Last Sunday, more than 200 of us gathered to honor, celebrate with, and bid farewell to our rector, Nancy Lee Jose. We were welcomed by Nancy Lee’s young nephews who served as ushers, along with glorious music from a brass quintet, a beautiful baritone and a string bass solo, an abundance of incense, proud yellow sunflowers at the altar, and beloved faces from present and past.

byeNancy01Nancy Lee spoke to the urgency of our mission and stated:

It has been my deepest honor, privilege, challenge and inspiration to serve these past 12 years as the rector of a parish that has chosen to allow the future to have as large a claim on us as the past, a congregation that is confident that at the end of the road lies the freedom for each of us to fully become the creatures who God so joyfully made us to be.

I leave secure that the journey we set out on together will lead where God needs and wants you to be for the next generation and beyond. I am confident that St. Thomas’ parish is based on a love so broad and so deep and so high that male and female, Greek and Jew, straight and gay, brown and white and black and poor and rich, and even Democrat and Republican will one day fade away as we become one and all neighbors in the kingdom of God.

byeNancy02The sacredness of such a way of loving is that it draws us into the mystery of an even deeper love than we have imagined possible. I know because I have been drawn into that mystery with you. The good news of the Gospel is that you have known enough of Christ’s love that you are able to love and to be love for the next person and the next person needing a gospel love like that.

My own prayer for you is that no matter the cost, you will continue to strive to be love for one another, for God’s creation and for God, each and every Sunday that we gather here and love at St. Thomas’, each time we gather as love and to celebrate the love given to us in the Eucharist, we leave here able to go forward to be that Eucharist for the world.

A recording of Nancy Lee’s sermon is here:

You Can Make a Difference

According to their website, “Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women in the United States. Today, Christ House is still the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. To the best of our knowledge, there are only 13 stand-alone residential medical facilities for the homeless like Christ House in all of the U.S. and Canada. ”

Each month a group of volunteers organized by Laura Sinram and Greg Mackmin prepare a meal for approximately 60 Christ House Residents.  As you can imagine, this goes much more smoothly the more volunteers who can participate.  Recently a number of people who’ve faithfully participated in the Christ House Mission project of St. Thomas’ Parish have moved or for other reasons had to drop off the list of regular volunteers — the pool of workers has gone from about a dozen a few months ago to just two this month, Greg and K.C.  If you are interested in joining this team and supporting this ministry, please let Greg Macmin (gmackmin@gmail.com) or Laura Sinram  (lsinram@comcast.net) know as soon as possible.  This is a fantastic service opportunity — please take advantage of this chance to make a difference in DC.

Easter Sunday at St. Thomas’

A full house this morning for a joyous Easter celebration and festive service of Holy Eucharist!

Double Baptism on All Saints Day

A fun and festive All Saints Day service at St. Thomas’ Parish – Dupont Circle included the two baptisms shown in this clip