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.

Happy Tears

(A LIT CANDLE IS PLACED ON THE PULPIT)  It doesn’t look like much, does it?  Yeah … I agree.  But this candle represents more than thirty years of my life.  Well, no … that’s not exactly right.  The candle represents one particular day each year for each of the last thirty-plus years of my life. …

About our Feasibility Study

As we begin this new year, St. Peter’s celebrates all that God has given to us. As many of you know, we have spent much of the past year envisioning the future of our church and where we, as a congregation, wish to see ourselves grow. Before we consider launching a mission campaign, it is…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) You, my…

What are you looking for?

New Day Sermon Epiphany 2 We’re always looking for something … relationships, success, acknowledgement, love, satisfaction, meaning … the list is endless. Early in his ministry, Jesus offers the simple (yet profound) question to two disciples … “What are you looking for?’ Dare we allow Jesus to ask the same of us?

Epiphany 2 Sunday Preview

“ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. ”   — (John 1:35-37, NRSV) Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the…

Holey and Holy

I’m swimming in the Gulf, off the coast of Osprey, Florida (near Sarasota) a few days ago while in town celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday.  And as I often do when in ocean water, and have stopped swimming to take in the vista around me … I dig for seashells with my feet.  I find…

Welcome the Mussers

This is an exciting time for St. Peter’s! Church leadership has spent the past several months discerning the direction in which we think the Lord is calling us, that we might fulfill, even more deeply and faithfully, our vision through a mission campaign. In order to consider launching a campaign, it is important for leadership…

Fervent Prayer

“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” ~~ Ephesians 6:18   I like bookstores.  A little reading is never a bad thing, right? …

Christmas Chaos

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14, NRSV It seems an impossible task to be asked to pray.  There is a cacophony of noise surrounding me.  Two kiddos are fighting over…

The Christmas Tree Man

New Day Sermon — Advent 4 Cynthia Rylant’s story, “The Christmas Tree Man”, invites us to consider the shepherds in our Gospel Lesson from St’ Luke 2:8-18, and ponder how we are also called to shepherd those who are entrusted into our care. As Christians, part of that care-taking is sharing the news of Jesus…