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.

The Music of Doomsday

This week we bring to a close the Christian year, Advent being the beginning of the new cycle. The Sunday before Advent is celebrated in modern lectionaries as “Christ the King,” which is a fitting commemoration to the end of a cycle; but the older observance, still known in parts of the Anglican Communion as…

Update from Uganda

Despite primary and secondary schools remaining closed in Uganda until January, we have been incredibly busy. Colleges and universities are allowed to reopen for in-person instruction in November, but Michelle discovered a loophole in the regulations that allowed our teachers college students to return to campus this month. Our current cohort had only about two…

Music Notes and Choral Evensong

With morning and evening choral services this Sunday, there is a lot to look forward to! In the morning, we will have parishioner Pedro Funes-Whittington and Leonardo Lima playing viols during the service. Viols are fretted bowed string instruments; they appear similar in shape to violins and cellos, but have frets like guitars and lutes,…

Music Notes for Trinity 15

by Bryan Anderson This week I thought I’d share some background on one of the ubiquitous parts of our services, the singing of the Old Hundredth doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” etc. Sometimes people in the Episcopal tradition are surprised to realize that there is no Prayer Book rubric for a doxology…

A Report from Uganda

rafiki students

We’ve been here at the Rafiki Village Uganda for two months now – and we’ve been busy. We thank God for calling us here and we thank you back at our church home for generously partnering with us in this mission with your prayers and financial support. Schools and churches remain closed throughout Uganda due…

Deliver the Outcast

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 82:4: “Rescue the weak and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked”.

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on January 22, 2021 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021. This is the last video in this summer’s series — we hope you have enjoyed them!

What Ails You?

Geoff’s Summer Videos

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Luke 13:12: “When Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, ‘Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.'”.

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on January 15, 2021 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021. This is the last video in this summer’s series — we hope you have enjoyed them!

Epiphany: The Manifestation

This week, Geoff’s video is based on John 1:1-18 and Matthew 1-2.

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on January 8, 2021 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

O Quickly Come.

Geoff’s Summer Videos

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 130:5: “I look for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my trust.” (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 first presented this video on December 11, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Song: “O Quickly Come” text by Lawrence Tuttiett, 1854.

God Is Our Hope and Strength

Geoff Simpson’s Summer Videos

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 46:1: “God is our hope and strength; a very present help in trouble” (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 first presented this video on November 20, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.