:00 AM Our first public…

Weekly Update for May 19

Hi Folks.  Here are some news items for the coming week. IN-PERSON WORSHIP AROUND THE CORNER Our first public worship gathering in our sanctuary is only two Sundays away.  At their May meeting, Congregation Council approved the recommendation that was proposed by the Worship Committee in consultation with Risk Management and Church Staff, to return…

Weekly Update for May 12

Hi Folks.  Here are some news items for the coming week. IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS AROUND THE CORNER At their May meeting, Congregation Council approved the recommendation that was proposed by the Worship Committee in consultation with Risk Management and Church Staff, to return to in-person worship at our 8:00 a.m. hour starting on June 6th. …