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April 2017 Carillon from All Saints

Contents for the April 2017 Carillon from All Saints

The Church Choir as an Icon
Book Recommendation Liturgy of the Ordinary
Holy Week at All Saints
Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Schedule
Missional Opportunities
Lenten Program
Donations for Easter Flowers
Palm Cross Making Party
Newcomers Gathering
Good Friday 5:15
Next Parish Baptisms
Holy Days in April

The Church Choir as an Icon

Last month, I had the honor of attending a church music conference in Atlanta, Georgia. We met at Mount Paran Church of God to observe their choir in rehearsal, to glean from their music directors, and to share with each other what is happening in our churches and music ministries. I attended this conference in hope that I might get some ideas and inspiration to build our choir here at All Saints, which I’ve been afraid is shrinking in number.

Jamie Brown, worship leader at Truro Anglican Church in Virginia and organizer of this conference, shared with us his vision of why church choirs are worth keeping. What stuck with me was this understanding of the church choir as an icon.

The Eastern Orthodox Church teaches that an icon is a window into heaven. When we read Scripture for an understanding of what heavenly worship is, we see in Revelation 7:9-10:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (ESV1

In this passage we see a community of worshipers, from all diverse backgrounds, united in the praise of God! When we worship and look on the church choir, we are seeing a glimpse of that multitudinous choir in heaven. The church choir becomes an icon.

An icon is a work of art that teaches us truth. What greater work of art is there but what God has so artfully created? You are a work of art—you are created by God in God’s own image and filled with the Holy Spirit—you are an icon of God! And where two or more are gathered in praise of the Name of Jesus, He is truly there. As the bread and wine we receive are the sacraments of Christ’s body and blood, when we receive them we are taking part in Christ, we are submitting ourselves to become His Body, the Church.

I believe we would be remiss without a church choir. But you are the choir: you are lifting your voice from where you are at the pews. And it’s not uncommon that you, worshiping in the congregation, lead me in worship. For you have been an icon of God to me. Let your heart be stirred to be an icon for others. I invite you to join the choir and so preserve this testimony of the worshiping community of God, Who is One and yet a community in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Shalom,

Arend Jessurun
Musical Worship Director

Book Review: Liturgy of the Ordnary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by by Tish Harrison Warren

Review by Teri Hyrkas

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison WarrenWhat comes to your mind when you read the word liturgy? The term unquestionably carries with it images of clerical vestments, brightly burning candles in sacred spaces, repeated prayers, and the fragrance of incense. The word liturgy also rings of church history. It has a backstory that includes the Protestant Reformation which saw the implementation of many changes in the church, including a massive revision of the liturgy. In her book Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (2016, InterVarsity Press) Tish Harrison Warren releases the ancient word from its traditional roots and refurbishes the idea of liturgy into a heartfelt pursuit of integrating Christ into daily activities. Warren, an Anglican priest, writes: “If I am to spend my whole life being transformed by the good news of Jesus, I must learn how grand, sweeping truths — doctrine, theology, ecclesiology, Christology — rub against the texture of an average day. How I spend this ordinary day in Christ is how I will spend my Christian life.”

In Liturgy of the Ordinary, Warren, whose childhood faith experience was in the Baptist tradition, freely declares her love of the Anglican church’s use of ancient liturgical practices. She also writes that she thoroughly enjoyed her time in seminary, which she describes as an interval of rigorous study and vibrant discussions. Moreover, it was in seminary that she realized the Christian life was not an odyssey to “get the right ideas in my head.” She eventually rejected the kind of Christianity which required that only her intellect be involved. She began to ask, “What would it mean to believe the gospel, not just in my brain, but also in my body?”

Drawing on James K.A. Smith’s book Desiring the Kingdom, Warren writes: “We are shaped every day, whether we know it or not, by practices — rituals and liturgies that make us who we are. We receive these practices — which are often rote — not only from the church or the Scriptures but from the culture… The question is, ‘What kind of Christian is our liturgy forming us to be?’ ” (29)

As she chronicles the events of a single day in her life, Warren shows in Liturgy of the Ordinary that several of her own quotidian routines and responses had become a liturgy adopted from the influences of the current culture rather than thoughtful actions originating from her life in Christ. The author candidly investigates her desire to check in with social media before she gets out of bed, acknowledges her lack of patience in coping with the frustrations of having small children, and admits to her anger when events at home seem to conspire to disrupt her work schedule. Warren then invites the reader into this question: “Could these menial tasks and trials be the place where one exchanges a faulty liturgy for a better one?”

Throughout the book the author unselfconsciously writes of her less than glamorous life as a parish priest and mother of two youngsters. As she describes her daily routines Warren employs various liturgical filters to view each activity: the rituals of standing, kneeling, bowing are used to observe the lowly act of brushing her teeth; the presence of scripture and communion are her frames for a meal of leftovers; the practices of blessing and sending come to her aid as she struggles to face the daily irritation of answering emails. By linking liturgical practices with common routines Warren offers a way to transfigure tedious occupations into meaningful actions

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Places in Everyday Life is not a How-To collection of guidelines, it is a What-If conversation starter for creative changes. What if we brought the liturgy of Sunday worship into our weekday world? What if the fragrance of brewing coffee were the incense that turned our attention to God? What if the ringing of our cell phone were a reminder to pray? What if Jesus took precedence in our regular rituals?

Warren tests the typical understanding of liturgy throughout her book. She asserts the power of liturgy to help reshape daily drudgery into the delight of a Jesus-glorifying life while also dispelling the stiff and formal aura that can surround the traditional notion of liturgy. The reader’s opinion of what liturgy is and how it intersects with everyday routines is likely to be wonderfully challenged and beautifully changed after considering Tish Harrison Warren’s refreshing book, Liturgy of the Ordinary.

Holy Week at All Saints

April 9-15

PALM SUNDAY- April 9 • 7:30 am and 10:00 am

Services will include the blessing of the palms and the congregational reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel. At 10 am we will gather in the patio for the blessing of the palms and then process around the block as a reenactment of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion. Palm Sunday is a day of mixed messages. There is joy and “Hosannas” followed by passion and death.

MONDAY through THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK

April 10-13 • 6:45 pm
Evening Prayer will be offered each evening at 6:45 pm. There will be no Tenebrae service this year.

MAUNDY THURSDAY- April 13

In the morning – We need your Garden Greens and Flowers (especially tall ones) for the Altar of Repose for our Watch. Bring them into the Parish Hall on Maundy Thursday morning. And to make them last longer, please don’t pick them too early!

7:00 pm – This service celebrates the institution of the Lord’s Supper. On this night Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as a sign of Christian humility and servanthood. We will do the same. Sign up on the kiosk at church to volunteer for this moving service. At the end of the service the high altar is stripped and washed by the priests after the reserved Sacrament is taken in procession to the Altar of Repose in the chapel. No childcare available.

THE WATCH- April 13-14 • 8:30 pm – 12 noon

We will watch in the chapel at the Altar of Repose where the reserved sacrament is placed after the Maundy Thursday evening Eucharist. This altar is symbolic of our Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Respond to our Lord’s question to His disciple, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Sign up on the kiosk and keep watch during hour shifts with prayer and meditation in the chapel through the night. Prayer guides will be available. We request that men of the parish sign up for the early morning hours.

GOOD FRIDAY- April 14

The Prayer Book calls us to observe Good Friday as a Fast Day-cutting down on both the quality and quantity of food that one day. It is important to remember that the observance of fasting is always mitigated by practical concerns of health and age. Other acts of discipline might also be appropriate, according to your own spiritual rule of life. You are encouraged to attend both the following services; if you are unable to attend the noon service, please come in the evening.

12 Noon – The Good Friday Liturgy lasts about 1½ to 1¾ hours and includes the
Veneration of the Cross. No Eucharist is celebrated this day since symbolically Jesus is dead and not with us. But the faithful receive communion from the Sacrament consecrated at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist the night before. No childcare available.

7:00 pm – Evensong with sermon in the church, followed by Stations of the Cross – a service depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion, his final hours, and his entombment – in the “streets of Jerusalem.” No childcare available.

HOLY SATURDAY- April 15

9:00 am – Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday (no Mass)

2:00-3:00 pm – The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available in the church. Appointments need not be made for this period of time.

Sunday of the Resurrection April 16: Easter Day Schedule

EASTER VIGIL AND SUNRISE SERVICE 5:30 am

This service dramatizes the full flavor of the first Easter, moving from darkness into dawn, from death into life. We light the new fire to dispel the darkness, and from that fire the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lighted and carried through the darkened Church to the altar. From it people light their individual candles, and darkness flees before the light, which is the Light of Christ, as the dawn breaks around us. The Old Testament readings recount God’s mighty acts and promises; Holy Baptism may be celebrated; the congregation renews baptismal vows. Then the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated, and we emerge from the Church, both literally and figuratively, into the sunlight of a brilliant Easter.

This service will replace the usual 7:30 am service on Easter Day only.

EASTER BREAKFAST 7:30 am

Join us for a delicious Easter Breakfast after the 5:30 am Mass (about 7:30 am).
Sign up to – eat and to help – by emailing Dawn, or on the kiosk at church.

EASTER DAY MASS • 10:00 am
The principle Easter Day service is a Mass with choir and the Flowering of the Cross, one of our cherished traditions at All Saints. All attending this service, adults and children alike are asked to bring a small cluster of flowers to the service to place on the cross. So the somber wooden cross of Good Friday becomes the glorious flowered cross of Easter.

Missional Opportunities

Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Sunday, April 2 – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 16 – Evening Prayer
2:30-3:00 pm

3901 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA  90814
in the Dining Hall

All Saints parishioners are invited to attend these brief services, and encouraged to sit with residents, being an extension of God’s love as we worship together.

 

All Saints 3rd Saturday Feed the Hungry Meal

Saturday, April 15

8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Cook

11:15 am – 1:00 pm Serve/Clean Up

Come take part in this opportunity to provide a meal for our guests, the poor in our community.  To help, please email Dawn or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Alamitos-Belmont Rehab Hospital’s Spring Candlelight Dinner

Tuesday, April 25

1:30 pm – 5 people needed to setup

4:45 pm – 6 people needed to serve dinner

 

Come be a part of our local missional outreach to the residents of the A-B Rehabilitation – to set up and serve at their Spring Candlelight Dinner. This is an excellent opportunity to personally bring Christ and his love to our neighbors. To participate, please email Dawn or sign up on the kiosk at church.

2017 Lenten Program

Final session on Wednesday, April 5

6:45 pm   Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
6:45-8:30 pm   Youth
7:15-8:30 pm   Lenten Prayer Walking
No dinner

Join in for the final evening of our Lenten Program: Eucharist and Prayer walking. Come pray for our community, neighbors to be reached with the gospel of God’s kingdom, and for our Good Friday 5:15 outreach performances. The Youth will meet as usual.

Donations for Easter Flowers

$40 per Easter Lily plant

Any donation amount accepted – will be combines to purchase flowers

Help beautify the church for Easter, and make a donation for Easter flowers. Names to be remembered, received in the parish office by Sunday, April 2 will appear in the Easter bulletins.

 

Palm Cross Making Party

Saturday, April 8

9:30-10:30 am

Parish Hall

We want you!

  • Who: the whole parish family, especially the kids!
  • Why: to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday!
  • Naturally…we’ll have some refreshments too!

See you there!

The Altar Guild

Save the Date: Newcomers Gathering

Sunday, May 7
11:45 am

Food will be served

If you consider yourself a relative newcomer or newer member, we invite you to attend our upcoming Newcomers Gathering. You will have an opportunity to learn more about All Saints, ask questions about our parish life together, and get to know other newcomers and some “old-timer” members as well. Please let us know you’ll be attending by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or by signing up at the Kiosk.

GF515 Performances Continue and Hospitality Needed

Fridays and Saturdays

7:00-9:00 pm

March 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8 

30-minute performances given

We still need help with:

-Greeting people before they enter and talk with them after they exit the performance

-Providing food in the Parish Hall

 

Please sign up at the kiosk, or email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com for any of the remaining performances, to be greeters and/or to provide food. If you have questions or want more information please email Jenna Miller at jenalyn.marie@gmail.com.

GF515 / Holy Week & Easter Invite Cards are available at church exits. Invite others to come!

Next Parish Baptisms

After the baptisms on Easter Day, the next parish baptisms will be held on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 am. Pre-baptismal training sessions will be held on three prior Sundays at 9:00 am. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for all adult candidates and all parents of infant candidates. Also, attendance at the final session is required for sponsors and godparents. If you desire to be baptized or have a child baptized, or if you have any questions, please contact Ruth at ruth@allsaintslb.com or in the parish office at 562-438-3650 by Sunday, April 30. A subsequent day for baptism will be November 5 (All Saints Sunday).

Holy Days in April

Holy Days in April

April 9-16

Holy Week & Easter

April 26

Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist (tr)

Evensong at 6:45 pm

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(1)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.