A Spiritual Walk during Lent

SATURDAY IN THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

Ezekiel 37:21–28
John 11:45–53
Psalm 85:1–7

PREFACE IN LENT
The Collect

O Lord, in your goodness you bestow abundant graces on your elect: Look with favor, we entreat you, upon those who in these Lenten days are being prepared for Holy Baptism, and grant them the help of your protection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Ezekiel 37:21–28
Say, Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children’s children shall live there forever; and my servant David shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is among them forevermore.

The Psalm

Psalm 85:1–7

Benedixisti, Domine
1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.

3 You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.

4 Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.

5 Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?

6 Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?

7 Show us your mercy, O Lord, *
and grant us your salvation.

The Gospel

John 11:45–53
Many of the Jews who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.” He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to put him to death.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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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).
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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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