Sunday, October 19, 2014THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (PR. 24)
Sunday, October 12, 2014THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 23)
Collect:Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday, October 5, 2014THE FEAST OF DEDICATION
We celebrate today our patron saint, Thomas, and rededicate ourselves to Christ and our mission as a parish. We also usually remember Thomas on his feast day, December 21, except that in 2014 his feast day falls on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, so we bumped his 2014 feast day to Monday, December 22.
You'll notice that the lessons at the morning services on Dedication Sunday all contrast doubt and faith. To learn more about Thomas, consider reading these sermons in the archive:
The Feast of Dedication also serves as the launch for the 2015 Every Member Canvass. We encourage you to pledge for 2015 during the months of October and November in 2014. Please consider participating in this year's canvass. No matter where you live around the globe, if you enjoy worshiping with us via the webcasts, we would appreciate your contribution.
Everliving God, who didst strengthen thine apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday, September 28, 2014SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
At Saint Thomas, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels twice: on its assigned date on the liturgical calendar (September 29) and on the Sunday closest, which in 2014 is September 28.
In his weekly message for the week of September 28, 2014, Fr Turner speaks of the nature and the work of the angels, and what we can learn from them.
O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Genesis 28:10-17 , John 1:47-12
Daniel 12:1-3 , Revelation 5:1-14
Sunday, September 21, 2014SAINT MATTHEW
Saint Matthew is famous as having been called by Jesus from, in the words of the old Prayer Book, “the receipt of custom,” to follow Jesus and be an apostle and evangelist. In other words, Matthew was a tax collector. Tax collectors were viewed by Matthew’s fellow Jews as collaborators with the Roman State who made their living by taking money from their own people for the hated overlords and often enriched themselves in so doing. Devout Pharisees refused to marry into a family that had a member who was a tax collector, a “publican.” When Matthew held a dinner party for his fellow publicans and invited Jesus to attend (which he did), the Pharisees sharply criticized Jesus for keeping bad company. Jesus’ reply was that he came not to call the righteous but sinners.
The biblical scholars note that Saint Matthew’s Gospel is especially remarkable for its “sayings of Jesus.” While his Gospel, with important differences, largely follows the structure of the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Matthew is especially cherished for his record, among other sayings, of the Sermon on the Mount.
Learn more about Matthew from the Rector, in his weekly audio message.
We thank thee, heavenly Father, for the witness of thine apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of thy Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday, September 14, 2014HOLY CROSS DAY
Holy Cross Day became a feast of the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer in 1979, but the observance began in Jerusalem on September 14, 335 when the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, built Churches to enshrine the traditional sites of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Excavations at the time discovered a relic, believed to be that of the true cross. Much of our cherished Holy Week liturgies stems from that period, spreading around Christendom through the ages. The crucifix near the pulpit, our 9/11 memorial, is mounted on a cross of stones which were from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Saint Thomas Church was founded to set forth, through preaching and teaching, through architecture, liturgy and music, through fellowship and service, the glory of the Cross of Christ. On the top of the Fifth Avenue façade is a crucifix, with the words, “Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.” And so it is that this Church is a place where many souls are drawn to the foot of the Cross: this deepest mystery, and clearest manifestation, of God’s everlasting love.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.