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  Sunday Worship 8AM & 10:30AM - Holy Eucharist*
  2nd Sun. 8AM Morning Prayer & 10:30AM Holy Eucharist*
  Wed. 6PM - Evening Prayer
  (*Nursery Available)



Write Your New Story

How are we as believers called to respond to the good news of which the angels sing? Do we think that this dark world is in need of change? Do we think that our own lives could use more joy, peace and laughter? Are we looking for God to come down and sweep away all our enemies and all our troubles in one fell swoop or do we understand that such change may come in small incremental steps, beginning with our own determination to be changed as well? As a writer friend of mine once said, "You want a new narrative for your life? Pick up your pen and write."

This Christmas, we are again reminded that Jesus is born to a marginalized family, and soon after, in fear for their lives, they fled their homeland as refugees. Not really that different from the stories we see on the news channels or read in the newspapers.

And, like the characters in the story some 2,000 years ago, we are called to play a part: Even though we all may not sing like the angels, but we all can lift the spirits of those around us who still feel the emptiness of the loss of a loved one by just embracing them. We may not be as rich as the Magi, but we can share the riches we do have with those who are cold, dressed in rags and need a hot meal and a warm place to rest. We may not have large homes or own an inn, but we can make our churches places of hospitality to those who are lost, are refugees and have no safe place to lay down and sleep. We may be as poor as the shepherds, but even we can lead the poor, the lost and the oppressed to places of hospitality and refreshment even if we cannot provide much ourselves.

One of my favorite Mother Theresa quotations is: "We cannot do great things this earth, but we can do small things with great love." And it is there, in those small things, that God’s great victory is won. Every time you choose to give and not to take. Every time you choose forgiveness instead of revenge, retribution and blame. Every time you choose compassion instead of apathy. Every time you choose to open your mind, your heart and your hand, the angels sing, "gloria" and the heavens brighten with the dawn of a new day and new possibilities for the earth and the human race.

This is the great literary work of Christmas with you as the protagonist, not a baby born 200 years ago but you. You set the wheels in motion, you write your Christmas story, each and every day in the decisions you make regarding your relationship with your family, friends and neighbors here and around the globe. Write your own Christmas story in this coming year. Take new paths on your journey illumined by the light of compassion, love and forgiveness. And above all, remember the words of the angels to the shepherds: Fear not. God will be with you for God is already with us, Emmanuel has come.

Merry Christmas! And a New Year that shines brighter with your light.

Jeff+




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© Jan 2020 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Becky Johnson, Sr. Warden
       Dr. Colin Jones, Jr. Warden
       Hugh H. Davis, Clerk
       Ernie Carter, Treasurer
       Becky Johnson
       Carolyn Peele
       Bill Blanchard
       Dr. John Davis
       Linda Blackburn
       Hugh H. Davis
       Barbara Outland
       Cecelia Jones
       Dr. Colin Jones

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       Bill Blanchard
       Ernie Carter, Treas.

Pastoral Care:
       Carolyn Peele
       Linda Blackburn
       Hugh H. Davis

Worship:
       Dr. John Davis
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       Dr. Colin Jones
       
Buildings & Grounds
       Dr. Colin Jones, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education & Youth
       Cecelia Jones
       Barbara Outland

Outreach
       Becky Johnson
       
If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.