Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—November 5, 2015
As I have driven around Hunterdon County these last few days I have seen more and more signs of impending change in weather, mostly in the appearance across fields and open places of long lines of fenceposts. Soon these posts will serve as supports for snow fence – miles and miles of snow fence. The bird sounds in the garden at St Thomas have changed as well – winter residents making themselves known, while migratory birds still stop by on their way to their final destinations. Today at noon we will commemorate the faithful departed with prayers and scripture at St Thomas Church – we will remember those who have moved on to their final resting places; their home in the heart of God. We remember their names, and say them out loud; we remember their faces and the sound of their voices; we remember their laugh, and the stories they told, the words of wisdom they left for us. We will also remember those we never knew, whose legacies we enjoy or learn from every day. And we give thanks to God for Life – both this mortal life, and the Life Eternal we have been promised by Jesus Christ.
The seasons change, people come and go. But the love of God is forever. Who will you remember on this day?
Let us pray: O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers: Grant to the faithful departed the unsearchable benefits of the passion of your Son; that on the day of his appearing they may be manifested as your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,
This coming Sunday, November 8, is Celebration Sunday at St Thomas. Covered dish brunch following both services – bring something to share. Also – Pledge cards will be presented with the offering. Extra pledge cards are available. Your pledge helps St Thomas do God’s work in the world.