Palm Sunday – April 5th

Welcome to ZOOM Worship at St. Thomas

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Today, after the prelude, we will begin with introductory remarks and announcements followed by the Liturgy of the Palms, and then a Morning Prayer celebration of the Sunday of the Passion together as one large body; after that, we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour” and sermon discussion.

Please find attached the copy of the service bulletin, the youtube link to our palm procession (https://youtu.be/WJb4Cp59fcA), and a pdf of the slides for the Passion reading.  These are for your convenience–you don’t need to download any of them, as Pastor Salying will share her screen and sound with you during the service.

Tomorrow service initiates us into Holy Week.  We have a lot of offering for your journey and we hope you avail yourselves of them for a profound experience of this week.

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 – Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020

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PASSION OF OUR LORD

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Family Activities for Holy Week ~ April 5 -12

AS WE BEGIN

Today on Palm Sunday we begin Holy Week. One week to tell the story of Jesus’ Sacrifice. It would be wonderful if you could spend some time this week with your children explaining what happened each day of this most special week.

PALM SUNDAY: APRIL 5TH

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey colt. The people saw him coming and they rushed out of their homes. They were very excited and thrilled to see him. They spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street in front of him and waved more palm branches to celebrate his arrival.

Read Matthew 21:1-11 as a Family. Think of something or someone to celebrate in your lives.

MONDAY – APRIL 6TH, 2020

Early in the morning Jesus went to the temple to preach about God’s love. Many people came to the temple to listen to him. The temple leaders did not want Jesus to preach there. He chased the moneylenders out of the Temple which angered many. Jesus wanted to keep the temple a Holy Place.

Read Mark 11:15-19 as a Family. Think of something that makes church Holy for you.

TUESDAY – APRIL 7TH, 2020

On Tuesday Jesus continued to teach in the Temple. He told stories to show that God wants people to live good lives and be kind to each other.​

Read Matthew 26:6-13 as a Family. What special gift would you give Jesus?

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 8TH, 2020

On Wednesday, which is called Spy Wednesday, Judas Iscariot one of the twelve disciples went to the chief priests and was given 30 Pieces of Silver to betray Jesus.

Read Matthew 26:14-16 as a Family. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus, his friend?

MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 9TH, 2020

On Thursday was the Feast of the Passover. This Passover meal we now call the Last Supper because it was the last time Jesus and his twelve disciples would get together to share a meal. At this meal Jesus blessed the bread and wine and told his disciples that they should continue to do the breaking of bread and drinking the wine to remember him.

We do this every Sunday in Church. It is called Communion or Eucharist. After Supper they went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake with him. But they all fell asleep. At the garden Jesus was arrested.

Read Matthew 26:26-30 as a Family. Jesus prayed in the Garden.  Write a two line family prayer that you can always pray.

GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 10TH, 2020

The chief priest and other officials turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor of Palestine. They were afraid of him. They wanted to have Jesus killed. Pilate washes his hands and says the people can choose one prisoner to release. The crowd decides to choose Barabbas, a murderer. So Jesus is condemned to death and is forced to carry his cross to Golgotha, the place of the skull. There he is hung on the Cross and he dies in three hours. Before he died Jesus prayed “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”​

Read Matthew 27:31-56 as a family. That night Jesus was laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.  What did his disciples feel like at time?

HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 11TH, 2020

Saturday was a terrible day for the disciples. They were sad. They thought they had lost Jesus forever. They were afraid the Roman soldiers would come for them. They did not know if they could carry on God’s work without Jesus. They gathered together and hid. They were sad and afraid.

Read Luke 23:49, 55-56 as a Family. Have you ever been afraid?
What could make you feel brave and unafraid. Prayer?

EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 12, 2020

Early in the morning the women who were followers of Jesus went to the tomb where his body had been placed. They wanted to bury the body properly. When they got there they found Jesus’ body was not there. They were afraid his body had been stolen. But then an Angel appeared and said” Do not be afraid! Jesus has risen from the dead. Go quickly and tell the disciples that they should go to Galilee and you will see him there.

Read Mark 16: 1-7 as a Family.
Celebrate the Risen Lord!

Take care of yourselves. Stay safe & be good to each other. May God bless us all.

Happy Easter!​

Always,
Sue Beckham 🙂
Director of Family Ministry

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Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule: April 13th – 21st

The week beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating on Easter Sunday holds within it the fullness of our faith community’s traditions and beliefs.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus is ushered into Jerusalem with cries of Hosanna, an acknowledgement that the Messiah has arrived. On Maundy Thursday, a meal is shared and feet are washed in the tradition of the Last Supper and Jesus’ message of servanthood. Good Friday brings us to the crucifixion of Jesus and the glory of God is realized in the Easter Resurrection of Christ.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Please join us in experiencing the deeper meaning of this sacred week at these holy services.

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 14TH

8:00 AM: Palm Processional & Reading of the Passion Gospel

10:30 AM: Palm Processional & Sung Passion Gospel (The Whispers of the Passion). Also Whole Congregation Formation with engagement event in Cowans Hall after the service.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 18TH

7:00 PM Agape Meal and Foot Washing in Cowans Hall
Experience an Agape potluck soup supper. Commemorate Jesus’ act of servanthood towards His disciples by participating in the ancient practice of foot washing. Afterwards join us for Holy Eucharist and the ceremonial Stripping of the Altar in the Church.

GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 19TH

12:00 – 3:00 PM Trehora Service (Three Hours)
12:00 – 1:00pm Tenebrae
1:00 – 2:00pm Proper Liturgy
2:00 – 3:00pm Service of Lament & Consolation for those killed by violence

7:00 PM Proper Liturgy for Good Friday with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

HOLY SATURDAY / THE GREAT EASTER VIGIL – APRIL 20TH

6:00 PM Lighting the New Fire, S’mores, and Campfire Songs on the patio, followed by Story-Telling and Holy Eucharist

EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 21ST

9:00 AM Festive Holy Eucharist & Easter Egg Hunt
A celebratory service in the church sanctuary – Christ is Risen – Hallelujah! After morning worship, get ready for the annual fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt.

Parents – break out your Easter baskets and make sure to bring an empty one for every child participating in the hunt!

Slider image derived from original silver gel print by Andrew Munday 2009.

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Join us in Procession & Experience the Passion of Palm Sunday – April 14th @ 8:00 & 10:30 am

Join us in celebrating the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, the opening celebration of Holy Week.

The day will begin with a procession prior to both the 8:00 and 10:30 AM services. Please arrive a few minutes early to pick up a palm branch. We will congregate in the labyrinth courtyard and sing as we process with palms around the church before entering the sanctuary for the Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES

The 8:00 am service will follow the more traditional Rite I liturgy with language that recalls its Anglican heritage and more contemplative expression sans music.

The 10:30 am Rite II service combines various creative elements including a reading of the Palm Gospel and a musical remembrance of the Passion Gospel.

WHISPERS OF THE PASSION

The choir will present Whispers of the Passion, a poignantly beautiful cantata composed by Joseph Martin. In this imaginative work, five inanimate objects present during Christ’s Passion week are presented as the “silent witnesses” to the message of grace.

Through dramatic monologues that introduce musical anthems of thoughtful beauty, we hear words from the Palms, Chalice, Robe, Crown of Thorns, and Cross.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO FAMILIES

There will be No Sunday School classes on April 14th, as it’s a time we gather together as a faith community.

Child Care will be available during the 10:30 am service in the narthex or outer gallery located in back of the church immediately to the left just inside the big red doors.

NEED SOME DIRECTIONS?

See Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS – PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

The Liturgy of the Palms
Luke 19:28-40

The Response
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Response
Psalm 31:9-16

The Epistle
Philippians 2:5-11

The Gospel
Luke 22:14-23:56

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please Contact Sue.

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Celebrate Palm Sunday – Mar. 25th

Join us in celebrating the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, the opening celebration of Holy Week.

The day will begin with a procession from Washington Park to the church at both 8:00 and 10:30 AM services.

Please arrive a few minutes early to pick up a palm branch at the front of the sanctuary and walk across the street to Washington Park where we will congregate.

Once we’ve begun, we will make a jubilant procession to the church in remembrance of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The celebration continues inside the sanctuary.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES

The 8:00 am service will follow the more traditional Rite I liturgy with language that recalls its Anglican heritage and more contemplative expression sans music.

The 10:30 am Rite II service combines various creative elements including a reading of the Palm Gospel and a musical remembrance of the Passion Gospel.

WHISPERS OF THE PASSION

The choir will offer selections from Whispers of the Passion by Joseph Martin. In this imaginative work, five inanimate objects present during Christ’s Passion week are presented as the “silent witnesses” to the message of grace.

Through dramatic monologues that introduce musical anthems of thoughtful beauty, we hear words from the Palms, Chalice, Robe, Crown of Thorns, and Cross.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO FAMILIES

There will be No Sunday School classes on March 25th, as it’s a time we gather together as a faith community.

Child Care will be available during the 10:30 am service in the narthex or outer gallery located in back of the church immediately to the left just inside the big red doors.

NEED SOME DIRECTIONS?

See Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS – PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

The Liturgy of the Palms
Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, [40-47]
Psalm 31:9-16

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please Contact Sue.

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