June 3 – 9, 2020
St. Thomas and the First Steps of Re-Opening
While we are all anxious to return to our regular parish life, we recognize that we must do so carefully and in coordination with local authorities and our diocese. As part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, St. Thomas is already in the midst of a phased-in plan to re-open. Moving into the next phase requires planning coordination with our Vestry, as well as the Diocese, state and federal guidelines. Phase One of the Re-Opening Plan for Southern Ohio directs that all normal onsite operations of the parish remain suspended until further notice. How and when we can resume more aspects of public and parish life will be communicated soon. As we continue the process, please keep in mind that the “new normal” continues to be different than what we experienced up until March. We will be living with precautions and protective actions designed to serve all of us, especially our most vulnerable.
Now and even as we re-open more, our community will continue to be able to connect online through our website, YouTube Channel and small groups via Zoom; these will be a matter of “both/and” not “either/or.” Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected. If you haven’t been receiving regular emails from the parish and would like to, you can contact us through the website or call the parish office and leave a message so we can get back to you as quickly as possible. The Church remains open for individual prayer (9am-1pm Monday – Friday); and our parish office continues to have limited staff on-hand to coordinate essential ministry services.
Women on the Journey in Summer Group begins in June – plan to join-in
Women on the Journey will continue meeting Monday mornings from 9:30-11a this summer. We will be reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark. Taylor explores what can we learn about the ways of God when we cannot see the way ahead, are lost, alone, frightened, not in control or when the world around us seems to have descended into darkness. Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find God even in darkness, and giving us a way to let darkness teach us what we need to know. Books are available through your favorite bookseller and as an e-book. Meetings will be conducted on Zoom.us until such time as we can meet in-person at St. Thomas. For more information and to register for Women on the Journey in Summer please contact Heather Wiseman at email@example.com
A Financial Update
Your own commitment to support our outreach and ministry with your pledges continue to make a real difference! Whether through your continued help with food or personal items, to the new toilet paper challenge for our affordable living communities and of course our ongoing ministry, you continue to make this all possible. Thank you! In addition to the statement of giving (year to date through April 30th) sent recently by mail, we sent out another copy of this statement through the email address we have on file. In an effort to be better stewards, we are planning to move to electronic statements within the next several months. This first email was intended to have you help us by letting us know what is helpful and what can be improved along the way. Part of the email statement features a link to make a pledge contribution or other contribution online – as one more convenient way to help support St. Thomas. This also available, anytime on our website at http://www.stthomasepiscopal.org/ As always, thank you for what you do to help keep us connected and supporting the ministry we share!
Parish Prayer List
Alisha, Betsy & Bill, Bob, Brigita, Carol, Constance, Doris, Gary, the Koehler family, the Gizara family, Shelley and our shut-in parishioners and their care-givers; those serving our community and nation, including Will, Steven, Harrison, Matt, Becky, Jeff, Jennifer, Steve, Phillip and Perrin, as well as all those affected by natural disasters and human tragedies, everyone affected by the Coronavirus, the first responders and the aid and relief efforts that continue around the world.
Prayers and Reading for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us as your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us a last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit lives and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Genesis 1:1—2:4a (NRSV)
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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