“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18)
With these words, Jesus furthered his call of the disciple Peter. But Peter still had much to learn. This past “Installation Weekend” seminarian Kyle Bates, using the resurrection story from John: 21:1-17, drove that point home. Peter was a “skipping stone” when he sought to go it alone and go fishing even after Jesus had appeared in the Upper Room. Impetuous Peter was a “sinking stone” when he later left the disciples behind by jumping out of the fishing boat to see Jesus even as Jesus was gifting the whole boat load of disciples with a boat load of fish. Then on the beach, “go it alone Peter” was a “rolling stone” as he seemingly tried to “do it alone” by busying himself with the great haul of fish just as Jesus is inviting the group to share breakfast.
It was a “touch stone” message meant to reorient all disciples toward the importance of community, rest, and Holy Meal as we are repeatedly restored by Jesus’s forgiveness and constantly sent to let his love shine through in the shared ministry of tending and feeding all the lambs and sheep that belong to Jesus. If you would like to hear the message or listen to the remarkable and meaningful music offered by so many (especially the Psalm so beautifully composed by our own Ryan Hostler) click here. My special thanks to those who shared their gifts of worship and music, to those who traveled from places like Sarasota, Haines City and points beyond, and to the incredible staff at OSLC. And again, and again, and again, my gratitude to the whole people of OSLC for sacred trust extended through call to serve as a pastor in this special place. Thank you, and thanks be to God for you!
Blessings, Pastor Mark