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The Power of Life

Christians refer to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as the Paschal Mystery. This metaphor encompasses our belief that Jesus has defeated Death, our eternal enemy and open for us the way to eternal life. "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:24-25) Jesus' way of compassion and love gave hope to the poor who lived in crushing poverty, not knowing if they would get their daily ration of bread. Jesus' healing hands gave dignity to the crippled and those with chronic disease, who were marginalized, thought to be accursed in their society. Jesus spoke truth about the corruption of politico-religious hierarchy and acted out of God's desire for their society to be more just. This made Jesus many enemies in the ruling classes and so they decided to silence him in the most brutal way imaginable. He embraced this death in the faith that God would not allow his life which embodied God's desire for all people to be so easily snuffed out.

And he was right!

Jesus lives and we who follow him celebrate that God's breath of Life is more powerful than Death, that God's desire for a society, where the abundance that God has given us means enough for all, where the lines, the barriers, we create to separate ourselves and label people as "alien," "different," and "enemy" are torn down, continues to find voice.

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it." (Mark 8:24-25)

The only way to embrace Jesus is to allow his life to become our own: to live with compassion, grace and forgiveness, tear down barriers and work for justice. This is not an easy choice or an easy life. It may not lead to our physical death, it will require us to lose our taste for more than our share and the power to enforce our desires on others or ostracize them or judge them more harshly than we do ourselves. Dying to these temptations are the crosses that wait for us. Embracing our death to our egocentric life is Jesus' Way, Jesus' Truth and Jesus' Life.

The Paschal Mystery is that death brings Life, and each little cross we embrace brings life in all its varied richness, until finally we are one with the True Life of All and the grave will hold no power over us too.


Resurrection Happens!

+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.