Confession of Peter

January 18, 2016 all-day

All are welcome to join us for Vespers at 5:30 pm.
The Gospels are not shy about depicting the shortcomings, stumbles and impetuous nature of the apostle Peter—sinking as he tried to walk with Jesus on the sea; impulsively promising never to leave Jesus’ side; even publicly denying that he ever knew his Lord. In fact, his story often brings us a sense of relief as we recognize in him our own weaknesses of faith and commitment. Nevertheless, it was this same Peter who spent the rest of days preaching the gospel with boldness; who risked his life to do God’s work; and who eventually was put to death for his faith, crucified with his head downwards because, as he reportedly said, “I am not worthy to be crucified as my Lord was.” On this day, we remember the conviction that motivated and sustained Peter as he gave his life to such a calling. When Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was, it was Peter who confessed with confidence: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”