Sermon for The Fifth Sunday of Easter & Mother’s Day – May 14, 2017/Year A

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“Those first communities of The Way, like that of John’s Gospel, heard these words in the context of a particular time and particular events in their lives. The persecution of “those Jesus followers” was real and rampant all around them. It was a time they were called to lean and live into this faith of Jesus as THEIR way, THEIR truth, and THEIR life, even to THEIR death. Now two millennia later, the words of Jesus invitation into this LIVING faith still echo for those of us along this journey, but it is a different time and context. Sadly, these same words of invitation into a LIVING faith are often used as a bludgeon against “those other people.””

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Garden Trekkers trip to Winterthur on May 17

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On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, join us for a Flower Trek with Brenda Tunis to guide you through the Azalea Woods, Enchanted Woods and Primrose Garden of Winterthur. We will spend about 1-1/2 – 2 hours walking about the gardens and then picnic for about a 1/2 hour so pack a picnic lunch. Bring $20.00 for admission, your Winterthur Membership card, or complimentary ticket (see sign-up sheet on Great Hall door for additional pricing information).  Wear sturdy shoes for the rolling terrain. There may be a possible 20 minute tram tour available.

Let’s meet at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas’s parking lot to carpool or meet at Winterthur at 10:10 a.m. in the Visitor Center by the Gift Shop.

Call or email Brenda Tunis with any questions at (302) 530-1492 or email or just sign up on the sign-up sheet in St. Thomas’s lobby.

Hail to the Class of 2017

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This time of the year brings celebrations for the accomplishments of many of our parish family in completing their academic journey in high school and college, and.we would like to honor them with you! Please send the name of your graduate [high school, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or a special degree program] to our parish administrator Adele Meredith on or before May 30. You can send the information by e-mail to Adele at or call the church office at 368-4644. The graduates will be honored in the Carpenter’s Helper throughout the month of June. “Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation. Amen”

ECM Sunday

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This coming Sunday, May 7th, the Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) will provide our preacher, Ms. Matanda Mondoa who will be graduating from the University of Delaware this spring. The students will also provide Coffee Hour for this Sunday. At our recent elections the following students were elected as officers for 2017/2018: rising junior Collen Murray, President; rising sophomore Carla Wegner, Secretary; rising sophomore Susan Zaccaria, Treasurer. We also give thanks & say “God be with you” to graduating students Catherine Morse, Matanda Mondoa and Max Holdsworth.

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Sermon for The Third Sunday of Easter – April 30, 2017/Year A

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Most every town has a store in which there is nothing but lamps, hundreds and sometimes thousands of lamps. Some are antique, some are new, some are plain, and some are ornate. Some of them are unplugged while others are showcasing their light. One day a little girl was shopping for new lamps with her mother. When asked which lamps she liked best, she answered, “I like best the ones where the light shines out.”

This is no less true of us in our churches and our present-day witness to the Risen Christ. How well do our lives showcase our light? Who is being attracted to this light, being nourished by it, letting it penetrate and empower their lives? Macrina Wiederkehr, in her book Seven Sacred Pauses, writes of the pilgrims on the road to Emmaus: “When their eyes were opened they recognized the One who journeyed with them on their pilgrimage so full of questions … ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’ Using slightly different words, this same question is displayed on the icon of the Emmaus journey that sits on my small altar: ‘Were not our hearts gradually catching fire?’

Eastertide is all about living OUR resurrection. So perhaps the response of Cleopas and companion might be heard for us – What is our heartburn like today?

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Inquirer’s Class – Thursday evening, May 11 and 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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In our liturgy for Holy Baptism, the concluding prayer for the baptized person includes this invitation to our journey of faith … “Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and persevere, a spirit to know and to love you and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.” For those adults of “inquiring and discerning hearts” at St. Thomas’s, I will offer What It Means To Be An “Episcopalian” – An Outline Of Our Christian Faith & Life. This course is open to anyone who desires to journey deeper in this commitment we live. It is required for those persons who desire to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church at the regional confirmation service, the Day of Pentecost: June 4 at 4:00 p.m., Christ Church Christiana Hundred. The course booklet will be provided for reading prior to the class to maximize our time together. There will be two teaching sessions will be held on Thursday evening, May 11 & 18, 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Please contact Fr. Paul if you have any questions or are interested in attending by e-mail

Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast

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See our flyer about our Annual Children’s Ministries Family Brunch on April 30. All are welcome, especially families with children in our children’s and youth ministry programs. It is a potluck but please feel free to come with just yourself!

When: April 30, 9:30 a.m. (Please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can gather our food offerings before we begin.)
Where: St. Thomas’s Great Hall
Who: Everyone, but especially children, youth and their families
What: Please bring a dish or breakfast item to share. Beverages will be provided.

To RSVP, ask questions or volunteer to help: Email Belinda Young-Payne at or call at 302-388-4017.

I pray you are all well and that we will see each other soon! We invite you to see also our Children’s Ministries web page.


175th Anniversary Spring Gala

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175th anniversaryJoin us Saturday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the 175th anniversary of our church home! Delicious dinner. Live Music and dancing.

Use our 175th Anniversary Spring Gala flyer to invite your friends and neighbors! Sorry, no sitters will be provided.

Time: Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door (Under 10 – $10)
Attire: Upscale
Included with Ticket: Dinner, desserts, coffee, tea & soda, door prizes AND live music from Brooke Cebula’s band!

Bring additional cash for purchasing raffle tickets, beer and wine, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, and a variety of beautiful plants.

We have a good crowd so far but would love to see former or future St. Thomas members as well. Please reach out invite someone!



The 175th Spring Gala Committee

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