This year, 2022, is our congregation’s 150th anniversary. Why do churches celebrate anniversaries? We do it because we know God’s grace is the only reason we exist. We celebrate to thank God for everything he’s given, opened up, used for good, and blessed in our midst. For a century and a half, the gospel has been proclaimed in this community in many different ways by those who came before us: teachers, members, pastors and leaders. If any moment of those many years were left up to us, we would have brought God’s kingdom crashing down to the ground long ago. But the church still stands because God’s promises haven’t failed. His people are built together on a solid rock: Christ, our foundation. Paul taught this truth when he wrote about the church in Ephesians chapters 2 and 3. “In Christ you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Through the gospel [you all] are heirs together…members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:22; 3:6). Built together. Heirs together. Members together. Sharers together.
We will consider these beautiful truths this summer as we dedicate the month of August to our church’s anniversary. God willing, we will review our heritage as timelines, photos, and other history is made available. We will renew our relationships as members, both old and new, gather for worship and fellowship. We will restore our facilities to God’s glory, as we have already done with the stained-glass windows in our sanctuary. By God’s grace we must also recommit to our shared mission as we ponder what the next 150 years might look like under God’s blessing if he allows the world to continue that long. All of this because of Christ. All of this to lift up his name, not our own. What a joyful noise we will make! Look forward to August’s special worship series, featuring the former pastors of St. Peter as guest preachers. Mark your calendars for the third Sunday in August, the 21st, when there will be a special dinner after church. Keep watching in the coming months for additional details and ways to participate in this once-in-our-lifetime opportunity to thank and glorify God in such a specific, special way for all his goodness to us in Christ