Adult Education: SACRED GROUND Summer Series – Zoom Wed. Evenings @ 7 PM July 29 thru Sep 9

First Offering of a Four – Part Series on Race and Faith

Conversations are going on all over this country right now, and some of that has been reflected in recent sermons here at St. Thomas. Race and racism are always touchy and difficult topics of discussion. With the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement, this topic has risen in urgency.

The Episcopal Church has developed a program, Sacred Ground, to help participants to confront and work together through the realities of race, privilege, and unconscious bias and see how they affect our communities and our lives.

The program is presented by way of documentary videos and assigned readings and group dialogues. The entire program is designed for ten sessions. Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with three sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with four sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Session 1. Wednesday July 29, 7:00 pm via Zoom: STEPPING INTO SACRED GROUND

Session 2. Wednesday August 12, 7:00 pm via Zoom: THE ROOTS OF WHITENESS, AND DEEPER ROOTS

Session 3. Wednesday August 26, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

Session 4. Wednesday Sept. 9, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

What to Expect

Each session is divided into two parts. The first segment is presentation / dialogue related to that week’s topic.

The second segment is an opportunity to view together the video(s) for the next session. The sessions will run 2 hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

We will provide pre-reading material, by way of access to a Google Shared Drive.

There are two recommended books for the series: “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, and “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving. The parish library will have a copy of these books. They are available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com.

For Questions and to Attend

For those interested in Zooming with us for the Adult Education Summer Series SACRED GROUND or that have any initial questions, please alert Lou Poulain (see parish directory) or  Contact Us

We appreciate your giving us a “heads-up”  as it helps us in making session preparations. In turn, we’ll send an email to you how to access the pre-reading material.

Thank You 🙂

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“Pop Open a Book” Summer Reading Program runs June 14 thru August 6th

READY, SET … GO! JUNE 14TH THRU AUGUST 6TH

Get those books you’ve been meaning to read in a special stack for Pop Open A Book, this summer’s reading program which starts on Sunday, June 14th and runs through August 6th. 

ALL AGES WELCOME

Readers of all ages are invited to participate. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from your personal collection, our church library, borrowed from a friend or even the public library. Audiobooks count also.

If you’re unable to read, you’re still eligible. Just have someone read to you.

HOW IT WORKS

For every  book you read your name will be entered into a drawing and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, August 9

WHEN YOU FINISH A BOOK …

Since we are not attending church in person right now, you’ll need to send your name and book title (by email or phone) to one of the library volunteers, who will put each entry you submit on a paper Popcorn Kernel and pin it to the church’s bulletin board on your behalf. The more books you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. 

 
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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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