Yuletide Sermons Available Here

Sermons from the 2020 Christmas Season

1. Christmas Eve sermon (December 24, 2020):  Pastor Salying considers Christmas being the revelation of God as human, coming to teach us how to be human.

2. First Sunday after Christmas (December 27, 2020)
This sermon by Gage McKinney considers that love is the logos. We know it by experience when that love is put into action.

3. Second Sunday after Christmas (January 3, 2021):  
This 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?

2020 Advent Sermon Series, Changing the Lens

Christ the King Sunday, The Rev. Ian Dellinger
1:  First Sunday in Advent, Pastor Salying Wong
2:  Second Sunday in Advent, The Rev. Ale Trillos
3: Third Sunday in Advent, Dr. Leola Dublin
4:  Fourth Sunday in Advent, Pastor Rick Uhls

If anyone wishes to receive the manuscript for these sermons, please email pastorsalying@stthomas-svale.us.

Thank you!  And happy new year!
Pastor Salying

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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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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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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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