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Father, send us out!

"And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 366)

These words from the post-communion prayer set the standard for us in the post-Easter Church. The great fifty day celebration of Easter has passed and the work of ministry has begun. Quakers have good saying about our use of the word service when we mean worship. They say, "The service begins when the worship ends." Our Sunday morning is devoted to the worship of God, not service in God's name. Service is our purpose Monday through Saturday.

As baptized Christians, we are sent out as ministers of the Gospel each day. Our message is simple. We are all God's children. Love created us, nourishes us and heals the wounds we inflict on others (and ourselves). The God of abundance has given us everything we need to have a life that overflows with blessing upon blessing. And God is always here, among us, to guide us toward God's dream of a world where want is no longer a word because justice ensures there is enough and each and every person is afforded the dignity, respect and forbearance that we all wish for.

So, put your hand to the plow and do not look back. (Luke 9:62) Take your place as a shareholder, a partner in Christ's ministry to reconcile the world to God's ways, God's values, for all human beings to live fully and in harmony with one another. The Prophet Isaiah tells us the ministry of the Messiah: "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoner..." (61:1). Jesus confirms this in the Gospel according to Matthew: "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them" (11:4-5).

We are sent out as "faithful witnesses" to this ministry, to carry it on in Jesus' name. In the New Testament James and the First letter of John tell us what it means to be "faithful." James writes, "If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,' and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (2:15-17)." In the First Letter of John, it is written, "How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." (3:17-18)

And so, with the power of the Spirit given to the Church at Pentecost, let us move outward beyond the limits of what we once thought possible and let the Spirit guide us toward what God dreams for us all.



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© June 2016 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:
       Hugh H. Davis,Sr. Warden
       Michael Steczak, Jr. Warden
       Daniel McCamish, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Claudia Griffin
       Fred Liverman
       Patsy Jones
       Brenda Hewitt
       David Simons
       Rob Outland

Parish Committees:
       Events:
       Patsy Jones
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Patsy Jones
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas

WORSHIP
       Altar Guild:
       Mary C. Pierce
       Acolytes:
       Charles Sawyer
       Flower Guild:
       Ernie Carter,
       Martie Tayloe,
       Patsy Jones

EDUCATION:
       Adult Sunday School:
       Carolyn Peele
       Children's Sunday
       School:

       Gretchen Simons
       & Beth Douglas

PASTORAL CARE:
Becky Hoggard,
Vicki Blandchard
& Jerrie Taylor

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Ernie Carter
       Daniel McCamish
       Gretchen Simons

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.