Monday, December 30, 2013

Pass It On

Happy Monday! Wishing all great peace and abundant blessings in the New Year...


Posted: Dec 30, 2013 01:00 am
Wherever light and life are present, Christ himself is there, because he is light and life. Even when we don’t know him by name.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Spreading the JOY

Cookies and Caroling at Shore Acres Nursing Facitily
As our busy part of the season comes to a close, we're given the opportunity to pause and  take a breath.

Sunday Morning Ministries would like to thank all of our Sunday School teachers and the many volunteers who gave generously of their time all through the Advent season!

To our children and their families: you are beautiful and amazing. Thank you for the giftsof love you have given our parrish and community this Christmas.

Please note that all programs with the exception of Nursery will be taking this Sunday off with the school holiday. Nursery hours will be the usual 9:50 - 11:00 a.m. 

'On That Night' 

The Nativity Story with Eucharist
Christmas Eve Service in Harmony

Friday, December 20, 2013

Pass It On

Pass It On

Great thoughts to ponder as we prepare...

Clavis David – Key

Posted: Dec 20, 2013 01:00 am
You need not be afraid any more, the fearless one says. The one who is forever unbound, the unbounded one, the one who is our unbinding, comes even now to transform lives riddled with fear into lives of joy. To unbind the winding cloths of fear and to restore us to the path of life.

About Clavis David -
Today’s O antiphon links beautifully with the gospel of the day, Luke’s account of the Annunciation. Both remind us of the freedom we have been given in Christ. Yet how many of us think of ourselves as being really free? We are bound by our history, our genetic make-up, the choices we have made through life, the circumstances in which we find ourselves. These can be both limitation and opportunity, but being human, we tend to concentrate on the limitations rather than the possibilities. The sad fact is, we are often quite happy in our bondage: if we are not free, we are not responsible. We can be moral Peter Pans all our lives.
Or can we? It may not be so much a case of being Peter Pan as a prisoner. The key image in the antiphon is a powerful one. To be locked into a room, even accidentally, can be an unnerving experience. To know that one’s release is entirely dependent on another challenges all one’s belief in one’s ability to impose one’s own will. We are reduced to waiting and hoping that the key-holder will let us out.
Two thousand years ago a young Jewish girl held the fate of all of us in her hands. Would she consent to be the Mother of God, to accept the Key of David who alone could set us free? That she did is the cause of all our joy this coming Christmas. Our liberation is close at hand.
Excerpt from blog entry on
 The World seen from the Cloister . . .
This is a blog written by Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery, formerly of East Hendred, now at Howton Grove Priory, U.K. We prefer to call ourselves cloistered rather than enclosed because the word ‘enclosed’ may suggest a closed mind. We have a special interest in using contemporary technology to reach out to people who would never otherwise come to the monastery.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blue Christmas, The Longest Night Service - Wednesday, December 18th, 7:00 p.m.

The children have been making stars to hang upon the tree,
Candles have been gathered in all their beauty and splendor,
The tree will appear in the Sanctuary,
And people will gather...

All for what purpose you may ask. Christmas is a time of joy and anticipation for most. It is also a time of remembrance...

 We remember our commitment to Christ and to our community. We remember loved ones near and far.  And we remember we are meant to lift each other up in prayer.

Longest Night Service

In this introductory worship service of the “Longest Night” - the name is derived from the season—during this month of December, we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  It is the “long dark night of the soul,” the winter of our discontent, in which memories of past and present experiences can become overwhelming. Share prayer and fellowship and know that you are not alone and you struggles are not forgotten. 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:38-39

Following supper this Wednesday we will offer both this service led by Fr. Hayden Crawford and our regular SS&P format featuring The Christmas Story led by Fr. John Suhar.  We hope that you will join us as we share a meal and worship together and continue the journey we call Advent.

Pass It On

As we venture through the final week of Advent -Let us watch, pay attention and listen

Sapientia – Wisdom

Posted: Dec 17, 2013 01:00 am

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits,without partiality and without hypocrisy.

James 3:17

Open your eyes and look for wonder. Pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened, and look for wisdom. Presume you see only in part, and what you cannot see or understand – because of your soul’s myopia or because of your pain – God sees and understands. In the fullness of time, you will

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cookies and Caroling Vist to Shore Acres Nursing Home

Christmas Cheer 

It is time for our visit to Shore acres Nursing faciltity and this time we'll bring Christmas Cheer to those who may be away from loved ones for the Christmas Season.  The children have baked christmas cookies and they look (and taste) great! 

 We'll bring along the traditional carols and don't forget to wear your red and green.  These visits mean so much to the residents. We hope you can join us!

When: Tomorrow! Sunday December 15th
What time: We'll meet at the back of the Parish Hall near the Guild Room at 9:50 hoping to be ready to go at 10:00 a.m. We'll return before the end of Service.
What to bring: Big smiles, lots of love and singing voices!

Pass It On

Posted: Dec 14, 2013 01:00 am
Childbirth, at least at one time, was both a life giving, and life threatening event, and the birth for which we wait is no different. It will both give us life and threaten the life that we have come to know, for by it we experience both our beginning and our end. We see in it both manger and cross. We know from it both salvation and judgment.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Waiting with Anticipation...Advent Preparation At St. Thomas

Advent has Begun

Time to take a deep breath. Thanksgiving Holiday is over and somehow we jumped right into the First Week of Advent.  For those of us who have been away this is a bit of a shock even though we knew it was coming! Time to focus, truly FOCUS.

We (as in the parish of St. Thomas) have much happening this Advent Season as we share in preparation, fellowship, and love.You will find offerings by many ministries at varying times with all ages and relations in mind.  Read on  for a listing of all the gatherings and services planned.

This Week

Advent & Christmas, Waiting in Joyful Hope - Silent Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. Each Saturday in Advent beginning Saturday, December 7th, we will come together early in the morning before the rest of your day begins to reflect on the readings of the week and participate in centering prayer. This year we will  follow a daily reflections devotional that can also be used throughout the week. This is a practice that was established last year during Advent and we look forward to our second year. Questions? contact Dee McMahon.

Swinging with the Savior - This Sunday, December 8th  Harmony will be joined by the Helios Swingtet for contemporary worship and an amazing Big Band sound. Traditional carols with original arrangements courtesy of our own Jay Shull.Join us for a wonderful morning of worship,fellowship, and joy.

Each week we will send off a sampling of the weeks events as we did in the Fall, featuring in more detail one of the items listed. Watch for special postings on Family Advent Devotions and Activities and all the events of Christmas.

Looking Ahead
Lessons and Carols - December 15th
Blue Christmas - December 18th

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pass It On


Posted: Dec 03, 2013 01:00 am

Advent is a season of waiting, of anticipation, of preparation. We are waiting expectantly for the Lord and preparing ourselves to meet him when he comes. But how exactly do we prepare for the coming of the Lord? The answer suggested by the gospel might surprise us. John [the Baptist] says, “Repent!”