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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Important Message & Updates from Pastor Salying Re: Coronavirus

Second Sunday in Easter
April 11, 2021

Morning Prayer @ 10:30 AM Pacific

Service Bulletin

Image: Doubting Thomas – Andrey Skorodumov 

*** ON SUNDAYS ***

Please join Pastor Salying at 10:00 AM Pacific 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://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 #

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


Recent sermons are available to view below:


Video Sermon: Easter Sunday (Apr 4, 2021)

Video Sermon: Maundy Thursday (Apr 1, 2021)

Video Sermon: Palm Sunday (Mar 28, 2021)

Video Sermon: Fifth Sunday in Lent (Mar 21, 2021)

Video Sermon: Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mar 14, 2021)

Video Sermon: Third Sunday in Lent (Mar 7, 2021)

Video Sermon: Second Sunday in Lent (Feb 28, 2021)

Video Sermon: First Sunday in Lent (Feb 21, 2021)

Video Sermon: Ash Wednesday (Feb 17, 2021)

Video Sermon/Annual Report: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Jan 31, 2021)

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020

Dear St. Thomas Parishioners,

While we do our part to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by social distancing, St. Thomas Church will worship together virtually. I have chosen a platform that serves my priorities for our gathering: (1) that it lets us gather as one large body and in small groups, (2) that it allows us to engage with one another rather than as spectators, (3) that it is as simple as possible, allowing for access over the internet and over traditional phone call. I am pleased that we will be using Zoom conferencing, which allows us to meet as one body and allows us to break into small groups during the same meeting.

Worship for St. Thomas will look like this:

1. We will meet as one body on Zoom at 10:30am on Sundays. After some prelude music by our organist Myrna, I will give some introductory remarks and announcements around 10:40am. We will then have Morning Prayer. Patricia will sing a hymn to close the liturgy. The sermon will be pre-recorded, posted on youtube, and typed out, and sent to you beforehand. You may watch/read the sermon before the liturgy or after. The service bulletin and zoom link will be sent to the parish at the same time as the sermon youtube link.

2. After the liturgy, I will have Zoom randomly place us into small groups of 5 or so. In these “Breakout Rooms”, everyone will check-in by mutual invitation. One person starts by checking in on how he or she is doing and then invites the next person, and so on, till everyone has a chance to check-in. There might be a question I offer for check-in; it would probably be based on the sermon. The small group will end after 30 minutes. I will send a message to all small groups with a 5 minute warning to close.

3. We will reconvene at the same time next week.

At this time, we encourage you to mail in your pledges and offerings to the church. Jim Cobb, our treasurer, is researching online giving options and will inform us how to proceed. We are grateful that you continue to support the church’s operations during this time of crisis.

Let us continue to thank God for our community and encourage one another with support. It can be isolating at this time, so please connect for your own sake and other’s. Let us also pray for those who are sick or in harm’s way or put into economic hardship because of this time. Let us be generous in giving and lending.

Please look for extensive instructions around the virtual worship on Friday or Saturday. I look forward to “seeing” you all on Sunday.

Peace,
Pastor Salying

UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020

We are adapting to the Shelter in Place Public Health Order issued March 16, 2020 by our county health authorities.

We are suspending public gatherings/services until further notice.

UPDATE: MARCH 14, 2020

Dear St. Thomas,

We will NOT be gathering for services tomorrow Sunday, March 15, 2020. I will take next week to work with a task force as to what’s next for the way we worship. Thank you for your patience as I discern with our leadership how to walk this uncertain time.

As many of you already know, there are live-stream services in various places. They’ve been sent around in previous emails. I will only include the link to the service at the National Cathedral with our Presiding Bishop Curry. (But included in my original email message is our bulletin for this Sunday at St. Thomas. It contains the readings and the announcements.)

I might finish my sermon today, but I might not. My heart is saying to spend time calling as many of you as I can today and leave the task of preaching to the Presiding Bishop. If I do finish my sermon, I will send it out on Sunday morning.

Your servant,
Pastor Salying

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020

Today, Friday, March 13, Santa Clara County has instituted a conditional moratorium on gatherings of 35-100, on the condition that our gathering serves an essential societal function. I have spoken with our Executive Committee…and we have agreed that worshiping is essential. Unless we receive a mandatory order to desist from the County, we believe that our worship space is big enough to give us plenty of social distance….Whatever the numbers, it is my intention to be present to pray with our community for our human family…

*Additional instructions & updated precautions have been incorporated below…
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UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020

The following is a message from Pastor Salying:

Dear St. Thomas Parishioners,

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

In this time of heightened anxiety around the novel coronavirus, I encourage you to remain connected with our community and to pray for one another.

PHONE TREE

We each will make our decision as to how to remain connected. Some will choose and have chosen to connect not by physical presence, but by calling one another. We are building a phone tree at the church. This effort is headed by Sue Beckham. Please Contact Sue for information or email (family_ministry@stthomas-svale.us).

PERSONAL PHONE CALL

For me as the pastor, I have found myself making more phone calls at this time; I’ve been calling a wider group of people. This has deepened my love for you. Please let me know if you’d like to have a phone call from me. I’d love to talk with you.

REGULAR SERVICES WILL CONTINUE

Some will choose to remain connected by physical presence on our campus, whether in worship or in programs. I believe it is important if you are not in a vulnerable category to be together in our bodies. There are two available Sunday service times: 8:00 and 10:30 AM that will continue to meet in the main church building.

PASTORAL VISITS

I am still making personal pastoral visits and plan to continue doing this. We will not be canceling worship services.

PRECAUTIONS

We will, however, take precautions, as one always ought to do when considering infectious diseases. Now, even more so.

Shared Communion Temporarily Discontinued*
It is with a heavy heart that I will remove the cup from the congregation. As you may know, the common cup is an important sign of our unity from our ancient Christian tradition. I will consume the wine on our behalf and wait for the day when we will be able to safely offer it back to the greater body.

[su_list] These are precautions we can take in loving care for one another:

  • Avoid leaning your hands on the back of the pews or using them to brace yourself to get up, it will mean less contact with possible contaminated services.
  • Consider wearing gloves to church, like your grandparents.
  • Greet one another with a bow rather than a handshake.
  • Sit dispersed in the church.
  • Coffee hour hosts, please serve foods that are self-contained, like individually wrapped foods.
  • Ushers will lean in to take your offering (and not pass the collection plates).
  • Avoid contact with doorknobs, etc; wash your hands after you touch them.
  • Our hot lunch program, Our Daily Bread, for the meantime will be serving takeout meals.
  • Anyone who feels sick is asked to stay home.

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STREAMING SERVICES*

We are in the process of putting together a live-streaming option by next Sunday.

When that’s ready, a link will be provided. Anyone interested will be able to join in from anywhere with an internet connection. More details to follow.

In the interim, for those unable to participate in-person, you may connect to St. Andrew’s in Saratoga through this link: https://vimeo.com/event/24215.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For those on the e-mail list, Parish Administrator Anne will send out a pdf of our Sunday bulletins and sermon on the Tuesday after the Sunday service.

If you would like to be included on the e-mail list, please follow the link to Contact Us or call the office at (408) 736-4155.

I appreciated this TED talk https://youtu.be/Fqw-9yMV0sI. It helps us think about how to sensibly apply precautions in a world that has infectious diseases. With human encroachment to the last wild places, we will continue to have more novel infections.

It is important that we do not crouch our hearts inward from fear, but turn our hearts outward justice and care for the poor, as people who occupy places of degradation and poverty have the least protection.

This time of the coronavirus affords us an opportunity to better love–to see clearer and broader to the margins. Let us pray together as to how we can do a good thing for God in this time.

God’s blessing and peace be with you,
Pastor Salying
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Litany for in the Midst of Pandemics

by the Rev. Salying Wong

Leader: God the Creator,
People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: God the Redeemer,
People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: God the Sanctifier,
People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: God the Holy Trinity, one God,
People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: Draw us near to you, O God,
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: Give us trust in you in the midst of our fragility,
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: Teach us to love when we are afraid,
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: Give us courage when we are uncertain,
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: Turn our hearts to the poor and the suffering, including this good earth.
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: We pray for those who are sick, especially those who have the coronavirus,
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for those are working for a cure,
Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for all care-providers,
Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the dying and those who have died.
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: We pray for the communities in the greatest danger and for cooperation between nations within the human family.
People: For you sustain us.

Leader: God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make us the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is our wholeness;
you are our God, and we need you.

~ adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book

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Together Apart – Ways St. Thomas Gathers on Zoom

Going stir crazy, afraid to watch another cooking show or YouTube video on how to cut your hair?…or does talking to veggie plants have the neighbors wondering?

In need a little change? We have Good News for you…we really do 🙂

There are opportunities to gather for worship, prayer, study and fun at St. Thomas. All you literally need to do is plug-in and Zoom with us. Here are a few ways…

WORSHIP

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with the whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101

PRAYER

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 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
 
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
 
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: 9 AM PDT = 12 Noon in Washington)

STUDY
Adult Formation

The Adult Formation serves to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Bible and to help us apply the lessons we learn to our lives  so that we may grow and mature in our Christian faith.

For the latest news regarding future studies, please check back with our website and/or the weekly service bulletin for upcoming offerings.

Family Ministry offers weekly online Children’s Ministry

Family Ministry gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 PM for Children’s Ministry.  Our time together is focused on Christian formative education mixed with some fun! Note that the Children’s Ministry class previously scheduled for June 4th, 2020 is cancelled due to time conflicts with so many of the children still being in school. We plan to restart the following week. 

To participate, please contact the group’s host – Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director via the Parish Office  for details if you would like to join the group.

Sue’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

Meets online the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (9-10 AM on your computer) to explore where the Scriptures lead us and on alternate Saturdays to check-in with everybody at the end of the week (this also starts at 9 AM).

We invite all men (even those not a part of St. Thomas) to join with us for fellowship and good discussion.  And yes, you can be in your pajamas! 

Our Zoom meetings are password protected so you’ll need to connect with Chris Schmidt, the group’s host via the Parish Office  for the Zoom ID if you are new to the group.

Chris’ contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

FUN
Book Club

We typically meet (online at this time) the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 

Our desire is to share and discuss good reads that broaden our minds and understanding of the world in which we live. We have an appreciation for each other and literature coming from a variety of genres.

Please check with the website and/or weekly service bulletin for current offerings.

If you are new to the group and would like to join, please contact Dorothy Furgerson, the host via the Parish Office for the Zoom ID.

Dorothy’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

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Peace & Justice = Community Outreach to Silicon Valley

PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE

The Peace and Justice Committee is a key component of St Thomas’ outreach to support the Sunnyvale and surrounding Silicon Valley community.  It’s work is founded upon Our Baptismal Covenant (BCP – Book of Common Prayer, Page 305), which calls us to this work:

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
People: I will, with God’s help.

COMMITTEE REPORT AS OF MARCH 2021
  • Sunnyvale Fair Redistricting:
    We are working on redistricting of Sunnyvale city council districts. This is required because the 2020 Census results will change city demographics for the districts. Redistricting is important for justice to make sure the districts represent communities of common interest. We are working with Sunnyvale Fair Redistricting; a group sponsored by the League of Women Voters and California Common Cause. City staff has sent an update to the draft ordinance for redistricting and comments were submitted to the city staff and council at the city council meeting on March 16.
  • Housing and PACT:
    We recently had a meeting with People Acting in Community Together (PACT https://www.pactsj.org).  An outcome of that meeting is that we are looking into how we can help renters and landlords who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. There is relief for both in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act.  PACT is researching the details of what happens in Santa Clara County as a result, and how we can participate in helping to educate renters and landlords.

    If you are interested in or have questions about these topics please contact Cal Cornwell (refer to the parish directory or request contact info from the Parish Office at 408.736.4155). 

HISTORY OF PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE EFFORTS

There are many issues confronting people in Silicon Valley that need addressing: housing, immigration, education, and police accountability. Additionally, we are confronted with environmental issues such as global warming and pollution that affect so many.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING – MOBILIZE FOR CHANGE

Community organizing for public ministry is a proven way to affect change. Some examples are the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights.

Organizing on a smaller scale may involve how to get better crosswalks in a neighborhood or increasing safety for cyclists. Community organizing works because many people get involved in action to change. It mobilizes the people most affected by an issue to take charge of getting the change to occur.

THE CRUX OF IT – What community organizing entails:

First – Relationships
It depends greatly on relationships with between individuals, team members, allies and others who can help.

Second – Details
To address any issue, we need to know details to understand its complexities.

Third – Leaders from Those Most Affected
Our job as organizers is to help the people who are most affected by an issue to select leaders from their own group. Then we help those leaders get their people to cause change.

The people most affected by an issue have the most passion and stories about how the issue is affecting them.

Stories are very important because they are powerful tools in getting decision-makers on the right side of an issue.

INITIAL COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES BEGINNING 2018
  • Contacting allies and building relationships
  • Training committee members on the principles of organizing.
2020 ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE COVID PANDEMIC

The committee reached out to folks having difficulties with Covid-19, the economic virtual collapse and the state of racism in our country. This was done via a process called phone banking because, in which we called a bank of phone numbers of folks who were believed to be having difficulties.

In this effort, we continued to work with People Acting in Community Together (PACT https://www.pactsj.org ) as we have in the past. The purpose was to understand what’s happening with people who were hurting and what they thought would help.

During this time, committee members received training on phone banking from Christopher Logan of PACT.

We then supported PACT (People Acting in Community Together) by making phone calls to voters to hear their stories about their specific issues and concerns. Each caller was given a list of 15 – 20 numbers to call. One learning was that it was difficult to get people to answer their phones so fewer conversations happened than we had hoped for.

RECENT VICTORIES
One out of ten workers in California is undocumented, and their labor has largely fallen into work deemed “essential” throughout the pandemic—in agriculture, food distribution and service, elder care and child care among other occupations. They pay billions in local and state taxes, and they contribute over 180 billion dollars to our California economy. And they have been ruthlessly left out of federal relief even though they pay federal income taxes.

On May 5, 2020, over 1,200 California IAF leaders convened on Zoom, along with 10 Bishops (including Bishop Lucinda of El Camino Real) and 9 state legislators to press Governor Newsom to expand the Cal EITC. More than 1,000 faith and community leaders signed on to a letter in support of the expansion, and in the thick of budget negotiations organized hundreds of leaders to send letters to the Governor and to the top leadership of the senate and assembly. St. Thomas parishioner Cal C. was also a participant in this meeting and called Gov. Newsom and local assembly and senate members urging this legislation be passed.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING/LEARNING MORE?

If you are interested in participating or learning more, please Contact Pastor Salying.

GOOD TOPICAL READS

Stand Up! by Gordon Whitman

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GIVE: Episcopal Relief & Development – Disaster Relief

FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE

The February 2021 winter storms, which devastated communities in Texas, Oklahoma and beyond, continue to wreak havoc. The ice and snow are melting and power has been restored to many, but the region continues to deal with burst pipes, lack of safe water supply and uninhabitable housing. The US Disaster Team at Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting affected dioceses as they respond.

Please DONATE TODAY

Your gift will help provide emergency shelter, groceries and other supplies in affected areas.

ONGOING WAYS TO HELP

Please pray for all those impacted by disasters of all kinds–COVID-19, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, explosions and more. So many are experiencing personal loss, hardship, barriers and inconvenience in ways that seem unimaginable.

Though efforts are being made internationally as well as national, state and local levels, with grass roots organizations and countless self-sacrificing individuals, we find ourselves at various stages of a very long process all over the map. Church communities often serve as a place people turn to for comfort and assistance within their surrounding community. Under the current COVID-19 mandates, with social distancing with varying restrictions depending on local, we are invited to participate in new and creative ways to gather online and provide support.

One of Christ’s core commandments to His followers is to love thy neighbor as thyself. It’s important that we reach out to care for the most vulnerable members and neighbors of these communities.

PLEASE HELP – SO MANY COMMUNITIES ARE BEING IMPACTED BY DISASTERS

Your donation to Episcopal Relief & Development will provide the Church and our partners in the communities they serve with resources to provide critical emergency assistance to those in greatest need.

To keep updated on ER&D’s efforts LOCALLY AND AROUND THE GLOBE, go to Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2020 Press Releases

Please GIVE in support of our collective efforts by following the link: MAKE A DONATION to Episcopal Relief & Development, choose from the list of funds, select the amount you would like to donate, and click “Give.”

With heartfelt gratitude, we Thank You for any and all contributions. 

Consider, too, becoming a PRAYER PARTNER and receiving inspirational prayers  – “ACCOMPANY US IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND DURING TIMES OF CELEBRATION.”

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