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.

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…

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. (In case you are wondering, the darkest Night Service he refers to will be held on Sunday night,m December 22 at 6PM in our sanctuary.) “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;  After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in…

The Shine Man

The Advent-Christmas season is characterized by stories, and so this morning I offer you a story written by Mary Quattelbaum entitled The Shine Man, and illustrated by Tim Ladwig … and some sermonic commentary.          Hear that rickety-rack of wheels over track?  Hear the cry of the train?  Oh, it takes me back to a tale…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matthew 11:3) .  “A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign. We wait with patience for the coming of…

Past, Present and Future

Whatever moments are to come, this moment is forever.  Nothing that will come to be can make this moment otherwise.  Everything that ever happens in life goes on being a part of that life, not just the thing that happens last.  The man on the cross is also the babe in the manger, the child…

The Advent Buzzard

Preachers love this time of the year.  Because we get to take pot shots at people, for all the crummy priorities folks have during the Christmas season.  We complain because you spend too much money on Christmas presents … while we ourselves are walking the mall and enjoying shopping for our loved ones.  We whine…

What Happened to the Pumpkins?

Our thanks again to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” —Mark 14:36 Our genteel display of winter squash, in reds and tans and oranges, had been rather cruelly mauled, as you can see…

A Little Something Sweet…

We thank Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s email devotional! “I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.  But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.” ~~ Romans 14:14 (NRSV) “Oh, Martha!  That cake is sinfully delicious!” Insert your favorite decadent…

What Kind of King?

Christ the King Sunday … today’s celebration … is the final Sunday of the Church Year.  It is a time when the Church not only thinks about the end of our twelve-month cycle of Sunday church services and accompanying lessons and festivals.  It is also a time when we think about the end of time,…