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.

Back to top

Back to Church Sunday – Sep. 9th

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Back to Church Sunday
September 9th @ 9:30am
Gathering in Cowans Hall

WHAT’S UP?

The faith community at St. Thomas began a discernment process during Eastertide regarding our mission and future. One salient theme that has emerged is our desire for intergenerational engagement that welcomes and interconnects people. A diverse group of individuals has lovingly come together in response to craft a special service designed to engage inter-generational worship.

For Back to Church Sunday on September 9th, get ready to embark on something creative and connect with us in a beautiful way that brings the generations together for a single service to intermix, learn some of each other’s stories, pray together, and eat…who can forget that!

More importantly, join us in sharing this time together as a community–be blessed by those you meet along the way and be a blessing to them, too 🙂

WHAT TO EXPECT

One Service Only @ 9:30 AM in Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map.

It will be interactive and starts with a heartfelt welcome and a simple flower. It’s color will represent your generation to take with you into the hall where instead of pews, you’ll encounter round tables, each with a vase at its center. In bringing together different colors of flowers, we hope to form a bouquet for each table.

Now, let’s mix it up–try placing your flower in the company of varying colors belonging to people you may not know so well or even not at all. Take a chance for this bouquet to take shape in its beauty, entirety and deeper meaning. This is just a taste of what’s to follow.

There will be music and Liturgy of the Word, readings including a special one of the Gospel, table discussions, and our spiritual and physical offerings. Everything including the words that have written out through prayerful listening and out of our dream statements will be taken forward and received.

All these movements give rise to the formation of our shared mission and direction as a faith community. These are sacred steps – it’s important that we walk together in unity.

Finally, communion will be celebrated and the bread and wine will be shared at each table.

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

We’ve worked out all the details so things will run smoothly and will have instructions for everyone Sunday morning.

ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Following service, we will be serving lunch courtesy of Parish Event Planners (PEP) and share announcements at this time.

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR SALYING

I do hope you will come and share in the joy of the generations at St. Thomas. There’s so much to gain from the horizons in our midst. I discover something new every time I pay attention to a child talking about what growing up is like today; I gather insights from young adults trying to create a sense of community in our area; I benefit from the wisdom of our seniors who have seen so much and offer guidance in the ups and downs of life. I hope you find this time together enriching, in opening yourselves up to another horizon perhaps to meet a kindred spirit there and experience God in our midst.

Pastor Salying

Back to top

Easter Vigil – April 4th

Please join us for “The Great Easter Vigil, “an evening of worship and storytelling as we honor our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificial journey recounting stories of our faith and the Lord’s saving grace among us.

WHEN

Saturday, April 4th at 7:30 pm

WHERE

We will gather in the outer courtyard for a candlelight service that will continue with storytelling in the main sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

INSTRUCTIONS

Please remember to dress warmly for the first part of the service which will take place outside around the fire pit. We will later move indoors for the second half of the service.

Back to top

Palm Sunday – March 29

Join Us For The Palm Processional

At the start of both our 8:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday services on March 29, we will gather in Washington Park for a blessing of the palms, followed by a singing processional to continue our services in the church. The children of St. Thomas will be on hand before the 10:30 am service to help distribute the palms.

Palm Sunday Service Times

There will be three services on this feast day – at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 5:30 pm – when our community meets in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

What is the Meaning of Palm Sunday?

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all tell the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The people celebrated his arrival with great rejoicing, laying down cloaks and small tree branches or palms before him. This event occurred about a week before Jesus’ Resurrection.

Learn much more about the symbolism and significance of this event on Wikipedia.

Back to top

Sign-up Now for Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday is just around the corner. Please consider sharing your talents and helping out with services during Holy Week.

Schedule of Services

Review the service schedule below for dates and times. To participate, check-out the sign-up sheets located on clipboards at the back table of the narthex in the church sanctuary, see Directions & Campus Map.

Your Participation is Welcomed and Requested

Leaders and readers are needed for Morning and Evening Prayer, and Eucharistic Ministers for Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil.

Calling All Story-Tellers

Easter Vigil story-tellers are being organized by the Performing Arts Guild, who will meet this Sunday after the 10:30 am service. Your are cordially invited to attend the meeting if you would like to participate.

Questions?

If you have questions or have an interest in plugging into one of the services or activities planned, please Contact Us.

Palm Sunday – March 29

8:00 and 10:30 am Palm Processional and Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Contemplative service with Holy Eucharist

Monday – March 30

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:30 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Tuesday – March 31

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:30 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Wednesday – April 1

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:30 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Maundy Thursday – April 2

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist and Foot-washing in the Church

Good Friday – April 3

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
12:10 pm Traditional Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm Contemporary Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday – April 4

7:30 pm The Great Easter Vigil in the Courtyard and Church

Easter Sunday – April 5

8:00 and 10:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Contemplative service with Holy Eucharist

Back to top