Maundy Thursday Soup and Bread Supper – cancelled

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Sometimes we have to do different things so that we appreciate traditions.

It’s been our tradition for many years, but this year we’re not going to have the supper before the 7:30 solemn service.

Please come to church at 7:30. You will be moved by the foot washing experience and by the stripping of the altar. And stay for some of the Watch in the Garden.

It just might change your understanding of what happened to Jesus – who gave his life for ours.

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!


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

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:
Ask one of the CREW youth to direct you to our collection canisters.

Jacob J. Capin

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

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 6, 2016

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

Please see the Carpenter’s Helper for this coming Sunday, March 6.


The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

Sunday, March 6, 2016 is the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall with a time of fellowship, and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We have activities planned for the children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish.  Please join YOUR FAMILY of faith as we continue to grow in God’s grace and service as the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ! The autobiographies of the Vestry candidates can be found on the name tag table for your further consideration. Absentee ballots are available by request from our Senior Warden – D.J. Ferguson, Peoples Warden – Sue Houghton, Clerk of the Vestry – Jean Runge, and from Cami Seward in the church office.

DEATH PENALTY REPEAL – This Sunday, March 6 is the last Sunday we will be collecting handwritten letters (no envelopes necessary) in support of SB -40 in hopes of repealing the death penalty in Delaware. Our letters will be joined with the letters of multiple congregations and delivered to key representatives the week of March 7 by the Delaware Repeal Project. If you have questions please contact the church office 302-368-4644 or

COKESBURY VILLAGE SPRING SALE – The White Elephant Spring Sale at Cokesbury Village is Friday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday March 5, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707. Affordable furniture, home goods, and “unique treasures” are offered to the public. If you have questions please contact Phyllis Rawling at 239-2689 or

Blessings to you this day through Christ,

Cami Seward <>

St. Thomas’s Parish

276 South College Ave.

Newark, Delaware 19711


Mystery to Majesty – Worship for Holy Week to Easter Day

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The journey with our Lord Jesus Christ from Passion Sunday through the Day of the Resurrection is the unfolding story of our Christian faith as the family of God to this day. You are invited to attend all or as many of these important worship experiences as you are able.

  • Sunday, March 20: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
  • Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  • Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24
  • Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday
  • Soup & Bread Supper at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall
  • Holy Eucharist with Foot washing at 7:30 p.m., followed by Stripping of the Altar
  • Vigil in the Chapel of Repose until the Good Friday Liturgy
  • Compline at 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 25: Good Friday
  • Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.
  • Good Friday Liturgy with sermon at 12:00 noon
  • Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26: Holy Saturday
  • The Great Vigil of Easter – Holy Eucharist with incense at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 27: Day of the Resurrection – Easter Day
  • Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • NO 5:30 p.m. service on Easter Day