Lenten Series – The Way of Love

2021 Lenten Series: The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus

This Lent take on the practice of love! 

Not long ago, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gathered a small group to meet with him for two days in Atlanta. He had spent the last couple of years challenging his church to claim the mantle of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. It was time to think about how to build on that challenging and inviting message – what would be the spiritual practices necessary.  The Way of Love is the fruit of that conversation. 

As Bishop Curry’s invitation to spiritual practices, The Way of Love uses seven key verbs: Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest. This book and our conversation in Lent and Easter will be an exploration of what these verbs mean in the context of our life of faith.  Join us Wednesday evenings online at 7:30pm starting February 24 for this extraordinary conversation.  We will pause the first Wednesday of the month as our own “rest” and also include a special session in Holy Week. 

Each week our panel will be joined by a special guest from our parish – to hear their own perspective on The Way, as well as their experience on what they have found helpful in these months of the pandemic.  Our guest this week is one of our own parish authors, Jamie Flerlage.

This year’s series will feature a new format that makes it possible to either participate on your owns schedule and/or share the conversation with others.  During our scheduled Wednesday conversations, participants online can interact with their own questions and comments via the chat and Q/A feature of Zoom.  Each conversation will also record the panel conversation so others can click and watch at their leisure via our YouTube channel which would be posted by the weekend.

CLICK HERE for a Series Schedule

Copies of the book, The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus are available either in print or in digital formats and can be purchased via Forward Movement or Amazon.  If you need assistance in ordering a printed copy and/or more information, please contact Kim Baumgartner at kbaumgartner@stthomasepiscopal.org or call the church office at (513) 831-2052.

Here is the link for each conversation (same link for each week):
All attendees will need to use the link below to attend:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81881742688

Weekly News and Notes ~ February 19-26, 2021

February 19–26, 2021

Weekly COVID Updates & Operational Status:

We ask that you help us all to observe our guidelines and rules for health and safety.

Reserve Your Seat – Click Here to reserve your seat or call the parish office at 513-831-2052 by Friday at 5pm.

Wear your mask – Please practice good hygiene at home and wear a mask to church.  Masks are mandatory and must be worn over mouth and nose.

Enter through the correct door – When you arrive for church, please use the Parish Hall entrance on Miami Avenue.  This will be our main entrance for the building this year while there are COVID restrictions.  Entering through these doors allows a clear access to hand sanitizers, the self-health check station.

Self-Health Check – A health assessment with a temperature check will be required as well as the use of a face mask and maintaining physical distancing of 6′ apart (we have mandated capacity control and we can reserve seats for up to 50 people for each service).

Find your seat – Seating will be marked to ensure physical distancing.  At the end of the service, we will dismiss people from the back of the nave to the front, exiting via the narthex and the red doors.

We cannot and do not guarantee the absence of risk from your presence with us.

Online Worship will continue.

Individual Prayer Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Lenten Series

 This Lent take on the practice of love!  Not long ago, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gathered a small group to meet with him for two days in Atlanta. He had spent the last couple of years challenging his church to claim the mantle of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. It was time to think about how to build on that challenging and inviting message – what would be the spiritual practices necessary.  The Way of Love is the fruit of that conversation. 

As Bishop Curry’s invitation to spiritual practices, The Way of Love uses seven key verbs: Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest. This book and our conversation in Lent and Easter is an exploration of what these verbs mean in the context of our life of faith.  Join us Wednesday evenings online at 7pm starting February 24 for this extraordinary conversation.  We will pause the first Wednesday of the month as our own “rest” and also include a special session in Holy Week.  Copies of the book, The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus are available either in print or in digital formats and can be purchased via Forward Movement or Amazon.  For more information or to register for the Zoom link, please contact Kim Baumgartner at kbaumgartner@stthomasepiscopal.org or call the church office at (513) 831-2052.

The “Little Black Books” are back! 

Bishop Ken Untener, who was the RC Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw and whose ministry probably helped to shape what I could offer the most while serving in that area myself from 2004—2010.  Bishop Ken died in office shortly before I arrived in Saginaw, but his witness and ministry has been like a mentor to me with everything from preaching, to leadership and moist of all ecumenism – Ken believed in a Unified Church and he practiced that belief in his relations with everyone.  Bishop Ken’s writings and example have left such an imprint and witness for me and so many others.  His prayers, sermons and other writings first touched me as it reminds us of what it means to be called into sharing Christ’s ministry – it’s about whose we are, that to which we cling and are formed by even more than the accomplishments and even disappointments we experience alone –we are the messengers and heralds of news, Good News that is not our own, but what God is bringing about.

There are other materials available for this lent for different ages and interests as well as special activity boxes for families.

Bach is Back in 2021!

Back to Bach: A Conversation in Music
Erik Anderson, cello
Sunday, February 21, 5:00 p.m.

Via Zoom (link sent via email) Cellist and BEST friend Erik Anderson returns for another invigorating afternoon of conversation and great music. Using the music of J. S. Bach as a backdrop, Erik leads a fascinating discussion, encouraging comments and questions from the audience.

To join this program, please look for a Zoom link in an email from the Bach Ensemble. To sign up for our email list, visit www.bachensemble.org.

Prayers, Readings & Prayer List
for Upcoming Online Services

Prayers, Readings and Prayer List for the First Sunday in Lent

All services will be premiered on our YouTube channel

Need to contact us? Email at office@stthomasepiscopal.org or call (513) 831-2052, and we’ll get in touch!