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“Above all, maintain constant love for one another…. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 4:8-11

A Message from Fr. John Spicer, Rector

One of my favorite moments in worship is when we pass the peace. It comes after we’ve heard God’s Good News, prayed for ourselves and the world, confessed our sins, and remembered that God takes those sins away once we offer them. It’s our response to the news that we’ve been forgiven, that we can start over again loving God and each other. We share God’s peace as a sign that reconciled and renewed relationship is always God’s desire for us.

What if we could pass the peace every day? It seems that everywhere we turn, we see conflict. For some people who hold different views, it’s taxing even to have a civil conversation, much less work together to bless the world. What would it look like if we committed ourselves to a different way of being? What if we committed ourselves to passing God’s peace even when we aren’t in worship?

I would say everything we do at St. Andrew’s – from worship to learning to hospitality to pastoral care to community ministry to facility work – all of it empowers us to pass God’s peace to others. The church’s ministries bless the world, but just as important is how the church inspires and forms you to pass God’s peace in your own life. We change the world one act of love at a time, both as the Body of Christ here at Meyer and Wornall and as members of that body with specific gifts to offer. When we choose passing the peace over seemingly constant conflict, we witness to the truth that our Lord has already overcome the forces of division and despair, conquering sin and death forever.

To offer that witness, the Body of Christ needs you in two vital ways. First, I’m asking you to consider making a pledge to pass the peace in an outward and visible way in 2022. During this stewardship season, you’re hearing from members of our church family about why they act in love to pass God’s peace to others, and I hope you’ll pledge to do the same. It might be through a St. Andrew’s ministry like serving hungry people at the Free Store downtown, making meals for parishioners going through a hard time, greeting neighbors at Strutt With Your Mutt in Brookside, or serving as a greeter for worship. Or it might be through an action you take on your own. But please let us know how you plan to take the love of Jesus on the road in the coming year by naming it on your pledge card.

Second, as we plan for ministry in the year to come, I’m asking you to make a pledge of financial support for St. Andrew’s ministries that pass the peace to our members, our community, and our world. Your giving already helps make possible the church’s ministries, as well as keeping God’s beautiful house in good order. But making a pledge of that financial support marks your commitment to God in an outward and visible way. Literally, a pledge can be for any amount, and every gift matters. How about $5 a year? We’d be very grateful for that.

As the first letter of Peter puts it, God asks us to “maintain constant love for one another…. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (4:8,10). Or, we could put it this way: Love lives here at St. Andrew’s, but let’s not keep it to ourselves. Let’s pass the peace.

What You Need to Know About Stewardship

Read about the meaning of stewardship, frequently asked questions, and where the money goes.

How Do You Pass the Peace?

Maybe you check on friends who are alone. Maybe you serve in Sunday worship or help with Sunday school. Maybe you serve hungry people downtown. Maybe you’re getting to know a family from Banneker Elementary School as you shop with them. Maybe you call parishioners to offer birthday blessings or pray for those who need healing. Maybe you greet neighbors at Strutt With Your Mutt or stand with neighbors praying for our city’s unity.

There are a hundred ways we can serve one another with the gifts God has given us, and we want to hear how you do it. Send us a photo or other image that represents how you pass the peace, as well as a sentence or two describing what you do.