Stewardship 2020

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received.

– 1 Peter 4:10

The message remains as an invitation to participate in the life of the church and there are a variety of opportunities to give of time, resources and heart. Please read on…

Message on Stewardship

When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have known what this year would be like. I need not remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities, for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

Our stewardship and our mission this year have been focused on service. As we experienced some months of not being able to gather in person, the usual focus on weekly worship was spread throughout the week as we found ways to gather virtually, taking more time to pray for each other’s needs and serve our communities. You used this time to discover, hone, and put to use the gifts you have received from our Creator God and to serve one another.

I have witnessed the countless ways that you have used your resources for the mission of the Church and to help each other. I have found it inspiring and hopeful as we plan our work together in 2021. This coming year, we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

This year, your stewardship committee will be sending you a packet with your pledge card and an appeal. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received. Please use the included self-addressed envelope to return your pledge card by Pledge Sunday/Ingathering on November 1.

In the spirit of generosity and love,

+ Salying

Stewardship Events

OCTOBER 25: ZOOM Stewardship following worship service (Very informative!)

NOVEMBER 1: In-gathering of Pledges (Thank you for your stewardship!)

Accepting Pledges

For those who are still prayerfully planning their pledge for the 2021 fiscal year, you may submit your pledges by mail to:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94086.

Thank you for sharing in our ministry.

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“Pop Open a Book” Summer Reading Program runs June 14 thru August 6th

READY, SET … GO! JUNE 14TH THRU AUGUST 6TH

Get those books you’ve been meaning to read in a special stack for Pop Open A Book, this summer’s reading program which starts on Sunday, June 14th and runs through August 6th. 

ALL AGES WELCOME

Readers of all ages are invited to participate. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from your personal collection, our church library, borrowed from a friend or even the public library. Audiobooks count also.

If you’re unable to read, you’re still eligible. Just have someone read to you.

HOW IT WORKS

For every  book you read your name will be entered into a drawing and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, August 9

WHEN YOU FINISH A BOOK …

Since we are not attending church in person right now, you’ll need to send your name and book title (by email or phone) to one of the library volunteers, who will put each entry you submit on a paper Popcorn Kernel and pin it to the church’s bulletin board on your behalf. The more books you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. 

 
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You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish (also included below/
también incluido a continuación).

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

The Message in English

The late professor Walter Wink, in one of his books, says that “History belongs to the intercessors who believe and pray a new future into being.” None of us know the mystery of prayer and how it works. I don’t know the intricacies of prayer’s mysteries. What I do know and believe, is that prayer makes a difference. It’s not a magic foot. It’s not a way to… It’s not a form of wish fulfillment, but it is a way of bringing our deepest needs and concerns and our very life into our consciousness and into the very presence of God.

There’s an interesting story in the eighth chapter of the Book of Revelation, just a few of the verses, where you have this swirling of events happening in history and a world in chaos and the text says, “There was silence in heaven for half an hour.” Walter Wink and others looking at that say that in its highly symbolic language, the Book of Revelation may be trying to tell us that even in the midst of all the chaos of the world, the prayers of God’s people actually make a difference. Because if you look at that small section of the first few chapters of chapter eight in Revelation, during that silence of heaven, it says that the prayers of the saints are mingled with the incense before the throne of God and that those prayers are taken right to God. God hears our prayers. God responds in God’s way and we respond.

Prayer matters. It’s not magic, but it makes a difference. There’s a prayer in the prayer book that I thought you might like. It’s a prayer for in times of sickness, for use by the sick person, but maybe it’s a prayer that can apply to us all.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever shall be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words and give me the spirit of Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. God love you. God bless you and may God hold you and this whole world, the entire human family and the whole of creation in those almighty hands of love.

Hábitos de gracia, 20 de abril de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado Curry
[20 de abril de 2020] Mientras aprendemos a ajustar nuestras vidas dada la realidad del coronavirus y atendemos la solicitud de hacer nuestra parte para frenar su propagación practicando el distanciamiento social, les invito a que se unan a mí cada semana para dedicar un momento a cultivar un «hábito de gracia». Una nueva meditación se publicará todos los lunes hasta mayo. Estas meditaciones pueden verse en cualquier momento haciendo clic aquí.

El Mensaje en Español

20 de abril de 2020: Dios oye nuestras oraciones
El desaparecido profesor Walter Wink dice, en uno de sus libros, que «la historia pertenece a los intercesores que creen y oran para que se produzca un nuevo futuro». Ninguno de nosotros conoce el misterio de la oración y cómo funciona. No sé las complejidades de los misterios de la oración. Lo que sí sé y creo es que la oración marca la diferencia. No es una formula mágica. No es una forma de cumplimiento de deseos, pero sí es una forma de traer nuestras necesidades y preocupaciones más profundas y nuestra vida misma a nuestra conciencia y a la presencia de Dios.

Hay una historia interesante en el capítulo ocho del libro de Apocalipsis, sólo algunos versículos, donde se presentan este torbellino de eventos que tienen lugar en la historia y en un mundo en caos y el texto dice: «hubo silencio en el cielo como por media hora» Walter Wink y otros que se fijan en esto dicen que, en su lenguaje altamente simbólico, el libro de Apocalipsis puede intentar decirnos que, incluso en medio de todo el caos del mundo, las oraciones del pueblo de Dios realmente marcan la diferencia. Porque si atienden a esa pequeña sección de los primeros versículos del capítulo ocho de Apocalipsis, durante ese silencio del cielo, dice que las oraciones de los santos se mezclan con el incienso ante el trono de Dios y que esas oraciones ascienden directamente a Dios. Dios escucha nuestras oraciones. Dios responde a la manera de Dios y nosotros respondemos.

La oración es importante. No es magia, pero marca la diferencia. Hay una plegaria en el Libro de Oración que pensé que podría gustarles. Es una oración en tiempos de enfermedad, para uso de la persona enferma, pero tal vez es una oración que puede aplicarse a todos nosotros.

Este es otro día, Oh Señor. Aún no se lo que traerá, pero haz que esté dispuesto para aceptar lo que sea. Si debo estar de pie, ayúdame a hacerlo con valor. Si debo estar sentado, ayúdame a estarlo en calma. Si debo estar acostado, ayúdame a hacerlo con paciencia. Y si debo estar sin hacer nada, que lo acepte con gallardía. Haz que estas palabras sean más que palabras, y dame el Espíritu de Jesús.

¡Oh qué amigo nos es Cristo! Él llevó nuestro dolor. Y nos manda que llevemos todo a Dios en oración. Dios les ama. Dios les bendiga y que Dios les sostenga, a ustedes y a todo este mundo, a la totalidad de la familia humana y a la entera creación en sus todopoderosas manos de amor.

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Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 29th

Welcome to ZOOM Worship at St. Thomas

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 10:00 AM using the  information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

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/954611396

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

3. Meeting ID: 954 611 396
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.

Attached below are (pdf) copies of the bulletin and sermon; follow the link to a youtube video (https://youtu.be/7wc1kgY-PwE).
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You may print the order of service from this document,
OR you may follow along when the order of service appears on the screen.

Thank you 🙂 & see you Sunday!
~Pastor Salying

SUNDAY BULLETIN – 5th Sunday of Lent – March 29, 2020

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SERMON

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The bulletin image above also reproduced on the slide show post:

The Raising of Lazarus (after by Rembrandt)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890

oil on paper, 50 cm x 65.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Van Gogh based this painting on a print by Rembrandt (1606-1669) – in part.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2020

Welcome to ZOOM Worship at St. Thomas

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 9:30-10:15 AM using the  information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

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/954611396

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

3. Meeting ID: 954 611 396
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.

Attached below are (pdf) copies of the bulletin and sermon; follow the link to a youtube video (https://youtu.be/1huz9S9-jvk).
[su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/1huz9S9-jvk” mute=”no”]

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

 

Thank you 🙂 & see you Sunday!
~Pastor Salying

 

SUNDAY BULLETIN – 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2020

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SERMON

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