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2703, 2020

Upcoming Events, Week of March 29th, 2020

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events|Tags: |0 Comments

Love and Good Works: As we settle into our mostly homebound lives these days, "let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works" (Heb. 10:24). Please let me know of the things you are doing or that you hear others are doing to reach out in love. Here are a few things that I have heard about: 1) Sewing face masks for Anna Jaques Hospital 2) Working with Our Neighbor's Table to provide a Saturday Grab and Go breakfast meal 3) Making crafts for next year's Amesbury Village of Church Fairs Also, here are some ideas you might consider: 1) Call your neighbors or leave a note outside their door asking how they are and saying that you're praying for them. 2) Send cards to the elderly at places like Brigham Manor or retirement residencies. These folks may be quite lonely with no visitors allowed and dining rooms closed.  3) Send cards to those in prison who may also be particularly lonely at this time. Directory Update: Let's continue to keep in touch with each other. To that end, we are updating our directory. A spreadsheet with information was sent to all of you. Please [...]

2703, 2020

A Letter from our New Rector

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dear All Saints Family, In anticipation of Fr. Justin Howard’s arrival as our new Rector, I asked him to make a short video (below the blogpost) introducing himself and his family, and to write the blog post for this week. The vestry is working hard on completing the details that will conclude with a signed Letter of Agreement. In the meantime, we provide here an opportunity to get to know Fr. Justin a little bit before he begins officially as our Rector. Mother Susie   THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT Passion Sunday Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. All Saints Family, Greetings in the matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come. Amy and I are thrilled to have been called to serve and partner [...]

2003, 2020

Exciting News!

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Mission Moments, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Today, on behalf of the Vestry, I am pleased to share the wonderful news that we have called The Rev. Canon Justin Howard to be the next Rector of All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, and he has joyfully accepted this call. Fr Justin abundantly possesses the qualifications sought and Vestry believes he is the most qualified person to lead us at this time. Many at All Saints’ know Father Justin and his wife Mother Amy, also a priest, through their work as church planters of Imago Dei Anglican Church in Bangor, Maine. In 2017, Fr Justin assumed responsibilities as the Canon for Church Planting in the Anglican Diocese of New England (ADNE). His reference contacts emphasized his fine leadership capacity and passion for the Gospel. Although our call is to Fr Justin, we are anticipating that Mthr Amy will be using her gifts in ministry here as well. Since 2008, in addition to her work at Imago Dei, Mother Amy has developed and led work in Encounter God Weekends and several ongoing projects in prayer, prophetic, and healing ministries. Both Fr Justin and Mthr Amy have strong personal relationships with Jesus Christ, competence and knowledge of Scripture, and abilities to inspire [...]

2003, 2020

Upcoming Events, Week of March 22nd, 2020

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

The All Saints Blog We have learned that some of you have not been getting the weekly All Saints blog post, including a special information update that was sent out this past Monday. Several of you have discovered that it has been coming into your spam folder. If you haven’t been receiving it, please check your spam folder. We’re trying to update our email list also. Live Stream Services Only Because of Governor Baker’s directive that groups of 25 or more should not be meeting, we are going to live stream services, not gathering in the church, until that directive changes. We will be doing Morning Prayer rather than a Eucharist service. Please find attached a short service bulletin for this Sunday. You may either print it out or follow along on your computer. Our 9:30 Sunday service will be available live on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/allsaintsamesburyma/videos/ Meeting Our New Rector, Fr. Justin Howard We are excited to introduce to you our new rector and his family. We will be sending you a YouTube video next week of him and the family as a way of letting you meet them virtually until we can actually get to know them in person. [...]

1603, 2020

Reaching Out in Love

March 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Dear All Saints family, My heart is with you all as you experience the rapidly changing landscape of our lives right now. For those who were able to be with us yesterday for prayer after the service, it was so good to be able to bring to God our concerns for the world, our country and our community. I know that many of you are personally experiencing the effects of the virus outbreak with concerns about jobs or finances, health concerns for yourself or family members, and the many unknowns we are facing. In the midst of these uncertainties, we can praise God together that he has given us the assurance of his great care and never-failing love for us through our Lord Jesus. With the Governor’s new order stating we should not meet in groups over 25 people, it is now clear that we can no longer hold Sunday morning services at All Saints. Happily we already have in place the capacity to live-stream our services and we will continue to do so at this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/allsaintsamesburyma/videos/ It is so important that we maintain our connections to one another during this time. We are the Lord’s family and we [...]

1403, 2020

Fear or Faith?

March 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dear All Saints Family, In a world where we have news instantly, not only locally but from around the world, we may feel overwhelmed by events beyond our control. We may feel anxiety about the stock market or the current political climate. Especially now with the threat of the Coronavirus we may not only feel overwhelmed but also frightened. What is the response God invites us into during times like these? Thankfully, the Scriptures have many helpful things to say to help us live by faith rather than fear. Psalm 23 reminds us that, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you,” and Isaiah 46 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” The Bible reminds us that we can turn to God when we are afraid, and God will give us help and courage in difficult times. When we take our worries to God and faithfully entrust them into [...]