Adaptation and Thriving

Since I went on sabbatical in 2012 in Ireland for three months, I have gained a deep and abiding fondness for the work of the British Broacasting Company (BBC) World Service. It is helpful to remember that not only is the United States not the center of the world, but that the variety of human...

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Setting our Faces for Easter and Beyond

5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings,...

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Worship for Advent and Christmas

Dear St. Thomas Community; As you will know, we have been on the cusp of resuming in person worship on a limited basis twice over the course of the past few months. In both instances, spikes in infection rates have resulted in delays in both instances. As you will also be aware, the rates of...

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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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