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On behalf of all of the wonderful Christians who are part of our faith community, thank you so much for visiting our Internet home! We encourage you to visit the various areas of the site to learn more about what we have to offer.
At St. Thomas, we do our utmost to provide gracious hospitality to all we encounter, both within the doors of our lovely church and outside in the world at large. Our aim at St. Thomas is stated clearly in our Vision Statement, and we urge you to click on the appropriate link here to learn what we strive to be about.
Our charming parish church has been serving Berea and the Southwest portion of Cuyahoga County, Ohio (the Cleveland area) since 1893 in this location, and for many years before that in others. We are nestled in the midst of the beautiful Baldwin-Wallace college campus and just one block from the quaint downtown historic district of Berea.
We cordially invite you to come and worship with us next time you are in the area! We very much look forward to personally greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and introducing you to our active and growing community of believers at St. Thomas Episcopal Church!
Yours in Christ,
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
- 05:30 pm - Contemporary Eucharist
- 08:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite I
- 09:30 am - Family Friendly Service
- 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
Daily Lenten Reflection
March 5, 2015
A few years ago, the Barna Group conducted a study to see how the behavior of Christians was different from those who claimed no faith. They discovered that there were few statistically significant differences. Christians were less likely to purchase a lottery ticket or view pornography. They were more likely to have tried to get revenge, to have stolen something, and less likely to recycle.
Paul, writing to those who taught the law, but did not practice it, quoted Ezekiel, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2:24, Ezekiel 36:20)
The church exists for the sake of the world. Jesus said that we are salt. He also warned that if this salt loses its saltiness it becomes useless. It is actually worse than useless, because the world sees that our faith has brought no transformation, and the Gospel of Christ will be ignored because of us.
We lose our saltiness when we teach grace, but offer no forgiveness. We lose it when we talk about love, but turn our backs to the suffering of our neighbors. We lose it when we pray that the Kingdom of God will come, but spend all of our resources on ourselves.
If we allow our lives to be conformed to the Gospel of Christ, the world will listen to the message we proclaim. In what way is the Holy Spirit calling you to follow Christ more closely?
Fr. RJ Johnson
Church of the Advent