Today is the feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul. Paul, or Saul, was a devout Jewish man and a Pharisee who studied under Gamaliel, one of the greatest teachers of his time. He was passionate about his faith, and when he was young, he thought that those who followed Jesus were heretics, and needed to be stopped. He was sent by the Jewish Counsel to arrest and execute Christians. On his way to Damascus, he found himself on the ground, and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He discovered that Jesus Christ was calling him to a new life – a life in which, instead of persecuting Christians, he became one of the greatest apostles for the faith. Paul traveled the known world leading people to Christ, setting up churches, and keeping people in the faith through his correspondence. He was imprisoned in Rome for several years, and eventually executed for his faith.
We are living in a time not unlike Paul’s, in which the world is filled with people who do not know the simplest things about our faith. We don’t live in the same world of a generation ago, in which the vast majority of Americans went to church. How are we called, as Paul was, to lead people to Christ, through our words, our worship, and our life. What will you, what will I, do today to share the gospel with someone who has not heard that God, ever-faithful, loves them with an undying love?
This Week at St. Thomas’
Thursday 6:30pm Celtic Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday 7:30 pm Bible Study on John – in the Adult Ed room
Thursday 7:30 pm City Light music practice
Friday 7:00 pm AA
Saturday 11:00 am Memorial for Joseph Knoedler
Saturday Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday: 9:30 am Worship
Sunday: 4:30 pm Evening Song
Sunday: Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby in the Fellowship Hall
O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.