“But they, our fathers,acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments. They refused to listen, and did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; so they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness; and You did not forsake them. Even when they made for themselves a calf of molten metal and said, ‘This is your God Who brought you up from Egypt,’ and committed great blasphemies, You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, and You gave them water for their thirst. Indeed,forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.”
St. Matthew 14:13-21:
Now when Jesus heard about John,He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this,they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. When it was evening,the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away;you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces,twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
Fr. Thebeau serves as the Curate for the parish. Before coming to St. Bart's he spent two years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (where he met his wife Rebecca) before transferring to Trinity School for Ministry to receive a Master of Divinity. Fr. Thebeau and his wife have four precious boys: John-Paul, James, Jonah and Joel.