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2012, 2018

Preparation and Mystery

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Mic 5:2-5a Ps 80:1-7 Heb 10:1-10 Luke 1:39-56 SERMON Mthr Sue Currie Preparation and Mystery by Cindy Carter If you are like me, you may be in the midst of various forms of preparation for Christmas. I’m preparing for giving gifts, making items, wrapping presents, mailing packages. I’m also making preparations for hosting family for Christmas day, planning a menu and making a grocery list. There is much to be done. With Sheep of the Good Shepherd we have been preparing too. Chris Sherratt and I prepare each week - we prepare ourselves, our lessons, with help from others we set up the Resource Room for special use with children, and we prepare the materials that the children work with. We prepare our best, without knowing who will come that week or what ages they will be. But, the work of preparation always bears fruit—in our lives and in the small worshiping community we have formed. When we gather together, whoever is present, there is joy! Joy in the Gospel proclamation shared, pondered together and responded to in our reflections, songs, and prayers. There is also delight in the [...]

1412, 2018

Christians Are A Ridiculous People

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

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Zeph 3:14-20 Ps 85 Phil 4:4-9 Lk 3:7-20 SERMON Dcn Francis Capitanio Christians are a ridiculous people. by Fr Adam Christians are a ridiculous people. Any community that gets together every week to say more-or-less the same two thousand words has surely lost its mind. If you were a Christian for your whole life, you’ll die having spent almost four thousand hours in church, saying those same two thousand words. What a waste of time!  Can you imagine how that suggestion would go over in a Fortune 500 company? (“Guys, I have an idea, let’s spend three-hundred-odd hours a year repeating ourselves!”) It’s not like you’ve never read the Creed before, guys. It’s not changed in the six days since you were here last time. But this is exactly what Christians do. Every week Christian gather, they sit, and stand, and kneel. They cross themselves. And they say those same two thousand words. What would motivate a people to get up, on a Sunday morning of all days, and do this? In the Christian tradition, there are two reasons: first, that God’s glory and nature is such that he [...]

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 [...]