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Coffee Hour Conversations Habits, Norms and Expectations at St. Peter’s 

Every Sunday in May we will be chatting about St. Peter’s in a structured way. Congregations (like any organization) have certain things that define them –ways of doing or being that people want to remain constant. Sometimes these are deeply and obviously meaningful to an outsider such as being a historically black parish or having a reputation for outreach which is defined by a long-standing program of feeding the homeless. Sometimes the “norm” is less readily apparent or at least its significance is – for example using pita bread instead of wafers for communion. Regardless, attempts to change any of these routines – even when change is warranted – will meet with resistance

 Often these habits, norms and expectations are unspoken. Therefore it is easy for newcomers to inadvertently step on some of these beloved traditions. In addition, as individuals we have our own habits, norms and expectations –and they may not be visible or known to the members of the congregation. When our habits, norms and expectations collide with those of the congregation (or individual members) misunderstandings can arise.

 Last week we spoke about Liturgy/Worship and Music. This Sunday we will talk about Structure and programs.

 

Reflection from the Senior Warden 

Consciously cultivating thankfulness is a journey of the soul, one that begins when we look around us and see the positive effects that gratitude creates. We do this by noticing those around us to whom gratefulness comes easily and realize how much we enjoy being around these people.   With Covid 19 we tap into these gifts as we think about times in the past when we felt particularly grateful.   Remember the peacefulness and the delight during those times.  As we understand the gifts of gratitude, we realize that being grateful is not something remote or foreign, but part of the natural joyful expression of our full humanness.

 Remember that “Gratitude is the mother joy, Gratitude makes us young, Gratitude promotes health, Gratitude draws people to us, Gratitude is the antidote to bitterness and resentment, Gratitude cures perfectionism, Gratitude keeps us current, Gratitude opens our hearts, Gratitude spawns kindness and generosity, Gratitude opens us to moments of grace.  Gratitude is having my 95 year old mother still with us.

 As Rev. Cheryl preaches sermon after sermon, this is a time of reflection, a time for forgiveness.  I realize in my lifetime that forgiveness is a funny thing, it does truly warms the heart and cools the sting. 

This a very difficult time for my family, the one-year anniversary of my sister’s death (Judith) is May 11th and I ask for your prayers as we grieve.   

 Wishing all a “Happy Mother’s Day” and thank for your faithfulness, dedication and determination to keep St. Peter’s alive during this difficult time.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church: What Would Love Do?

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

Posted Apr 29, 2020

A word to the church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. April 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocbrg1FyQ18

 

 Meditation for the Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter by the Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche https://vimeo.com/413218830

 

 

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