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.

Geoff’s Summer Videos: Psalm 110:11

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 111:10: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas prepared these videos as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Geoff’s Summer Videos: Psalm 19:14

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, * O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas prepared these videos as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Sabbatical…

by David Browder Another school year is coming to an end and another summer awaits. More than just that is coming to an end, though. With the renovation of our church, the construction of our new school building, and the proliferation of coronavirus vaccines, our time of crisis is coming to an end, as well.…

Martin Luther on the Ascension of Jesus

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This week, Martin Luther stands in for the rector as guest writer on the Ascension of Jesus Christ: “Now we must consider the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the first place, it is easily said and understood that the Lord ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. But they…

Cancel Culture

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“Canceling” used to mean getting rid of your Netflix subscription. Before Netflix, it meant discontinuing your New York Times or Time Magazine subscription. But the word “cancel” has taken on a completely different meaning in our society now. Instead of the subscription becoming nonexistent, the person becomes nonexistent. A “canceled” person loses his or her…

Greeter Ministry Seeks Volunteers

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by Karen Peterson, co-lead Greeter Ministry As we moved back into our beautiful worship space, our clergy and vestry looked for ways to be more welcoming, especially to visitors. As a result, we formed a greeter ministry. Greeters working with the Parish Administrator and Family Minister were able to greet people, welcome visitors and provide…

Mooring in Troubled Times

You might not know this but the numbers of people who say they attend church at least monthly has declined to below 50% nationwide. This is unprecedented in the history of our nation and it has many ramifications. One effect is that people do not have the same starting place or context for civil discourse.…

STE STRONG Matching Gift Challenge

It is with great excitement and gratitude that we embark on the final phase of the Fulfilling the Promise capital campaign: the STE STRONG Matching Gift Challenge. You have heard about the generous gift donated by Judith and Roy Shaw to kick off this epic campaign for STE. Over the next four weeks, you will hear…

The Passion

by David Browder “Passion” is a word that has definite associations in 21st Century America. “What is your passion?” “Follow your passion.” This is the advice we often hear at our graduation ceremonies and these are the ideas that make us wistful during movies. “Passion” in this context is deeply and intensely held commitment and…