A Day of Mourning for those who have died during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Dear Friends in Christ,

In response to the call for a day of mourning and lament as described in this article titled “After 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths in U.S., Interfaith Leaders, Mayors Call for Day of Mourning and Lament,” I invite you to join me on Zoom Monday, June 1, 2020, at 10 a.m., for a time of prayer and reflection as we commend to Our Father in Heaven those who have died during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Write to the Parish Office of St. Thomas’s at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or St. Nicholas for Zoom instructions.

Fr. Bill
The Very Reverend William B. Lane

Worship service on Sunday, May 31, 2020

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This Sunday, May 31, 2020, is Whitsunday, the Day of Pentecost! We will be streaming LIVE from St. Nicholas at 9 a.m.  On Sunday, connect to our service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a presentation. Here is the service leaflet  that accompanies the service.  I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!   

And then, beginning on June 4, 2020, Deacon Cecily will begin offering evening Compline at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  Please email me for an invitation to this prayerful end to the day.  ALL are Welcome! 

On Sunday, June 7, 2020,  we will join with most other churches in the diocese to “attend” Bishop Brown’s livestream service. So, there will not be the usual 9 a.m. worship service at St. Thomas’s. Details about time and how to connect will follow shortly.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

St. Thomas’s Worship Update for May 2020

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Dear Friends,

You may have read that the Governor has issued guidelines under which churches may begin to resume worship with in-person congregations.  These new rules take effect on June 1st, but no Episcopal church in Delaware, including St Thomas’s, will be able to start that quickly.  A task force of the Diocese is reviewing the guidelines (which are extensive and quite stringent) and working out how they might be implemented in the context of our style of worship.  I anticipate that there will be additional steps, including diocesan review, that will be required of any church that decides to re-start worship “live” in its building.  This will come to different parishes at different speeds.  Please be assured that the leadership of St Thomas’s will act prudently in making decisions about how and when we may move in this direction.

In the meantime, we will continue to have YouTube worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays at noon.  Deacon Cecily will also be offering the service of Compline one evening per week – look for more details on this to come soon.  We continue to make improvements in our capacity to live-stream our services, and plan to continue doing this even when in-person worship resumes.  We are very much aware that some in our community will be observing health precautions longer than others, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded. 

I will close by letting you know about one other special event.  On June 7, 2020, Trinity Sunday, there will not be the usual 9 a.m. Eucharist so that we can join with most other churches in the diocese in “attending” the Bishop’s on-line service.  This sign of our unity will give us all a chance to hear from Bishop Brown and remind us that we share a common mission, even as we worship in living rooms and dens and kitchens all over the state.

Please be assured of my continuing prayers for you all.

Peace and be well,
Howie+

The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr.
StThomassRector@googlegroups.com

Worship service on Sunday, May 24, 2020

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This Sunday, May 24, 2020 is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Connect to our service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a presentation. Here is the service leaflet  that accompanies the service.  I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!   

On Sunday, June 7th, we will join with most other churches in the Diocese of Delaware to “attend” Bishop’s Brown’s livestream service. Consequently, there will not be the usual 9 a.m. service at St. Thomas’s. Details about time and how to connect to the Bishop’s service will be sent soon.   

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

As always, please share your thoughts. What did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Compline service on Thursdays

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Compline Prayer on Thursdays Beginning June 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. please join Deacon Cecily for evening Compline via Zoom.⁠ Please email Cana, Parish Administration at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com for an invitation to this prayerful end to the day. ALL are Welcome!
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Compline is a simple office including a confession of sins, one or more psalms, a short reading from scripture, versicles and responses, the Lord’s Prayer, collects which ask for God’s protection during the night to come, and the canticle Nunc dimittis. A hymn for the evening may follow the short reading from scripture. The collects may be followed by a time of silence, along with free intercessions and thanksgivings.⁠

Worship Service on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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Good morning faith family!  It’s wonderful to be worshiping together this morning! Please join us LIVE on YouTube for this morning’s service at 9 a.m.  May 17, 2020 is the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Connect to our service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a presentation. Here is the service leaflet  that accompanies the service.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

As always, please share your thoughts. What did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Wednesday Intercessory Prayer service today at noon

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Hello friends! There will be an Intercessory Prayer service today, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at noon. Please join us. The service will be LIVE on YouTube and here is the accompanying service leaflet for Wednesdays in Easter Season.

This is a quiet, spoken service of Intercessory prayer.

After today, our next LIVE worship service will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday.  By Friday, we will publish the Sunday leaflet for preview and email a reminder on Sunday morning a few minutes before the service. This Sunday’s worship service will come to you LIVE from St. Thomas’s this week!  

As we continue to improve the online service delivery, your feedback is needed.  Please share your thoughts and suggestions either in the live chat in YouTube or by sending email to the parish office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Worship Service on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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May 10, 2020 is the 5th Sunday of Easter and we will be worshiping together and streaming LIVE from St Nicholas at 9 a.m. on YouTube . Here is the accompanying service leaflet

If you have not already done so, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell (twice to receive notifications EVERY time) 🔔 to receive alerts every time we go LIVE.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

As always, please share your thoughts: what did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!  

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Worship Service on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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See the worship service leaflet for this Sunday, May 3, 2020. This service will be LIVE online at YouTube at 9 a.m. from St Thomas’s.  Next week’s service will be live online from YouTube from St. Nicholas. If you have not already done so, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell (twice to receive notifications EVERY time) 🔔 to receive alerts every time we go LIVE.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

As always, please share your thoughts: what did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Worship Service on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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Hello faith family. Please see the worship service leaflet for Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. This is the Third Sunday of Easter and we will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s Parish.  Please look for an invitation email from me on Sunday morning at 8:55 a.m., with the link to the St Thomas’s YouTube page (this is the same link every time).  The YouTube link is also available from our home page. I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator