The temporary social distancing and suspension of public gathering because of COVID-19 can leave us all feeling isolated and perhaps afraid. St. Thomas is a congregation that knows the importance of community relationships in a time of crisis. We are dedicated to helping our community stay connected and support each other.
ONLINE WORSHIP & STUDY OPPORTUNITIES:
7th SUNDAY OF EASTER (5/24) @ 10:30 AM
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* After Sunday Worship, we have a "virtual coffee hour," where all are welcome to drop in to chat and meet new friends. Please join us via Zoom.
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* For one-on-one time with a priest, Father AJ is available for "virtual office hours" every Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:30 PM. You can connect through Zoom or call the parish office (845-373-9161) to chat, check in, or seek pastoral care. Father AJ would love to connect with you, regardless of your faith affiliation or belief system.
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It has been suggested by another priest in our diocese that we might reinvigorate a cherished part of our tradition as a means of feeling connected to each other during our separation. Compline, or Night Prayer, has been prayed for centuries every night by religious orders and laypeople throughout the world. In praying the same prayers together, we are joined together, erasing distance. There are two options for doing this, and I am offering you both. Choose whatever works for you, your family, and your own spiritual journey. Let's pray together each evening at 9 PM, joining our voices with others the world over. First, there is the whole service of Compline (see attached PDF), which can be prayed in 10-15 minutes. The second option is to use the prayers for the close of the day from the "Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals," an abbreviated set of daily prayers in the Book of Common Prayer. If you're feeling adventurous, this version is pointed for chanting!
For centuries, these prayers (or versions of them) have been said to turn our hearts and minds toward God before the close of the day and to offer prayers for the whole world. Now, separated physically, we can join together in prayer, remembering especially healthcare and essential services workers; and those who are sick and dying and their families:
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