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Easter Day - April 21, 2019

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Luke 24:10-11. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen...

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LENT 2019 - Friday, April 12

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Jeremiah 31:33. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  When God first gave the Law to Israel, it...

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LENT 2019 - Reflections by and for the People of St. Thomas

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Hebrews 12:14. Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. One way to read this verse would be to say, “If you want to look God in the face, you need to get your peace and holiness ticket punched.” To read it as transactional. To read it...

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LENT 2018 - Sunday, April 1

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John 19:40. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths. The tenderness and the dignity with which Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus handle Jesus’s body illustrates their devotion and love for him. We are told that they brought one hundred pounds of...

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Lent 2018 - Monday, February 26

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Psalm 27:14. Though my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will sustain me. Among the most profound of all our fears is the fear of abandonment. And the worst sort of abandonment would be abandonment by our mothers and fathers. Unthinkable. Not long after my mother died (my father had...

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Roads to Reconciliation

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O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in...

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Letter from the Rector: The Grace in Aging

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To ripen into an elder, into a being that is more than simply elderly and more than only self, is a deliberate, thoughtful, sustained choice that arises from the intention to see things as they are. The Grace in Aging: Awakening as You Grow Older, Kathleen Singh, p. 18 Here’s a...

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Who is My Neighbor?

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I have attended several of the meetings of our Who Is My Neighbor program, which aims to bring together St. Thomas folks living near each other to get to know one another and look out for each other. Each of these gatherings has had its own character and its own energy, but what each has had in...

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What Happens After Easter

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Each Sunday we stand and say or sing that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that “he will come in glory to judge the living and the dead and his Kingdom will have no end.” But what does that really mean? Frankly only a few of our theologians and thinkers and saints have tried to...

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Doing Sensible and Human Things

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This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things - praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the...

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