"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
Worship is central to the Christian life — it is where we gather to celebrate our faith, express joy, renew hope, rekindle vision, and prepare for our service in the world. At St. Thomas, worship services are in the time-honored Anglican tradition, using the Book of Common Prayer and various Episcopal hymnals to guide us. At our Sunday services music, scripture, and the spoken word come together in a rich tapestry of ritual and prayer.
From the traditional Episcopal liturgies of our 8am and 10am Sunday service, as well as our weekday Morning Prayer, to the fellowship of our Wednesday evening's Supper, Song & Prayer, St. Thomas seeks to help connect you with God in a variety of ways.
Come and see.
Weekly Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist with Healing - 8:00 a.m.
A traditional Rite II Mass with musical accompaniment but without singing. This is the service for our early risers. Nursery care is not available during this service.
Holy Eucharist with Healing (Choral) - 10:00 a.m.
A traditional Rite II Mass with full choir, organ, and congregational singing. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments are served under the portico adjacent to the garden. Nursery Care is available beginning at 9:30am.
Supper, Song and Prayer - 6:00 p.m.
On Wednesday evening all are invited to join us in the Parish Hall to share a meal. Everyone who is able brings something to eat or drink to share. Middle School and High School age youth gather in the Youth Room for dinner and discussion beginning at 6pm. At 6:45pm, younger members participate in Godly Play and/or Messy Church. Also at 6:45pm, the rest of the community prays Compline (Night Prayers) together and joins in a song. It's a wonderful, mid-week spiritual boost.
Adult Christian Formation - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Following Supper, Song, and Prayer, Fr. Ryan leads a Christian Formation class in the Guild Room. It is always lively, entertaining, and educational.
Morning Prayer - 9 a.m.
This twenty minute, scripture focused prayer service is a hallmark of Anglican worship tradition and is a wonderful, prayerful way to start your day. It is held in our Chapel and can be led by either clergy or lay leaders.
St. Thomas offers special worship services in addition to a full regular schedule of traditional Episcopal services. We have had services featuring Swing bands and Jazz artists. We've celebrated with guest musicians and sunset service along Coffee Pot Bayou. On Ash Wednesday we experience Taize* style worship. Holy Week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is a full week of beautiful liturgy and prayerful meditation.
Special worship services at St. Thomas communicate to our members and the greater community that God can be discovered and embraced in myriad ways. We hope to see you at the next celebration!
*Taize (pronounced Teh-ZAY) worship is contemplative worship involving sung prayers, meditations, periods of silence, scriptural readings and icons. Taize is a little village in the south of Burgundy, France. Over 60 years ago, out of the ashes of World War II, Brother Roger founded a community devoted to prayer and living a life of reconciliation within the church and the human family. The Community is made up of brothers committed to material and spirtual sharing, celibacy, and a great simplicity of life. The name Taize, therefore, evokes peace, reconciliation and communion of the Church.