Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—April 23, 2015

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PMThis Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, known as Good Shepherd Sunday because the collect and the readings focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Hired hands may run away when trouble comes and the sheep are threatened, but the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. We are the sheep of Jesus’ pasture, and he willingly lays down his life for us.

Earlier this week Bobbie Douglass, a long time member of St Thomas Church, entered into larger life. During her earthly life she filled many roles as daughter, friend, mother, wife, gardener, companion, co-worker, and so many more. She was a faithful member of St Thomas Church and, with her family, worked tirelessly over the years to help St Thomas become the church we know today.

In the burial office we will pray tomorrow, we hear these words:  “Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Agnes. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen”

Most everyone knew her as Bobbie, but her given name was Agnes, which has long been associated with the Latin, Agnus, or lamb. She was most certainly a sheep of Jesus fold, and a lamb of His flock. Even as we are saddened by her death, we rejoice in her life, both here and in eternity.

The Memorial Service for Bobbie Douglass will take place at St Thomas Church tomorrow, April 24, at 10:30 AM. Following the service, her ashes will be interred in Locust Grove Cemetery in Quakertown, and then there will be a reception for family and friends in St Thomas’ parish hall.

Peace and blessing,

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd;*
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures*
* he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; *
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; *
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of
mine enemies; *
thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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