How does a Christian celebrate the Summer Solstice?

sunrise3Today, June 21, is Midsummer’s Day, or the Summer Solstice.  For some, it conjures up images of modern-day Druids chanting at the sunrise in the middle of Stonehenge.  For others, it may remind them of the Shakespearean fairy comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  Some Christians celebrate it as an eve of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, who was thought to be born six months before Jesus.  Perhaps, it might be a good time to celebrate the blessing of God in Creation, “And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16).  Midsummer is when, for the northern hemisphere, the earth tilts toward the sun, and the days are longer than the nights.  “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 15)  Or perhaps celebrate it as an anticipation of what is to come, “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lam is the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:23)

Normal Worship Service Schedule

Please feel free to worship with us on any Sunday:

Eucharist at St. Thomas8:00 a.m.: This is our most traditional service. It is a beautiful peaceful and quiet holy communion without regular music. It follows the Rite One service from the Book of Common Prayer.

10:30 a.m.: This service is filled with music, both traditional as well as contemporary. A practical message is given every week, applying the timeless wisdom of the Bible to everyday life. A parallel children’s ministry called Gods Kids is offered for kids five years old through fifth grade. The service follows the Rite Two holy communion service from the Book of Common Prayer.

9:00 a.m.: Breakfast (coffee, doughnuts, bagels): Theres plenty of food, especially for the family running late. A donation of fifty cents is welcome but your credit is good with us.

9:30 a.m.: Christian Education:  An Adult Forum class meets in the Parish Hall and a Small Group meets in the Guild Room.  Children’s Christian Education meets in classes in the upstairs Parish Hall.

Small Groups: There’s a small group for just about anyone (meeting at various times), according to what is your interest. There are women’s groups, men’s groups, mixed groups, traditional Bible studies or book groups to completely untraditional offerings like learning to play the guitar or how to use a computer. Won’t you try one out and get to know some folks along the way.

Wednesday mornings: 10:00 a.m. This simple holy communion service is an unpretentious time to worship and pray and includes a special time to pray for healing.

Welcome to St. Thomas, Oakmont!

We are a group of people who believe Jesus is alive and welcome people no matter where they happen to be on their spiritual journey.

  • What we believe: We believe that we Christians are part of the Body of Christ and that we are accepted where we are. But God never leaves us where we are but calls us to grow: spiritually, in the life of our community, in the life of our congregation and in number.
  • Our Mission: We, as members of the Body of Christ, are called to grow: spiritually, in parish life, in our community, and as a congregation.