May 2017 Carillon from All Saints

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Contents for the May 2017 Carillon from All Saints

From the Rector
All Saints 2018 Status Report
Ascension Day
Missional Opportunities

Art Week is on the Way
Mother’s Day Lunch at All Saints
Created for Connection
Newcomers’ Gathering
Adult Discipleship Hour
Holy Days in May

From the Rector

Lenten Thoughts

What a powerful Lent.  It was a time to die to sin and to the power it holds in our lives.  Beginning with Ash Wednesday the call that prevails throughout the Lenten journey is to “create and make in us new and contrite hearts.”  While it is God who creates that new heart in us through grace, we were called on to receive God’s grace in repentance, a turning from our sin, and in faith, a turning toward God.  We were assisted in this journey of turning through the spiritual disciplines of fasting, prayer, and generous giving.

We found this prayer helpful and forming:

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: grant your people grace to love what you have commanded and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the 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

Holy Week Reflection

Please think about this story remembered.  It is not one story, but an unfolding story.  A member of our church asked me last year, “Fr. Scott, what can you do to make sure our people understand the power of Holy Week, and each service that we have?”  I thought about it, and understood his heart cry, but didn’t know what I could do.  I can’t make people go.  So, I encouraged everyone to come and be in each service, as we remember, reenact, worship, pray, and allow God to reshape our lives.  It is great to see different faces during Holy Week; how beautiful it would be to see those same faces experience all of it.  It is about us walking with Christ through the entire week together, and how that molds our spiritual lives for his purposes:

Holy Week started with Palm Sunday.  We experienced the blessing of the palms, processed around the block as a reenactment of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before his crucifixion.  There was joy and “Hosannas” followed by passion and death.

We experienced The Great Triduum: Maundy Thursday through Holy Saturday.  We are called again to enter once again into the meaning of it all, re-enacting Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Maundy Thursday 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 learned again the power of the towel and the basin by washing each other’s feet.  At the end of the service the high altar was stripped and washed by the priests after the reserved Sacrament was taken in procession to the Altar of Repose in the chapel.  We left in silence and many in our congregation took part in praying at the Altar of Repose throughout the night until Good Friday at noon.

Good Friday at noon we worshiped at The Great Liturgy of the Passion, which included the Devotion before the Cross (the honoring of Christ who hung on the cross, the instrument of our salvation).  In the evening we gathered for Evensong and then experienced the Stations of the Cross on the “Good Friday at 5:15” Jerusalem set.  We experienced and remembered together Christ’s death on the cross.  We glory in the cross, Oh Lord.

We met on Holy Saturday at 9:00am.  This day, the sad day between Good Friday and Easter, found us in the position of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, who said, “We hoped he was the one to redeem Israel” – with a sense of – “but he couldn’t have been because they killed him.”  Holy Saturday was a day of “waiting.”  We reminisced on the devastation of his followers; hopes that were completely and utterly dashed, and we remembered ours as well.

Easter Vigil dramatized the full flavor of the first Easter, moving from darkness into dawn, from death into life.  We lit the new fire to dispel the darkness, and from that fire the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lit and carried through the darkened Church to the altar.  From it people lit their individual candles, and darkness fled before the light, which is the Light of Christ, as the dawn broke around us.  The Old Testament readings recounted God’s mighty acts and promises; we experienced two babies and four young people baptized; the congregation renewed their baptismal vows.  The first Eucharist of Easter was celebrated, and we emerged from the Church, both literally and figuratively, into the sunlight of a brilliant Easter.  We ate a wonderful breakfast, and had the Easter Day Mass with the Flowering of the Cross.  The somber wooden cross of Good Friday became the glorious flowered cross of Easter.

How beautiful it would be next year to see all of us experience Holy Week together.  It is about us walking with Christ through the entire week in order that he will shape our spiritual lives for his purposes.

Many Thank Yous

What a blessed Lent, Holy Week, and Easter we had this past month! There are many of you who gave extravagantly to make that happen. I want to say thanks particularly to:

Bill Austin, the author of “Good Friday at 5:15”, and the entire team, too many to specifically name, at All Saints who built the set, served as actors, and worked behind the set as greeters, hosts, intercessory prayer, hospitality, cooks, prayer walkers, security, and Biola University, Zachary Bortot, and the Theater Department, etc.  600+ people came to hear the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Those who came and helped make palm crosses in advance of Palm Sunday;

The Choir, instrumentalists and particularly Arend Jessurun, for their heartfelt musical worship throughout Holy Week and then especially on Easter Day;

Vondi Forrester and the faithful Altar Guild team for their reverential preparation of the altar throughout the week, and for bringing off all our services without a hitch;

Todd Jones and our Acolyte Team for stepping up and stepping out in their selfless service at the Altar;

Dan Kamikubo and the kitchen volunteers for bringing about yet another wonderful Easter Breakfast following the Vigil;

Ann Askey and Cynthia Trotter for arranging the flowers so beautifully for the Altar of Repose, and all those who donated flowers;

Ruth Norman and Dawn Pedersen, who worked many extra hours to create the bulletins and to administer our many services, and Cynthia Trotter and Bette Johnson for helping with the Holy Week and Easter service programs;

Our dedicated Prayer Ministers for bathing the whole week in intercession.

And for all others who have served during this special time of the Church year.

I pray that you were able to encounter the crucified and resurrected Christ this Holy Week and Easter more deeply and fully than ever before.  Thank you for the many ways you give so generously.  If you see any of these servants, please express your appreciation for their faithful ministry.

A blessed Eastertide to you all, in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Blessings and peace,

Fr. Scott +

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ALL SAINTS 2018: Status Report

Thanks to the support received for ALL SAINTS 2018 from so many parishioners we not only preserved our church home but also have pledged funds that will allow us to start addressing many long deferred capital improvements.  We thank each of you who are continuing to provide the funds that you have already pledged in support of ALL SAINTS 2018, and praying that those who have not yet joined in this effort will make a commitment to do so in the near future.

Here is an update on what we have already accomplished and what projects are in process:

 

  1. A new roof has been installed on the Rectory.
  2. Major repairs have been made to the Church roof that should put us in good stead for the future.
  3. A new carillon system has been installed so that All Saints can announce its presence in the community with beautiful bells.
  4. We have hired an architect and structural engineer to help us investigate and prepare plans for projects as we move forward.
  5. Final plans have been completed for a complete remodel of the men’s restroom to bring it into compliance with current building codes and handicap access requirements.
  6. Our structural engineer has prepared final plans for the repair/replacement of the deteriorated bases of the columns supporting roof overhangs in our patio areas.
  7. We have meet with a firm that specializes in restorations of historical buildings to discuss how we can best address badly deteriorated window structures while preserving traditional design and beauty. We are awaiting their report.
  8. We have completed a temporary leveling off of the dangerous uneven conditions of our north patio and are investigating alternative options for a new patio surface.
  9. We are awaiting a report on the condition of all of our stained glass windows and what actions may be needed to restore and preserve them.

 

As you can see, a lot is going on — and a lot more awaits to be addressed.  Your continued support is critical if we are to be successful in meeting all of our capital improvement needs.   If you have not already done so, please send in your pledge of support for ALL SAINTS 2018.  No amount is too small as every new commitment helps us to continue moving forward.

Yours in Christ,

William Davidson

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Ascension Day

Wednesday, May 24

6:45 pm  Holy Eucharist

6 So when [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”   Acts 1:6-11 ESV

Ascension Day commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. After 40 days of post-Easter instruction, Jesus commands His disciples (including us): “You shall be my witnesses…to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 esv). As Christ ascended to heaven, He became our eternal Advocate at His Father’s side, glorified our humanity, and sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to witness and minister in His Name. Come and celebrate this holy day at All Saints.

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Missional Opportunities

Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Sunday, May 7 – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, May 21 – 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, May 20

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 (dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

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Art Week is on the Way

Art WeekJuly 24-28th, 5:30-7:45 PM

Our 3rd Annual Art Week is coming soon. This is a week dedicated to sharing the love of God through community and the arts.

Art Week is free and open to all children ages 5-10. Parents are welcome to take part.

RSVP by July 17th. Walk-ins welcome.

To RSVP or for more information please email: office@allsaintslb.com

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Mother’s Day Lunch at All Saints

Sunday, May 14
11:30 am in the Parish Hall

Everyone is invited to a special lunch honoring mothers. For food planning purposes, please sign up at the kiosk at church or by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

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Created for Connection

Tuesday evenings beginning May 2
runs for 8 sessions
7:30 pm at All Saints
$85 per couple

Created for Connection is a Christian marriage education program designed to help couples of all ages get out of their “stuck” places. No group sharing. Led by Shira Hearn, who is graduating in June with a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Space is limited to 6 couples. For more information and to sign up, please contact Shira Hearn through the parish office at office@allsaintslb.com> or 562-438-3650.

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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’ll have an opportunity to learn more about All Saints and ask questions about our parish life together. We also invite longer-time parishioners to help welcome them to All Saints. Please let us know you’ll be attending by emailing Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

Adult Discipleship Hour – new class

Sundays at 9:00 am
in the Parish Hall

Join in our new Adult Discipleship Hour course titled “Encountering Mission in the Scripture: Biblical Foundations – The Old Testament,” focusing on the current context of mission, mission as found in the Old Testament and the theology of mission. Led by Jim Hearn. Newcomers welcome!

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Holy Days

May 3
Feast of St. Phillip and St. James, Apostles (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

May 24
Ascension Day (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

May 31
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Evensong at 6:45 pm