Posts by Chris Thoma

04-06-2020: Holy Week

We’ve entered into Holy Week. This is the week of weeks in the Church Year. When it comes to our life together as a congregation, it’s surreal to be apart like this. It’s not an easy thing. I want you to know that during this time I’m praying for you—every single day. Each and every…

03-30-2020: Fifth Week in Lent

Jennifer shared with me her hope that this time together as a family will be one that instills good memories in the children rather than being a recollection of a fearful time. I’m hoping for the same, as I’m sure you are, too. Of course, after our conversation, I got to thinking about the role…

03-23-2020: Fourth Week in Lent

Fishing ≠ Worship ————— It would appear that our world is indefinitely fixed with the global stamp which reads “Pandemic,” and so I don’t know what the future holds. For the most part, I’d say our efforts to maintain as a church engaged in public worship together here at Our Savior in Hartland is succeeding.…

03-16-2020: Third Week in Lent

I hope you’re not expecting me to talk about the coronavirus. Sure, it’s on our minds. But since we’re already being so diligent, how about we catch our collective breath and get back to considering other things? Mindful of the season of Lent, the current desktop image for my computer is the portrait by Carl…

03-09-2020: Second Week of Lent

I sat down this morning intending to write something relative to Lent, something helpful to you. However, the only thought that keeps emerging from my early morning mind is one that’s already been swirling around in it for a while. It’s sitting at the forefront right now because of a Facebook conversation between two friends…

03-01-2020: First Week of Lent

Take Care with Your Words————I know I’ve shared with you countless times before that I’m a huge fan of Shakespeare. I’ve also told you with great honesty that I can only take him a little bit at a time. What I mean is that I can read through the entirety of one of his works,…

02-24-2020: Week of Ash Wednesday

I apologize for the tardiness of this note. I’m at home and a little under the weather, so I’ll do my best to give you something worth starting your week. I was telling Jen that even though there’s not a whole lot I can do about the setbacks that come from being sick, I still…

02-17-2020: Sixth Week after Epiphany

I spent some time this past week doing what I do on occasion—making calls to inactive members of the congregation. I made the calls while I was out and about on visitations. When it comes to this process, I’ll admit I’m noticing a trend. It used to be that for the calls made, I could…

02-10-2020: Fifth Week after Epiphany

I’m doing my best to get this note together before 9:30 am. A reporter from NPR is coming out to the church for an interview regarding Livingston County politics—namely, the 8th Congressional District of Michigan. I don’t know the questions I’ll be asked, but I will, of course, do my best to speak in a…

02-03-2020: Fourth Week after Epiphany

I don’t know what it’s like in your house, but when the Thoma family has the chance to dine together, the table discussions are fairly well balanced. What I mean is that you might expect the parents to do most of the talking, asking the children about their day, discovering the particulars of their friendships…