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2206, 2018

Week of June 24, 2018

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Job 38:1-11 & 16-18 Ps 107:1-3 & 23-32 2 Cor 5:14-21 Mk 4:35-41 SERMON Weathering the Storms Fr. Lance Williams Conversational Popcorn and Flowerpots Who are my neighbors? Do they have kids? Grandkids? What do our neighbors care about? Hope for? For themselves? Their kids? Their city? How would we get to know such things, and what could we be and do, if we knew? It's been said that listening is one of the most basic ways we practice loving. If that's true (and I think it is), asking questions that get others talking can be the start of loving our neighbors. At Kids Day in the Park, ASAC will be there offering popcorn and sno-cones and a context for getting-to-know-our-neighbors conversation. It's a context where it's safe and sane to ask questions and to listen and to learn. At Kids Day at the Farm, ASAC will be there providing an activity for kids--decorate a terra cotta flowerpot and plant seeds in soil. It's a context where it's simple to laugh and serve and to listen and ask questions and learn. We're still welcoming volunteers to come help with both events (see the [...]

1406, 2018

Week of June 17, 2018

June 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

Giving   ::    Learning    ::    Preparing Giving   ::    Learning    ::    Preparing Giving ::  Learning  ::  Preparing THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Ezek 31:1-14 Ps 92 2 Cor 5:1-10 Mk 4:26-34b SERMON Kingdom Growth 101 Rev. McLean S. Rabb Heading into Summer Summer opportunities await us, for giving, learning, and preparing. Giving. As we've been developing our new website, we've identified and launched a new online giving tool. It's called Tithe.ly and it can be accessed on our website at allsaintsamesbury.org/give/. The tool is secure, easy to use (much simpler than the PayPal tool on the old website), and allows you to make both regular or occasional gifts. You can also set up automatic giving from your checking or savings accounts. Summer travels sometime disrupt our usual giving habits, so it might be a good season to try using this tool. Feel free to talk with Fr. Nathan, Paul Aganski (Treasurer), Chris Sherratt (Sr. Warden), or Nate Etu (Clerk) if you have any questions about Tithe.ly. Learning. Summer is always a great time for reading books and connecting with people. The Vestry leadership has identified a book and established [...]

706, 2018

A Missions Update from Piper Runnion-Bareford (Week of June 10, 2018)

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Mission Moments, Uncategorized, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Gen 3:1-21 Ps 130 2 Cor 4:13-18 Mk 3:20-35 SERMON Jesus' Family on Mission Fr. Nathan Baxter THIS WEEK CELEBRATION SUNDAY “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” Psalm 108:3-5 My heart is full as I approach the end of four years serving at Imago Dei Anglican Church in Bangor, Maine. The last month has given me a chance to step back and see all the ways I have experienced the love, faithfulness and power of God in this place! A deep place of joy for me is seeing the mountains the Lord has moved to establish the children’s discipleship at Imago. This year ImagoKids has grown to forty kids under twelve on Sunday mornings. Together with the kids team I have built materials for two worship spaces, one for kids 3 to 6, and the other for kids 6 to 12. As someone who likes to build things I feel much personal [...]

106, 2018

Week of June 3, 2018

June 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Deut 5:6-21 Ps 81:1-16) 2 Cor 4:1-12 Mk 2:23-28 SERMON Embracing Fragility Mthr. Piper Runnion-Bareford "What would it be like for our church to become the people our grandkids want to be around?" I heard that question last week from a young yet seasoned pastor from Utah. It was a question he began asking members of a small and aging congregation he'd been called to serve. It opened up other questions that the members of the congregation wanted to answer. What do young people like my now-out-of-the-home children hope for in their lives? What do the parents of other people's grandchildren need? What do teenage friends of my grandkids experience as everyday normal? Where do the invitations and challenges of Jesus-kind-of-life overlap with the needs and desires of ordinary peers of my children and grandchildren? Such questions are best answered by interaction and experience. As that small congregation in Utah started answering those kinds of questions, they began to experience a renewal of outward reaching and practical love for neighbors. Their church started living more and more like a family on mission. It started with small but practical steps. [...]

2405, 2018

Week of May 27, 2018 Trinity Sunday

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Ex 3:1-6 Ps 93 Rom 8:12-17 Jn 3:1-16 SERMON On a Mission with God Fr. Nathan Baxter Next Saturday, June 2nd- Francis Capitanio, member of All Saints is being ordained as a transitional deacon at the Cathedral.  Please pray for Francis as the day approaches. This week, we include a brief history of Francis's journey that has brought him to this moment: Francis Capitanio grew up in Framingham, MA and eventually found his way to Cape Cod, where he worked for ten years as a fisheries biologist for NOAA and as a novelist. He came to know the Lord in his early twenties, in the midst of all that, and joined a believing community in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship on Cape Cod, participating in two church plants and working to establish house churches in the area. He eventually felt drawn to the Anglican Church and left his job and life on the Cape to pursue a career in full-time church work and ministry as Bishop Bill Murdoch’s assistant in the Anglican Diocese in New England. Over the past three years he has found a passion for healing prayer and deliverance, and [...]