St. Thomas is a community of people on a shared journey towards deepening our spiritual lives. Because we are guided by the words of scripture that “God shows no partiality,” (Acts 2:34; Romans 2:11) we are committed to being a church where people of varying backgrounds, ages, gender and sexual orientations, faith traditions, and life paths find acceptance and warm hospitality. Wherever you are on your walk of faith, there is a place for you here, as well as for your gifts, questions, and hopes. You are welcome.
In a letter to the people of St. Thomas on March 25, 2020, Council announces it has voted, after prayerful consideration, to cancel all in-person worship services and activities at St. Thomas through the month of April. We are closing the church building until Monday, April 6th, and asking staff to work from home, as much as possible, on essential tasks. Details here.
A video of worship for Sunday, March 29 has been added to the Worshiping in Place collection.
Gratitude and Grief, Doug Bauder’s Grief on the Way meditation for March 25, has been added to the Worshiping in Place collection.
All our worship and music videos can be found through the Worshiping in Place link in the righthand column of this page.
This month’s newsletter – March 2020
3800 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana
St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church is in Bloomington, Indiana, a small city with farming roots going back 200 years and a university drawing students and scholars from all over the world. Our unique energy comes from this community of thinkers, makers, growers, artists, and learners, and we seek to celebrate and share God’s love with everyone. Read more about our community, staff, and visions for ministry and service.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” Sunday worship is our most important way of abiding in Christ together. It is the holy ground from which justice and kindness grow in our congregation. Read more about worship and music at St. Thomas. Read about how we welcome children into worship.
Do Justice, Love Kindness
The prophet Micah taught, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” At St. Thomas we live out this teaching in mission partnerships with other faith communities, in generous giving to worldwide causes and to our neighbors’ needs, by honoring the integrity and dignity of all persons, and by modeling and teaching reverent and faithful stewardship of the earth. Read more about our mission work and environmental stewardship.
Martin Luther wrote, “We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” At St. Thomas, we honor this human capacity for ongoing growth in wisdom and kindness by offering Christian formation opportunities for everyone. Read more about Christian formation for children and adults.
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Indiana University
From the very beginning, St. Thomas has offered a Lutheran presence on the Indiana University campus. We are in a covenanted ministry with LCM-IU and we treasure the energy that students bring to the life of this parish. Read more about Lutheran Campus Ministry at Indiana University.