2401, 2020

Farewell to the Blomquists

January 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Mission Moments, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

When I first came to All Saints in the fall of 2018, I was grateful to God for helping me find a good church. However, All Saints had not yet become my church home. I wanted to serve and use my gifts in some way, but I did not know how. When I came back to All Saints after Christmas break, Father Nathan introduced me to Father Bill over text so that I could potentially be involved with the musical worship ministry. I soon met Bill in person, and we instantly hit it off. We talked about music and worship and how Jesus changed our lives for the better. After that, I quickly became involved with the worship team, and I soon met Mother Cinnamon. I was really glad to be given the opportunity to serve and to give back to my church in some small way.  In the spring of 2019 on the Sunday after my birthday, Cinnamon came up to me and asked if she could pray a “birthday blessing” over me. Bill joined her, and they laid their hands upon me and prayed for me. During that spring semester, I was going through a particularly dry spiritual [...]

1701, 2020

In Times of Change

January 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

This Sunday we will celebrate Cheryl for her faithful service to All Saints' as our Connections Coordinator these past few years. I hope to see y’all there as we give thanks for all her contributions. It's yet another transition that we are going through together in this season. And even though the uncertainty has been trying for each of us in different ways, I found myself filled with excitement as I was praying for us last week. I'm excited for the new thing God is working out that we cannot yet see. In some ways, I'm reminded of James' words: "Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." We can face our uncertainty and the trials it brings with a certain confidence that we remain in God's caring hands, and those hands are shaping us for that new thing we cannot yet see. I need to remind myself of this too, though! As I graduate from seminary this spring, I don't know what lies ahead and [...]

1001, 2020

Step into Christ’s Marvelous Light.

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

“God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light!”--1 Peter 2:9 The Christmas season is past, the festivities are over, the twinkle lights and decorations are put away, and forlorn Christmas trees line the streets, waiting to be picked up for burning. The long cold winter stretches ahead. As the old Christmas carol says, we are in the cold, dark and “bleak midwinter.” Epiphany season, however, reminds us that God has been revealed to us as Light—Christ is the Light of the world, the light that penetrates and dispels all darkness. Even in the midst of the dark winter, Christ is showering us with his love and light. We are never alone or distant from God. He is always in the midst of all that we experience. Many centuries ago St. Augustine said that God is closer to us than our next breath. And St. Paul said, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Psalm 139 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise [...]

1812, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of December 22, 2019

December 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

THIS WEEK'S READINGS: Isaiah 7:10-17, Matthew 1:18-26 THANK YOU TO OUR WINTERFEST VOLUNTEERS!- Despite the rainy, warm (unusual) weather, we had a great time serving cocoa and talking with our Amesbury neighbors. A huge thank you to all who made this event happen- Dan and Sue Veno, Bruce and Janet McBrien, Paul and Amanda Gonnella, Ticia Ziegler, Mthr. Susie Skillen, Patty Champion, & Nate and Cheryl Etu and of course our friends at the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. Check-out our Facebook for photos of the event. GREENING OF THE CHURCH, THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND- Join the Altar Guild following the morning service to help green the church in preparation for Christmas. A light lunch will be provided. Please contact Mary Hall (978-317-2121 or for more information.  INVITE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO JOIN US THIS CHRISTMAS!- Please take a few postcards (at the back of the sanctuary) to invite friends and neighbors to join us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There will be a special event for our children Christmas Eve, and a beautiful evening of candlelight and carols for the whole family.  GIVING TREE: THANK YOU!- Thank you to all who took candy canes [...]

1312, 2019

Important News from Cheryl Etu

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dear All Saints family, I hope this finds you well in a week of snow, ice, heavy rain and a moment where the temperatures were almost Spring-like! In much the same way, we are clearly in a continuing season of change and transition as a church family. I have the bitter-sweet task of letting you all know that after two extraordinarily faithful years of service, our much beloved, Cheryl Etu, will be standing down in her role as Connections Coordinator at All Saints effective January 1, 2020. The encouraging part is that Nate and Hannah will remain among us in our parish family and Cheryl will be returning to her career as a licensed clinical counselor with the hope of being able to practice near Amesbury. Cheryl also looks forward to having more devoted and undivided time with her and Nate’s sweet 2-year old daughter, Hannah, whose needs have also changed since Cheryl was hired two years ago. This was a difficult decision for the Etu family. Their commitment and love for All Saints and the desire to see the love of Jesus brought to the wider community is unwavering. I wholeheartedly agree with our Senior Warden Chris Sherratt in [...]

1112, 2019

Upcoming Events, Week of December 15, 2019

December 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events|0 Comments

THIS WEEK'S READINGS: Psalm 16:5-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-56 THIS WEEKEND! AMESBURY WINTERFEST, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th- Come join us as we participate in the second Amesbury Winterfest downtown in Market Square. ASAC will be joining in the fun by providing a hot cocoa bar.  Please stop by to say hello our Amesbury neighbors! GREENING OF THE CHURCH, NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND- Join the Altar Guild following the morning service to help green the church in preparation for Christmas. A light lunch will be provided. Please contact Mary Hall (978-317-2121 or for more information. GIVING TREE: AMESBURY HOLIDAY PROGRAM- RETURN THIS SUNDAY- This program helps provide gifts for children and families in our community.  Following the service today, the gifts will be delivered to the program for wrapping and they will be distributed to families on Friday, December 20th.   Please remember to attach the tag from the candy cane to the outside of the gift- this makes it easier for the program to sort.  You may include a note, a prayer, a card with the gift- be sure it is attached in some way so it does not get lost.  INVITE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO JOIN [...]