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  Last Soup Supper Wednesday April 10th
  following Evening Prayer @6PM

  Holy Week Services
  Apr 14th, Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms
  Apr 18th, Maudy Thursday 6PM @ St. Thomas
                  Agape Meal & Stripping of the Altar
  Apr 19th, Good Friday @ First Presbyterian @ 6PM
  Apr 20th, Easter Vigil at St. Thomas @ 7:30PM

  Easter Sunday 10:30AM - Holy Eucharist
  (Nursery Available)



Great Love and Great Suffering

Roman Catholic priest and teacher, Richard Rohr identifies the two primary paths of transformation into God as great love and great suffering. Both have the capacity to rock our world, to throw us off center as the focus of our life becomes not ourselves, our ego, our desires but the needs of the one we love. Great suffering, even our own, can be an opportunity to gain empathy for those whose suffering is like ours at the very least, but also an opportunity to realize what a precious gift life and health are, especially when they seem to have been taken away.

One of the heroes in my life in regard to finding gratitude even in suffering is a woman I know, who had pretty much a normal, successful life going. She had a career as a banker and was well on her way to living what most of us would call the good life when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis derailed that life. Despite her illness, she maintains her life that is filled with joy, gratitude and love. I have seen her when her illness holds her firmly in its grasp and when it seems to be somewhat in remission. Throughout these ups and downs, she consistently chooses to be loving, grateful and generous with her life and her gifts. Instead of a career as a banker she now leads spiritual retreats and shares herself, her story and her love with others.

I find it ironic and intriguing that we find God in times when we are knocked off center; when our lives are confused; when we don't know which way is up either because we are head over heels in love (an apt description) or when we suffer and life and the world seem off kilter, unfair, and we can't find our way out. I guess it's because we spend so much time an effort holding onto our love, restricting its reach and focusing our attention on our wants and desires. No one can come to the Father, except by me.

Jesus chose to undergo the transformation into God through both great love and great suffering. Released by his compassion for his fellow sufferers, Jesus' love became more powerful than ever performing miracles and healings. His choice to walk faithfully into his destiny of great love and suffering revealed for all time that evil and death do not have the final say in our lives.

As disciples, we have made the choice to walk faithfully into our destiny, clear eyed and determined, to let our love and compassion loose and that despite the crosses that may line our life's path, our lives will be a witness to that Truth, that in the end: Love Wins. Resurrection happens.

Happy Easter!

Jeff+




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© Feb 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.