Even during COVID, worship has remained at the center of our life together. It looks a little different now than it did before COVID, we continue to gather each week to hear and ponder God’s word, lift up our hearts to God in song, and offer our concerns to God in prayer. Each week, we are drawn closer to one another in fellowship through the power of the Holy Spirit. In the midst of our busy lives, giving thanks for God’s blessings serves as a source of comfort and refreshment that empowers us for our ministry in the world.
We offer two services of worship each weekend. Praying together and reflecting on God’s word characterize our worship. Within this broad framework, each service is distinct. Read on to learn more:
5:00 PM Saturday. We gather safely socially distant in our Memorial Garden (outside of our parish hall known as Hudson Hall) to hear scripture and a sermon. We offer our concerns to God in prayer. And, our musicians share music.
10:00 AM Sunday. Since the earliest days of COVID, St. Thomas has continued to worship together, using Zoom as our preferred platform. Just like Saturday night, we hear scripture and a sermon and offer our concerns to God in prayer, and our musicians share music. The interactive nature of Zoom means that we can see one another and interact with one another. We even have small group “coffee hour” time in breakout rooms following worship.
Our children’s Christian Education program takes place year round, currently on Zoom. Find out more in the Sunday School section of our website.
At St. Thomas, we baptize children and adults who would like to join Christ’s church. Our community takes seriously its commitment to support any who wish to join with us on our journey in Christ’s footsteps. We are overjoyed to baptize any who commit themselves to this journey with us. If you’d like to know more about Baptism at St. Thomas, contact our Rector.
Our worship every Sunday is truly an offering of the whole of our community. Our worship is only possible through the contributions of many in our congregation through a variety of ministries. If you would like to become involved in any of the ministries listed below, please contact Joy, our Parish Administrator.
Acolytes are boys and girls from age 7 through high school who assist the priest at the 10:00 AM worship service.
All singers are welcome to participate in choral music at the 10:00 AM worship service. Regular rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 PM and at 9:30 AM on Sundays. The choir sings from the Sunday after Labor Day through early June. Our Choir Director is Walter Koehler.
Children’s Music Program
Starting this fall, our Children’s music program will take place two Sundays per month, following the 10:00 AM worship service. Grab a cookie at coffee hour and meet Ms. Susan in the sanctuary. See the September Messenger for more details.
Lectors read the scripture lessons at our 10:00 AM Sunday services. Anyone may read, regardless of age or experience. Most lectors study these texts in preparation to read, which enriches their experience and deepens and rewards that effort.
Ushers provide a warm welcome to parishioners, newcomers and guests each Sunday at the 10:00 service. They greet everyone, hand out bulletins, and identify Oblationers for the day. Ushers are responsible for the flow of the service, working in harmony with the clergy to ensure a smooth service from start to finish, including re-ordering the pews after the service. Ushering is a great ministry for solo parishioners, families with young children and couples.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (sometimes called LEMS) lead our weekly Prayers of the People and assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during worship. Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those who are home bound. LEMs require a license from the Bishop and serve by invitation.
The Altar Guild prepares and arranges the Eucharistic elements (bread, wine, and communion vessels) for each service. They also care for all the linens and vessels.
Members of the flower guild arrange flowers to grace the altar and Narthex. Periodic workshops on flower arranging are offered.