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Making Space for God

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Every year at this time I am caught off guard, and it happened again yesterday. For the last several weeks we have been reading lessons, which frankly can terrify me: “But the bridegroom replied, “Truly I tell you, I do now know you.” “You that are accursed depart from me, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” “… for you do not know when the master of the house will come … [and] he may find you asleep…. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” “And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to [John the Baptist], and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” These gospel lessons, beginning toward the end of the Pentecost cycle are not all that fun to ponder. After all, who among us wants…

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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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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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Sermon – July 27th

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Eschatology is the study of the end of time and how it will come. You may have seen those bumper stickers that say, “In case of the Rapture this car will be empty” or “ In case of the Rapture you can have my stuff.” These stickers refer to one way of seeing how the end will come, how the reign of God’s kingdom will be ushered in. In this Apocalyptic Eschatology the world is filled with evil and at the appointed time God will break in to save the righteous in a powerful and obvious way. . They will be whisked away to be a part of God’s kingdom and the unrighteous will be left behind. Apocalyptic eschatology in particular stresses the lostness, the evil of the world with an emphasis on Imminent Divine Intervention. In this world view humans wait for God to act. This is not the…

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