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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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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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Cancer Support Group

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The St. Thomas cancer support group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-8:00 pm This group is for patients and caregivers and is ongoing. The Patient group will meet in the small conference room in the office and is facilitated by Mary Frances Heep (LCSW). The group for caregivers will be held in the South Room and will be facilitated by Fr Ray. Each group is limited to 8 participants.Please contact Mary Frances at or Fr. Ray at ray@the if you are interested in participating.  The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle 6525 Inwood Road Dallas, Texas 75209

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Love Wins: A Reflection on Orlando

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Dear St Thomas Family, This has been such a sad week for our world. As I have read through so many descriptions of the terror in Orlando and the responses of those who are outraged saddened and discouraged, I find my own soul weary from the knowledge that hate still has such power in our world, in our communities, even in our church.    Almost a year ago we all celebrated the Supreme Court decision that we never thought would come.  We all rallied around the cry that “Love Wins.”  I know many of us wonder this week if that is really true.  So many times we walk by faith and not by sight so I want to encourage all of us to continue our walk in faith in the midst of sorrow, to honor our grief, to express our anger but to not let it stop there or immobilize…

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