WHY & HOW
Worship is a recognition of and response to an awesome, loving God—
it happens as we offer praise, ask questions, explore the Bible,
and listen for the 'still-speaking' God.
For a long time, we gathered for worship in a sanctuary each week;
during much of the pandemic, we learned that worship can happen
in homes or on patios, by way of screens.
After thoughtful discussion and prayer, and in light of developments in science and medicine,
in-person worship has resumed. Livestreaming will also continue, since there are those who are not yet ready to gather in public, as well as those who in different towns and time zones interested in worshiping with the congregation of St. Thomas.
All this has helped us understand that while style and routine are meaningful (we tend to worship best when both are familiar), what really matters is our heart--the desire we have to meet with, hear from, lift praise & thanks to God. Doing this in the company of others is a big part of worship, too (though again, it's possible to worship on our own)--which is something we recognize with new clarity during a pandemic. But even when what we're familiar with gets replaced, even when it's challenging at best to be with others--we can still worship.
Which is why we're offering a variety of services, studies, and gatherings.
These opportunities to worship, encourage one another, and serve those around us
are all ways to 'be the church' as we move through these days!
You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless
till they find rest
Services each week are in-person and livestreamed online (here's a link for Sunday morning services).
Recordings of services are available at the St. Thomas YouTube channel, as well (here's a link for that).
Outside services in the parking lot happen occasionally in fair weather
Communion is part of the casual service (10.30am) each week, and part of the traditional service (8.30am) each month.