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Theology Events

Friday, April 6, 2018

FRIDAY IN EASTER WEEK

Collect:

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, April 8, 2018

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Low Sunday)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
A class on recent poetry and prose written by Christian Wiman, led by Dr. Robert Duvall.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

THE ANNUNCIATION

From Fr Mead's sermon on the Eve of the Annunciation in 2001:

At Saint Thomas we have great respect for the holy season of Lent. We do not interrupt the Lenten observances of each day or the use of Lenten colors lightly. Only two feasts suffice to break the pattern. The feast of Saint Joseph on March 19 is one. The feast of the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary... is the other.

The Annunciation is very important, because it is the actual beginning of our Lord Jesus Christ’s life in the flesh. The Church calendar places the Annunciation exactly nine months before the date of Christ’s birth, from March 25 to December 25, so we see that the Annunciation is the moment of Jesus Christ’s conception as a human being in the womb of his mother Mary.

Read the rest of Fr Mead's 2001 sermon here.

You might also want to read or listen to Fr Austin's sermon on the line from the Apostles' Creed: "who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary."

The complete Apostles' Creed series.

Collect:

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts, that we who have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

6:30 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is Relationships: Marriage, commitment, and religious communities.

Friday, April 13, 2018

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, April 15, 2018

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Gospel for The Third Sunday of Easter is from Luke 24, wherein the risen Christ reveals himself on the road to Emmaus to two followers and then later (if you were to continue on past today's Gospel through the rest of Luke 24) to the eleven disciples gathered together, where Jesus actually eats before them a broiled fish and a honeycomb. Is he a ghost? Clearly not. Does he have a body? Yes, but one that is so much more than what we have.

What to make of this? These sermons by the Rector might help:

For John Updike (2009)
The Name and Power of Jesus (2006)
Physical Faith (2003)

Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
The Rev. Dr. Kevin Moroney, Professor of Liturgics at the General Theological Seminary, discusses the American Prayer Book tradition.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6:30 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is Mission and Ministry: Vocation, Ordination, and the mission of the Church.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
This month, we discuss Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.

Friday, April 20, 2018

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, April 22, 2018

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Collect:

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
The Rt. Rev. Martin Shaw, bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church, reflects on a set of spiritual exercises, based on the five wounds of Christ.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:30 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is Hope: Death, eternal life, Mary and the Communion of Saints.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Christina Rossetti

Collect:

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, April 29, 2018

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Gospel appointed for the morning services on this Fifth Sunday of Easter is John 14:1-14, in which Jesus tells his disciples, "In my house are many mansions..I am the way, the truth and the life."

As you try to contemplate the meaning of this alongside the disciples, consider these sermons:

Reservations in the Father's House (2011) by Fr Mead
Is Jesus the Only Way? (2010) by Fr Austin
A Presence within an Absence (2008) by Fr Austin
Pope Benedict and Jesus (2008) by Fr Mead
Freedom from Fear (2005) by Fr Mead
With God, at Rest and not at Rest (2005) by Fr Austin
Religion: Vertical and Horizonton (2002) by Fr Mead

Collect:

O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
This class studies the book of Exodus utilizing the traditional "four senses" of Scripture: the literal, typological, moral, and mystical.