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).
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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 – 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2020

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SERMON

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Sunday School – March 15

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

This Sunday Students will meet in the “Heart” classroom where they will be studying the Book of Genesis. For those who did not receive a Lenten Calendar, please be sure to pick one up. 🙂

READINGS

These are the readings for the Third Sunday in Lent: Psalm 95, The First Reading is Exodus 17:1-7, The Second Reading is Romans 5:1-11, And the Gospel is John 4:5-42.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.” ~ Psalms 95:2 (CEV/ Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parents(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Teachers will be available to offer assistance to parents and children with registration, questions or any special needs – just introduce yourself and they’ll take it from there. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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Spiritual Formation: THE GOSPEL DURING LENT

At the 10:30 services during Lent, the Gospel readings will be presented in dramatic form. For all the Sundays in Lent this year, the Gospel stories are about encounters between Jesus and another person (or several people).

In each case, the dialogue becomes the foundation of an important revelation about Jesus. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus’ words have multiple levels of meaning. Hearing these readings in the form of dialogues between two or more persons helps to open up these depths of meaning.

Lenten Formation Series – Schedule of Readings

MARCH 1ST:The First Sunday in Lent, Jesus is tempted in the desert after his baptism by John;

MARCH 8TH: The Second Sunday in Lent, a pharisee named Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night with a burning question: “How can anyone be born again after becoming old?”;

MARCH 15TH: The Third Sunday in Lent, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at the well and offers her living water (Cancelled);

Schedule Changes In Response to Coronavirus

All Sunday Services have moved to an online format for worship and connection, please go to: Important messages and updates from Pastor Salying are posted on the special page dedicated to this topic.

MARCH 22ND: The Fourth Sunday, Jesus heals a man born blind, raising the question of what it means to really see;

MARCH 29TH: The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Jesus calls Lazarus from the tomb, revealing that he is the Resurrection and the Life.

[su_box box_color=”#875EAA” title_color=”#ffffff” title=”Did You Know?”]This cycle of Gospel readings was connected to Lent very early in the history of the church, to be the source of final instructions for those to be baptized at Easter.

This was formalized when the lectionary for the western church was developed, beginning in the 5th century. When the lectionary (the schedule of readings) was expanded in the 1970s into a three year cycle, these Lenten Gospel readings, as a block, were kept intact in Cycle A.

~ Lou Poulain[/su_box]

The slider image is public domain, Christ Healing the Blind circa 1570 by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 958, New York City.

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Devotional Materials Available during Lent

Devotional materials to accompany you on your Lenten journey are available on the table in the narthex (located immediately to your right after entering the red entrance doors to the sanctuary).

THE NARTHEX

For anyone unfamiliar with the term narthex – it is “an enclosed passage between the main entrance and the nave of a church” – dictionary.com.

Still need some direction? For diagram of the narthex and its location, see Directions & Campus Map.

QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE

If you have questions or need further assistance, please Contact Us.

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Whole Congregation Formation: Lent – Sunday, Mar. 10th @ Noon

INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATION

Whole Congregation Formation aims to educate the mind and spirit in an intergenerational format at Sunday worship and in a following engagement. We want to teach anyone present and to mix our congregation so that we also learn about each other in a way that builds our minds, our relationship with God, and with one another. Whole Congregation Formation makes it easy to reach as many of our congregation members as possible by doing this on Sunday, when most people are already at church. Our other education programs have a more limited reach because people can’t make it because of jobs, mobility, traffic, etc.

TOPICS FOR MARCH & APRIL

In recent months and for a few months to come, the focus will be on topics normally taught at confirmation. Our last event in February was on the Old Testament. This coming one on March 10 will be on Lent, and the one planned for April 14 will focus on Holy Week. This will prepare anyone who wishes to be confirmed when the bishop visits us on May 5.

BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH

We ask that everyone bring a bag lunch and some small thing to share in their sack. The Whole Congregation Formation event on March 10 will not have lunch served, as had been done in prior events. So, please look forward to sharing your lunch with someone nearby.

slider image – (taken from a section of) original artwork The Fight Between Carnival and Lent (1559) by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569).

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