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Lenten Oppurtunities

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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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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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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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The Church Decides

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General Convention Approves Marriage Equality Dear St. Thomas Family, What an amazing week this has been!  Last Friday the Supreme court made it legal for all Americans to marry the people they love, a decision to be celebrated. Then as Our General Convention met in Salt Lake City, we elected  Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop, the first African American to lead the church in this role.  There are many issues  being deliberated at General Convention which I hope  will lead our Church to grow  more deeply into love, justice and compassion. Just last evening  The House of Deputies approved without ammendment what the House of Bishops had already approved.  Resolution A036 revises Canon 1.18 titled “Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony.”  Among many edits it removes references to marriage as being between a man and a woman. They also passed A054  approving continued use of “The Witnessing and Blessing of…

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Supreme Court Decision

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A Wonderful Morning! Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide “The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation to marry the people they love.” Dear St. Thomas Family, I know that this day has been long awaited and is an occasion of great celebration. I rejoice with you in this victory for equal rights and look forward to further conversations with you. You may also know that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church is in session right now and is considering a  canon revision to the definition of marriage, so this is good news also but a change to the Book of Common Prayer will most likely not occur for some time.  For more information and conversation about what is happening at convention regarding this,  I refer you to two blogs, one by Tobias Haller (blog.tobiashaller.net) and…

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Lenten Opportunities

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The season of Lent is a wonderful time for us to pause and reflect, to repent which means to turn.  The reading from Isaiah on Ash Wednesday confronts us with the idea that we can serve our own interests while fasting and taking on a discipline while still oppressing others.  The passage gives us a sense of the positive places where our disciplines can lead us. I think that Lent is a time for us to look both inward and outward, taking time to ask ourselves questions about our walk with God and neighbor.  How are we called as individuals and a community to “loose the bonds of injustice to undo the thongs of the yoke to let the oppressed go free?”  St. Thomas offers a number of opportunities to serve and reflect during Lent. Ash Wednesday Services February 18 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm. Wednesday night Programs, Interspirituality will…

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Epiphany Reflections

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As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany T.S. Eliot’s, The Journey of the Magi  provides words for us to reflect on what this season can mean for us. This poem was written in 1927 soon after Eliot’s conversion to Anglicanism. It is written from the perspective of one of the wise men. It is a wonderful poem but not really uplifting in an obvious kind of way.   For the poet speaks of the challenge of the journey, a journey that takes place in winter, the worst time of year. He outlines the difficulties – the night fires going out, the unfriendly towns, their inner doubts telling them the journey was pure folly. The wise man says that he would take the journey again but there is a sense in the poem that birth and death are entwined. “Were we led all that way for Birth or death? There was…

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2014 Annual Meeting

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Annual Meeting last Sunday, Dec. 7th. Results are as follows: Newly elected Vestry members are Lisa Cain, Fred Ellis, Joe DeuPree. Newly Elected Trustee of Endowment is Wynne Voorhees. Newly Elected Diocesan Delegate Alternate is Paul DesRochers. Newly Appointed Senior Warden for 2015 is Duane Harbin.

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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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Diocesan Convention Recap

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Every year representatives from the diocese gather to worship, to hear about what has taken place in our diocese over the past year, and to vote on resolutions and on who will represent us on various committees. This year is a time of transition since our diocesan bishop, Bishop Stanton retired at the end of May. Bishop Paul Lambert who was Suffragan is now referred to as Bishop Pro Tem, during this interim period while we search for our next Bishop. As you know we have been praying weekly for all those involved in this process. The Convention had a very positive tone to it. The Right Reverend Mark Lattime VIII Bishop of Alaska preached at the Eucharist. His message was about unity in Christ and working to spread the gospel message despite any differences we might have. His message was affirmed throughout the day by various speakers and a…

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