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.

Online Services: Sunday Morning and Saturday Evening

Sunday Morning Live Stream of Service at 9 am, Sunday, 3/15 Dear Saint Thomas’ Family, Sunday Livestream: We are presently working on getting livestream capabilities at the church. Thanks to Stephen Gonzalez, we have the WiFi infrastructure. We’ll be doing this at 9 am via Facebook Live on the Saint Thomas’ Facebook Page. We’ll do Ante-Communion and Sermon, with…

Update: Sunday Services Moved Online

corona virus

Dear St. Thomas’ Family, These are very unusual times. Most of us alive today have not experienced what we are now experiencing with the coronavirus. The virus is easily transmitted, especially among large groups. This is why you are seeing large gatherings canceled. Officials are trying to take away opportunities for the virus to spread…

Update: STE and Corona Virus

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We plan to hold our regularly scheduled Church services this Sunday, March 15. Instead of Holy Communion, we will have Morning Prayer at both morning services. Saint Thomas’ School will be closed from today, March 11 through Tuesday, March 24, out of an abundance of caution, after an STE student’s sibling at another school had…

Unusual Times and the Corona Virus

corona virus

We find ourselves in very unusual times. Although we all knew a local disease like coronavirus could spread world-wide due to our global infrastructure, we have now seen it happen. While this teaches us of our limited ability to control our environment, it can also teach us a great many other things. We believe that…

Quinquagesima Excitement!

by David Browder, Rector We have a very exciting week in store for everyone! On Saturday we will host our Parish Potluck and Crawfish Boil at the home of Rob Scholl (more information). It will be a wonderful time with food, fun, and a bounce house for the kids. Potlucks and fellowship are some of…

Candlemas: Candles and Worship for Families

Have you ever heard of Candlemas? Perhaps the name is vaguely familiar but you can’t quite place its meaning. You’re not alone! You’re in the majority even among Anglicans! Candlemas is an old name for the feast our prayer book calls The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called The Purification of Saint Mary…

Report on the Vision Summit

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Last Saturday, 43 members of the parish met with Stephanie Caro, our Ministry Architects consultant, to think about our mission, values and ministries. We engaged in a number of exercises designed to surface the attributes and traits that, in the opinions of our parish, make Saint Thomas’ a distinctive and important place. We also spent…

Vision and Formation

vision and formation

Our Church Vision Summit is this Saturday! 9AM to noon! I hope you have made plans to be there because we to hear from you. The vestry, the transformation team and I need your help to round out and add to our vision and emphases. We want everyone to be excited about the future and…

Thinking about Vision

vision summit january 18 2019

Happy Epiphanytide and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord and a restful vacation. One of the most important things we are doing this year is holding a church-wide Vision Summit from 9 am to noon on Saturday, January 18, in the church. We seek to…

What’s Advent All About?

As we continue in this 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 Advent is the waiting for the coming, approach, or arrival of none other than Jesus Christ, the 2nd…