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1511, 2018

Getting It Right

November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: CONFIRMATION Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm 16 Luke 24:50-53 Acts 4:32-37 SERMON Bishop Ron Jackson Getting it Right by Fr Bill Blomquist Some of you know my story: Raised from birth in the Episcopal church, grew up an altar boy, was “that” guy who was called in to serve at 7:00AM for the 1928 service when the pre-scheduled person overslept. Later, I grew convinced that God was not in the church (or any organized religion for that matter), forsook it all, plunged head-first into a disturbing array of beliefs and behaviors which drew away from the God of my youth. Still later, I surrendered to Jesus on a Central Floridian beach at 2:00AM on All Saints Day, evangelized just about everybody I met as a bonafide “Jesus Freak,” and returned the the Episcopal Church some three years later ready to take on that sleeping giant with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ll never forget the day. I walked into Sr. Andrew’s Chapel, Boca Raton, Florida, on a mission from God. My mission: To do church right. When it came time to stand and sing, I’d be first off the pew. When it [...]

811, 2018

Letting the Win Sink In

November 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES 1 Sam. 7:1-14 Ps. 32 Rev. 12:10-12 Mark 5:24-34 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Letting the Win Sink InAll Saints LeadershipI (Fr Adam) am not very handy. So, when I do something like put up curtain rods or fix a door, when I’m done and I’m packing up my tools, Rebecca will sometimes walk over, hold my hand, and we’ll take 60 seconds to look in silence at what I’ve done, just to appreciate that I’ve done something well. Today, as part of our cultivation of a culture of celebration, I’d like us to turn our attention to the All Saints Party. How far away it seems already, now, as we’re back to work, typing away, making to-do lists, losing sleep, and cleaning up spit-up. But our All Saints party was a win, and we’d like you to take a moment to let that soak in.We live in a land where Christians, if they’re thought of at all, are conceived mostly as Puritans. Brooding, furrowed brow, grumpy, telling people “no” all the time. And in this land, All Saints  decided to celebrate her Name Day. We threw open our doors to [...]

111, 2018

The Communion of Saints

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

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Revelation 7:9-17 Ps. 112 1 Cor. 13 John 13:12-17 SERMON Dcn. Francis Capitanio All Saints Day celebrates the mystery and joy of God’s Family on Mission. We give thanks to God for the countless people—both the famous and the forgotten-to-historians—who finished the “race marked out for them,” having followed Jesus, the “pioneer and perfecter of faith” who embraced their deaths in his own for the joy of bringing them safely home (see Hebrews 10 and 11). They are our Family. We give thanks also that, with them and because of Jesus, we who yet live and labor can boldly pray “Our Father in heaven . . . .” Our fellow-believers with whom we worship, confess, train, witness, serve, rejoice, weep, welcome, work, play, pray, trust, hope, and love—they, too, are our Family. The Family Mission we share, both with those whose work is finished and with those whose work continues, remains the mission of Jesus: “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and [...]

2510, 2018

God’s Flywheel

October 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES 2 Kings 2:1-7 Psalm 72 Titus 2:11-14 Mark 10:46-52 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter God's Flywheel Chris Sherratt When God’s church is gathered in worship, it sometimes happens that we receive a special blessing in the form of a particular word from the Lord. Our practice at All Saints’ makes room for this after our Acclamation: “Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” As we continue to worship in song and prayer, we remember Jesus is with us and that the Holy Spirit is our Guide. If you were present this past Sunday, you know that God had such a word for us, and part of that was about a flywheel. According to Wikipedia, a flywheel “is a mechanical device specifically designed to efficiently store rotational energy.” It can “smooth the power output” and “deliver energy at rates beyond the ability of an energy source.” You may be thinking this sounds rather technical for a word of prophecy but a bit further on, we learn the principle of the flywheel is found in the potter’s wheel. Jeremiah 18:5-6, anyone? But God may want us to understand more about [...]

1810, 2018

Episcopal Candidates

October 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalm 36:5-9 Revelation 19:6-9 Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 SERMON Mthr. Piper Runnion-Bareford In June 2017, Bishop Bill Murdoch announced his retirement and confirmed that he would call for the election of a new bishop in an 18-month process. That work is now almost complete. The Committee on Nominations for Bishop (CnB) have now selected the final two candidates for election, the Rev. Andrew Williams and the Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Herrick. Each candidate is listed below with a link to their webpage that contains their spiritual autobiography, curriculum vitae, and answers to the questions put to them by the CnB. Additional information and important documents can be found below, along with a general calendar outlining upcoming dates. Our CandidatesThe Rev. Andrew Thomas WilliamsDrew Williams began his professional life as a lawyer in the United Kingdom.  From 1989-1998, Drew was a corporate litigator specializing in defending law suits brought against the legal profession. Despite a successful career, it was during this time that Drew began to sense that something significant was missing in his life, and much to the surprise of Drew and his wife, Elena, they found themselves drawn into [...]

1110, 2018

Meeting God in Worship – Canon Ross

October 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES! Eccles. 3:9-13 Ps. 104:1, 10-15 1 Tim. 4:1-10 Luke 5:27-39 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Meeting God in our Worship I remember my first visit to an Episcopal church forty years ago. I was in my first year in law school and had no religious or spiritual interest at the time. My landlady’s mischievous eldest son came home in early December and asked me if I wanted to go to church with him “and meet some chicks“ (honestly!). Well, Jonathan was a cool guy, and I had nothing to do, so off I went. I didn’t meet any chicks and didn’t have a sudden conversion experience, but that day I experienced a worship style that ministers deeply to my soul to this day. Although I probably didn’t realize it then, it was the first Sunday of Advent. I remember vividly two things from that service. The first was simply the beauty of the church.– a classic stone building with small stained glass windows that was filled with the presence of mystery and the holy. The second was hearing “O come O Come Emmanuel” for the first time in my life. [...]