November Vestry Update on Regathering

At the November 20th vestry meeting St. Thomas Leadership Team discussed the newest information on regathering protocols and direction from Bishop Haynes office. Here is the text of that message. Navigating the Pandemic: A Prayer for Wisdom At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by...

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“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  The Holy Bible: New Revised...

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Re-Gathering Update from the Bishop’s Office

July 30, 2020 Dear St. Thomas Community, In an email from the Bishop’s Office yesterday (click here to view), Bishop Haynes, in conjunction with her advisory staff, have encouraged congregations who have begun regathering (in our region of the diocese) to consider another suspension of in...

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Words from Warren–Orientation, Disorientation, Reorientation

Words from Warren—August 25, 2020 In our Old Testament readings for the past few weeks we have been working our way through Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Beginning with the story Adam and Eve, moving to Noah and the Ark, a pattern of Exile and Return begins to emerge as one of the central...

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Of Regathering and Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among allpeople, and respect the dignity of every human being?People I will, with God’s help. (from the Baptismal Covenant, BCP p 305) Dear St. Thomas Community, At our vestry meeting this past Tuesday, your vestry and I spent a good deal of time...

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May 23, 2020 Worship Update and the Church to Come

Moving Forward with Worship at St. Thomas Saturday, May 23, 2020 Dear St. Thomas Community, Doubtless you have heard that during Phase I of resuming something like typical daily life, churches have been allowed to and, in some cases, encouraged to resume in person activities quickly. That houses...

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“Hello in There”- A Reflection from the Rector

  Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day Old people just grow lonesome Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello” So if you’re walking down the street sometime And spot some hollow ancient eyes Please don’t just...

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St. Patrick’s Day

To say that this is a St. Patrick’s Day unlike we’ve ever seen would not be overselling the point. We have officially been asked to avoid gathering in groups of larger than 10. All church activities and those we host have been suspended. We are inundated with news, sometimes...

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Just Mercy and the Work of Justice

Last Friday Lisa and I took the time to go and see the new film “Just Mercy” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. The film is based on the true story of attorney Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and Walter McMillian (Foxx), a black man wrongly convicted for the murder of a...

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