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  Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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  Imposition of Ashes drive thru 4 - 6PM

  Wednesday Zoom Evening Prayer at 6PM
  (beginning Feb. 24th)



A Walk in the Wilderness

The wilderness in Judea is a desolate, dangerous place. It is waterless void, devoid of vegetation for the most part. You don't go there unless you have no alternative. Jesus didn't have any alternatives. The Spirit that landed on him at baptism compelled him, forced him, shoved him into the wilderness where he was forced to confront the demons that would tempt him to be less than he was. As baptized followers of our Lord's way, we too, walk where his baptism compelled him to walk. We walk into the wilderness of our souls to be confronted by the demons of our existence. The ones that urge us, draw us from the love of God and neighbor and to be less than we are: made by, and for, the love of God to love our neighbor.

One of the most disturbing lines, of many, in the WWII television series, Band of Brothers, comes from the mouth of Lt. Speirs when he tells a frightened soldier who has been immobilized by his fear, that the way he is able to function in the midst of the hell of combat is that he has accepted that he is already dead. And being dead, he is freed from the fear of dying and can do his job. And as disturbing as this may seem, it is the acceptance of our mortality - that no matter how cleverly we try to nourish, exercise, paint over with cosmetics, or are mindfully at peace with ourselves, the truth remains: our bodies will fail and we will die. And from there we find the freedom to walk on.

From the ashes that mark our acceptance of death, we journey forth into the wilderness like Abraham, like Moses, like Elijah, and like Jesus. With ashes on our foreheads and mortality on our minds, we begin a hazardous journey inward, a journey to learn our true names, our true identities.

I know that our trek in the wilderness will reveal to us who we really are. I pray that we'll walk with courage into the deserts we can't choose or avoid. And I pray that when we find ourselves in the midst of our wilderness, we will seek out the angels sent there to tend us. I pray that we will listen to their guidance gently whispered in our ears – "You are beloved". And our hearts will be emboldened, our bodies strengthened, and our stride more purposeful in our walk on the road toward Love.

Peace Always,

+Jeff


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© Nov 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
       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.