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Advent Reflections

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This year Advent begins November 30 the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Advent is a time of waiting, of quiet preparation for celebrating the Incarnation, God’s willingness to come and live among us in human form. There are a number of ways to prepare, but the main thing we are called to do is pause, as the world calls us to run, to shop,to be caught up in the frenzy of materialism. The season of Advent is the perfect time to allow our relationship with God to become more intimate. Many times in our humanity, we are led astray, and resist God’s invitation to us. It is difficult to hear God’s invitation if we can’t seem to turn down the noise in our lives. But if we are willing to create a quiet space, to hear what God is speaking to our hearts, our relationship with God may be rekindled in ways…

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Advent Opportunities

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Advent is a time of reflection and preparation. Come celebrate the season by participating in one or more of these upcoming Advent opportunities: Sunday Mornings: Adults join us for “A Thrill of Hope” on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. All month long: take an Advent calendar with you to help you slow down and anticipate the birth of Christ in your daily life. Tuesday morning book study will walk through Advent together wondering what all the busyness of Christmas has to do with Christ as they read From Holidays to Holy Days by Benedictine monk Albert Holtz, O.S.B Outreach Opportunities: Community Partners Toy Drive and Little Red Socks Christmas Eve Service at 8:00 pm (incense will be used) Christmas Day Service at 10:00 am More details on all these opportunities will be coming soon.

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The Gathering

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The Gathering is a Community of Faith of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. It was begun in December of 2012. There has been a need for a spiritual gathering place in Dallas, where the housed and unhoused can come together on Sunday to seek healing and spiritual fulfillment as well as community. St. Thomas is one of many Episcopal churches enlisted to provide the meals throughout the year. November 16 was St. Thomas’ final turn, for this year, to provide lunches at The Gathering. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to offer love and a meal to those that most people simply do not see. It is quite moving to be with the homeless attendees, as they come together to worship and ask for prayers for their friends and family. The Eucharist service begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at Thanksgiving Square, and lasts for about 45 minutes….

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Feasting on the Word – Nov 16

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Invited by Jesus’ parable of the talents, adults will determine ways to offer their talents in discipleship Session 12 November 23 Prompted to see Jesus in the faces of need, adults will define ways to show love to the week and vulnerable YOUTH Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Youth will identify “talents” and pledge their all for the sake of the kingdom Session 12 November 23 Youth will practice serving Christ among those who need Christ

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Community Partners Toy Drive

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On November 23 an “Angel Tree” will be put between the Narthex and Parish Hall. Please take some time and select a child’s Christmas wish you can make come true this year! We ask that you bring the items back to the Parish Hall by December 7, unwrapped in a bag with the tag on the outside easy to read. All items will be delivered to the Daughters of the King on December 11.

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The Ministry of Music

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As I began my faith journey in the Episcopal Church, I have fond memories of singing in the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, where my high school choir director also served as the choirmaster. For special occasions such as ordinations, he would ask some of us to supplement the parish choir. I was hooked. I loved the liturgy and loved the sacred music. My freshman year at TWU I was confirmed at a small parish in Denton, where some Sundays I showed up for choir and was asked to sight read a solo for the offertory anthem. From tiny parish choirs to large ones with paid section leaders, church music continues to ground and support my journey. Since landing at St. Thomas, I have watched our tiny (by most standards) choir evolve over the years, but it remains an important blessing in my…

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Feasting on the Word – Nov 9

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT Session 10 November 9 Guided by a kingdom parable, adults will demonstrate ways they recognize and celebrate Jesus’ empowering presence today. Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Invited by Jesus’ parable of the talents, adults will determine ways to offer their talents in discipleship YOUTH Session 10 November 9 Youth will embrace contemporary ways of thinking about Christ’s return Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Youth will identify “talents” and pledge their all for the sake of the kingdom

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Feasting on the Word – Nov 2

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT Session 10 November 2 Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Invited by Jesus’ parable of the talents, adults will determine ways to offer their talents in discipleship YOUTH Session 10 November 2 Session 11 November 16 Matthew 25: 14-30 Youth will identify “talents” and pledge their all for the sake of the kingdom

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All Souls

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My first introduction to souls came in first grade when Sr Agnes Anne drew a diamond shape on the blackboard. She put chalk marks on the inside to signify sins. As the chalk dust fell like snowflakes onto the waiting ledge below. My first grade mind pictured a soul that had clear borders, something inside that I carried around and could tarnish by things I said or did. It was rather daunting to think about the responsibility for this container of grace. Today I no longer think of that flat diamond on the blackboard. The initial shape that helped my contrete 7 yr old brain has thankfully expanded. Grace abounds for all. When I think of the souls of the faithful departed, I think of how a diamond sparkles how it reflects the light. We remember the faithful departed today, those who reflected God’s light while they were on this…

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Feasting on the Word – Oct 26

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT Session 9 October 26 Matthew 22: 34-46 Grounded on the greatest commandment, adults will commit to living faithfully amidst big questions. Session 10 November 2 Joshua 3: 7-17 Inspired by Joshua’s faithful leadership, adults will hear contemporary stories of faith and contemplate their own faithful witness YOUTH Session 9 October 26 Matthew 22: 34-46 Youth will respond to God’s call to re-orient their lives toward loving others Session 10 November 2 Joshua 3: 7-17 Youth will identify and mark the presence of God at liminal “crossing” times in there spiritual journeys.

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