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.

Weekly Update for August 12

Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s. Worship Update We are in the process of testing the function and placement of the new cameras for the church sanctuary, that have recently been delivered.  Hopefully in a few weeks, this equipment will allow us to stream worship in the…

Sticking to the Edges …

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s email devotion. He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:5.   “Smash the cucumber a few times with the back of your knife…

Weekly Update for August 5

Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s. Worship Update Please be aware that a number of projects are in the works.  Some of the equipment necessary for providing live-stream worship from the church, using our chancel space (altar, pulpit, organ, piano) is starting to arrive.  Staff will start…

Simple Gifts

I had my first (and only, as far as I can predict) Covid wedding this past weekend at St. Peter’s.  Just over twenty people … masks all around … social distance seating in the pews … and in the bridal party – the bride and groom were together, but the two attendants – the best…

The Masks We Wear

Years from now we will look back on this era with dismay. For one thing, it was the time of wearing masks. We will find a collection of masks we wore, stored away as symbolic artifacts of a strange time. Nothing new, actually – human beings have always worn masks – and always will –  Experts say…

Weekly Update for July 22

Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s. Safe Church/Covid-19 Task Force News Due to the recent protocol put out by Governor Wolf with groups limiting to 25 persons, especially indoors, our Committee recommends waiting until Labor Day at the earliest for in person worship in the church building. …

Weekly Update for July 8

Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s. Re-opening the Church Survey We invite you to complete and submit this survey Re-opening Survey about returning to live worship in the sanctuary, and eventually in the Family Life Center.  As we put together the needed procedures, equipment and safety supplies…

Eggshells in Your Omelette

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8, NIV “You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette”.   Perhaps my son Ryan was a bit forceful with the cracking, as…

Weekly Update for July 1

News from St. Peter’s: July 1, 2020 Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s. Worship in our Sanctuary We continue to make preparations for in-person worship in our church building, starting with the church sanctuary.  The pieces we must have in place to safely offer in-person worship in…

Almost But Not Yet

Resurrection is about a new bodily life in this world and for this world.  What they (Gospel writers) are saying is that the resurrection of Jesus means that God’s new creation has begun, and therefore we have a job to do.  Our calling then in the light of Easter is to be as it were…