Our fundamental mission as a parish family is to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ and thus form our members into a community of disciples who make God’s love known.more...
We are all called to serve the Lord Jesus by celebrating the sacraments, educating our people in the truths of our faith and providing for physical, emotional and spiritual needs. With this purpose in mind, our parish offers many varied ministries and programs which engage and serve hundreds of people.
As we look forward to this next year at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, we pause to give thanks to the Lord, our God, for all the blessings received during our years together as a parish family. With God's help, and with the cooperation of all of us who make up this faith community, I trust that the goodness of the Lord will continue to shine upon us in the years to come. Thank you for your support and prayers. God bless all you good people.
READ AGAIN THE GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46
I was hungry and you formed a humanities club to discuss my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel to pray for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
What good did that do?
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
But I needed you.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the shelter of the love of God.
I wish you’d taken me home.
I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
Why didn’t you stay?
You seem so holy, so close to God; But I’m still very hungry, lonely, cold and still in pain.
Does it matter?
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Most of us spend a lot of time trying to figure out whether we think God is trustworthy…. Maybe the only question isn’t whether we can trust God. Maybe the question for those who want to live a life alive in God is this: Can God trust you?more...
Trust is dependability – a deep confidence in someone. We tend to trust people who are reliable, who are consistent and who don’t change with the season or the wind direction. Ever think that maybe God is looking for people He can trust?
Many Christian I know say their faith varies daily. And mine has seasons too. But what if our faith was strong enough and we became solid enough that God felt he could trust us?
Trust killers include:
* Losing faith in God the minute circumstances don’t go our way.
* Putting ourselves at the center of our relationship with God, rather than God at the center. (What can I do for God, rather than what can God do for me?)
* Keeping God at the periphery of our lives, not at the center.
What I love about Moses of the Old Testament is that he was gut-level honest with God. He got upset, but God heard about it first. He went straight to God. He believed God against all odds (like trusting that somehow God would make a way across the water even if it looked impossible).
I first got challenged with the trust-reversal idea when someone introduced an interesting idea about parenting. What if parents might stop thinking in terms of simply being able to trust their kids and start asking a different question: do we live in a way that our kids trust us? Are we consistent? Do we inspire confidence?
I love that thought. It’s challenging me. And it’s a great thought to kick off a new week.
Have you ever thought that God might be looking to trust you? If so, how would you live different as a result? (Carey Nieuwhof)