Join us in Procession & Experience the Passion of Palm Sunday – April 14th @ 8:00 & 10:30 am

Join us in celebrating the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, the opening celebration of Holy Week.

The day will begin with a procession prior to both the 8:00 and 10:30 AM services. Please arrive a few minutes early to pick up a palm branch. We will congregate in the labyrinth courtyard and sing as we process with palms around the church before entering the sanctuary for the Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES

The 8:00 am service will follow the more traditional Rite I liturgy with language that recalls its Anglican heritage and more contemplative expression sans music.

The 10:30 am Rite II service combines various creative elements including a reading of the Palm Gospel and a musical remembrance of the Passion Gospel.

WHISPERS OF THE PASSION

The choir will present Whispers of the Passion, a poignantly beautiful cantata composed by Joseph Martin. In this imaginative work, five inanimate objects present during Christ’s Passion week are presented as the “silent witnesses” to the message of grace.

Through dramatic monologues that introduce musical anthems of thoughtful beauty, we hear words from the Palms, Chalice, Robe, Crown of Thorns, and Cross.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO FAMILIES

There will be No Sunday School classes on April 14th, as it’s a time we gather together as a faith community.

Child Care will be available during the 10:30 am service in the narthex or outer gallery located in back of the church immediately to the left just inside the big red doors.

NEED SOME DIRECTIONS?

See Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS – PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

The Liturgy of the Palms
Luke 19:28-40

The Response
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Response
Psalm 31:9-16

The Epistle
Philippians 2:5-11

The Gospel
Luke 22:14-23:56

QUESTIONS?

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

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St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Performs @ St. Thomas – Friday, April 12th @ 7pm

Join us for an enchanting evening of music and come away mesmerized by the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Kirill Sokolov. Hailing all the way from Russia, the ensemble is returning for one night only to perform sacred music, classics, national and modern compositions in Russian and more. This is an event that is not to be missed!

Save the Date

The performance is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM.

Venue

St. Thomas Episcopal Church – see Directions & Campus Map
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Donation

The performance is open to all music lovers and is shared as a gift of the ensemble’s fellowship and unity with us across the miles. All we ask is that you consider a free will donation of $20 to support our efforts and the ensemble’s journey to the SF Bay Area.

Need Assistance

If you have questions or are in need of additional accommodations, please Contact Us.

The office is open Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with staff available to assist you. Any internet inquiries will be responded to during regular business hours.

As we wait in great anticipation of their upcoming performance, here’s a little taste of what’s in store:

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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…

  • 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)

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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Twelfth Night – Saturday, Jan 5th @ 4:30 PM

Feast of Lights

The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for Evensong by candlelight on Twelfth Night, as we celebrate the last night of Christmas in an evening celebration of story and music.

Worship Service at 4:30 PM

We will begin the evening by gathering for worship in the Sanctuary. If this is your first time attending a service and would like a little guidance, please see Directions & Campus Map

Festive Reception to Follow

There will be a festive reception highlighting warmed spiced cider and epiphany cake in the narthex (located in the back of the church) following the service.

Please come and join in fellowship as you seek a guiding star with your watchword for the year!

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Annual Greening of the Church – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd for a celebration service @ 10:30 am. During this time, we’ll experience the best of Christmastide with lessons and carols, and literally deck the halls with boughs of holly and trim the trees to embrace the season.

Following the service, meander over to Cowans Hall for a community soup and salad potluck.

If you’re new to St. Thomas, see Directions & Campus Map.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE COOKS

Would you like to share a crock pot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves eight people if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball, we welcome tasty contributions!

If salad’s more your thing, consider bringing a bowl of greens or even salad toppings, such as shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc. for added variety.

See sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

Helpful Note: If there are any ingredients of concern to people with food allergies/sensitivities (e.g. peanuts, soy, gluten, sulfites [wine, grape-based vinegar (balsamic, red or white wine vinegar), seafood, etc.], please indicate this on a display card/sticky with your potluck item.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Please drop-off your salad fixings/crock pots/slow-cookers at Cowans Hall prior to service on Dec. 23rd. We’ll make sure salads are refrigerated and all crockpots/slow cookers get plugged-in to keep soups warm.

REMINDER: SET-UP HELP NEEDED DAY PRIOR

There will be a pre-greening gathering on Saturday, December 22nd @ 10:00 am in the sanctuary to stage the following day’s event. Activities include setting-up the Christmas trees, gathering the decorations and other important preparations.

Help is needed to stage the event for the next day. Preparations will take just an hour or two. Please join us — many hands make light work!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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