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1804, 2019

Christ Crucified-AND-Risen

April 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Acts 10:34-43 Ps 118:14-17,22-24 Col 3:1-4 Lk 24:1-12 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Over the past five months, I’ve read through an extraordinary book by theologian and preacher Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Thought-provoking and packed with insight, the book has sparked for me a deepened commitment to preach the Cross of Jesus. As we enter the Triduum, I offer a few excerpts from her opening chapter, “The Primacy of the Cross.” In apostolic preaching concerning Jesus, “there was no thought of separating cross and resurrection, or of elevating one over the other.” The rectification of sinners achieved through the crucifixion of the Son of God is inseparable from the renewal of all things begun in the resurrection of the crucified Son of Man. “The resurrection is not just the reappearance of a dead person. It is the mighty act of God to vindicate the One whose very right to exist was thought to have been negated by the powers that nailed him to a cross.” Yet, the resurrection of Jesus never eclipses his cross: “the One who is gloriously risen is the same One [...]

1104, 2019

A Guide to Holy Week

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19:29-40 Ps 118:19-29 Palm Sunday: Isa 52:13-53:12 Ps 22:1-11 Phil 2:5-11 Luke 22:39 --23:56 SERMON TITLE Fr. Ross Kimball In Revelation 21:5, we hear God’s purposes for this creation: “I am making all things new!” God’s eternal purposes unfold in time, and what we now call Holy Week stands as the pivot point of those eternal purposes. Holy Week is the most decisive week in all of human history seen from the standpoint of divine sovereignty. In this week, all that matters most in human relations was irrevocably enfolded into God’s unstoppable work of “making all things new.” We're still living within the power of that transformational week! So it's worth celebrating and deepening our appreciation of and participation in the new-making work of God in Jesus, the Messiah.  Palm-Passion Sunday, April 14, 9:30am Palm Sunday marks a turning point in unveiling a New Kingdom. Jesus had opened his public ministry proclaiming the arrival of God’s reign. Until the point of Palm Sunday, Jesus was content to have the Messianic character of that Kingdom remain a mystery. On what we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus made things crystal clear—he came as the promised Messiah, [...]

504, 2019

Wisdom & Power: “All In” with Jesus in our Spiritual “Capital”–Lent 5, April 4, 2019

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERIES Dan. 2:1-23 Ps 119:97-104 Phil 3:7-16 Luke 20:1-8 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter In scripture, Repenting and Believing are meant to go together. So are Wisdom and Power. True repentance involves a change of mind motivated by trust. The sort of believing that is commended and honored by God is always inclined toward repentance--toward those adjustments of heart and mind and action and attitude that flow from ongoing relationship with God. The sort of wisdom that is "from above" (as James describes it in his epistle) involves godly power for creating peace and righteousness. The power that reflects God's character and flows from his favor comes from Spirit-given wisdom. This Sunday, we will be considering "Spiritual Capital"--the final and most valuable of the five forms of "Capital" that God entrusts to people. Spiritual Capital involves "Wisdom and Power that come from hearing what God is saying and responding with faith and obedience" (Oikonomics p. 67). In other words, wisdom and power grow as we practice a life-style of repentance and trust in ongoing conversation with God. Godly "wisdom is where knowledge and love kiss each other"--manifest in how God leads [...]

404, 2019

Renewed Callings

April 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Mission Moments|0 Comments

The leadership of All Saints is pleased to partner with ASAC member Rachel Danley in her ministry of training and equipping disciples. In the Fall of 2019, she will be entering a three-year doctoral program in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. ASAC will be providing Rachel with financial infrastructure and oversight in the form of a giving platform (Tithe.ly) and a funds-held account within our bookkeeping. This will allow those who have been investing in Rachel’s ministry with InterVarsity over the past decade to continue supporting her in ministry in this new phase, while maintaining good fiscal oversight and transparency for her support. Read more about her plans in the letter below and consider prayerfully how you might partner with Rachel. For FAQs about Tithe.ly giving

204, 2019

Holy Week Schedule for April 2019

April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE, April 14 through April 21 Palm-Passion Sunday, 9:30am Maundy Thursday- 7:30pm Good Friday Stations of the Cross--noon Good Friday service - 7:30pm Saturday Easter Vigil 7:30pm (Bp. Andrew Preacher; Fr. Nathan Celebrant) Easter Sunday 9:30am (Fr. Nathan Preacher; Bp. Andrew Celebrant)

2803, 2019

Money & Assets: “All In” with Jesus in our Financial “Capital”–Lent 4, March 28, 2019

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Deut. 8:10-18 Ps 34:1-10 1 Tim. 6:6-19 Luke 16:10-13 SERMON TITLE Fr. Dave Currie What picture best captures the purpose of money in your life? How might God want to change your primary picture? How would that look practically? These are some of the questions that Fr. Dave Currie will be leading us to ask as his sermon explores how we can be "all in" with Jesus with  our financial capital. After the service, in Cross Training, we'll do some exercises in "Taking Stock of Finances" Home Groups in the coming week will venture into chapters 5 & 6 of Oikonomics. And, I hope, many of us will experiment with the Spiritual Practices of Simplicity & Stewardship What’s the Practice of Simplicity? Simplicity cultivates desire to uncomplicate and untangle life in order to focus on what really matters: the with-God-in-everything Life. Simplicity is the art of letting go, aimed at loosening inordinate attachment to owning and having. It’s a practice that, practiced with Jesus, develops spiritual freedom and godly generosity. How is Simplicity Practiced? We can do a self-assessment: “what are the things and activities that keep life convoluted, [...]