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Jaclyn Weir

“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.”

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There are consistent reminders of the brokenness of our world and the need for the grace and peace of Christ to heal. As we pray for those hurt by violence of any kind may we also pray that we may be instruments of peace. ~ Joy † A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis (insert p. 833 BCP) Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that…

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Thoughts on Manchester – Rev’d Joy Daley

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Thoughts on Manchester –Joy Daley It has been said that after people die that survivors must adjust to a “new normal” in which we acknowledge that the world has changed and we learn to live with loss. In some ways I believe that this is wisdom that we need to take to heart. I do have a fear, however, that we can come to accept the violence that erupts repeatedly in unexpected places as the “new normal.” This can lead us to minimize what happens in our world and the degree of loss that so many of our brothers and sisters suffer. In our humanity it becomes difficult to take in one more devastating event. Compassion fatigue may lead to a desire to just turn away. Our desires are not all of who we are though, so we take another look and realize that we are all in this together….

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New Bible Study Topic: History of Christianity

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Beginning on Thursday, May 18, our Thursday morning Bible Study will do something different for the summer. This year we have studied the books of Revelation, Ephesians, Philemon, Acts, and the Gospel of St. Mark. Beginning May 18th, we will begin studying the History of Christianity, an introductory seminary course covering the spread of the Christian Gospel from the Book of Acts through the 20th century. This is basically the Church History course that I taught when I was at the Anglican School of Theology, less the research papers and the tuition. There is a recommended (but not required) text. Please come and learn about the missing churches of Asia and Africa and much more fascinating information.

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Lenten Opportunities

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Lent, a time of New Beginnings On Wednesday March 1, Ash Wednesday, we enter into the season of Lent which in many ways is a season of new life, new beginnings. Repentance is traditionally the word most associated with this season and if we understand what the term really means, we can embrace it as an avenue to new life. You may have heard me say once or twice (or perhaps more as I seek to remind myself), Repent means to turn or turn around. Sometimes we need to turn away from things or practices that harm our relationships with ourselves, our God, or others. Other times we need to be more intentional about turning toward God who nurtures our lives. It brings to mind the words from Ezekiel 18, “For I take no pleasure in the death of any one, declares the Lord God, Turn then and live.” I…

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Town Hall Meetings

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Attend a meeting or town hall with your members of Congress this week. Face-to-face interactions with your members of Congress are more effective thanany other form of advocacy.This week, this engagement is even easier, as Congress is on recess and most members are traveling back to their districts. In-person meetings demonstrate the personal interest you have in the issues that you want to address, and allow you to offer stories and examples about why an issue is important to your community. These interactions are important for building ongoing relationships with your members of Congress and their staffs. 1. Select an issue: Make sure to select one issue that you wish to discuss. Making a specific ask is crucial to ensure you have a focused interaction with your elected officials; you can request additional meetings to discuss other topics in the future. We encourage you to identify yourself as Episcopalian during…

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Christian Formation: A Guide to Weekly and Monthly Offerings at St. Thomas the Apostle this Spring

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Spring Offerings A Guide to Weekly and Monthly Offerings at St. Thomas the Apostle Sunday Mornings 9:00 am – 9:45 am in the Parish Hall Spring 2017 Heresy – Father Ray Jan 1 No Class Jan 8 Annual Meeting (no class) Jan 15 Heresy Jan 22 Heresy Jan 29 Heresy Truth Through Fiction: Sharing God’s Light Through Story Feb 5 – Jeff Hampton and Emily Williams Feb 12 – Carol Brickell Feb 19 – Special Guest: Gay Clark Jennings (Speaker,President of the House of Deputies) Feb 26 – Colin Cahoon Lent Class – 5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own March 5 – TELL March 12 – TEACH March 19 – TEND March 26 – TRANSFORM April 2 – TREASURE April 9  Palm Sunday (no class) April 16 Easter (no class) From Confusion To Clarity – Polity and Practice in The Episcopal Church For Newcomers and Old Timers April…

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Centering Prayer Group

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Join us for our Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings. The discipline of Centering Prayer will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 to sit together. We will have 2 twenty minute sessions each evening, the first from 5:30 until 5:50, and the second from 6:00 until 6:20, with a 10 minute break in between. The second “sit” will be followed by our regular Wednesday Eucharist. There will be no teaching involved, only the experience of sitting in silence before God in community. All are welcome to attend either one, or both if you like.

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Becoming the Solution – In Response to the Dallas Shootings

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Proper 10C, July 10,2016 Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Psalm 25: 1-9,Colossians 1: 1-14 Luke 10:25-37 St. Thomas the Apostle The Rev’d Joy Daley   The parable of the Good Samaritan – One of the most famous parables of Jesus, one that is used as an example of what the law is really saying about loving God and neighbor. I have to admit when I realized this was the gospel for today early last week, I thought, “Everybody’s heard it a million times with pretty much the same moral. What more is there to say?” But over the course of this week I find I am no longer tired of this gospel for it has many things to say to us in the hour we are facing.   We see the state of our human family up close and personal. There is no way to be in denial. It was a peaceful gathering…

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North Dallas Shared Ministries – Volunteers Needed

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NDSM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! In September, NDSM is adding a second four-morning-a-week day ESL ( English-as-a-Second-Language) program. If you have a command of English, a desire to enrich your life, and a respect for diversity, then NDSM needs you! Volunteering requires a three-hour-per-week commitment  – one hour preparation; two hours (9:00-11:00 a.m.) teaching is required.  The fall semester runs from Mid-September to early December; the spring semester from Mid-January to early May. Teachers are wanted for both the current Holy Cross Lutheran Church location on Marsh Lane, south of Forest, and the new site at a location nearby. Please contact Trish Houck –  TrishHouck@aol.com. If you are interested in teaching Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 at NDSM, please contact Mae Schwalb at om.schwalb@att.net. Also, NDSM is desperate for volunteer primary care providers  – MD’s, PA’s, NP’s – to see adult patients on Tuesday and Thursday evenings a minimum of one…

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