Arts Blog

Our parish is full of creative people. We are authors, composers, painters, and performers… all artists working in the church. Our perspective is deeply concerned with symbol and meaning, and we understand that our art-making is in the image of our creator.

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Mental Health

Our Rector Time Certain, the Rev. Dr. Jeanine Driscoll, is a skilled mental health practitioner. She has prepared the following videos which address ways to manage depression, anxiety, and grief. We hope these presentations will be of help to you. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss these topics further with Mother

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Garden

Parishioners Fred and Jo Ann Chreist write about the parish garden: We have been members of St. Thomas for 25 years. During that time, we have seen numerous changes in our common life. One has had an important impact, both spiritually and practically, on our lives. Ten years ago, we had the opportunity to create

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Labyrinth

Our 7th circuit labyrinth is modeled after the Dunure Labyrinth in Scotland, our version was installed in a wasted space next to the church door. But what is a Labyrinth? A labyrinth is a meandering path, often unicursal, with a singular path leading to a center. Labyrinths are an ancient archetype dating back 4,000 years

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Altar Crosses

Artist Ed Haddaway created these 5 crosses as part of the altar suite in the late 1960s. Additional pieces in the suite include the altar, credence table and processional cross. The crosses, which are installed on the south wall above the altar area, are designed to change with each season as a way of marking

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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross form a 14 part devotion often said in Lent or Holy Week. The cycle of prayers and scripture readings reflect on the last day of Jesus’ life before he was crucified. On the East Wall of the Nave, Canterbury is blessed to have a singular set of iconography by Ruth

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St. Luke Service

Setting of two evening canticles by Frederick Frahm, the “Song of Mary” (Magnificat) and “Lord Now Let Your Servant Depart in Peace” (Nunc Dimittis), for treble choir and organ. This recording is performed by the women’s ensemble Las Cantantes of the University of New Mexico on their album entitled ‘My Dancing Day‘ from 2008. Conducted

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Four Panels in a Gallery

Chamber piece in four movements by Frederick Frahm. This recording is by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet which premiered the piece in March of 2018. Scored for violin, viola, cello & piano. Program notes by the composer: One day, I visited an art gallery to pass the time. Yes, there were paintings of barns and

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Journey to the Promised Land

I stand at the edge of this wilderness Weary with the journey to get here. So long ago we left our lives in Egypt. Some days, I can still taste the bread and delicious fruits watered by the Nile. At the beginning, the journey was exciting. There was the pillaging of the Egyptians After the

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Wilderness Temptation

He came up from the Jordan. Still damp from his cleansing passage, He wandered into my rocky wastes, His footprints vanishing as wind blew over sandy ground. He seemed in no hurry to get somewhere. Soon he was covered with my dust His sweat made marks like tear tracks on his face. When He grew

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The Art of Embracing Brokenness

A fragile clay pot— Broken becomes worthless. But Gather up the scattered fragments. Mend the cracks with care and love that Trace healed wounds with golden scars. Imperfection revealed as beauty— The ordinary becomes holy. Ruth Meredith 9/7/2019 This poem reflects the Japanese aesthetic of kintsugi, which is the art of embracing damage. The word

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