A Pastoral Response from the House of Bishops Meeting

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Blessings be upon all in Grace on the doorstep of Passion Sunday and our Holy Week journey.

The past week, the House of Bishops held its spring gathering at Camp Allen, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of Texas. From emerging conversations shared in small settings and companioning, along with moving meditations on Jesus journey to the Cross, and beyond, by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, this letter titled “Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church” was prayed, shaped, formed, and unanimously approved by the House of Bishops. I invite you to read, mark, and enter in prayer for our common humanity as we are called to be, people of the Word, people of God. I would be happy to have conversations with you as you wish about this important letter for all.

In the days ahead, my prayers surround this parish family, our community, our world, that we may know the power of the resurrection LIVED in us!

With gratefulness, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

Holy Week and Easter 2016 Schedule

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Sunday, March 20: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

    8:00 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist I

   10:30 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist II

    5:30 p.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24

Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.

 

Maundy Thursday, March 24

    6:00 p.m.      Soup and Bread Supper in the Great Hall

    7:30 p.m.      Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist II and Stripping of the Altar, followed by Nightwatch hours in prayer at the Altar of Repose 

   10:00 p.m.      10:00 p.m. Compline

 

Good Friday, March 25

    8:00 a.m.      Morning Prayer

   12:00 noon      Good Friday Liturgy with Sermon and Solemn Collects

    7:00 p.m.      The Way of the Cross – Praying the Stations of the Cross

 

Holy Saturday, March 26

    7:00 p.m.      The Great Vigil of Easter – Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist with incense

 

Easter Day, March 27

    8:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist

   10:30 a.m.      Festal Holy Eucharist with Choir & Brass

    5:30 p.m.      NO SERVICE on Easter Day

Sermon for The Fifth Sunday of Lent

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“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.”

 Paul’s words of life and faith frame the doorway into Holy Week. Yet it seems in clear contrast to one of the promises of recovering life from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous – “We will not forget the past, nor wish to shut the door on it.” If I do the soul house cleaning needed that Lent makes space to do, I always unearth something[s] that I SO want to shut the door on, fast, hard, and forever!

See the The Fifth Sunday of Lent sermon in its entirety.

Carpenter’s Helper for March 13, 2016

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

Time to Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13. Set your clocks AHEAD one hour Saturday night, March 12. We don’t want you to miss church!

This Sunday 4:00 p.m. Lenten Choral Cantata – don’t’ miss!

MANY HANDS NEEDED –  Brian Smith is away, and as always, we miss him! Brian, our most excellent sexton returns on Monday, March 14. Until then, we will need many hands working together to do the things that seem to happen magically!  Those that gather for the St. Thomas’s Saturday Men’s Breakfast will need to do the set-up and take down. If you see something that needs cleaning, please clean it. If the trash is full, please dump it.  Brian’s return is always cause for great thanksgiving!

NEWARK AREA WELFARE COMMITTEE CUPBOARD – Needs canned fruit.

THANKS FOR YOUR LETTERS TO REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY– Your letters were delivered to the Delaware Repeal Project and will be delivered to our legislators. As you probably know SB-40 has been “pulled” for this legislative session as it is being reviewed by the Supreme Court of Delaware. Again, thank you for your efforts.

Blessings to you on this beautiful day, See this week’s Carpenter’s Helper.

Cami Seward
St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711
302-368-4644

Teen and Tween Lenten Gathering

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All current Tweens and Teens (4th -12th graders) are invited to attend.  Come for the whole evening or just the part that fits you.  We will begin going through the stations around 7:45 pm.  Games/Movie will begin around 8:45 pm. See the flyer. Hope to see you all! RSVP: by calling Belinda Young-Payne at 302-832-8834 or e-mailing to belmar43@aol.com.

Pop-tabs collection reminder

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Hello friends,
Please help out the CREW’s service project by bringing in pop-tabs–the little tab on top of soda cans, soup, or your beverage of choice.
For more information on the Ronald McDonald Pop-Tab collection, visit: https://rmhde.org/pop-tabs/
Ask one of the CREW youth to direct you to our collection canisters.
Blessings,
jacob

Jacob J. Capin

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Lent & 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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“But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father…”

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Refreshment or Lighten Up Sunday in the church world. It is a little beyond the halfway point of our journey with Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem … to the power base of the Temple and the Roman world … to reveal God’s TRUE kingdom come on earth plans … to an end that no one expected, except Jesus. I was reminded in another reading that this is also known as Mothering Sunday in which pilgrims would return to the “mother church” for time of reunion, renewal, and feasting.

For me, Lighten Up is less about telling numerous bad church jokes and more about lightening our spiritual loads we carry, still. To come home to God and Jesus in the loving place desired from our very creation, and not in abject guilt, remorse, or shame. Repentance is simply turning round right again, or as the Prodigal of today’s Gospel, “But when he came to himself …” which could be translated as when he came to his right mind and was restored to sanity.

It seems a good thing that this is the day of our 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. A day for this family of God to come home, to refresh, renew, and be in relationship with one another again and with our loving creative God.

Let us come home, together.

See the sermon in its entirety.

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

Online giving at St. Thomas’s

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We are excited to announce that you can now give to St. Thomas’s online! Giving online is easy. You may set up automatic recurring contributions or make one-time contributions from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

1. Visit the church website at http://stthomasparish.org/about/giving-to-st-thomass/

2. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile to manage online gifts.

The site lets you use your bank account or credit cards. If you use a card, please consider electing to cover the 2.75% processing fee to make the most of your contribution to St. Thomas’s.

If you have questions, please send a note to Amy Keach at iloveoregon@hotmail.com.