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1004, 2020

Good Friday: “For the joy that was set before him, he endured the Cross…”

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 We have been on the road, walking toward the cross with Jesus this week. This passage from Hebrews evokes for me a picture of following Jesus as he races towards our salvation on the cross. In Hebrews 11 Paul lists the great cloud of witnesses, all the saints who went before, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Moses and Rahab. They walked by faith, not by sight, longing for the time when God would fulfil his promise to send them a mighty Savior. Now that Christ has come and the promise has been fulfilled, what is holding us back? Let us get up, throw off the weight of this world and the sin that clings so closely to hold us [...]

304, 2020

Upcoming Events, Week of April 5th, 2020

April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: |0 Comments

Just a reminder:  Even though Church services are virtual right now, operating costs are still very real and All Saints' is committed to supporting our missionaries, projects and staff. Please remember to continue your generous giving, either by mailing a check to the office (6 Allens Ct., Amesbury MA 01913), or by giving electronically through Tithe-ly https://allsaintsamesbury.org/give/ Thank you! Palm Sunday live stream at 10:00 AM: This Sunday there will be a live stream service for the whole diocese broadcast from Redeemer Anglican Church in Franklin, MA, with Bishop Andrew preaching. The link can be found on our All Saints website, or go directly to our Facebook page. Or use the link here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/allsaintsamesburyma/videos/?ref=page_internal ADNE Online Holy Week Resources: Our diocese has provided some wonderful resources to help us walk through Holy Week together. There are guides for daily prayer, online daily office, a home Maundy Thursday liturgy and a Good Friday Stations of the Cross. http://www.ad-ne.org/holy-week/ A suggestion would be, as you look over what is available, put a note in your calendar to remind you to come back to those resources during the week. Easter Sunday service with Eucharist at 10:00 AM: Easter morning there will be a [...]

304, 2020

Walking the Way of the Cross

April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This is such a strange and unprecedented time. None of us remember a Holy Week and Easter such as this. Who would have imagined a time when we would not be walking through the Triduum as a congregation together in church? In the midst of these changes, as temporary as they may be, we are called to find new ways to walk together the Way of the Cross, towards the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter. Earlier this week in Morning Prayer, I read Mark 1:32-45. In that passage, Jesus is surrounded by crowds following him everywhere. He has very full days, with barely any time to rest. Yet in the midst of such relentless demands upon his time and his compassion, Jesus gets up in the middle of the night, goes out to a quiet lonely place, and prays to his Father. What strikes me about this passage is that in the midst of so many demands, Jesus knew that his identity and purpose were found in the Father alone. His relationship with the Father is was what grounded him. He did not find his identity or purpose in all of the activities of his life, no matter [...]

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 [...]