Pastor Salying’s Super Awesome Chapel – May 7th

Hey Kids – on every first Sunday of the month, you are all invited to Pastor Salying’s Super Awesome Fun Chapel with Surprisingly Serious Content.

Upcoming Dates

We have gatherings planned on April 2nd, May 7th and June 4th.

Where & When

Chapel:     9:30 – 10:15am   in Cowans Hall

Children’s “Coffee Hour”:     10:15-10:30am

Sunday School:  10:30am in the Education Building

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Easter Sunday Service & Annual Easter Egg Hunt – April 16

INVITATION

We cordially invite you to join us for a festive Family Eucharist at 9:00 AM with a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt to follow morning service.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS!

Parents – please bring an empty Easter Basket for every child participating in the Easter Egg Hunt!

NEED SOME DIRECTIONS?

If this is your first time joining us, please follow the link to Directions and Campus Map.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

If you or a loved one are in need of special accommodations, such as hearing devices or a large print service bulletin, please let one of our greeters know upon arrival.

See you there!
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Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule: April 9 – 16

The week beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating on Easter Sunday holds within it the fullness of our faith community’s Christian 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 9TH

8:00 and 10:30 AM Palm Processional and Holy Eucharist
Gather with us across the street in Washington Park to begin morning worship then a palm processional returning to St. Thomas for the remainder of service observing Holy Eucharist together in the church sanctuary.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 13TH

7:00 PM Agape Meal and Foot Washing in Cowans Hall
Experience an Agape Meal and acts of servanthood in participating in the ancient practice of foot washing as Jesus had shown for disciples. Afterwards join us for Holy Eucharist and the ceremonial Stripping the Altar in the Church.

GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 14TH

12:00 – 3:00 PM Trehora Service
Lay reflections will be shared, veneration of the cross – a practice dating back to 4th century Jerusalem – will be observed. Holy communion from the reserved sacrament will be offered. We will conclude our time together by walking The Way of the Cross symbolically in the foot steps of Jesus using the mystery screens that envelope the church sanctuary.

7:00 PM Proper Liturgy for Good Friday
A beautiful candlelight service that brings us together to remember the passion of Christ.

HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 15TH

6:00 PM Campfire, S’mores and Song – Let’s get together for ooey-gooey s’mores, the warmth of a crackling campfire and a few songs – experience Holy Week family-style courtesy of Family Ministry!

6:30 PM The Great Easter Vigil
Story-Telling in the sanctuary foreshadows the Resurrection of the Savior yet to come. Join us as we partake in the Holy Eucharist and celebrate a Baptism. All offer a glimpse into the unfolding story of the Christian faith.

EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 16TH

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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Palm Sunday – April 9th

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

There will be No Sunday School classes on April 9th, as it’s a time we gather together as a faith community to begin our celebration of Holy Week. This begins with a procession from Washington Park to the church at 10:30 AM.

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 with Family Eucharist.

Child Care this Sunday will be held in the back of the Church in the Narthex or outer gallery immediately to the left when enter through the big red doors.

NEED SOME DIRECTIONS?

See Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS – PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

The Readings for Palm Sunday are as follows: Liturgy of the Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29, Liturgy of Word – Psalm 31:9-16, The First Lesson is Isaiah 50:4-9a, The Second Lesson is Philippians 2:5-11 and the Gospel is Matthew 26:14-27:66.

QUESTIONS?

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

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Maundy Thursday Agape Meal, Foot Washing & More – April 13th

INVITATION

Come celebrate and observe Maundy Thursday with us at 7:00 pm on April 13th.

TRADITION

On Maundy Thursday, a meal is shared and feet are washed in the tradition of the Last Supper and Jesus’ message of servanthood.

NEED GUIDANCE?

If this is your first time joining us, follow the link for Directions and Campus Map that will show you the way here and around campus.

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Movie “13TH” Discussion & Potluck – Mar. 29th @ 6:30 PM

YOU ARE INVITED

During Lent, the congregation is invited to watch 13TH, a Netflix-produced documentary about the 13th amendment.

WHEN & WHERE

Watch the movie on Netflix ahead of time, then come to St. Thomas on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 PM for a potluck soup supper and group discussion.

If you have no access to Netflix, Cal Cornwell will be having a showing of this film on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 PM. To attend, it is necessary to RSVP to Contact Us. In the text body line, add “RSVP to Cal Cornwall’s Movie Night” and the church office administrator will forward it to Cal for follow-up.

MORE ABOUT 13TH

Although the 13th amendment abolished slavery, it did not abolish slavery of prisoners. After the Civil War, there began the process of incarceration of Black men, which formed a new slavery. This documentary tracks how severe the condition has become, especially with for-profit prisons. Watch the official trailer for 13TH here.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please Contact Us.

Slide show image derived from original courtesy of Netflix.

Common – A Letter to the Free song is featured in 13TH.

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Lenten Quiet Morning – March 4th

QUIET YOUR MIND & HEART

On Saturday, March 4th from 9 AM to noon, Pastor Salying will conduct a meditative morning in the sanctuary to prepare for the season of Lent. This event is open to all adult members of the parish.

After spending the morning together in prayer and contemplation, we will share a potluck lunch in Cowans Hall.

SCHEDULE
  • 9 AM: Lectio Divina in the context of morning prayer in the Resurrection Chapel
  • 10-11:30 AM: Free time to journal, have meditative time with music in the chapel, walking the labyrinth, and or meeting with Salying for spiritual direction.
  • 11:30 AM: Centering Prayer
  • 12-1 PM: Potluck lunch
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Ash Wednesday Services – March 1st

Please Join Us

As we leave the feast of Shrove Tuesday behind, now is the time to begin a season of fasting and repentance with the observance of Ash Wednesday on March 1st.

Three Services

Ashes-to-go
at the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station, 7:30 AM

Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
at St. Thomas at 12:15 PM and 7:00 PM

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is traditionally marked as the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

Christian Ritual

According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:

“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.

The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)

These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, whom we place our faith.

Questions?

If you have questions or special needs, please Contact Us.

Slide show image of Fort Point, San Francisco by Kristin Munday.

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Four-Part Lenten Forum: American Muslims

OVERVIEW

During four Fridays in Lent, we will have a series of presentations by the Islamic Networks Group, a non-profit organization with affiliates around the country that are pursuing peace, and countering all forms of bigotry, through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.

WHEN & WHERE

The forum series will be held on four consecutive Fridays, starting March 17 and ending April 7. Meetings will be at 10:00am in the St. Thomas Library. The duration will be 60 minutes, plus time for questions.

COVERED TOPICS

March 17: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
This presentation begins with basic terminology and the demographics of Muslims in the United States and the world, describes the major beliefs and practices of Islam, including major Muslim holidays, and expands on the faith’s principal theological teachings, including its relation to Judaism and Christianity. It also addresses common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

March 24: Muslim Contributions to Civilization
Muslims have had a major and creative impact on world civilization. Particularly during the medieval Golden Age of Islam, Muslims in many lands made major contributions in diverse fields, including art, architecture, music, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, and even cuisine, clothing, and furniture. This presentation shows how the Muslim world has related to, influenced, and interacted with other cultures from its beginning.

March 31: A History of Muslims in America
Most Americans are unaware of the long history of Muslims in the United States. This presentation remedies that lack, depicting the substantial, documented presence of Muslims among enslaved Africans in the Americas, describing both the successive waves of immigration that have brought Muslims to our country from the 19th century on and the rediscovery of Islam among African Americans in the 20th century, and highlighting notable American Muslims today.

April 7: Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes
The role of Muslim women and Islam’s view of women is one of the most widely misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the religion and its practitioners. This presentation describes Qur’anic and prophetic teachings about the role and responsibilities of Muslim women, including the different roles that women play in Muslim life. It also includes a description of notable Muslim women from the founding of Islam through the present and information about contemporary American Muslim women.

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Lunar New Year & Pancake Brunch – Feb. 26th

LUNAR NEW YEAR

This 2017 ushers in the year of the Rooster. Join the parish in celebrating this important cultural event with a special presentation on the Lunar New Year by the Sunday School classes at mid morning (10:30 AM) worship service on Sunday, February 26th.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Following the mid morning service, East meets West with a tasty pancake brunch, so come hungry as we even serve up seconds!

LEARN MORE

To learn more about Chinese New Year and culture, read on…

Chinese Lunar New Year

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