Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—October 6, 2016
As I write, the tent outside the parish hall is being taken down – a sure reminder that summer is over and fall is in full swing. It is also a reminder that we are in the midst of hurricane season, and we offer prayers for all who find themselves in the path of Hurricane Matthew, including Haiti, Jamaica and anywhere else directly impacted by Matthew or any other of these life threatening storms. We pray especially for the people of Haiti, still in recovery from devastating earthquake, and now facing new perils from this storm and the ever-present threat of cholera outbreaks. We pray for the people, and for all who offer aid to them.
If you would like to offer more than prayers, donations to Episcopal Relief are appropriate and welcomed. There are envelopes in the gallery at St Thomas Church, or you can donate online here: www.episcopalrelief.org. Our donations make a difference.
The gospel for this Sunday is about Jesus’ encounter with ten lepers he meets on the road. He tells them to go and show themselves to the priest, which is the way they could be readmitted to their community. As they go, they are cured of their leprosy.
They are, of course, overjoyed and excited, so they hurry on their way. But one returns to Jesus to give thanks to God for his healing. The rest just went on their way, glad to have their lives back once more. You can read it all here: Luke 17:11-9. Are we often like those others?
Do we accept God’s many blessings and gifts, but fail to respond in a sufficiently grateful way? The use of our treasure, time, and talent for the Lord’s work is a good indicator of our gratitude to our God who gives all.
Thanks be to God for all blessings, and for our ability and willingness to receive them gratefully, and share them generously! Let us pray: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; 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,