St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 


April 16, 2017 - Year A - 

Easter Sunday

10:30 AM - Eucharist with Music Sermon

The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell, Celebrant & Preacher.


The Holy Gospel

John 20:1-18

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Luke.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

The Gospel of the Lord

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

Ed Stewart

Romans 13:11—12

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time when we as a faith community look to the future. However, Advent always causes me to think about the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, and the place where he would become known as the Messiah. Last January I was in the Holy Land, as part of a group of 12 students from my seminary. We traveled through Jordan, Israel, Read more...


Letter from Fr. Thornell

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am deeply sorry for not being able to share in the fellowship of the St. Augustine’s family this morning. Although I am not in the hospital, I am experiencing neck and back pain that has prevented me from being there. Hopefully, after my surgery tomorrow morning, I will be ok and be able to enjoy being with you again soon. Read more... 

The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell

Ephesians 4:25-5:1

St. Paul is again in his letter to the Ephesians community, writing about how to create the new community as people of faith and followers of Christ. He is saying to them that they most envision a world that is created in the image of what Christ would want the Christian community to become. Read more...

Easter Message

St. Augustine’s Easter March 27, 2016

This story never ceases to amaze me. Why is it that we believe this story? Really? Why is it that thousands upon thousands of people, from one end of the earth to the other, north, south, east and west, in every country, town, city, rural village, there are countless believers of this story about the risen Lord, the Lord who got up. And, and, it has been this way for over two thousand years. This blessed event when God’s love story for humankind crescendos into a triumphant symphonic explosion of power of the Almighty! Read more...

Christmas Message

Sisters and Brothers, Seasons Greetings!

I wanted to take this opportunity to write you a short message as we celebrate together Christmas and look forward to the New Year. As we all know, the year 2015 was a challenging year for St. Augustine’s However, Read more...



  • Emiliano Zapata Academy, Monday, April 3 @1:00pm
  • AA Meeting, Monday, April 3 @8:00pm
  • Joint Lenten Program with St. John’s Church at St. Augustine’s, Wednesday, April 5 @6:30pm - Bakewell
  • AA Meeting, Thursday, April 6 @8:00pm
  • Emiliano Zapata Academy, Friday, April 7 @1:00pm
  • One Good Meal Food Distribution, Saturday, April 8 @10:00am
  • Sunday, April, 9 One Service @10:30am



Sunday School & Youth Education

Lessons and Activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:30 and end in time for the young people to join you for communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult. Call or email Susan Ginsky if you have questions. / 510-710-8579

The Anita Baskervil -Harris Scholarship Award 2017

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is awarding scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $2,ooo.00 for outstanding African American high school seniors. For applications, please call the church office – 510.832.6462.

Food Pantry Support Item Of The Week

NEXT WEEK please bring cans of soup and Vienna sausages to support our food pantry ministry.

The Church Is Out The House

Weekly actions steps you can do.

This Week Pray for the Nation

 Pray for the President


Write your Congressperson, Senator, and the President and ask that they leave the climate change regulations in place in order to save the environment.

They need to hear from you. Otherwise, they will speak for you.

 Lenten Series 2017

NOTE: This Wednesday’s Lenten Series will be at St. Augustine’s and begins at 6:30pm.


St. John’s and St. Augustine’s frank and thoughtful discussions about race relations in Oakland and the United States. 


Join Us For Dinner & Discussion

6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

April 5 at St. Augustine’s

April 14 Good Friday Action at noon            

Social Justice Committee Update

- Join the Social Action Network.

Social Action Network: If you are interested in joining the Social Action Network give us your email address and phone number. We will be sending monthly emails and rapid response text messages for you to stay engaged with the new administration. If you would like to sign up, please see Sushil Jacob.

Click the address for a map. St. John's is located at 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, CA in Montclair.

Enter from Gouldin Rd, near Thornhill Road.

Public Transportation: Take AC Transit 59/59A line to Thornhill and Mountain Blvd (if heading from Oakland, or Moraga and Thornhill (if heading toward Oakland), and then use the map below to walk to St. John's. AC Transit information is available on the web at

St. Augustines Episcopal Church


525 29th Street Telegraph Ave.
Oakland CA 94609
Phone: 510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”


To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.


525 29th Street
Oakland CA 94609
Fax: 510-832-6464

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