Yuletide Sermons Available Here

These are the sermons from the Christmas Season:
1. Pastor Salying’s Christmas Eve sermon:  https://youtu.be/KsTn-AlVJ2YChristmas is the revelation of God as human, coming to teach us how to be human.

2. Gage McKinney’s 1 Christmas sermon:  https://youtu.be/mcDnogl51cMThis sermon by Gage McKinney considers that love is the logos. We know it by experience when that love is put into action.

3. Pastor Salying’s 2 Christmas sermon:  https://youtu.be/SOUxuZNQC-0This sermon by Pastor Salying considers the meaning of the gifts of the magi, especially the gift of myrrh. What is the real gold of Christmas?

I neglected to send out the Advent Series, Changing the Lens.  Here they are:
Christ the King:  https://youtu.be/LD4RKGm-nuk, Rev. Ian DellingerAdvent 1:  https://youtu.be/e7pOvcTA8ys, Pastor Salying WongAdvent 2:  https://youtu.be/VIyuaMSfpNY, Rev. Alle TrillosAdvent 3: https://youtu.be/nrwwqzwGetE, Dr. Leola DublinAdvent 4:  https://youtu.be/ALayC7UxiFg, Pastor Rick Uhls
If anyone wishes to receive the manuscript for the sermons, please email pastorsalying@stthomas-svale.us.
Thank you!  And happy new year!
Pastor Salying

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Sunday Service – First Sunday after the Epiphany, The Baptism of Our Lord

Welcome to ZOOM worship at St. Thomas.

This Sunday is January 10, 2021, the First Sunday after the Epiphany, The Baptism of Our Lord at 10:00am, you are invited to join Pastor Salying for open conversation before worship begins at 10:30am.

Now that most of us know how to use Zoom, the half hour before service usually dedicated to trouble-shooting will also be an open time to connect with one another and with the pastor.  

All are welcome.  Just sign in as usual.

All others, at 10:20-10:25am Sunday, please connect to our worship meeting.

There are two ways to do this:

1.  by computer or smartphone (video and audio):

You may access our ZOOM meeting on the following link:   

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82690025101

2. by telephone (audio only):

Dial +1 669 900 9128        Meeting ID: 826 9002 5101

When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #

Notes for dial-in users: *6 (star 6) to mute/unmute the audio from your phone to the meeting. This doesn’t stop audio from the meeting to you.

*9 (star 9) raise your hand to (hopefully) let someone else at the meeting know you’d like to speak. You may use *9 again to lower your raised hand.

Actual connection time may take several minutes; please be patient.

Once you are connected, your face (or phone number) should appear in a square on your screen, as will the faces of others who have signed in, including Pastor Salying.

Note: For the sake of audio clarity, your mic will be muted on entry.

We will begin with introductory remarks, announcements, and then worship with Morning Prayer together as one large body; after the liturgy, all are invited to stay for a community gathering; depending on the day, it will either be at-large, in large groups, or as a special event.

You may print the order of service from this document, OR you may follow along when the order of service appears on the screen.

When all are ready, the officiant will begin.

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Zoom – Feast of the Epiphany – Wednesday, January 6th @ 7:00 PM

Epiphany Evensong Service Bulletin

Prior to the beginning of the service, you are invited to gather candles from around your home and put them near you to be lit during the candle-lighting anthem. 

Also, please consider sharing your reflection on your star word that you received with your Christmas appeal letter.

There are two ways to join Zoom worship – by computer or smartphone (video and audio):

You may access our ZOOM meeting on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84833003218

Meeting ID: 848 3300 3218

One tap mobile: +16699009128,,84833003218# US (San Jose)

2. by telephone (audio only)    Dial +1 669 900 9128  Meeting ID: 848 3300 3218

When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #

Notes for dial-in users: *6 (star 6) to mute/unmute the audio from your phone to the meeting. 

This doesn’t stop audio from the meeting to you.

*9 (star 9) raise your hand to (hopefully) let someone else at the meeting know you’d like to speak. You may use *9 again to lower your raised hand.

Actual connection time may take several minutes; please be patient.

Once you are connected, your face (or phone number) should appear in a square on your screen, as will the faces of others who have signed in.

Note: For the sake of audio clarity, your mic will be muted on entry.

 After the liturgy, all are invited to stay for a community gathering; depending on the day, it will either be at-large, in large groups, or as a special event.

You may print the order of service from this document, OR you may follow along when the order of service appears on the screen. After a moment of silence, the officiant begins.

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Online Prayer & Worship During the COVID Pandemic

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic. Here are days and times when you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:


TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER
, led by Pastor Salying:
Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004
NOTE: There will be no Centering Prayer on Dec 29th, 2020


WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER
with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying: 
Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549
NOTE: There will be no Noonday Prayer on Dec 30th, 2020


WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE
with Deacon Bertram:
Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185


THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER
with Deacon Bertram,
in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC:
Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096; Password: 184402
OR
Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/   
and then halfway down on the right, click on:
Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays
(NOTE: 9am PDT = Noonday in Washington)

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE led by Pastor Salying:
Zoom Link for Sunday Worship
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101
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First Sunday After Epiphany
Morning Prayer
January 10th, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

Service Bulletin

********************* ON SUNDAYS *********************
Please join Pastor Salying at 10:00 AM for open conversation.
Now that most of us know how to use Zoom, the half hour
before service usually dedicated to trouble-shooting
will also be an open time to connect with
one another and with the pastor.
All are welcome. Just sign in as usual.

All others, at 10:20-10:25 AM Sunday, please connect to our worship meeting. There are two ways to do this.

1. By computer or smartphone (video and audio):
You may access our ZOOM meeting on the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/82690025101

2. By telephone (audio only):
Dial +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 826 9002 5101
When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #

Actual connection time may take several minutes; please be patient.

Once you are connected, your face (or phone number) should appear in a square on your screen, as will the faces of others who have signed in, including Pastor Salying.

Note: For the sake of audio clarity, your mic will be muted on entry.

After the prelude, we will have introductory remarks, announcements, and then Morning Prayer together as one large body; we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour”and sermon discussion.

Thank you and see you Sunday!
~Pastor Salying


Watch recent video sermons below:

Video Sermon: Second Sunday after Christmas (Jan 3, 2021)

Video Sermon: First Sunday after Christmas (Dec 27, 2020)

Video Sermon: Christmas Eve (Dec 24, 2020)

Video Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Dec 20, 2020)

Video Sermon: Third Sunday of Advent (Dec 13, 2020)

By Bishop Lucinda Ashby
Video Sermon: 7th Sunday after Pentecost (July 19, 2020) 
Transcript: 7th Sunday after Pentecost (July 19, 2020)

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Season of Advent – Sunday, Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th, 13th and 20th

Advent marks the beginning of the Episcopalian liturgical calendar year. It welcomes us to prepare our hearts, minds and spirits for the advent or coming birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

The season begins with the first Sunday of Advent on November 29th followed consecutively by the second, third and fourth Sundays of Advent on December 6th, 13th and 20th of this calendar year. This year we have a special focus…

On the 1st Sunday of Advent – Nov. 29th, The Rev. Salying Wong will be participating in Changing the Lens St. Stephens SLO (San Luis Obispo) preaching series highlighting sermons coming from a distant cultural perspective.

Please join us as Pastor Salying reflects on woke, the fig tree and other lessons to illuminate her message. It is with hope that by letting God’s love rub away her violence, Salying aims to be peace in the world.

The following 2nd Sunday of Advent – Dec. 6th will feature The Rev. Ale Trillos, Rector of St. Peter’s/San Pablo. Rev. Ale is a native of Colombia and the rector of a fully bilingingual congregation in Salinas, California. Her sermon will explore Receiving God’s Grace Even in Our Unworthiness.

The 3rd Sunday of Advent – Dec. 13th will feature Dr. Leola Dublin Macmillan, a black activist in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a critical cultural scholar and social justice activist who works with the United Way in SLO County. She will be sharing about Hope in Things Unseen.

The 4th Sunday of Advent – Dec. 20th the Rev. Rick Uhls, Pastor of SLO United Methodist will round out the series with Mary’s Fiat: Let It Be.

Check for updates on the website’s pop-up window that includes necessary links to connect with us for this wonderul Advent series.

THE HISTORY OF ADVENT

To learn more about the history of Advent, please refer to the “Season of Advent on Wikipedia.

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