Priest’s Blog

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WWW-St. Thomas Mugs!

September 19, 2018 No Comments

What’s all this I’m hearing about new mugs? Liz and I have been working on making our welcome bags at church more welcoming, and we want to include something that people can actually keep and get many uses out of. We’ve landed on these stylish, customized mugs with our new St. Thomas logo (one that […]

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What Why Wednesday-Chasubles

September 19, 2018 No Comments

What is a chasuble? A chasuble is a Eucharistic vestment worn by priests. Essentially it is a special piece of clothing worn by a priest during a service at which s/he is celebrating Holy Communion. What does a chasuble look like? Basically, it looks like a fancy poncho. The color of the day (which depends on the liturgical season or the service […]

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What Why Wednesday-Incense

September 19, 2018 No Comments

Why do some churches use incense? At a previous church, I once had a parishioner joke that he would be offended if we were to use incense during a service because the only reason churches ever used incense in the first place was to cover up the smell of the unwashed masses that gathered together for Sunday services, before modern conveniences made […]

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What Why Wednesday-General Convention

September 19, 2018 No Comments

What happened at General Convention? I will also be available after the service on July 29 to give more in-depth information and answer questions.   General Convention was very eye-opening.  I learned that much of the work of General Convention is done in committee.  Each piece of legislation that will go before the House of […]

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Introducing-What Why Wednesday’s

September 19, 2018 No Comments

Your weekly source for answers to all things Episcopal What is the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental rite The Episcopal Church makes a distinction between the two great sacraments (baptism and Eucharist) and other sacramental rites (confirmation, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent, ordination, and unction).  This is because we believe that all […]

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And God Created Humankind in His Image

September 19, 2018 No Comments

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28                  In today’s day and age we might add “black or white” or “gay or straight” to Paul’s profound theological statement because the […]

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The Exile of Rebekah and Isaac

September 19, 2018 No Comments

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel for a pilgrimage through the Holy Land.  And this upcoming Sunday’s readings reminded me of one of the more interesting experiences I had while I was there.  This Sunday’s readings recount Abraham’s servant identifying Rebekah as the woman whom God chose to be Isaac’s wife […]

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Looking Past Labels

September 19, 2018 No Comments

We are living in a time when labels are becoming more important than relationship and understanding. Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or Atheist. White, black, hispanic, asian, Native American, or indigenous? Straight or Gay? Republican or Democrat? These lists are far from exhaustive, but they demonstrate the ways we have insisted on labeling ourselves and others. […]

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St. Thomas-Past, Present, and Future

September 19, 2018 No Comments

Though we often develop routines that make our lives somewhat predictable, our lives are always changing, in big ways and in small ways.  And because our communities are made up of people who are constantly changing, and even the very people who make up the communities around us are changing as people move due to […]

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Uncomfortable Faith Conversations

September 19, 2018 No Comments

Episcopalians are great at a lot of things—throwing a party, organizing a meeting, worshipping together despite theological differences (usually).  But one thing we Episcopalians tend to not do terribly well is talking to people about our faith.  But our reticence to talk about our faith stems from good intentions.  We don’t want to be pushy […]

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