Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—July 13, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PM“A sower went out to sow...” so begins the parable Jesus tells to the crowd as they are clustered on the shoreline to listen to him. Jesus is sitting in a boat because the crowd on the shore has become so large. The parable goes on to talk about seeds that landed on rocky ground, seeds that landed in thorny patches, and seeds that fell on good soil. We can easily guess which seeds grew best and provided the best harvest... Jesus then expands the image to people, the Word of God, and the challenges that are part of living a faithful, abundant, and Godly life. You can read it all in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.


The Commission on Ministry With the Disabled has worked toward making life easier for people dealing with many different types of disabilities. We have made, and continue to make grants to churches, and in some instances individuals, with that goal in mind. For the past few years we have sponsored Come to the Table, a service of recognition and support of those in our diocese parishes and congregations who deal with disabilities. This year our Come to the Table service will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Trinity Cathedral at 11:00. Bishop Stokes will be our preacher and celebrant.

We would like to pay tribute to all those in our various churches who give outstanding service to God, because of, or in spite of, all manner of differing abilities - autism, Down Syndrome, blindness, deafness, mobility issues, developmental disorders, mental, physical, and emotional conditions, CP, MS, those who "keep on truckin" in the face of serious pain, etc. We wish also to witness and celebrate the lives and influences of those in our midst who directly minister to differently-abled people through support, transportation, enablement, and ennoblement.    We are asking that each parish in the Diocese of New Jersey  nominate up to three people, Blessings, from their congregations in whom Christ lives and shines in either of these categories.

If your parish has not yet named your Blessings, the Saints who live among you, please take the time to do it now.  Submit the names of these nominees and a brief statement of the reason for the nomination to:

Commission on Ministry With the Disabled,

att. Donna Devlin

When I think of God as the sower, I am immediately taken by the abundance – the outright extravagance – of the seed sown. Yes, the weeds in the garden come to mind – but also the abundance of gifts and talents I experience every day in the many people whose paths cross mine in one way or another. Wow!

When I think of the many gifts and talents I have received that are mine to use (sow), I am awed by the responsibility and the opportunity: the responsibility of using my gifts wisely; and the opportunity to use them as abundantly, as extravagantly as God has given them. Will I have the wisdom to use them well so they can bear the best fruit? Will I have the courage to graciously and abundantly share what I have been so freely given?

Let us pray:

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

BCP 231

All to the Glory of God.

Peace and blessing,