Zoom Worship with Us – Sunday, May 2nd

Welcome to ZOOM worship at St. Thomas.

This Sunday is May 2, 2021, the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Image: Ethiopian Eunuch detail from Seckauer Apokalypse   –  Herbert Boeckl 

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 special 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 attached document, 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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Three Mountain Stories – Featured Sermon from the Transfiguration Service

Three Mountain Stories by the Rev. Salying Wong
https://youtu.be/Jwu9MO-DjXE

This sermon given on the occasion of the Last Sunday After the Epiphany, also celebrating the Transfiguration (February 14th, 2021) considers how the mountain experiences of Moses and Elijah intersect with the Transfiguration of Jesus. When the veil between the human and divine is pulled back and we see things as they are, we can experience pain and terror. But remaining with the pain and terror can take us to the land of silence, which is the land of love.

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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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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

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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.

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