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.

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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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Fall Back – Time Change this Weekend!

Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Saving Time.

REMINDER

Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one (1) hour on “Saturday” evening – the night before and catch an extra hour of shut-eye before service!

Slide show image is derived from original photo of the Prague Astronomical Clock (in Old Town Square (Prague) by “Godot13 – Own work“. The clock was installed in 1410 by clockmakers Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, and is the oldest functioning Astronomical clock in the world – Wikipedia.

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Adult Education Forum: Your Life with God – Sunday, Mar. 3rd

Led by Zanda Pregeant and John Pietrzyk, this will be the final segment on the issue of “Why Are We Here?

Here’s What We’ll Do

At this time, four questions will be addressed. Folks who are interested will meet, form small groups of three, choose two of the four questions, and then discuss them together.

After thirty minutes, John will call the group together and volunteers will share the findings of the group.

To get everyone ready, please think about the following questions…

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  • When did I first hear of the God story? Did one part particularly appeal to me?
  • Did my friends ever bring it up outside of church?
  • Did I ever have an experience that surprised and shocked me during a church service? (In a good way)
  • Did I have an experience outside of church where I felt strongly that there was something more to life than just the regular routine? (Have strong feelings of love, awe of nature, experience someone dying)

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Join us this Sunday for a wonderful event!

slider image – Elephant seals around vista point in Hearst-San Simeon State Park, San Simeon, CA by Andrew Munday. Follow the link to learn more about the elephant seal migration in the state of California.

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Season of Advent – Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Advent marks the beginning of the Episcopalian liturgical calendar year. It welcomes us to prepare our hearts, minds and spirit for the advent or coming of birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

The season begins with the first Sunday of Advent on December 2nd followed consecutively by the second, third and fourth Sundays of Advent on Dec. 9th, 16th and 23rd of this calendar year.

Each Sunday focuses on a different aspect of Jesus. The advent wreath with its colored candles helps of gather our focus as each candle is lit. The first is known as the “Prophet’s Candle” symbolizing an unfolding expectation, followed on the second Sunday by the “Bethlehem Candle” symbolizing faith. On the third Sunday, we light the “Shepherd’s Candle” to represent joy and in observance of the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, the “Angel’s Candle” is lit to represent peace, the transcendent gift of Christ.

JOIN US IN WORSHIP

Please join us in worship welcoming the Season of Advent. There will be a procession followed by the lighting of the Advent candle(s) with readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), the Epistles and Gospels to follow that help us consider this sacred time. A sermon or homily will be offered and time of greeting.

There are two service times available: 8:00 and 10:30 AM. Each service has a slightly different character. The early morning service is quiet and reflective using traditional English language. The second service incorporates music and song into worship with more contemporary language.

SPECIAL EVENT

Come enjoy coffee hour afterwards and find the perfect gift for friends and family at the annual Christmas Boutique put on by the Crafts Group ministry in support of St. Thomas. Join in the fun with all kinds of handcrafted items and delectable treats to enjoy!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are in need special accommodations during worship service, Contact Us.

THE HISTORY OF ADVENT

To learn more about the history of Advent, please refer to the “Season of Advent on Wikipedia.

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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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