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04 July 2021
St Thomas and the Way
Diana Rattray delivers a sermon written by Helen Jacobi on St Thomas and St Matthew’s connections wit the former St Thomas church in Freemans Bay, Auckland
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St Thomas and the Way
Was loyal. He was right. He was a person. Christian has a positive trait and challenges and tests.
Thomas was committed to the community of followers of Jesus. He wanted to understand.
Thomas is a great insight to be named.
This character of Thomas was to be found in the church community of Saint Thomas on Union Street from 1977 to 1986.
And we're in privilege to inherit these qualities that are combined Community is also the Matthew Anderson.
There are many people here in this congregation today watching our high strength, we know much more about the story and the stories I have been called all speak of a church. That was much loved and very mysterious beautiful.
I'm called a slaw my son, both sometimes spoke out on many issues including the poverty of the people.
in the early 20th century in the 1930s, by the diocese for being overly critical.
Every time, Thomas the gospels he took out.
We get to see Thomas More than most.
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples that Thomas was not with and understandably is pretty skeptical. Unless I see the mark of the nails, Jesus really paranoid equator and invited to touch of Praise from. This encounter is usually used in a negative way.
Don't be adaptable.
But that is not the way that Jesus streets tan.
But Jesus encourages to us except this question means, Thomas with today's reading, Jesus is trying to reassure those disciples.
Controlled. I'm going to prepare a place for you and you know, the way to the place, What do you mean? We don't know where you're going. How could we possibly know that?
We find ourselves and relationship with God. I didn't relationship.
Then the translation dwelling place is trying to John.
Jesus Is God, no.
We used over the centuries as an exclusive.
To exclude religious clown Jesus as the mini about has been solved with Jesus the way.
All the life of the illusion of Gaia. It is received from the Incarnation, John's community.
These words are after, and in the midst of opposition.
Jesus and the other disciples to walk the Jesus way Binding Together, many Dwelling Places.
There was no intention of exclusion of us.
We are all invited in our communities and our homes out of other places to travel the Jesus way.
Today, we give thanks for those who gave their lives during 90 years and the church.
To be forced to learn a lesson.
A way which leave them here. And we are drenched. We are blessed by the memories. The story.
And we hurrying that while you are with us announcer, that music.
Loyalty Brave questions challenge.
Big listen to the community caring about wanting to understand Jesus and stood with her.
The way you talk was chose the Jesus way.