Greetings from Father Thomas
We are so glad that you found our site! There are as many reasons as there are people as to why individuals look for and come to a church. No one reason is any better than another, so whatever brought you to us be assured that we are happy that you are here!!
You will find that we are an eclectic group of individuals made up of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds. Some of us are conservative, some liberal; some are cradle Episcopalians while others of us have had a more circuitous path and come from various denominational backgrounds. We all carry with us the scars of life, but what joins us together and serves as our common ground is our desire to know and follow Jesus!
So regardless of what brought you here, or what "baggage" you carry, know that you are welcome and we invite you to come along on our journey of faith!!
The Rev. Thomas J. Mitchell
NOVEMBER HARVEST ARTICLE
FOR ALL THE SAINTS
Most of us have pictures of our ancestors, some of whom we knew and others about whom we only heard family stories. In God's family, of which we all are members, we personally know some members and for the vast majority of its members, we only hear stories. Many of those stories are about people who lived good lives and after their deaths were declared to be 'saints'. We have come to think of saints as super heroes, but they were just ordinary people who tried their very best to do God's will. St. Paul said we are ALL CALLED TO BE SAINTS!!! Just think about that: we all have the capability to become a saint. But you may say, "I am nowhere near being a saint." Perhaps. But the saints were not perfect and in fact many had serious flaws. Consider Peter, who denied he knew Jesus during his trial. Or Paul, who actually set out to kill the early Christians...and boasted about it! Both of these men became saints in spite of their early actions. They changed the focus of their lives and became followers of the Lord Jesus. Saints do not become saints after they die; they become saints in the living of their lives. And remember: saints are not perfect human beings. But in spite of their limitations, sins, and shortcomings they seek every day to live as best they can the gospel values.
We all know about heroes, those who go above and beyond what is required in order to do a courageous and valiant act. People on the road to becoming saints are like heroes. The only difference is that the hero performs a heroic act...once...while a saint seeks to go above and beyond what is required every day. That becomes a lifestyle, literally a way of living.
So, it is important to recall those holy men and women who have gone before us in faith. But it is also important to look around at those who are in the process of becoming saints. And even better, it is important that we take inventory of our own lives to see how we are doing in our call to becoming a holy man, a holy woman, a holy child of God. Sainthood isn't just for the few; it's for you too! Happy Feast Day!!!