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Transforming Power of Love

We are they who have not seen the physical being of the Lord, yet have come to believe, and so are blessed. We are the blind who now see by the eyes of faith. This gift of sight is a challenge to us not only to see our Lord on Sunday morning but wherever we find ourselves.

In the early days of the church there were those, like Thomas, who had the great grace of seeing the resurrected Christ face-to-face and those who had not. As time passed, the number of those who had not seen the resurrected Lord face-to-face grew, and yet they were able to experience the presence of Christ as the Holy Spirit gave them sight. Those early saints accepted the consequences of their faith-given sight, often going to death for their belief in Jesus' Lordship.

The consequences of accepting Jesus' Lordship were many in the Roman Empire: the sharing of one's goods, living in community, remaining in prayer, and, though not listed in Acts: refusal to burn incense to the emperor and of military service. All this accepted by those who had not seen, but who, like us, had experienced the Lord. For centuries, the saints have made the Jesus a reality for us who have followed. The challenge is to, in our time; make the Lord present to others.

In the 4th Gospel, when Jesus appears to the disciples in the evening after the resurrection, he breathes the Holy Spirit on them and gives them the power to forgive or to retain sins (John 20:22-23). This is an immense responsibility. As Christians who have seen Jesus with the eyes of faith, we are charged to live as Jesus in the world, recognizing sin and forgiving it. If we take this commission seriously, we are challenged to stand up to oppression, injustice, greed, and every other kind of sin.

It is not wise for us to think that the love of God is mere sentimentality. It is the power that raised Jesus from the grave. It is not an easy love, but then again what love is easy? To transform the world's sickness by loving it; to take on the world's darkest hate and drag it into the light with love requires the holy madness of a Spirit filled heart.

As Victor Laszlo said to Rick at the end of the film Casablanca, "Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win."

God reigns!

+Jeff




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© Feb 2015 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:
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
       Secretary:
       Lisa Forbes

Our Vestry:
       Gretchen Simons,Sr. Warden
       Michael Steczak, Jr. Warden
       Daniel McCamish, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Jamie Johnson
       Lindsay Vaughan
       Hugh Davis
       Patsy Jones
       Claudia Griffin
       Fred Liverman

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

       Patsy Jones
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       Jim & Linda Shotwell

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.