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   Worship Schedule

  Sunday Worship 8AM & 10:30AM - Holy Eucharist*
  2nd Sun. 8AM Morning Prayer & 10:30AM Holy Eucharist*
  Wed. 5:30 - 6PM Advent Labyrinth Walk 6PM - Evening Prayer
  Sun. Dec. 22nd 5PM - Christmas Lessons & Carols
  Tues. Dec.24th 5PM Christmas Eve Worship
  (*Nursery Available)



The Labyrinth of Life

Putting up the Christmas creche. Decorating our homes. Putting up all the holiday lights. Buying and trimming the tree. Buying, wrapping and sending all the gifts. All these are a welcome distraction from hubbub of our fast-paced lives. They remind us of our need for connection, relationship – the feeling that we are part of something larger than ourselves as individuals. That feeling is surely part of what makes the holiday season special. We want to be with our family and we pray that it will be a happy, harmonious time when old rivalries, grudges and spats can be put aside so that we can enjoy one another and celebrate our relationships. We want to celebrate our friends, new and old, and exchange (if not actual gifts) the gifts of good company, story telling, joking and laughing together. We want to celebrate being alive together.

And we want to look back and remember… the good times we shared, the loved ones we lost and the ones we have gained also. We look back on the obstacles and opportunities that life presented us with during the past year. We reflect on the choices made or not, the paths we took and those we avoided and those we were forced to take in the circumstances that directed our lives: the weakening parent, the dying friend or our own health crisis. We want to look back and give ourselves the gift of perspective that only time can really give. We want to look back and give ourselves hope for the future. We pray that the future will be a time of old grudges let go, our wounds soothed if not completely healed. We take this time in the dark to look forward toward a brighter day, a new day, a new beginning.

I have been enamored by the image of the labyrinth as a metaphor for life the past few months. As one whose faith rests on the idea that the arc of history may be long, but it is bent toward justice, I have been forced to give up any idea that history is linear and that we march forward making progress and perhaps taking a few steps back occasionally but always moving forward. Lately, I think our lives walk the labyrinth, moving toward the center (God) but in a winding, almost circular pattern, that often folds back on itself as we have opportunities to address the recurring issues that divide and separate us as family and as a nation.

Until we take on the hard work of loving each other unconditionally, giving each person the respect that being a beloved creature of God demands; until we engage in forgiveness, not demanding retribution or revenge for the wrongs done to us; until we actively engage in reconciliation – not giving up on the demands that love makes but trying to remain connected, in relationship despite our differences, our lives will bend and circle back until perhaps we do.

This Advent and Christmas I invite you to travel down a different path, to choose a different way, the way of Jesus. It is the intentional path of reconciliation: learning to love and forgive yourself and the people in your life. I invite you to let go of the hurts and pains of the past that are the first steps toward peace and fulfillment. I invite you into an intentional life of giving and thanksgiving that is the key to true joy. As we travel hither and yon this season, from shop to shop, party to party, family gathering to family gathering, I invite you to take an intentional journey to seek the Christ this season. See him not only in a child’s eyes wide with the wonder of Christmas morn. See him in the face of relative you don’t want to see and open your heart to their pain. See him in the face of the neighbor you won’t speak to and start a conversation. Be generous not only in the gifts you give but give more than expected to those who do not expect anything. Be gracious and forgiving when it is not easy and the light of Christ will be in your eyes come Christmas morn. A GPS may get you to the shops, the parties and gatherings, but only Christ, who is the Way, can truly get you back to the center for Christmas.

Happy Advent & Merry Christmas,



Jeff+




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© May 2019 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:
       Buddy Jones, Sr. Warden
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       Carolyn Peele, Clerk
       Ernie Carter, Treasurer
       Martie Tayloe
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
       Carolyn Peele
       Bill Blanchard
       Dr. John Davis
       Linda Blackburn

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       Bill Blanchard
       Ernie Carter, Treas.
       
Parish Life/Communications:
       Carolyn Peele
       
Pastoral Care:
       Martie Tayloe
       Carolyn Peele
       
Worship:
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       Dr. John Davis
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       
Buildings & Grounds
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education
       Buddy Jones
       
Outreach
       David Shields
       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.