St Peter's Way - A pilgrimage from Greetham to Peterborough
AND I TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE PETER AND ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND THE GATES OF HADES WILL NOT OVERCOME IT. MATTHEW 16:18
The St Peters Way idea emerged from focussing on the origins of the church in the New Testament and what it is all about. The quotation above paints the picture perfectly - it was all in Jesus' plan for us.
When Jesus left his disciples, was crucified and rose again, He had already given the disciples a great commission. Peter, as the foremost disciple, was a rock on which Jesus would build his church in the future. He was the first disciple to express that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah. Jesus' directions for Peter as a disciple was to carry on Jesus' work on earth looking after his sheep (us!) feeding His sheep (spreading the word of God as a brilliant guide on how to live life), and to "Follow me (Jesus)".
The pilgrimage idea is to give people - believers, non-believers, Christians from all church denominations - an opportunity to take time out of everyday life and reflect on their lives.
Peter describes people as "living stones" being built into a spiritual house (the church). Jesus is the cornerstone. Peter's church was made of people - not bricks and mortar. Within this spiritual house, (where Christians are gathered together), there can be a manifestation, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, on the pilgrimage, it would be a blessing for pilgrims to pray for the fruit of the Spirit to be given to us all and the world - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Prayers also for forgiveness, reflection and healing for churches today, which have strayed far from Jesus' plan for us through His first instructions to Peter.
• Peter borough!
• Greet ham (pilgrims!)
• Living stones- represented by this area of quarries filled with stone.
• Ancient paths - Hereward Way, Viking Way, Danes Way, Macmillan Way, Torpel Way - all span the areas of Rutland, Stamford, Lincoln, Humber and Norfolk.