Adult Formation Program: John, The Fourth Gospel

A FOUR-WEEK ONLINE PROGRAM

St. Thomas is offering a four-week, online adult formation/education program every Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM, May 6th through May 27th.

ZOOM MEETING DETAILS

After reading more background on the gospel of John below, join us online on upcoming Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. Bring your bible and your own questions about John’s Gospel.

Zoom Link for Thursday Evening Study on the Gospel of John

Or Dial-in: +1 669 900 9128 meeting ID# 84709458542

FOCUS ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

If you open your Bible to the beginning of the New Testament, you will find The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. Then you will find the fourth Gospel according to John. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the “Synoptic Gospels”. The word “synoptic,” rooted in Greek, means “presenting or taking the same or common view.” These three gospels share a number of the same stories, vocabulary
and style.

Then there is that other gospel, John. The style is radically different. It begins not with Jesus’ birth or baptism, but with a beautiful, cosmic poem. The gospel contains a large number of events and teachings of Jesus that are unique to this gospel, and events that are common with the Synoptic
gospels but which are told in a different way.

So, why and how is John so very different than the other three gospels? And how is it similar? What do we learn about Jesus as encountered in John’s gospel, that we wouldn’t know from reading the Synoptics?

There are other questions, just as intriguing: When, where and by whom was the Fourth Gospel composed? The way John’s Gospel is used in the liturgy is different from the Synoptics. Why is that so, and what do the answers tell us about the early church? How did the words of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, particularly in the Last Supper discourse, shape how the church describes and addresses God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Slider image taken from the Gospel of St. John the Evangelist, pages 104-105, The Book of Dimma, an irish Medieval manuscript contained in the medieval manuscript collection of Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

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You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish.

Check it out @ Link to Habits of Grace Video Library & Newsletter Subscription

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

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You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish (also included below/
también incluido a continuación).

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

The Message in English

The late professor Walter Wink, in one of his books, says that “History belongs to the intercessors who believe and pray a new future into being.” None of us know the mystery of prayer and how it works. I don’t know the intricacies of prayer’s mysteries. What I do know and believe, is that prayer makes a difference. It’s not a magic foot. It’s not a way to… It’s not a form of wish fulfillment, but it is a way of bringing our deepest needs and concerns and our very life into our consciousness and into the very presence of God.

There’s an interesting story in the eighth chapter of the Book of Revelation, just a few of the verses, where you have this swirling of events happening in history and a world in chaos and the text says, “There was silence in heaven for half an hour.” Walter Wink and others looking at that say that in its highly symbolic language, the Book of Revelation may be trying to tell us that even in the midst of all the chaos of the world, the prayers of God’s people actually make a difference. Because if you look at that small section of the first few chapters of chapter eight in Revelation, during that silence of heaven, it says that the prayers of the saints are mingled with the incense before the throne of God and that those prayers are taken right to God. God hears our prayers. God responds in God’s way and we respond.

Prayer matters. It’s not magic, but it makes a difference. There’s a prayer in the prayer book that I thought you might like. It’s a prayer for in times of sickness, for use by the sick person, but maybe it’s a prayer that can apply to us all.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever shall be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words and give me the spirit of Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. God love you. God bless you and may God hold you and this whole world, the entire human family and the whole of creation in those almighty hands of love.

Hábitos de gracia, 20 de abril de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado Curry
[20 de abril de 2020] Mientras aprendemos a ajustar nuestras vidas dada la realidad del coronavirus y atendemos la solicitud de hacer nuestra parte para frenar su propagación practicando el distanciamiento social, les invito a que se unan a mí cada semana para dedicar un momento a cultivar un «hábito de gracia». Una nueva meditación se publicará todos los lunes hasta mayo. Estas meditaciones pueden verse en cualquier momento haciendo clic aquí.

El Mensaje en Español

20 de abril de 2020: Dios oye nuestras oraciones
El desaparecido profesor Walter Wink dice, en uno de sus libros, que «la historia pertenece a los intercesores que creen y oran para que se produzca un nuevo futuro». Ninguno de nosotros conoce el misterio de la oración y cómo funciona. No sé las complejidades de los misterios de la oración. Lo que sí sé y creo es que la oración marca la diferencia. No es una formula mágica. No es una forma de cumplimiento de deseos, pero sí es una forma de traer nuestras necesidades y preocupaciones más profundas y nuestra vida misma a nuestra conciencia y a la presencia de Dios.

Hay una historia interesante en el capítulo ocho del libro de Apocalipsis, sólo algunos versículos, donde se presentan este torbellino de eventos que tienen lugar en la historia y en un mundo en caos y el texto dice: «hubo silencio en el cielo como por media hora» Walter Wink y otros que se fijan en esto dicen que, en su lenguaje altamente simbólico, el libro de Apocalipsis puede intentar decirnos que, incluso en medio de todo el caos del mundo, las oraciones del pueblo de Dios realmente marcan la diferencia. Porque si atienden a esa pequeña sección de los primeros versículos del capítulo ocho de Apocalipsis, durante ese silencio del cielo, dice que las oraciones de los santos se mezclan con el incienso ante el trono de Dios y que esas oraciones ascienden directamente a Dios. Dios escucha nuestras oraciones. Dios responde a la manera de Dios y nosotros respondemos.

La oración es importante. No es magia, pero marca la diferencia. Hay una plegaria en el Libro de Oración que pensé que podría gustarles. Es una oración en tiempos de enfermedad, para uso de la persona enferma, pero tal vez es una oración que puede aplicarse a todos nosotros.

Este es otro día, Oh Señor. Aún no se lo que traerá, pero haz que esté dispuesto para aceptar lo que sea. Si debo estar de pie, ayúdame a hacerlo con valor. Si debo estar sentado, ayúdame a estarlo en calma. Si debo estar acostado, ayúdame a hacerlo con paciencia. Y si debo estar sin hacer nada, que lo acepte con gallardía. Haz que estas palabras sean más que palabras, y dame el Espíritu de Jesús.

¡Oh qué amigo nos es Cristo! Él llevó nuestro dolor. Y nos manda que llevemos todo a Dios en oración. Dios les ama. Dios les bendiga y que Dios les sostenga, a ustedes y a todo este mundo, a la totalidad de la familia humana y a la entera creación en sus todopoderosas manos de amor.

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Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 29th

Welcome to ZOOM Worship at St. Thomas

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 10:00 AM using the  information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

All others, at 10:20 – 10:25 AM 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://zoom.us/j/954611396

2. By telephone (audio only):
Dial +1 669 900 9128

3. Meeting ID: 954 611 396
When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #


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.

After the prelude, we will have introductory remarks, announcements, and then Morning Prayer together as one large body; we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour”and sermon discussion.

Attached below are (pdf) copies of the bulletin and sermon; follow the link to a youtube video (https://youtu.be/7wc1kgY-PwE).

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 – 5th Sunday of Lent – March 29, 2020

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SERMON

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The bulletin image above also reproduced on the slide show post:

The Raising of Lazarus (after by Rembrandt)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890

oil on paper, 50 cm x 65.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Van Gogh based this painting on a print by Rembrandt (1606-1669) – in part.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2020

Welcome to ZOOM Worship at St. Thomas

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 9:30-10:15 AM using the  information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

All others, at 10:20 – 10:25 AM 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://zoom.us/j/954611396

2. By telephone (audio only):
Dial +1 669 900 9128

3. Meeting ID: 954 611 396
When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #


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.

After the prelude, we will have introductory remarks, announcements, and then Morning Prayer together as one large body; we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour”and sermon discussion.

Attached below are (pdf) copies of the bulletin and sermon; follow the link to a youtube video (https://youtu.be/1huz9S9-jvk).

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 – 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2020
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SERMON
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