Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 22, 2017

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Show me the money!! I am guessing most everyone born before 2000 is familiar with this famous line. Of course, it is from that classic event of our time – the annual stewardship campaign! Not really, although some campaigns have taken on this strident slogan much too often for my experience of ministry.

Show me the money is actually the classic and most often quoted line from the movie Jerry McGuire featuring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Zellwegger, and other notable stars of the day. The premise of this movie was about a hot-shot sports agent who falls from favor in a larger agency and loses his job. He presses on independently, striving to represent Gooding Jr. who is about to enter the free agent market. He meets Zellwegger and her young son, falls in love and finds his anchor of humanity and morality again. The “gods” they chase and worship are, of course, football. Well, some things just do not change all that much it seems.

Show me the money!! In Matthew’s Gospel, the controversy conversations between Jesus and the Pharisees continue around the issue of living in the world and being faithful to God’s Word and work in the world as well. As I prayed these words, I was reminded of another movie Pay It Forward. A lovely movie about a young boy who took on a teacher’s challenge by helping one person, and then requesting that the person pay it forward by helping at least three other people.

It seems to me that for God and Christ Jesus, our faithful living calls us to live out the mind and heart of show me the faith … show all the Love!

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 22, 2017/Year A in its entirety.

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Stewardship Cottage Meetings UPDATE

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I regret to inform you that the two Cottage meetings scheduled for this weekend are canceled due to very low sign-up. The two meetings previously announced, and now canceled, are:

Friday Pizza Night: Hosted by Kristin & Justin Sausville and Judy & Mike Grabowski
Sunday Luncheon at St. Thomas: Hosted by Rich & Jean Wadman

Please note that there are still 3 more cottage meetings scheduled. Please check the Cottage Meeting Board at the Sunday Rally table to sign-up! Thanks.

— Richard Wadman

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Theme: Family Pizza Night – CANCELLED
Hosts: Judy & Mike Grabowski and Kristin & Justin Sausville

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Theme: Luncheon Gathering – CANCELLED
Hosts: Rich & Jean Wadman
Location: St. Thomas’s Parish Hall

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Theme: Light Dinner
Hosts: Jerry & Peggy Schultz

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Theme: Tea & Scones
Host: Sue Houghton

Date: Saturday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Theme: Fall Supper
Host: Rejane DeMoraes

Poets’ Corner Reading Series – Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Phillip Bannowsky reading poetry by his favorite poets.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE

Free-will offering.

Phillip Bannowsky is a retired autoworker, international educator, and human rights activist. His most recent work, now seeking a publisher, is Jacobo the Turko: a Novel in Verse, which earned him the 2017 Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship in Literature: Poetry. Published works include The Milk of Human Kindness (poetry), Autoplant: a Poetic Monologue, and The Mother Earth Inn (novel). Recent poems have appeared in Dreamstreets Magazine, Broadkill Review, Currents, The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies News, and the anthology Bad Hombres and Nasty Women. Having spent thirty-one years on Chrysler’s assembly line, Bannowsky retired to teach high school English in Ecuador and Lebanon and now teaches The Poetry of Empowerment at the University of Delaware.

Co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English.

Hungry College Students

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The sign up sheet is posted on the Great Hall Door. There’s room for you to sign up to fix a meal for our Episcopal Campus Ministry students on a Wednesday evening in October (the 25th) and several in November.

They like to have dinner about 5:50 and would love to have you dine with them. A home cooked meal is so much more delicious than any dining hall food. An individual can fix the meal or a group of people can get together and share the dishes.

Call the office (302-368-4644) or sign up personally.

The kids will love you forever!

Deacon Cecily, Episcopal Campus Minister
Sally Price

Trick or Treat for UNICEF – Sunday, October 22, 2017

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On Sunday, October 22, 2017, please support our Children in their biggest annual outreach project. Put your your change into the Orange Collection Boxes after the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services and also enter for chances to Win Fun Fall Prizes.

In faithful service to God, sponsored by St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries.

Disaster Relief via Episcopal Relief & Development

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Episcopal Relief & Development has set up a web donation page to begin the long journey of relief for Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast, the disaster needs as a result of Hurricane Irma and Maria, and the earthquake impacting Mexico and Central America. More than 90% of donations to Episcopal Relief & Development go directly to support those in need.  Please pray and be generous as you are able. Go to www.er-d.org.

Stewardship Cottage Meetings in October – join us!

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Below is a list of all the upcoming Cottage Meetings. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Peace,
DJ Ferguson, Rich Wadman & Mike

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Theme: Afternoon Tea
Host: Sister Jackie Fossler

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Theme: Family Pizza Night
Hosts: Judy & Mike Grabowski and Kristin & Justin Sausville

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Theme: Luncheon Gathering
Hosts: Rich & Jean Wadman
Location: St. Thomas’s Parish Hall

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Theme: Light Dinner
Hosts: Jerry & Peggy Schultz

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Theme: Tea & Scones
Host: Sue Houghton

Date: Saturday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Theme: Fall Supper
Host: Rejane DeMoraes

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 8, 2017/Year A

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We are experiencing a few “transitions” in our parish family life. Today there is the transition INTO the family of Christ’s body with a baptism. Also today there will be the transitions FROM baptismal promises lived FOR US to baptismal promises lived BY US as we admit the 2018 Confirmation Class into their journey of a “claimed faith” ahead. And yes, there is that “other” transition AWAY we experience as I complete my ministry serving with you at the end of this month.

All these “transitions” lead me to the words we hear of scripture this day, and a story. The words from Paul to the church in Philippi – “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 8, 2017/Year A in its entirety.

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Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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That’s not fair!!! The echo of our childhood ways when we believed that anything done any other way than what we wanted was done against me! That’s not fair!!! Gratefully we enter our adult years and, as St. Paul commends, “out of our childish ways,” we do not embrace this personal affront any longer … well, not that often … okay, perhaps sometimes but not all the time!

That’s not fair!!! It seems this hue and cry is embraced at this time of year by many young and old as we cheer our favorite college and professional football teams. It seems that no matter what the “zebras” do, it is never right, not for MY TEAM anyhow.

That’s not fair!!! We seem to be in a time and cycle of life where not taking responsibility for OUR actions, or inactions, is the predominant behavior du jour. When “That’s not fair” is my favorite fight song, then EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING that is done is done against me.

That’s not fair!!! In our faith journey with Jesus, we know what Jesus would do in response to the inequalities of life on life’s terms. So the question of Jesus to us this day … what will you do about it with me?

That’s not fair!!! This is not a new fight song. It is as old as our journey of faith since the beginning!

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s sermon for Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 1, 2017/Year A.

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