THE FIRST DAY OF LENT: ASH
READY … SET … COME INTO A HOLY LENT!
“Come, let us sing to the Lord; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.” Psalm 95, The “Venite”
Many of us do not readily jump for joy at the invitation to a Holy Lent. You know, the invitation we hear in our liturgy that we await with great anticipation and energy –“… by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.” Isn’t really just easier to GIVE UP something in Lent than to take on more activities in an already way too busy life? How about if I just give up chocolate again for Lent … well, most of Lent. When we are stuck in this way of thinking about the gift of a Holy Lent to be actually lived out in our life, there is little hope of hearing the invitation to come as expressed in Psalm 95.
We are thankful and delighted that you have visited our parish family of St. Thomas’! We are a diverse congregation that shares in a faithful, committed, active parish life. Being adjacent to the University of Delaware, we embody a special spiritual and intellectual energy that we hope will engage you in mind and spirit. Our hope is that you freely explore the many ministry opportunities that express your gifts and interests – in worship, study, social action, hospitality, Christian education for young and adult, our musical and choir programs, publications, pastoral care, and other pathways you may chose or may bring to us. There are many, many ways you can share your gifts and grow in faith with us.
I am honored to share in the mutual ministry of St. Thomas’ parish, as together we seek to grow more deeply in God and Christ in our living. If I may be of help to you in becoming acclimated at St. Thomas’, I would be delighted to meet with you at our mutual convenience and share the sacred stories that make up our life and faith experience.
Again, our warmest welcome in Christ to you and hope you will find the presence of Christ among us as you seek your spiritual home.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr., Rector
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, Episcopal Campus Minister
Parish Office:(302) 368-4644