Worship


Worship at St. Thomas is at the center of our life together. As we hear and ponder God’s word, lift up our hearts to God in song, offer our concerns to God in prayer, and gather with Jesus around his table, we are drawn closer to one another in fellowship through the power of Christ’s Spirit. In midst of our busy lives, our time to give thanks for God’s blessings is a spring of comfort and refreshment that empowers us in our ministry in the world. 

Our Sunday mornings are structured by the celebration of the Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Our 8:00 AM service is a contemplative Eucharist with healing. Our contemplation at this service is nurtured by simple a capella singing and instrumental music. Prayers for healing are offered after the reception of the Eucharist. Our 10:00 AM service is marked by the beauty of our music, led by our choir, and our inclusion of our children. For this service, an intergenerational mix of our congregation gathers to share with one another life in God’s presence. Our children’s Christian Education program takes place during the first half of this service. We also gather for a service at 5:00 PM on Saturdays. This service is quiet and contemplative. It is a spoken service with no music, and the congregation gathered at this time is smaller, allowing for an experience that is more intimate.  Sermons are, of course, offered at all of our services.

At St. Thomas, four or five times a year, we baptize children and adults who would like to join Christ’s catholic church.  Our community takes seriously its commitment to support any who wish to join with us on our journey in Christ’s footsteps. We are overjoyed to baptize any who commit themselves to this journey with us. 

Our liturgy of thanksgiving every Sunday is truly an offering of the whole of our community. Our worship is only possible through the contributions an many in our congregation through a variety of ministries. If you would like to become involved in any of the ministries listed below, please contact the chairs of the various ministries or be in touch with our church office.


Acolytes
Boys and girls from age 11 through high school assist with the Eucharist. Training is provided and a calendar is published quarterly. Obligation is for twice quarterly.

Adult Choir
All singers are welcome to participate in the choral music of the church service. Regular rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and before and after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays. Choir director is Walter Koehler.

Junior Choir
This choir is for children in grades 4 through 8 (not a hard and fast rule age-wise...) Rehearsals, when scheduled, are on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Altar Guild
Prepares and arranges the sacraments for services; maintains the linens and vessels. Training is provided. Calendar is prepared quarterly and obligation is for twice quarterly.

Flower Committee
Arranges flowers to grace the altar and narthex. Workshops on flower arranging offered. Calendar is published quarterly with service obligation twice quarterly.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during the services. By invitation, administer communion to those who are home bound, and conduct services at the Sunrise Retirement Home monthly.

Lectors
Read the lessons at services. Instructive materials available. Calendar is developed quarterly.

Ushers
Arrive prior to services to greet those coming to church, distribute bulletin and intercessory prayer slips. Identify oblationers. Count congregants. Collect the offering. Guide communicants.

If you have questions about worship, please contact Fr. Bernie 

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