Happy Winter Solstice! And happy Feast of St Thomas, the Apostle. Poor Thomas often gets overlooked, having his feast day so close to Christmas Day. Yet the witness of Thomas, and his exclamation, “My Lord and my God,” on seeing the wounds of the risen Christ, stand for us as a guide and a challenge for living our own lives, especially in uncertain times. Please take a moment today to remember Thomas, all who take Thomas as their patron, and what Thomas has meant to our own St Thomas Church over many, many years.

Let us pray:
Everliving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Tomorrow we will “Green” St Thomas Church, beginning at 4:30 with creating the ivy garland and other greens that adorn the church for Christmas. Come at about 6:00 if you are willing and able to hang the greens around windows and other high places – all are welcome to come and help hang greens, place flowers and holly in the deep window sills, and prepare the physical space for the coming of Christ and our Christmas celebration at St Thomas. There will be soup, bread and mince tarts for all who help! See below for the schedule of services over these next few weeks, along with a message from our Presiding Bishop Curry, and our own Bishop Stokes. Wherever you are, may you be filled with the awe and wonder of this season, and of the love of God, so freely and abundantly shared with all who would come to see – and may you share that love with all whose lives you touch.

Let us pray:
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,