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The Easter Way of Life




The daily headlines read like Christ's crucifixion. There is the continuing war in Afghanistan, Main Street continues to struggle in spite of the rising stock market, the gap between the Haves and the Have-Nots continues to widen and deepen. We live in a world with too many people are being "left behind", not just kids. All this hurts Jesus. All these are blows of the hammer nailing Jesus to the cross.

To enter into the joy of Easter and the qualities of light, I need reminders that Jesus was not "cured of death," as theologian James Alison puts it, but that Jesus kept fidelity with life.

His Way of Life begins in the light of an empty tomb. And so we should not cling to our ways of death but embrace those things which inspire us and give us hope; that our hope will inspire hope to live in others. And as Mary Magdalene, the first apostle, sent to bear the good news of Jesus resurrection to the Twelve, our hope shall rest in the living Christ, not just the Christ found in the gospels and the writings of Paul, but the Christ we see in the myriads of people we greet, talk to and break bread with each day. Like Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, the living Christ comes to us in the seemingly mundane things of life, breaking bread and sharing the joy, love and laughter and triumphs and even the tragedies of our lives.

In his Way of Life, Jesus breathes peace and forgiveness on his disciples. When all around us grab for the sword and cry for blood will we lift our voices and banners for peace? Will we have the strength to forgive our enemies; as we too, like St. Paul, were once enemies of the cross of Christ?

Jesus engaged Thomas' in the questions of his heart. Is our faith strong enough to hold amidst the doubts of our own hearts? Will we risk engaging with those who struggle to have faith at all, the agnostic and the atheist? Jesus teaches Peter about nature of love itself. Love is about feeding and caring for others and holding fast to each other when all around you are frightened and want to flee. Can we live as community, as family, not always agreeing but always loving and forgiving and maintain fidelity with one another when times are hard?

Jesus sends the disciples on His Way, into a new world to contend with the principalities and powers of this world, until their final defeat. Will we dedicate ourselves to bringing light to the corners of our neighborhoods that are held in darkness by addiction, poverty, prejudice and oppression? Will we honor our baptismal promises by respecting the God given dignity of every human being regardless of nationality, race, creed or sexual orientation? Will we engage in the struggle for justice and freedom for all people, not merely those who think, look and act like us? And will we by the sharing of our goods secure that dignity, justice and freedom for all?

After living through the darkness of the tomb and the worst winter I can remember, I am ready to embrace the Way of Life. We are people of joy. We walk in illumination. Where we pass, may our footprints glow with the light of Christ and life will blossom along our path. Come, live in the Light!

Resurrection Happens!

Jeff+



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© Oct 2013 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.