Worship Services – 8:00 & 10:30 am on Sundays

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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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Join Us for Centering Prayer – Weds @ 6:30 PM in Chapel

ALL ARE WELCOME

Come and sit in silent fellowship in joining us for a little time spent in Centering Prayer. At this gathering you will be equipped with everything you will need to explore Centering Prayer and to explore it within our Christian community. We will spend some time sitting and praying together. This is a chance to support each other and encourage a regular structured practice in ourselves, but no long-term commitment is necessary.

MORE ABOUT CENTERING PRAYER

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. Learn more about this Christian contemplative practice online.

WHEN & WHERE

We gather together each week on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM in the St. Thomas Chapel.

To get to the chapel, enter the main church building through the double red doors and follow the corridor to the right all the way around to the back. Someone will be there to greet you.

Please feel free to bring a neighbor, colleague or loved one, regardless of their religious background or familiarity with centering prayer.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE

We suggest you explore the Center for Action and Contemplation website which has links to various talks, podcasts, books, etc. on contemplative prayer and related topics. You may also sign up for their meditation email series composed by father Richard Rohr.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please reach out to the session facilitator Chris Schmidt (contact details in the Parish Directory) or call the Parish Office during office hours at (408) 736-4155 for more information.

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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.

MID-WEEK LUNCH HOUR SERVICE 

Please note: As of January 2020, the noontime midweek service is on indefinite hiatus. We will post future updates on the status of this service as soon as they become available. 

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 craft-making, Bible Study, choir & music, family-focus and 20s & 30s-something activities, to share goodreads, explore spirituality, offer hospitality – hosting 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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Peace & Justice = Community Outreach to Silicon Valley

PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE

The Peace and Justice Committee is a key component of St Thomas’ outreach to support the Silicon Valley community.

Founded upon Our Baptismal Covenant (BCP – Book of Common Prayer, Page 305), which calls us to this work:
Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Community Issues

There are many issues confronting people in Silicon Valley that need addressing: housing, immigration, education, and police accountability. Additionally, we are confronted with environmental issues such as global warming and pollution that affect so many.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING – MOBILIZE FOR CHANGE

Community organizing for public ministry is a proven way to affect change. Some examples are the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights.

Organizing on a smaller scale may involve how to get better crosswalks in a neighborhood or increasing safety for cyclists. Community organizing works because many people get involved in action to change. It mobilizes the people most affected by an issue to take charge of getting the change to occur.

THE CRUX OF IT

What community organizing entails:

First – Relationships
It depends greatly on relationships with between individuals, team members, allies and others who can help.

Second – Details
To address any issue, we need to know details to understand its complexities.

Third – Leaders from Those Most Affected
Our job as organizers is to help the people who are most affected by an issue to select leaders from their own group. Then we help those leaders get their people to cause change.

The people most affected by an issue have the most passion and stories about how the issue is affecting them.

Stories are very important because they are powerful tools in getting decision-makers on the right side of an issue.

SOME OF THE STEPS WE’RE TAKING

Contacting allies and building relationships
Training committee members on the principles of organizing.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW by Cal Cornwell & Ann Stevenson

For the Elections of 2020 Sunnyvale must create Council Districts in order to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. We believe this change is important for justice in Sunnyvale. The city has been soliciting public input for district maps.

Our Peace & Justice Committee has been working with other Sunnyvale groups and has jointly drawn a districting map that was submitted to the city. We are pleased that our map (120D) was selected by the City Council on November 12 to represent the voting districts. The Council likewise chose Districts 2, 4 and 6 to begin the sequencing to elect council members for the 2020 November elections.

Switching to district elections with a mayor elected-at-large requires an amendment to the City Charter. This amendment proposal will appear on a citywide ballot in March 2020.

To view map 120D, please go to: www.SunnyvaleElections.org and click on Proposed District Map.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING/LEARNING MORE?

If you are interested in participating or learning more, please Contact Pastor Salying.

GOOD TOPICAL READS

Stand Up! by Gordon Whitman

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