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
A New Year
Growing up on a farm in a rural community, I could never understand the attraction people saw in the hoopla around the advent of the new year. In fact, I spent most New Year's Eves in the small country church to which my family belonged singing hymns and reciting prayers during what was called a holy hour devotion between 11:00 pm and Midnight. It wasn't that I was opposed to ringing in the new year, it's just that I thought giving thanks for the old year and asking blessings on the new one seemed more fitting.
And then as I got older I saw a connection betwen the secular ushering in of the new year and the spiritual preparation of the same new year: each in its own way was a deep recognition and fervent hope that things...that we...would be better in the new year.
More than any other time, the eve of a new year causes us to reflect on the year that is quickly passing: our accomplishments, our unrealized hopes, and our failure in actualizing all of our promises and efforts to be better people. And we, yet again, promise ourselves that we are going to do better, going to BE better, because we want to and because we know we CAN be better. And so, we resolve to try once again, with greater determination this year, to be who we know we can be because we know down deep we are better.
That really isn't much different from that which we do spiritually. We examine our conscience, often when we least expect it, like waiting for a traffic light to change, and resolved that we can do better, BE better, ARE better, because of who made us. We are made in the image and likeness of God.
While the old year may be strewn with disappointments and unfulfilled goals, the new year presents itself as another opportunity, another gift from God to try to be all that we can be, both humanly and spiritually.
Teilhard de Chardin said that "You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience. We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist."
May the hope represented by a new year be embraced and lived to the fullest!
Thanking God for all that has been, may you be blessed in every way in the coming new year.
Happy New Year!!!!