1406, 2019

“Warden’s Words”–a Vestry Update

June 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa 6:1-7 Ps 29 Rev 4:1-11 John 16:5-15 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter WARDENS’ WORDS, VESTRY UPDATE JUNE 2019Greetings, All Saints,In the midst of this season of our full and busy parish life, I’d like to provide a brief overview of recent Vestry work. Our March Retreat provided the opportunity to pray and identify both aspirations and practical projects. A snapshot of our work at mid-year includes:With many of you, preparing for Amesbury Days and continuing to build relationships with our Amesbury neighbors and communityReviewing resources and completing safety assessments provided by our GuideOne insurance provider, including a safety courseWith the help of Property Team folks, Patty Champion and others, continuing to upgrade kitchen toward recertification with the Board of Health enabling us to prepare and serve food from the kitchen. With Clergy and CAF Team, reviewing the Sheep of Good Shepherd program and plan for Fall, and Summer program.With a nod to former Warden Paul Aganski, implementation of a RAIL (Rolling Action Item List) to address suggestions from our 2018 Financial Review, and make improvements in future communications with the parish in this areaThe always ongoing, often behind-the-scenes work on our buildings and grounds, [...]

1406, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of June 16th

June 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

FUNERAL MASS FOR DARRYL CONTE, JUNE 25, 11AM The Conte family invites their All Saints family and friends to join them in the celebration of River’s dad, Darryl Conte, who passed away earlier this spring. The service will be held at All Saints Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday, June 25th at 11AM. A light reception will follow. ONGOING SUMMER MINISTRY WITH OUR YOUNGEST This week Sheep of the Good Shepherd will take a break for the summer months as they prepare for continued ministry this fall.  This summer, there is a need for a few more volunteers who love Jesus, love kids and and would like to get involved with a pared down (from SGS) children’s ministry as well as with our nursery. We need smiling faces to enjoy music, Bible story, and art with our kids on Sunday morning. Curriculum and supplies will be provided.  Email if you are interested. The Children’s summer program will begin June 30th. PRAYING FOR AMESBURY DAYS, JUNE 26TH Prayer is the “big” work as we head into Amesbury Days outreach opportunities. Please join us (regardless of whether you can serve on Thursday) for prayer with our collaborating churches.  Weather [...]

706, 2019

Rhythms of Rest and Work

June 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERIES Acts 2:1-11 Ps 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 1 Cor 12:4-13 Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:8-17 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter A significant dimension of the gospel is the good news of Rest. Jesus made a call to Rest part of his call into discipleship: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message). Genuine discipleship to Jesus will always involve rhythms of work and of rest. So as we enter the summer season, take some time to get away with Jesus and think with him about your rhythms of rest and work. In prayer and in conversation with trusted spiritual friends, explore with Jesus ways to recalibrate your life to move in the “unforced rhythms of grace.” Consider your volunteering commitments here at ASAC. Have any become “heavy or ill-fitting”? If so, [...]

3105, 2019

A Heart Which Compassionately Suffers With Others

May 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERIES Acts 1:1-11 Ps 47 Eph 1:15-23 Lk 24:44-53 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter I'm on a weekly discipleship training call with lay-and-ordained leaders from several churches. Several weeks back, the assignment was for each person to go on a prayer walk around a place they were living or ministering in, and then to report back to the group about what God had brought into focus during that prayer time. We did, and came back with a variety of experiences to share. After that debriefing call, we got a follow-up email from Kathy, one of the leaders on the call. Kathy is lay-leader in her church, and a mom of 2 youngsters. She gave me permission to share it on our church blog. Her experience is a great example of how God can develop within us a heart for others as we go about everyday activities in conversation with him. Kathy wrote:  “I drove my 3-year-old to preschool after the call and my 5-month-old finally fell asleep in the car after fighting a nap all morning so I decided to do that parent-of-young-kids thing and drive around in my car for awhile just so that she [...]

2405, 2019

Find Rest in Jesus, Right Here, and Now

May 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: Acts 14:8-18 Joel 2:21-27 Ps 67 Rev 21:1-4,22-22:5 John 14:21-29 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter There was a harried man, who in complete desperation drove all through the night to an Order of Benedictine Monks. He pushed his way into the Abbot’s private prayer chapel and immediately began to complain about his frustration with failing relationships, a failed life, and a God who had failed him. The Abbot listened carefully to the man’s rehearsed struggles in trying to lead a Christian life. He then left the prayer chapel and returned a few moments later bearing a pitcher of water and a basin. “Now watch the water as I pour it into the basin,” said the Abbott. The water splashed on the bottom and against the sides of the container, agitated and turbulent. At first the stirred up water swirled around the inside of the basin, but then it gradually began to settle, until finally the small fast ripples became large swells and eventually, a still surface. The water became so smooth that the visitor could see his face and, as if standing behind him, the face of Jesus.  A simple icon of the Savior's face was fixed to the prayer chapel's ceiling above [...]

1705, 2019

Growing Young

May 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

LECTIONARY Lev 19:1-2,9-18 Ps 145 or 145:1-9 Rev 19:1-9 John 13:31-35 Acts 13:44-52  SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Last Eastertide and early summer, we spent time as a congregation reading and reflecting on the book, Growing Young. It was a catalyst in our longer-range priority on connecting with Amesbury families. Last year, it provided a jumpstart for reflection and initial exploration. This spring and summer, it will provide a framework for immediate and longer-range practices. Part of our participation in Amesbury Days later this summer is shaped by the “Growing Young” commitments to “Being good neighbors” and to “Empathizing with young people.” The youngest member of our Vestry, seminarian Michael Mayo, provides this recap of the book. Michael writes: Growing Young is not about surface-level change. It’s not about ideal location or nifty stuff. It’s not about having an exciting church plant, or “cool factor” leaders. Jesus focuses us on the heart (wash the inside of the cup…, where your treasure is…, out of the heart the mouth speaks…). Similarly, “growing young” involves a collective heart commitment to better love young people in our community. Such a heart does not desire to draw young [...]