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Blessing and Feasting

The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God. – Astronaut James Irwin commenting on his flight aboard Apollo 15, July 1971

The Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday October 5th at 4PM. We do this in the Spirit of St. Francis who looked at all life as a gift from God. And as a gift from God, life in all its forms is worthy of respect, dignity and most of all our care as stewards of this big, blue marble.

The Associated Press recently reported "Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said study lead author noted biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University. "We are on the verge of the sixth extinction," Pimm said from research at the Dry Tortugas. "Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions."

And whether we avoid this catastrophe, will not depend on our individual actions, but our collective action as the human race. The largest living organism on the planet at one time was thought to be Pando, the name given for a 106 acre grove of quaking aspen trees in Colorado. Thought to be many individual trees, at first, but when studied by biologists was actually found to be one living organism thousands of years old. St. Francis understood that, like Pando, all life is connected because life in all its forms comes from God. And we will either flourish or disappear as a whole because what we do, how we live, affects not only the animals, but the entire web of life on this planet.

Yet we, as the collective human race tend to ignore this fact in our daily lives. We take the abundance that God has given us as an entitlement, a given, for eternity. Yet, our rapacious appetite for more - more people consuming more and more food, energy and other life forms in an unsustainable lifestyle is destroying life and the planet's ability to sustain life at an alarming rate. Continuing to stick our heads in the sand and doing nothing condemns our children and grandchildren to a sad end.

Hear the words of Alice Walker from a collection of essays called Living by the Word: "But finally, after much discourse, I understood what the trees were telling me: Being an individual doesn't matter. Just as human beings perceive all trees as one (didn't a U.S. official say recently that "when you've seen one tree, you've seen 'em all"?), all human beings, to the trees, are one. We are judged by our worst collective behavior, since it is so vast; not by our singular best. The Earth holds us responsible for our crimes against it, not as individuals, but as a species - this was the message of the trees. I found it to be a terrifying thought."

As we feast on October 17th, and enjoy the friendship, the camaraderie, the work, and the good that we will do with the monies raised from the Lobster Feast, let us remember that the entire day, every good thing, comes from the author of all Life and may we live our lives with a deeper appreciation of the Gift we have been given.

Peace

+Jeff



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© June 2014 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:
       Bubba Peele,Sr. Warden
       Jim Shotwell, Jr. Warden
       Barbara Outland, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Jamie Johnson
       Lindsay Vaughan
       Gretchen Simons
       Hugh Davis
       Patsy Jones
       Daniel McCamish

Parish Committees:
       Parish Hall:
       Bubba Peele
       Events:
       Barbara Outland
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Martie Tayloe,
       Colin & Patsy Jones,
       Gretchen Simons,
       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

LONG RANGE MAINTENANCE PLANNING
       Patsy Jones
       Jim Shotwell
       Jamie Johnson
       Jack Tayloe
       Mike Steczak

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Bubba Peele
       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.