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Sunday, May 19, 2019

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

At the morning services on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we have John's Gospel in which Christ describes himself as the true vine: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

Consider reading these past sermons for some help in understanding this lesson:

Christ the Vine (2008) by Fr Mead
The True Grapevine (2005) by Fr Mead
A Sermon for Confirmation (2002) by Bishop Sisk

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.

Fr Turner | 11:00 am Festal Eucharist

Sunday, May 5, 2019

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Gospel for The Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) is from Luke 24, wherein the risen Christ reveals himself to the disciples and 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.

The Very Rev’d Jonathan Greener | 11:00 am Festal Eucharist
Fr Turner | 4:00 pm Festal Evensong

Sunday, April 28, 2019

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.

Fr Moretz | 4:00 pm Festal Evensong
Exodus 14:5-22 , John 14:1-7

Sunday, April 21, 2019

THE SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY

Collect:

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Fr Turner | 8:00 am The Solemn Eucharist of the Resurrection
Fr Spencer | 3:00 pm Solemn Evensong
Luke 24:13-35

Sunday, April 14, 2019

THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY

The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fr Turner | 11:00 am The Blessing of the Palms & Solemn Eucharist of the Passion

Sunday, April 7, 2019

THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

At the morning services this year for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we have the account of Christ's raising Lazarus from the dead, a resuscitation more than a resurrection, insofar as Lazarus would live only to die again. Still, it is here that Christ makes it clear to Martha that he is "the resurrection and the life."

The irony is that the raising of Lazarus, a life-giving event, led to the crucifixion of Christ; his enemies were now more than ever determined to kill him. Yet, it is by the way of the cross that Christ defeated death, once and for all. So, the raising of Lazarus is very much a sign of what it to come, made complete in Christ’s death and resurrection. Lazarus would die again; but Christ's death led to the death of death, to life beyond death, to death no more.

See:

The Strange World of the Resurrection by Fr Austin (2010)
Jesus is Life by Fr Mead (2005)
Come Forth, to Life! by Fr Mead (2002)

Collect:

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Very Rev. Stephen Cherry | 11:00 am – March 7, 2019, 11:00 am
Litany & Choral Eucharist
Isaiah 43:16-21 , Philippians 3:4b-14 , John 12:1-8
Fr. R-J Heijmen | 4:00 pm Choral Evensong
I Kings 8:22-30 , Revelation 21:3-7