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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Celebrate Community with St. Thomas

AN INVITATION

We are a community of diverse individuals and families that gather to celebrate in worship and fellowship together each week.

Whether you’re exploring the Christian faith for the first time, coming back after some time away, been a part of a faith community your whole life or fall somewhere in-between, you will find a place of welcome here.

WEDNESDAY EVENING – CENTERING PRAYER SERVICE

Centering Prayer can deepen your spiritual life, helping to build peace and clarity. If you haven’t yet experienced God’s presence in this way, we encourage you to give it a try. This group meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. Learn more

SUNDAY SERVICES

Two worship services are offered every Sunday. The first is at 8:00 am for those who prefer a quieter expression of worship. The second service follows at 10:30 am and incorporates choral and instrumental music with a family-oriented focus.

COFFEE & TEA HOUR

Join us for time together to learn, to grow, to enjoy some uplifting time in fellowship…and on Sundays – to nibble on some good eats that follow during coffee and tea hour.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

If you want to explore some of the broader community gatherings – small groups meet for men’s spiritual growth, women’s spirituality, craft-making, parish event planners, Bible study, liturgical arts, Book Club, choir & music, family ministry and 20s & 30s-something activities, to share goodreads, explore spirituality, offer hospitality, host events, and more. Check back each week either on the parish website’s homepage or in the weekly printed bulletins and Beyond a Doubt newsletter for the latest happenings.

Photos accompanying post courtesy of Parish Event Planner “PEP” member – Pat Dare.

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Ash Wednesday Services – Feb. 26th @ 12:15 & 7:00 PM

As we leave the season of Epiphany marked by a celebration of Jesus’ Transfiguration, we embark now on the season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 26th, 2020. It is a time of reflection, fasting, and repentance in preparation for Eastertide.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES – 12:15 PM & 7:00 PM

Please join us at one of the two services being offered on February 26th. We will gather together and celebrate Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 12:15 PM and 7:00 PM.

WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY?

Ash Wednesday traditionally marks 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, the 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, in whom we place our faith.

QUESTIONS OR SPECIAL NEEDS

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

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Presentation of the Lord “Candlemas” – Sunday, Feb. 2nd

This Sunday, the Presentation of the Lord will be celebrated at both 8:00 and 10:30 AM services. We will mark this feast with a traditional Candlemas procession (votive candles will be provided).

MEET OUTSIDE THE CHURCH

For both services, we will meet outside of the church for the blessing of candles and the singing (or saying for the 8:00 AM service time) of the Nunc Dimitis. We will then proceed to the church.

Please come to this beautiful commemoration.

slide show image attributed to Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library/Alamy.

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Feast of Epiphany – Sunday, Jan 5th

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS

The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for the Feast of the Epiphany in celebration of the 12th and final day of Christmastide.

TWO SERVICES

The worship services at 8 and 10:30 AM will include the “Blessing of the Door” and “Choosing the Star Word”. Come and be a part of these special rites. The children will participate by helping to chalk the Church Entrance. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to select a guiding star with special watchword to help guide you through the new year!

FESTIVE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

King’s Cake will be a highlight of the after-service celebrations in Cowans Hall following each morning service.

READINGS

These are the Readings for this Second Sunday after Christmas: Psalm 84:1-8, the First Reading is Jeremiah 31:7-14, the Second Reading is Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a and the Gospel is Matthew 2:1-12.

MEMORY VERSE

“Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and they went back home by another road.” ~ Matthew 2:12 (Contemporary English Version – CEV)

TO FIND US…

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