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Grave Robbing

In Mel Brooks' movie, Young Frankenstein, a brilliant comic send-up of Mary Shelly's gothic monster novel, American Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, brilliantly played by Gene Wilder, (which he pronounces Frankensteen, to try and avoid his ties to his grandfather Dr. Victor Frankenstein) gets unexpectedly drawn into returning to his infamous grandfather's home in Transylvania. There he meets a trio of assistants who will become his accomplices when he reads his grandfather's laboratory notes and becomes convinced that he can bring a dead human being back to life again. Together with Inge, his beautiful laboratory assistant (Teri Garr), and Igor (pronounced Eye-gor), the son of Igor the first Dr. Frankenstein's assistant (Marty Feldman) and finally Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman), they conspire to make a second Frankenstein monster.

The first thing they must do is find a suitable body to reanimate, which they find in an enormous criminal who has been hung as punishment for his crimes. And so Igor and Dr. Frankenstein slink out one night to dig up the body. Now digging up this huge corpse is not an easy job for Dr. Frankensteen and Eye-gor. After heaving the huge coffin out of its grave, Dr. Frankensteen exhaustedly remarks about what a dirty, filthy job it's been. To which Eye-gor reponds, "It could be worse It could be raining." At which time, lightening crackles and the heavens open up and begin to pour.

And Dr. Frankensteen, is successful in his quixotic quest. His monster lives and Dr. Franksteen triumphantly declares himself a Frankenstein.

After realizing, that Eye-gor has deceived him and the good doctor has put an abnormal brain in his giant and grotesque creation, the rest of the movie becomes a quest to make this monster into a human being. In the end, it becomes evident that Dr. Frederick Frankenstein must give the monster part of himself in order to make him human. And he willingly does so.

The heart of the Christian story is from comic perspective, the story of a grave robbing. We human beings are a funny lot. We do so many things that defy a logical explanation because they put us at risk for an early grave. We smoke, eat and drink to excess. We fight and kill each other with remarkable ease and persist in inventing ways to make it even easier. We live in a death denying culture, a society that acts like death only comes when something goes horribly wrong which gives us the opportunity to sue somebody and more money to buy more stuff which won't make us any happier. And yet, death comes to us all. It is the most equitable of the events in life, because we all will come to an end.

The good news of Christianity is that our God reaches down into the graves that we have made for ourselves and says "No!" No matter what dirty, filthy mess of a grave we have made: addiction, obsession, narcissism, materialism, or anything else - our God stands ready to dig us out of the pit and breath new life into us and declare that death does not have the final say.

Even when death shrouds us in grief, when in the changes and chances of this life death comes too soon, when those who seek power or to maintain through violence and oppression, our God says they will not have the final say, I will says our God. I will and my word is LIFE.

And to show this to us, God gave a piece of himself to us, his Son, so that we might not only have life but have it in all its human glory.

Resurrection Happens!

Jeff+




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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 Simons, Jr. Warden
       Brenda Hewitt,Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Rob Outland
       Martie Tayloe
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
       Carolyn Peele

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       David Simons
       Ernie Carter, Treas.
       
Parish Life/Communications:
       Brenda Hewitt
       
Pastoral Care:
       Martie Tayloe
       Carolyn Peele
       
Worship:
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       
Buildings & Grounds
       David Simons, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education & Youth
       Buddy Jones
       Rob Outland
       
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.