The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle (Dallas, Texas)

The Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle (Dallas, Texas)

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Thank you again for including me in your services. I like to go to church at 0800...I'm in San Diego, California.

We owe it to Dr. Steve Sprinkle that I'm going back-to-church. I met him here at our neighborhood UCC.

Jr. (my son Oliver, lol) has a birthday soon. The photo is the two of us in San Francisco last year...♫♪ take me to the river ♫...?
Join us this morning for virtual worship at 10 AM CDT. Send a request to [email protected], and we'll send you a link.
Join us for virtual worship this morning at 10 AM CDT. If you wish to join email [email protected] doubter.org, and you will receive a link to join.
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Here is the sermon I preached Sunday morning for the Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Dallas, TX: "Water-Walking Jesus." The gospel text is Matthew 14:22-33. I cannot thank Rob Rodriguez enough for his skill and determination to get this file moved from the Cloud to this space. I hope there is something of the true Good News here for you. ✝️ ~ Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Theologian-in-Residence
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We were mentioned tonight on KERA! Come get your ashes tomorrow!

I wanted to express my appreciation to St. Thomas the Apostle Community. Years ago my uncle, Mark Sappenfield was a member from what I know. He was diagnosed with ALS and became homebound. I understand that the church community helped him in many different ways. We did not have a connection, since I was 9 years old, due to family misunderstanding. Uncle Mark was able to connect with us through the pastor at St. Thomas Apostle. Soon members of my family flew to Dallas and visited him in the hospital. I was able to connect with him due to your church community. I can’t thank those who brought us together before his passing. Sincerely.
It's going to be a historic and glorious day. Celebrating and renewing the vows of 9 couples who have previously been married. Now they are able to do it in their own church, before God, family, and friends.

January 20, 2019


To the people of God at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle:

At last! Today, Episcopalians across our church rejoice with you that justice has finally come to the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle. My prayers are with all of you, and especially with faithful LGBTQ Episcopalians who for far too long have been asked to bear the burden of the church’s historic struggle to embrace the Gospel promise of inclusion.

For those of you whose unions are blessed today, I realize that the celebration cannot fully compensate for the sadness of being unable to be married in your own church. But I pray that your joy in today’s celebration rests in the knowledge that you are making history as you renew your vows in the sight of God and one another.

As I rejoice with you, I remember with particular gratitude the saints who labored for decades to bring God’s justice to God’s church, including those who went on before us without seeing their dream come true today. Your parish has a long and rich history of witnessing to the power and beauty of God’s love for every person without exception. Your witness is a beacon of light that shines brightly.

I send you my warmest greetings and my great gratitude for your witness, your faith, and the rich and wonderful evidence of God’s blessing in your commitment to one another and to our beloved church.

Faithfully,
Gay C Jennings
President of the House of Deputies
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Our doors are open to all. This is the inclusiveness that distinguishes our church's past and promises to further enrich its future. Service Times

Sunday:
Rite One Eucharist - 8:00 am
Rite Two Eucharist - 10:00 am

Wednesday:
Evening Eucharist Service - 6:30 pm

Operating as usual

04/26/2021

The beauty of God as expressed in flowers!

The beauty of God as expressed in flowers!

04/02/2021

Check our schedule for Holy Week!

Check our schedule for Holy Week!

03/24/2021

If you would like palms, they will be available outside the church office from now through Palm Sunday.

If you would like palms, they will be available outside the church office from now through Palm Sunday.

03/07/2021

Lent III: God With Us

Seminarian Allen Junek brings us today's message: "We are not naive about what it means to have a body...and the Good News is that God is not naive about such things either."

[03/04/21]   March 4, 2021

Lord, who through-out these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins, and close by thee to stay.
- Claudia Frances Hernaman (1838 – 1898)

Why, O God, why, do we need to do this Lenten journey, a deep-dive inward, into the psyche of sin, separation from God (and each other) this year, of all years? It would seem that we have spent quite enough time in isolation, apart from our friends and family, our loved ones. How long it has been since we freely and fearlessly embraced, inhaling and exhaling uninhibited Holy Spirit presence, the breath of life.

Did we take Holy Spirit for granted? Definitely. Will we again? Possibly. Maybe. Probably?

Why is that, fellow Lenten sojourners? Why must we go into the desert, for 40 days and 40 nights, to realize again, that we need each other, that we need God? We are not islands unto ourselves. We are inextricably bound to each other. Each of our individual fates is wrapped up in the destinies of everyone else, of the rest of Creation. What happens to you directly affects me, and everyone else.

What is it that is so intoxicating about sin, the belief that the world revolves around me, and not the other way around, that necessitates yet another journey into wilderness?

It is surprising, shocking, and saddening to me that a public health issue, the wearing of a mask, has become a political, and therefore a divisive issue. Whether one chooses to wear a mask, insomuch as one makes a choice to protect one’s own health, is certainly a “right,” one that involves a set of decisions around comfort, and risk, and risk tolerance. However, the concerning “sinfulness” emerges when one’s comfort, and risk, and risk tolerance intersect with and override the concern and protect and care of other human beings.

On Texas Independence Day, our state leadership chose to remove all COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate, restoring business operation to 100% capacity. I fully understand that businesses are suffering and dying alongside the 516,000+ lives that have been lost. I can understand opening up businesses to stoke economic engines that provide sustenance for life. But forgoing masks, when only 7.1% of the Texas population has been fully vaccinated to date?

But this points to the bigger issue, the one that necessitates the return to wilderness, again and again. Every single time we proclaim, “It is MY Right,” we are proclaiming our centeredness as being the middle of a universe that revolves around us, rather than a part of God’s greater Creation. That is the sinfulness that inhabits the social ills we face, be it racial injustice, gun violence, ecological climate change/disaster, etc. The notion that “I AM GOD” is why we have to keep going to the wilderness each and every year.

WE ARE NOT GOD. This is something for which we should be thankful each and every day! Acting like others matter as much or more than we do will save us. Thinking of, and caring for, and loving others, in this case, enough to wear a mask, will save us. Calvary and the cross, daunting as it seems, suffering-filled as it no-doubt is, will save us for eternity. God’s love will save us for eternity. The salvific work happens when it happens for ALL OF US!

Yours on the Lenten journey,
Fr. Christopher+

Fort Worth Episcopalians look to future while grieving loss of 12-year church-property battle 03/02/2021

Fort Worth Episcopalians look to future while grieving loss of 12-year church-property battle

Fort Worth Episcopalians look to future while grieving loss of 12-year church-property battle [Episcopal News Service] The church property at 4301 Meadowbrook Drive on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas, has long been a hub of Episcopal activity, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Luke’…

02/17/2021

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February 17, 2021 – Ash Wednesday

Dear Doubters of Great Faith,

I hope that if you are able to read this, it is because you are safe, and warm, and dry. The conditions to which our church family and our community find ourselves, this Ash Wednesday, the start to Lent, are again, unprecedented. That is a word we’ve found ourselves too much in the middle of over the course of the last year – unprecedented.

I am already hearing stories from the front of how you, the wonderful Doubter community, are rising to this challenge as you do every unprecedented challenge that has arisen in the past, to be who you are, Doubters of Great Faith! Our members have been opening their homes, taking in brothers and sisters, checking in with each other, doing all that is possible, making sure that the candle of love burns bright, even when a power grid fails. Once again, unprecedented.

We will want and need to continue to draw on that unprecedented spirit again as we move through the upcoming days of this most recent crisis. Our friends and family, and maybe even our church campus, will be dealing with thawing out from this great freeze, and all that that entails. And we will need to step up in unprecedented ways, filled with God’s love, and mercy, and grace.

I urge you to check in with your fellow Doubters as we move through this time. If you have some resource to offer, if you can help in some way, let me or one of our clergy know. If you need help, let us know. We may be able to conduit the love and support that each may need to get through yet another unprecedented time.

God willing, we will go on with our on-line observance of the marking of a Holy Lent through the imposition of ashes at 6 pm this evening in the Zoom realm (find the link below). If you are able to join, wonderful. If you are not, know that your Doubter family has, is, and will be praying for you throughout these yet again most unprecedented times.

Yours in hope,
Fr. Christopher+

The Rev. Christopher Blake Thomas, Rector
Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
[email protected]

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02/05/2021

Our observance of the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 6 pm in the Zoom realm. The link will go out with our normal Thursday e-blast, and will be the same link we use for our Sunday worship service. There will be an opportunity during the liturgy for a “self-imposition” of ashes to mark the solemnity of the season. Ashes typically come from palm fronds that have been burned from the prior year(s). If you have your own, you may use those. For those who do not, we will have ashes available for pick-up from the table outside the office door from Friday, February 12 through Ash Wednesday.

Our observance of the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 6 pm in the Zoom realm. The link will go out with our normal Thursday e-blast, and will be the same link we use for our Sunday worship service. There will be an opportunity during the liturgy for a “self-imposition” of ashes to mark the solemnity of the season. Ashes typically come from palm fronds that have been burned from the prior year(s). If you have your own, you may use those. For those who do not, we will have ashes available for pick-up from the table outside the office door from Friday, February 12 through Ash Wednesday.

01/31/2021

Surrendering our "right" to be right

Seminarian Allen brings us todays message from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.
"I am not always free to do what I want if the superior demands of love intervene...Nothing that has not been lost to the great tyranny of love will ever be found."

01/05/2021

Everyone is invited to join us for a new Wednesday Workshop Series, Evangelism 101: Learning to tell our sacred stories. Talking about our faith can be difficult. Let’s explore it together each Wednesday from Jan 13-Feb 3 at 6 pm on Zoom. Series hosted by Seminarian Allen and no reading required! If you have questions, email [email protected]

12/31/2020

Consecrated Hosts for January 3rd - April 4th are now available. They will be in a new box on a small bench near the door to the Church’s office. There will be fourteen (14) hosts in each small plastic bag. Take one bag for each person in your home. If you are unable to go by the church due to health or transportation issues, please notify [email protected] or call 321-482-0136 (please leave a message with your request and arrangements will be made to get them to you.)

12/31/2020

Because of the generosity of the parishioners of St. Thomas, an Outreach Grant was given to Christmas Toys for Dallas Children in Need, and many children received a much appreciated bicycle.

12/31/2020

Longtime member Tim Chaney “selfies-up” with #BlackLivesMatter at St Thomas the Apostle!

Don’t miss out! Swing by and get in the picture!

Way to go Tim!

12/25/2020

As God shines brightly among us, again and always, a very bright and happy Christmas from the Rector, Clergy, Vestry, and Parish of The Episcopal Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Dallas!

12/25/2020

Please take a moment to congratulate our newly minted Rector Emeritus, the 3rd Rector of the Episcopal Church of St Thomas the Apostle, the Rev. Stephen J Waller!

It is a joy that the 5th Rector, Wardens, Vestry, and Parish are excited to share!

12/23/2020

The Church is ready for the arrival of Immanuel, God among us! Wherever you are on life’s journey, please plan to join us to celebrate the great miracle of God’s in-breaking of light into the darkness. Nothing will ever be the same!

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24: 7:30 pm CST
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25: 10 am CST

E-mail [email protected] for the Zoom link!

All are welcome!

12/20/2020

Our Theologian-in-Residence The Rev Dr Steve Sprinkle “selfies” with the Rector in standing with our Vestry and Parish to boldly proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter!

If you haven’t made yours yet, today is a great day to swing by the Church and “selfie up!” Just be sure to “check-in” at St Thomas the Apostle, Dallas!

12/16/2020

The Episcopal Church of St Thomas the Apostle has proclaimed loudly and boldly, through word and deed, that #BlackLivesMatter. And now we want all our Doubters (and friends alike!) to get in on the act with us!

Stop by the Church at Inwood and Mockingbird in Dallas, and “selfie-up” with our banner signage, and post to your FaceBook page, “checking-in” at St Thomas so that the world will know that you too doubt powers and principalities with the Doubters of St Thomas in proclaiming that #BlackLivesMatter!

Our Rector and Ruth Woodward lead us off!

12/10/2020

Here's something fun for Friday night! Dec. 11 at 7PM, tune into "Holidays Unmuted" with the Turtle Creek Chorale. The show will stream FREE on their page and YouTube channel. “Holidays Unmuted” — whose title is a reference to the mute function on Zoom and its many misuses. This virtual event will be different from their previous in-person holiday shows, but it will maintain the cheeky humor, upbeat tone, and, of course, excellent music for which their shows are known. Beloved local actor, B.J. Cleveland, will host the show as Liza Minelli and the format of the program will be a throwback to television holiday specials from the 1960s. They will close the show by honoring lost members and perform “Silent Night” in sign language. Tune in!

12/10/2020

Mark your calendars for our Christmas Zoom services:
• Thursday, Dec. 24 at 7:30pm – Join us early for a special selection of music prior to the Christmas Eve Mass.
• Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8:00pm – Christmas Eve Mass.
• Friday, Dec. 25 at 10:00am – Christmas Day Mass.

A unique zoom link will be sent out for each service. If you’d like to receive the Zoom link, please email Father Christopher at [email protected].

12/07/2020

Every child has a right to thrive, no matter what! In a world where special needs children face limited options in life, Bryan’s House empowers families by removing barriers to care, serving children through education, health, advocacy and social services. Their medically-trained caregivers also meet the needs of children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, and more. Please consider making a donation to Bryan’s House to help at-risk children with special needs in North Texas. Go to: http://www.bryanshouse.org/donate-now/

12/07/2020

Only a few days left! Help us in supporting Community Partners of Dallas' Virtual Toy Drive to give toys go to children in need throughout Dallas. Simply go to https://www.helpcpdkids.org and select the wishes you would like to fill (deadline is this Friday, Dec. 11). Wishes range from $10 to $34 each. When you checkout, find the spot that asks if you are filling wishes for a group and enter “St. Thomas the Apostle”.

11/30/2020

“I Moan Like a Lonely Bird on a Roof”

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, the Episcopal Church of St Thomas the Apostle held a “Liturgy of Lament” on behalf of our parish, our community, our city, and the world around us, to grieve all that has been lost in this year of 2020, as a way to begin to find hope in new beginnings.

It was a poignant service punctuated by remembrances of each of the senses that have been taken away by COVID-19 during this “Corona-tide,” culminating with the burning of our lamentations as an offering to God.

Please enjoy the meditation on Psalm 77, the cornerstone of our lament, by our own Theologian-in-Residence, the Rev Dr Steve Sprinkle.

11/30/2020

Looking for some unique gift ideas? Honduras Threads is the perfect opportunity to do a little online gift shopping and support a good cause. Browse their beautiful collections at: https://hondurasthreads.org/collections

11/30/2020

Doing some cyber Monday shopping today? Please help us in supporting Community Partners of Dallas' Virtual Toy Drive to give toys go to children in need throughout Dallas. Simply go to https://www.helpcpdkids.org and select the wishes you would like to fill (deadline is Dec. 11). Wishes range from $10 to $34 each. When you checkout, find the spot that asks if you are filling wishes for a group and enter “St. Thomas the Apostle”.

11/26/2020

We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

11/23/2020

Due to the rising Covid-19 numbers, there will NOT be any in-person services until further notice. Please stay safe, wear a mask and wash hands frequently!

11/19/2020

Though the cameras are gone, Black lives STILL matter to the Doubters at Inwood & Mockingbird. The signs are placed along Inwood Rd.

If you agree that #BlackLivesMatter, drive by, snap a picture and tag us/check in!

11/17/2020

It's Toy Drive time again! Please help us in supporting Community Partners of Dallas' Virtual Toy Drive to give toys go to children in need throughout Dallas. No need to go to stores to shop for the toys, instead go to https://www.helpcpdkids.org and select the wishes you would like to fill. It’s super simple to do! Wishes this year range in price from $10 to $34 each. When you checkout, find the spot that asks if you are filling wishes for a group and enter “St. Thomas the Apostle” so we can see how many of us participate! Share the love by December 11.

11/13/2020

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Noon we will offer our next in-person, indoor Eucharist following safety guidelines. Service will be conducted in the Parish Hall, where all social-distancing and proper ventilation can be implemented. Please enter via the Parish Hall North Doors only. There will be a limit of 20 people. If you plan to attend, please email [email protected] by Tues, Nov. 17. Masks are required. The service will be a spoken (no singing) mass. There is to be no physical touching – hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc., during the Peace. Please note, bathrooms will not be open during this time. The Sunday Zoom church offering remains our primary gathering of the community body, and we encourage everyone’s ongoing attendance and support.

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Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is hosting a Cost of Covid-19 Experience for all those throughout the EDOD Diocese. The 90-minute interactive ZOOM call will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. To sign up, e-mail Kim LaNore at [email protected] by Nov. 15 to receive the Zoom link. Learn more at:
https://edod.org/event/1906663-2020-11-17-cost-of-covid-experience-seminar-via-zoom-open-to-all-in-the-diocese/

edod.org Cost of COVID Experience Seminar via Zoom-Open to All in the DioceseTuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Download: Download EventThe Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is hosting a Cost of Covid-19 Experience for all those throughout the EDOD Diocese. Cost of COVID Experience is a unique, 90-minu...

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6525 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX
75209

General information

St. Thomas is located in Dallas, Texas, and is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. We currently have about 250 regular communicants. In 2000, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the parish’s founding. We enjoy a diverse community of young and old, families and single people, and different ethnic backgrounds. We seek to build our common life in Christ through shared worship, service, learning and teaching, and social activities.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 11:15
Sunday 08:00 - 09:00
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