Zoom Worship with Us – Sunday, April 11

Welcome to ZOOM worship at St. Thomas.

This Sunday is April 11, 2021, the Second Sunday in Easter.

The Second Sunday
in Easter
Service Bulletin

Image: Doubting Thomas – Andrey Skorodumov

This Sunday at 10:00am, you are invited to join us 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 the link to the Service Bulletin above, 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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Three Mountain Stories – Featured Sermon from the Transfiguration Service

Three Mountain Stories by the Rev. Salying Wong
https://youtu.be/Jwu9MO-DjXE

This sermon given on the occasion of the Last Sunday After the Epiphany, also celebrating the Transfiguration (February 14th, 2021) considers how the mountain experiences of Moses and Elijah intersect with the Transfiguration of Jesus. When the veil between the human and divine is pulled back and we see things as they are, we can experience pain and terror. But remaining with the pain and terror can take us to the land of silence, which is the land of love.

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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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