Plants and flowers in our Community Garden

Imposter Syndrome — 6 March 2022

The disciplines of Lent, then—self-examination, fasting, sacrificial giving and acts of love—are aimed at helping others see and feel and know what God knows: that they—we—are Children of God. Who do you think you are, Beloved? The unending truth of grace is that God knows who you are. The season of Lent asks us again and again to return to this truth, the truth revealed in our baptisms: this is my beloved child. God knows who you are.
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Perfect is an Idol — 2 March 2022

And so, Beloved, what is saving your life right now?  We are surrounded by death:  COVID, the war in Ukraine, the loss of loved ones, jobs, marriages, our failures and foibles, endless discouragement.  Perfect isn’t the plan.  Perfect hasn’t saved us yet.  What God is doing in your life is much bigger than that.  Hear St. Paul’s words:  “We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”Continue Reading

Death Is Change / Death Has Changed — 27 February 2022

But, as much as Paul has fought against gnosticism and that understanding of immortality, Paul also fights hard against death as the end of the hope.  Death is not the end.  Christ has changed death, and so death is change – it is the ultimate method by which this life is changed for what it is to come, perishability is changed for imperishability, the partial becomes the complete.  It the ultimate means by which that which we now see dimly, becomes what we see face to face.  How what we know only in part becomes what we know fully, even as we have always been fully known. Our deaths at the ends of our lives can become lenses by which we understand change in our lives.  Loosing our job, getting divorced, hearing bad news—all change.  We need not loose hope.  Change is death, but Christ has changed death, this, too, can change.Continue Reading

What Have We Become? — 20 February 2022

In the beginning, God created the world.  In the beginning, at a word from God, creation exploded onto the scene.  God gathered up the dust of stars, each atom a seed brimming with potential.  Yes, at the end of God’s creating, God gathered a handful of dust and formed it into a person.  But God didn’t make the dust into a temporary shell, fragile and breakable, made to be outgrown.  God made the dust into fertile soil where life might grow.  And into that person, God planted life like a seed, God breathed life into dust to sanctify it, to make holy that dust-human’s entire life.  In the beginning, our bodies were created in God’s image; in the resurrection, so, too, our souls.  The resurrection isn’t the means by which we abandon our bodies and the world God has made.  It is the way the perishable and imperishable, dust and breath, become one.Continue Reading

Hope Within Us — 13 February 2022

 It is, I think, a common experience, feeling abandoned by our body.  When we are in pain, when our body fails us, we would love to just abandon it for palaces of gold in the sky.  But these bodies are our bodies, and, in the beginning, God creates not just souls, but entire, complete beings, breathing life into them and calling them in their entirely “good.”  Continue Reading

What We Hide — 6 February 2022

We have measured ourselves against the gospel, and have discovered our every weakness. If our faith is not in vain, then we arrive at a single question: how will God’s grace transform our greatest shame, our biggest weakness for the sake of the gospel How will God’s grace work through weakness to strengthen the weak? How will God’s grace work through brokenness to repair what is broken? How will God’s grace work through death to bring about new life?
We are not worthy to bear the gospel. We cannot undo our past, but we can seek forgiveness. We cannot unbreak what we have broken, but we can repair, restore, renew. We are unfit to bear the gospel, yet the gospel bears us up. It supports us our fragile humanity; it structures our lives and, if we let it, our understanding of ourselves. Because of grace, our measure isn’t in our worthiness, but our unworthiness; not in our strengths, but in our weaknesses.Continue Reading

We Have Loved God In One Another — 30 January 2022, Pride Sunday

Love is courageous, like queer folk coming out when it was—and is—dangerous to do so.

Love is unconditional, like parents and allies, fearful for their children’s safety but loving them because of their queerness.

Love is wide,like the love of queer folx.

Love is as varied and different, as the physical, mental, and emotional abilities of those who practice it.

Love is a spectrum, like human neurodiversity.
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What Makes You Human — 23 January 2022

I know there are those our there who want to give us some cheery optimism and call it hope.  In my opinion, there’s never really a time that we need that.  Screwing on a smile does not tell the truth about the brokenness of the world, does not tell the truth about what it means to be human.  This is a time when it is hard to have hope.  But here is what we do have.  We have a God who had a real body like us.  We have a God who meets us in suffering.  We have a God who prayed on lonely mountaintops and, on the night he was betrayed, so very alone in a garden, his friends, first asleep, then deserting him.  We have God who healed the sick, who blessed children, who made pathways from poverty, and who raised the dead.  A God who delighted in real people, real bodily people, and calls us together as a body that we might join God wherever God is found, for the sake of the world, in love for the world.Continue Reading

For the Common Good – 16 January 2022

In his book, The Violence of Love, Oscar Romero reminds us of the communal nature of the church, saying, “God wants to save us in a people.  He does not want to save us in isolation. And so today’s church more than ever is accentuating the idea of being a people. The church therefore experiences conflicts, because it does not want a mass; it wants a people. A mass is a heap of persons, the drowsier the better, the more compliant the better. The church rejects Communism’s slander that it is the opium of the people. It has no intention of being the people’s opium. Those that create drowsy masses are others. The church wants to rouse men and women to the true meaning of being a people. What is a people? A people is a community of persons where all cooperate for the common good.”Continue Reading

Belovedness – 9 January 2022

The very nature of being a Beloved of God is no get out of jail free card.  Being the Beloved of God will not free us from pain or keep us from hurting.  Being the Beloved of God does not keep bombs from dropping, wildfires from engulfing homes, and tornadoes from flattening warehouses with the workforce inside.  Being the Beloved of God will not spare us from the worst we deal each other, the cruel twists of fate.  Because the one for whom the heavens were rent asunder is the one who will cry out from the cross, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”Continue Reading

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Starting on the 13th of September 2020, we welcomed Pastor Adrianne Meier as preacher and pastor. During our interim, Pastor Darby Lawrence was our preacher. You can find some of his sermons here – click on the name of the sermon to open it. Other sermons are in his facebook feed and on the St. Thomas youtube page.

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, 8 August 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, 2 August 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Eighth Sunday of Pentecost, 26 July 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, 19 July 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Pentecost, 12 July 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, 5 July 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 28 June 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, 21 June 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 14 June 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for Pentecost, 31 May 2020

Pastor Darby’s sermon for Ascension Sunday, 24 May 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 18 May 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for St. Thomas Sunday 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for Easter Sunday 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for Good Friday 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for Maundy Thursday 2020

Pastor Darby Lawrence’s sermon for Palm Sunday 2020

Doug Bauder: Water is Thicker than Blood – 30 June 2019

Amy Balcam: Vocation – 5 May 2019

Amy Balcam: In Defense of Thomas – 28 April 2019

Marie F. Fleming: Table Grace – 31 March 2019

Amy Balcam: The God of Second Chances – 24 March 2019

Amy Balcam: Dislocated Exegesis & Jesus – 17 February 2019

Marie F. Fleming: “One Wild and Precious Life” – 27 January 2019

Marie F. Fleming: More than Enough – 21 October 2018

Marie F. Fleming: Heaven Can Wait – 23 September 2018

Marie F. Fleming: Resident Aliens – 26 August 2018

Marie F. Fleming: Happy Meal – 29 July 2018

Timothy J. Hallett: You Are Witnesses – 15 April 2018

Ellen Mills: Rivers, 9-24-2017

Ellen Mills: Who Do You Say That I Am?, 8-27-2017

Doug Bauder: Why Worship, 8-20-2017

Ellen Mills: Old and New Treasures, 7-30-2017

Ellen Mills: Yoked to Jesus, 7-9-2017

Ellen Mills: Welcomed and Welcoming, 7-2-2017

Ellen Mills: Fearing the Wrong Thing, 6-25-2017

Dawn Bakken: So Sarah laughed to herself, 6-18-2017

Ellen Mills: Revealing God, 5-28-2017

At his request, Pastor Lyle McKee’s sermons have been removed from our website. Printed copies are available in the parish library.