St. Thomas’ continues with in-person worship on Sundays with one service each week at 10:00 a.m.
If you are not feeling well or experiencing a fever or cold symptoms, we hope you will join us virtually on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. You can find us on YouTube on our channel at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, New York.
St. Thomas’ “be the LIGHT”
Prayer for the 2022-2023 Program Year
Great God of Light, as we start this new school and program year, we ask you to guide us, to be with us, to give us peace, and to be our guiding light. We know that when Jesus was in the world, he used his life to show everyone how to live according to your love. He reminded both his followers and his foes that he had a purpose for his life and ministry – to be the Light of the World. Help us to remember that we, too, are called to be the light in our world today.
Like the most colorful rainbow in the sky, let us reflect every good and beautiful thing in creation that you have made for us. Like the sun rising each day, let us shine brightly in all that we do, and all that we say, and all that we are, to all that we meet and all that see us. Your light reaches places we cannot see, help us to reach places we cannot see.
Like the stars twinkle in the deep night sky, when things seem hard or scary, we ask you to send your Spirit to give us the courage to continue twinkling. Help us to be a light in darkness. Help us to show others that your light will never be diminished or extinguished.
And God, light our way every single day, we ask, so that we may be a light for others on their way, too. We are in the world, help us to be a light to the world.
In name of the One who teaches us to love. Amen.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, New York stands behind the “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” declaration by the Greater Rochester NY Black Agenda Group. As a community of faith and followers of Jesus Christ we believe that every person is continually made in the image of God beautifully and wonderfully. We are committed to do the hard work of love. We are dedicated to the practice of growing and learning how to know and love our neighbors as we seek to create community. We hold the hope that love does win through forgiveness, kindness, and transformation. We desire to be a people who work for the equity of all. We work to acknowledge our complicity and part in racism, and we are committed to work together to tackle injustice in our life, in our church, in our community and in the world. We are proud to stand with the Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group and its declaration that “Racism is a Public Health Crisis”.