God, our refuge and strength, true source of all godliness: Graciously hear the devout prayers of your Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who sits at your right hand to intercede for us, and who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns in everlasting glory. Amen.
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in continual godliness; that through your protection it may be free from all adversities, and devotedly serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Most high, omnipotent good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy. O God, you have made us and all living things. You are even more wonderful than what you have made. We thank you for giving us these pets who bring us joy. As you take care of us, so also we ask your help that we might take care of those who trust us to look after them. By doing this, we share in your own love for all creation. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed our congregation with the joy and care of children. In your mercy, give us courage, patience, and wisdom as we bring them up in the faith. By your Holy Spirit and through our faithfulness as the Body of Christ: may they learn to know, love, and trust you all the days of their lives. We ask all this for the glory of your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
ContentsThe Feast of St Francis and the Blessing of the Animals
The Long Beach Marathon
Come to the Mini-Kingdom Conference: Synod 2018 on October 27
An Evening Under the Stars – You are invited!
All Hallows’ Eve
Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples
Date Change: Good Friday 5:15 Work Party–Nov3
Altar Guild Request
Holy Days in October
Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the AnimalsWednesday, October 36:45 pm
We are celebrating St. Francis at this Evening Service with a Blessing of the Animals in the courtyard. Pets of all kinds are welcome along with their human family. For the comfort and safety of all pets and those in attendance, each pet needs to be controlled on a leash or in a carrier. Other pets (fish…snakes…elephants…?) must be properly contained. A picture of your pet may be brought and the pet blessed “in absentia”. Come and join in!Return to Top
Long Beach MarathonSunday, October 7 – Race Day
It’s time again for the Long Beach Marathon. Due to the nature of the event, there will be traffic delays that morning, which could impact your journey to worship service. See the flyer for more information.Return to Top
What are you doing October 27? Come to the Mini-Kingdom Conference: Synod 2018
|Friday, October 26 5:00-9:00pm||Saturday, October 27 8:30am-1:30pm||House of Delegates meeting 1:30-4:00pm|
At Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo
New! Childcare will be offered. Details will be forthcoming
Plenary Speaker: Archbishop Foley Beach Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear from AB Foley Beach, and be inspired and equipped for everyday Christian living and ministry through worship, fellowship with other Anglicans, and practical workshops – some offered by All Saints members! All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend, so please register now:
|MORE INFO REGISTER! WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS|
An Evening Under the Stars – You are invited!Thursday, October 18
4122 Ann Arbor Road, Lakewood
No cost for dinner!
All Saints has a table for this Dinner & Auction benefiting a local Christian ministry: New Life Beginnings that helps homeless women and children, and the victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Join other parishioners and attend – there are seats available! Click here for more information; and sign up by emailing Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or going to the kiosk at church.Return to top
Missional OpportunitiesAlamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Worship ServicesSundays, October 7, 21, 28
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, October 20
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 at email@example.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.Return to top
All Hallows’ EveWednesday, October 31 5:00-8:00 pm
Dear All Saints,
I’m excited to have this opportunity to remind you that Halloween or as I call it, All Hallows’ Eve, is just around the corner, and I plan on celebrating it with you, my All Saints family. For those who are new to All Saints or who would like a refresher, I have included a short reflection on what All Hallows’ Eve means for us as All Saints Cathedral and as Christians. If you want to skip that and jump to what we’re planning for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, then look for the bar below and read what follows it…
Halloween is a new-ish way of saying All Hallows’ Eve or the Eve of All Saints’ Day. It is a vigil that Christians keep before the actual feast day of All Saints. All Saints’ Day (hopefully that sounds familiar) is the celebration of our Christian belief in the Communion of the Saints. Or to put it a slightly different way, the belief that all Christians, both living and dead, are in fact Alive in Christ and are One Body, family, or people.
That’s obviously not what most of us think of when we think of Halloween. For most of our neighbors and friends, both believing and unbelieving, Halloween is a celebration of all things horrific, grotesque, twisted, and evil. In a word it is a celebration of death.
This makes sense in way. The popular version of All Hallows’ Eve is the natural result of trying to keep the form of a spiritual celebration without knowing or believing in the spiritual substance behind it. As with all holidays that the world attempts to hold onto without also affirming the gospel of Jesus Christ, their celebrations become twisted, empty, and even destructive shadows of themselves. Christmas becomes a commercial celebration of gifts we can’t afford. Thanksgiving, a celebration of overeating. Easter is about sickeningly sweet candy and pastel colors that most of us avoid the rest of the year (my apologies to those who love pastels). The interesting thing about these secular versions is they seem fairly innocuous. Shallow versions of the real thing, yes. But not blatant contradictions to the Gospel. Halloween is unique in this way.
Most websites you visit will say that All Saints’ Day is a celebration of the dead. This is of course only partially accurate (not all saints are dead), and without an understanding of what death means for Christians it will lead you into all kinds of bad places. Halloween does have something to do with the dead. And it is how we think about death that we see the difference between the hearts of those who have the hope of Christ and those who do not.
Fear of death, they say, leads us to need horror. It’s cathartic. We face our worst fears, dress up in them, decorate our walls with them, go to places that will enact them for us, we all have a good fright, then a good laugh at our fright, and feel much better. After all, weren’t we silly to be so afraid? Death isn’t outside our door. Cruelty, horror, and wickedness aren’t out to get us. Or are they? The fact is that after the laughs, some people can’t help but remember that cruelty, horror, and wickedness are not unknown in our world. Fear of death is no easy thing to shake. And so, when worldly minds look to celebrate the Feast of All Saints; a day that unavoidably makes us think of death, they turn to images of horror and violence. Because that is what death is for them. But that isn’t the only way to respond to death.
For the Christian, death is in fact a horror. It is natural, but only because it is a natural result of sin. We believe that death is not what we were made for. It is an affront to our very souls. But we believe that it has been overcome. We believe that Jesus has overcome sin and death. By his death, he destroyed death. By his resurrection he makes us alive forever more. By faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God makes us ALIVE and call us his holy (or saintly, or hallowed) people.
Because of this gift of life in Christ Jesus, we believe that those saints who have died a mortal death have passed beyond the grip of death. They are in fact more alive than we are because they are before the face of Life Himself. We might say they are the glorified saints. These glorified saints are now before the face of God, worshiping with and praying for those of us who live on in the flesh.
Therefore, All Saints’ Day is not so much a celebration of the dead. It is at its heart, a celebration of the living. It is a celebration of God’s free gift of Eternal Life and the Joy of a Glorious identity that smashes through all barriers of material, space, time, gender, and ethnicity. We are One Living and Holy people in Christ, made so as a gift by faith in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. AMEN! AMEN! Let all God’s Saints in heaven and earth say, AMEN!
This year on All Hallows’ Eve, we will be celebrating this Good News with a low-key time of enjoying treats, handing out candy, playing some festival type games, greeting those who are out and about for Trick-or-Treating, and closing with an All Hallows’ Evensong. I invite you to take part in this celebration by either volunteering to help or by joining us throughout the evening. This is a unique opportunity where our identity is being celebrated by our neighbors, and we can invite them to experience the joy we have in being the redeemed people of God. If you would like to participate in or support this joyful celebration you can:
- Attend, and invite friends and neighbors.
- Come dressed as a saint, maybe you have a favorite. Some of us did this a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun and deepened our love for this Great Cloud of Witnesses. If needed, we can help you research a saint and get a costume pulled together. *Note: You do not have to dress up as a saint to attend. It is recommended but not necessary.
- Donate candy. Bins for candy will be in the Parish Hall starting Sept. 30th.
- Run a game booth. If mingling and making small talk just isn’t your thing, then you might enjoy this. The games will be provided for you and we will train you.
- Help set up on Sunday, Oct. 28th or earlier in the day on Oct. 31st. We need some light decorating done as well.
- Help with food. We need baked goods and other treats to share. We need volunteers to help serve in the kitchen. Please sign up on the kiosk to help in this area.
Check out the kiosk at church for signup sheets. If you have questions or suggestions regarding this event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John CalleyReturn to top
Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for CouplesOctober 27 and 28
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
in Encino, CA
If you will not be attending Synod 2018, you may want to consider attending this excellent workshop for couples, facilitated by Morella Hammer and our own Shira Hearn. See the flyer for information.Return to top
DATE CHANGE: GF515 Work PartySaturday, November 3 in Downey
So as not to conflict with the Synod happening on Saturday, October 27, the GF515 Work Party has been moved to the following Saturday, November 3. The trailer, where the set is stored is located in Downey, just off of Imperial Highway. The plan is to carefully take everything out, inspect it for repairs, then put it back in a neat, orderly fashion. If interested, please contact Bill Austin at email@example.com for more details.Return to top
Altar Guild Request
In an effort to preserve our small linens, the Altar Guild would like to remind those who wear lipstick to please blot it before receiving communion. Thank you.Return to top
Holy Days in October
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm with Blessing of the Animals
Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm
Feast of St. James of Jerusalem (tr)Worship Service at 6:45 pm
All Hallows’ Eve (Eve of All Saints’ Day)Evensong at 7:30 pm
Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Friday, October 26, 2018 | 5:00pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:15am-4:00pm
at Presbyterian Church of the Master
Mission Viejo, California
We will gather on Friday night for dinner and our opening Eucharist so that we might worship together and on Saturday we will provide workshops on key subjects in hope of equipping lay leaders for ministry in the Local Church. Saturday begins at 8:15am with Morning Prayer and we will then hear from our plenary speaker Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Keith Andrews. The Intensive Training Tracks will be excused to begin at 10:00am and the Workshops begin at 10:55am (Session 1) and 11:40am (Session 2).
The two intensive training tracks will be led by clergy and laity with expertise in essential skills. Training Track A is entitled “Discipling our Adults Through Quads or Triads.” Training Track B is entitled “Missional Community Development Through Oikos and Deeply Rooted.”
We strongly encourage the participation of local church members who are not delegates but who will be equipped for disciple-making and missional community development.
Good Friday At 5:15 PM
Seeking Volunteers to fill Staff Positions
All Saints is seeking volunteers to fill the positions on the Good Friday At 5:15 PM Staff. If interested, please contact either the Parish Office or email Bill Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please pray that we will discern God’s will for this important outreach ministry.
Good Friday At 5:15 PM – in 2019:
March 29 and 30
April 5 and 6
April 12 and 13
Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital
Sundays, September 2, 16, 23, 30
2:30-3:00 pm | at 4th and Termino
Everyone is invited to attend a short service with the residents of AB. Your presence is welcome and your assistance with the residents is always appreciated! Newcomers are always welcome.
Third Saturday Meal for the Hungry
Saturday, September 15
8:30 – 11:15 am Set Up/Meal Prep
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 at email@example.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.
All Saints Sunday Funday
after the 10:00 am service until 3:00 pm
at All Saints
All are invited to join in an afternoon of fellowship, food, and fun. A Water Slide and a toddler wading pool will be available so bring a swimsuit and a towel. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided.
Please sign up by emailing Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the kiosk to:
2) bring sides, salads, and desserts
3) volunteer with set up, serving food, clean up
Please email John Calley at email@example.com if you have a pop-up tent you could bring.
Also, during the 10:00 am service, we will be commissioning our students and educators as missionaries to their schools and classrooms. Please feel free to contact John Calley for further details.
College of Bishops Update
September 4-6 | here at All Saints
We as the Cathedral have the awesome honor and responsibility of hosting these important meetings and sharing the love of Christ through the gift of hospitality to our province’s bishops and their wives. May God orchestrate and guide each day of events. Here’s how you can be involved:
Volunteers needed Sunday September 2 after 10am Service
Sunday, September 2
Volunteers are needed to help set up for the College of Bishops, after the 10:00 am service on Sunday. If you can stay after to help, please let us know by emailing Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just come!
You are invited – Opening Eucharist for College of Bishops
Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 pm
All Saints Cathedral
All parishioners are invited to join the Bishops for the opening Eucharist on Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come.
Please continue praying for the College of Bishops meetings -safe travel for our bishops, their wives, and staff members, productive meetings, warm fellowship, and God’s guidance throughout the week.
Holy Days in September
Feast of the Holy Cross (tr)
Evening Prayer with Reflection at 6:45 pm
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm
Feast of Holy Michael and All Angels (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; that we may love you faithfully with all our heart and soul and mind and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
O Lord, we pray that your grace may always both precede and follow after us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.