From the Rector

Priest Pulse Podcast - Help My Unbelief: Deconstructionism and the Episcopal Church feat. Connor Gwin

Submitted by Colin Chapman on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:47 am
Posted 1 year ago

The most recent episode of the Priest Pulse Podcast (co-hosted by our own the Rev. Colin Chapman) is online. Join Colin and Ben as they talk to the Rev. Cn. Connor Gwin, Canon for Social Engagement and Christian Formation in the Diocese of Southwest Virginia, about how deconstructionism has affected discipleship and evangelism in the Episcopal Church.


Where do you find the time?

Submitted by Colin Chapman on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:17 pm
Posted 2 years ago

Allow me to sum up our Lenten Study book, The Book of Joy: Lasting    Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in a tweet. Self-centered living leads to stress, anxiety and depression. The more we think about the others, the more joy we find!


Submitted by Richard Matthews on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:06 am
Posted 3 years ago

As my year and a half interim draws to a close and we all look forward with eagerness to Colin’s arrival after Labor Day, I have been reflecting on our time together and what it means to truly be Church.

All too often we think of church in a hierarchical sense … Bishop, Priest, Vestry, People … and I guess in an organizational chart sort of way that is valid. But, what I have seen here at Saint Peter’s is far from that business structure arrangement. We function more like a living organism with a multitude of interacting organs (not the big one in the back of the Nave).

From the Rector July 2016

Submitted by Richard Matthews on Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:34 am
Posted 3 years ago

Where do we find God? One of our recent Old Testament lessons was a story from Kings about the prophet Elijah. He was frightened and had run off to hide. A voice came to him while he was hiding in a cave and told him to go to a mount and wait for the Lord God to pass by. There was a wind, an earthquake and a fire. But God was not in these spectacular events. God was in a still small voice.

From the Rector June 2016

Submitted by Richard Matthews on Sat, 05/28/2016 - 1:04 pm
Posted 3 years ago

As I look out my window at Moose Hill, the bare branches of the maple trees have finally filled in with beautiful green leaves beginning again the wondrous cycle of life. After a mild relatively snow free but long Winter and cool Spring new growth has appeared with the cacophony of colors and splendor of bright sunny days with the occasional splash of rain that sustains nature’s life cycle.

From the Rector

Submitted by Richard Matthews on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:16 am
Posted 3 years ago

I am not entirely sure, but it looks like Spring is actually here. At least the  daffodils are pressing up through the ground and I hear songs of birds I have  not heard since October. Spring is always for me such a refreshing time. I  have a sense of renewal and a freshness in the things that I do. The passage  from Ecclesiastes is true... “There is a season...” And I guess our Anglican  heritage gives us a sense of comfort that there is a place and a time for  everything and that sense that everything is in its place.

Meanderings from the Rector

Submitted by Richard Matthews on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 8:49 pm
Posted 4 years ago

I have always been fascinated with mountains.  I am not sure when that fascination began.  Perhaps it was when I climbed Mount Monadnock for the first time in the 1950s or my first encounter with Mount Washington a few years later.  But the peaks have always engendered in me a sense of awe, wonder and majesty.