Rock SchulerRock Schuler is the Rector (Pastor) of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland. He has served as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church since 1990 after studying for the priesthood at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in Congregational Development in 2002. In the course of his ministry, Rock has served on an Indian Reservation, in rural Wyoming, and in major suburban areas. In addition to pastoring the people of his congregation, he has been involved in community service projects to serve the homeless, refugees, and the addicted. He’s also been involved in international outreach projects in Latin America and Africa. Rock’s spiritual roots lie in the early Christian Church, in Native American spirituality, in the liturgical worship and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and most especially in his own personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. He appreciates the mystery and mysticism of the Christian faith while offering thanks for a lifelong and joyous love of Jesus. Rock, born in 1965, is from Wyoming, where he served his first two churches. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met while serving a parish outside of Philadelphia, and has two beautiful daughters, Leia and Rebecca. Rock is into science fiction and fantasy (especially "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek," "Lost," and "The Lord of the Rings"), movies, reading, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and running.
Host: Why should I pray?
Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: The question of why we should we pray gets right to the core of who we are as human beings. We have been created and St. Augustine and many other theologians have said with a hole at the center of our being, meaning we have been created with a hunger for the presence of God. God created us because God wanted to be in relationship. God being a God of love wanted to be in love. We are created to be in relationship with God. When we fulfill the purpose of our creation we lead happier, a fuller, more fulfilled lives even in times of stress, even in times of anxiety and worry and difficulty, even in time of darkness.
When we are in relationship with God, we know that our life has greater purpose, greater meaning, a greater context. We know that our life on this earth is not all there is to life and we know that the trials and tribulations that we face here are not the final end of our story. Praying brings us into relationship with God and the relationship with God fulfills us as human beings now and forever.