Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PMThis coming Sunday is 9/11, and marks the 15th anniversary of the devastation of that day in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

We remember those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives were forever changed that day, even as we give thanks to God for abiding love and the many gifts we continue to enjoy.

In the second reading for this coming Sunday, Paul writes to Timothy about changing lives and showing great mercy. Timothy says that we are saved in order that we might gratefully tell of God’s mercy by the example of our new lives in Jesus Christ.

We are challenged to look at our own lives: Does our prayer, giving, worship and service make us “an example to those who would come to believe in Him to gain eternal life?

We honor those whose lives were lost, and those who continually work for justice, freedom and peace, when we live lives that follow Jesus in our everyday living and in our celebration of Life itself.

Let us pray:

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

This coming Sunday will be our fall outdoor service at 10:00 am, followed by a picnic. The gardens at St Thomas are beautiful, and the weather looks to be warm, but pleasant.

It’s a celebration, and you are invited! Bring neighbors, friends, family – anyone with whom you would like to share St Thomas Church, and bring a favorite side dish to share.

Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+