Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - June 12, 2019

As I have driven around neighborhoods these past several days, I have seen several signs onlawns with the words “Proud home of a 2019 ________ graduate. The signs were of variouscolors and type face, sometimes with mylar balloons attached - stars, flowers, “Congratulations Graduate!” This is the season for celebrating accomplishments – graduations, moving on to a new level of education, employment, endeavor. We cheer for them, and we may worry a little bit about them as well – will they be happy... will they be fulfilled... will they be successful...will they be safe...

Endings and beginnings. This past Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and the beginning of what we have come to know as The Church. Their dependence on Jesus, whether in the flesh or in post-resurrection appearances, done, these followers of Jesus were sent out to continue sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to continue his work of healing, preaching, teaching and reconciliation. Daunting task, but they were not alone.

The Holy Spirit was upon them and with them as advocate and guide, not only helping them, but helping all those who hear the Word and share it, in every generation. And here we are, over 2000 years later, doing the same.

This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, when we give thanks for the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier; or however it is that we name these three distinct personages. Three in one, and one in three, the Trinity.

We won’t find the concept of the Trinityneatly packaged and defined in scripture, but we will find each person of this Trinity shared in the stories and experiences throughout scripture and the life and teachings of the Church. It is, after all, all about relationships, and how God becomes known and recognized in each one of us.

Congratulations and Godspeed to each one experiencing endings and new beginnings in this time. May we all know and share the story of God’s love, even as we know ourselves loved,comforted, supported and encouraged beyond anything we can imagine.

Let us pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us 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 at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,


St Thomas Episcopal