From the Rector

The blog of the Rev’d David O. Browder, Rector of St. Thomas’. Law and gospel, grace, pop culture, links to interesting articles and videos.

Hungry for Church

By Bryan Anderson, Director of Music Last Sunday at St. Thomas, we sang and read Psalm 42, “Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God.” Such expressions, comparing the need for God’s presence to physical needs, are common throughout Scripture. Another that comes to mind is Psalm 84:…

Re-start. Re-form. Notes from the 2019 Vestry Retreat.

Of all the churches with which I’ve been associated and in which I’ve served, Saint Thomas’ has the most interesting beginning. Not long after the founders started the church, they created and began sustaining a school. To Saint Thomas’ primary mission — the proclamation of the Gospel together with the administration of the sacraments —…

Welcome Bryan Anderson, Director of Music

We have been searching for a well-qualified musician to lead our church and school music programs as Director of Music. I am excited to announce that I have offered the position to Mr. Bryan Anderson and he has accepted. Bryan has served as our Interim Director of Music since September of 2018 and he has…

The Promise of Advent

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As we move into the season of Advent, it might be worthwhile to re-visit the reason we go through this particular season before Christmas. In Latin, adventus means a “coming, approach, or arrival”. In our Christian context, in Advent we wait for the coming, approach, or arrival of Jesus Christ, the second Person of the…

In a Time of Re-Forming and Re-Building

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In 587 BC, the nation of Israel suffered a devastating event: the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem and the resulting exile. It was a catastrophe for their society. For fifty years, the people of Israel languished in exile until they were allowed to return by King Cyrus of Persia in 537 (or so) BC. They returned…

Church Reconstruction Update

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We have changed the planned start date for church reconstruction to June 1, 2019 (we originally planned to begin November 1, 2018) We made this change after consultation with our architects, MHP, and our builders, Tellepsen. As our plans developed over the summer MHP and Tellepsen determined that we could achieve significant cost reduction in…

Evensong for Remembrance Day

Join the choir of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and guests at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church for a commemoration of Remembrance Day, the eleventh day of the eleventh month.   On Sunday, 11/11/18, at 4 pm, one hundred years to the day after the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I, we will remember all…

Sharing My Excitement

Guest Column by Eileen Spisak, Parish Administrator I’m really excited about the wonderful things happening here at St. Thomas’ as we continue work to recover from the floods of Hurricane Harvey, and I want to share my excitement with all of you, and tell you about some of what’s going on — some things you…

Monthly Healing Service

Saint Thomas’ will begin offering a monthly Healing Service on the second Sunday of each month after our 10:30 am Morning Prayer service. Many in our parish are suffering under various ailments and it is good and right for their brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for them. We do that through the prayer…