|St. Peter United Church of Christ||
Joy and Peace
God desires for His children to have peace and unspeakable joy in the midst of trials and tribulations that we will face. We do not need to understand the process but trust His plan for His ways are perfect.
Father, thank You for Your new mercies this day. Help us to live in Your joy and peace. Give us strength and understanding to resist anxiety, anger, envy, depression, bitterness, hopelessness, loneliness, fear and guilt. Rescue us when our spirit is overwhelmed within us and our heart is distressed. We refuse to let our life be brought down by negative emotions and vain imaginations.
When we are tempted to give in to them, show us Your Truth. You have said in Your Word that by our patience we can possess our souls. Help us to keep our heart with all diligence, for we know that out of it spring the issues of life. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom. 12:12
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16
Our regular Sunday morning service is at 10am in the Historic Chapel. All are welcome to join us. We are a church of unconditional welcome for all who seek a closer relationship with their Creator.
We welcome all people to join us on Sunday mornings as we gather together to share the unconditional love of Christ. As a body of believers, St. Peter UCC believes that we are called to welcome all people back to the fragmented table of Christ and that it does not matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome with us. As a part of our ongoing desire to truly be a part of the body of Christ we reach out to all persons, welcome each of you as you are on life's journey, seek to give each of you a place where you can seek a closer relationship with the Creator and give you a community in which you may be safe to be the person that God has Created You to Be...We do not judge but rather seek to take away the restrictions that have been placed on individuals as to how they should be in relationship with God. Jesus didn't judge and neither do we, come and know that you are truly welcome here.
April 8, 2018
"Faith in the Unseen"
O God, I confess my doubt to you, for it is deep and wide, like a fresh wound whose sting cannot be softened by any ointment or bandage. One moment, I praise with song and dance, and the next moment, I turn away from you. I mistakenly beg for certainty, proof and control over that which cannot be known or controlled. I cry out, "Show me!" My doubt suffocates me even while you breathe on and within me. Open space for me enough to breathe in the reality of your presence in all that I do, in all that I seek, in all that I doubt, and restore new life in me that I may know belief in you, which is deeper and wider than any doubt. Guide my questions that they may expand my awareness and trust amidst the unknown, the mystery, the inexplicable.
*taken from "Before the Amen Creative Resources for Worship"
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were locked in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Temple authorities. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Having said this, the savior showed them the marks of crucifixion. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw Jesus, who said to them again, “Peace be with you. As Abba God sent me, so I’m sending you.” After say this Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas—nicknamed Didymus, or “Twin”—was absent when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him, “We’ve seen Jesus!” Thomas’ answer was, “I’ll never believe it without putting my finger in the nail marks and my hand into the spear wound.” On the eight day, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood before them, saying, “Peace be with you.” Then, to Thomas, Jesus said, “Take your finger and examine my hands. Put your hand into my side. Don’t persist in your unbelief, but believe!” Thomas said in response, “My Savior and my God!” Jesus then said, “You’ve become a believer because you saw me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus performed many other signs as well—signs not recorded here—in the presence of the disciples. But these have been record to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Only Begotten, So that by believing you may have life in Jesus’ Name.
The community of believers was of one mind and one heart. None of them claimed anything as their own; rather, everything was held in common. The apostles continued to testify with great power to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and they were all given great respect; nor was anyone needy among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them and give the money to the apostles. It was then distributed to any members who might be in need.