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Julian Prayer Group 3rd Mon 5PM

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Wed Evening Prayer

Choir Thurs 6PM

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  Sunday Worship 8 & 10:30
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   Wednesday Evening Prayer 6PM



Walking in the Dark - Looking for the Light!

This is not my favorite time of year. I dislike rising and coming home in the dark every day. I have not been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) but I feel like I have some of its symptoms: fatigue and depression. I also have a craving for comfort foods like pot roasts, soups, and stews. Anything that warms the body. I also have a slight feeling of disorientation and delight when I get home, to stay home.

Advent is a season when we all might experience that desire for being home and perhaps not knowing how to get there. With the holiday season now coming into full swing outside the church, our preparation inside the church can be disorienting. Yes, we may be planning our holiday trip home or preparing our home for relatives and holiday guests who look at our homes as “home” but the “home” we seek in the church has little to do with a building or geography. It has everything to do with whatever we hold dear in our hearts and whether in this season where joy, happiness and busyness are the only socially acceptable traits, we who struggle in our hearts can find a sense of home, peace & contentment?

So if you find yourself anxious and edgy about this time, know we have a God who came in the most anxious of times to be with us always, as a comfort and to bolster our courage. If you find yourself in grief this holiday season with a heavy heart mourning a great loss of one loved deeply, know that God is with you and feels your loss as God’s own. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the busyness of the season, know that God waits in the quiet, little spaces to give you rest, peace and refreshment.

May this Advent be a homecoming, where all you hold dear abide in your heart. And if you find your path home dark and unsure, let the love that shines in your heart, light your way and show you a new way "home". Let your light, however small, join with others and together may we push back the night and celebrate the dawn of a new Way home, sharing the love of Christ.

Happy Advent!

+Jeff


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© Sept 2021 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
       Cecelia D.M. Jones, Clerk
       Ernie Carter, Treasurer
       Bill Blanchard
       Dr. John Davis
       Linda Blackburn
       Barbara Outland
       Carolyn Wiggins
       Sue Liverman
Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       Bill Blanchard
       Ernie Carter, Treas.

Pastoral Care:
       Linda Blackburn
       Sue Liverman

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
       Carolyn Wiggins

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.