As I look back on August, a total solar eclipse has occurred (or for Maryland at least a partial one) and the most devastating hurricane the US has experienced has landed in Texas. What extremes in nature!
As I prayed for extended family in Texas, I was overwhelmed with the force of nature. Now as I thank God for their safety during the hurricane, I’m humbled. My Grandmother used to tell me that God worked in mysterious ways. And here we’ve had two examples of God bringing people together during two extreme wonders of nature.
And what contrasts. Neighbors sharing eyeglasses for safety in watching the eclipse to neighbors saving neighbors from drowning during a hurricane, to the hate and violence we recently saw in Charlottesville. We are reminded of the forces of nature and the power of hate and love. Are these events a reminder of God’s call to love, to share what we’ve been blessed with, and to share His word to those who need to hear it? I think so.
We shared St. Thomas’ and God’s word during National Night Out and Vacation Bible School this past month. I’m thankful for each of you who volunteered, participated or prayed for our church and its people during this time.
This has been a spectacular summer at St. Thomas’. We’re sorry Rev. Loree missed it but we are grateful that Fr. Ron Fisher could be with us. I’m thankful for God’s beauty and grace shown by our faith community who reached out to each other to offer assistance and prayers. And now we look forward to autumn.
September has always felt like a time of new beginnings to me, school calendars probably instilled that feeling a long time ago! Autumn is almost here; in fact we’ve already experienced some of its weather. And again, we will have new opportunities to learn about and to share the Word! There are several new opportunities listed in this Good News. Look for ways to serve with your time, resource or energy. St. Thomas’ needs you!
We’ll have Seminarian Joe Zollickoffer back with us in September to begin his field education. We welcome Joe and his family back to St. Thomas’. We are truly blessed to have them with us. Many thanks to Tracey Daniels, Kevin Harper, Barry Jones and Pat Yoos who volunteered to serve on the Lay Committee to support Joe in his work.
Thank you all for your continued and in many cases increasing support of St. Thomas’! This is a wonderful family of faith!
Jan Bahner, Sr. Warden
Psalm 96: 11-12
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.