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November 2017 Carillon from All Saints Cathedral

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From the Bishop

Bishop Keith Cathedral DedicationDear Cathedral family,

To God be the glory!

You all prayed, prepared and served so beautifully these past several weeks and lifted the diocese to your shoulders on Friday night so that the Lord Jesus might be glorified! The celebration was glorious! On behalf of our clergy and delegates, I am thrilled to offer you our thanks for every sacrifice you have made. Every gift you made blessed us.

You have made a home for us and we look forward to the years ahead as together we pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out Harvest workers and to build His Kingdom throughout our diocese.

I am your brother and fellow servant,
+Keith
Bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglicans

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From the Rector

Protestant Reformation – 500 Year Birthday

Dear All Saints Family,

Father Scott PedersonTuesday, October 31, marks 500 years since the Protestant Reformation officially began. The reason I say “officially,” is because other people, like John Wycliffe, spoke out earlier on similar things but they were martyred before traction took place. Anglican followers of Jesus Christ are thankful for Martin Luther and those that followed, especially Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer and Bishops Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, who were martyred for their witness under Queen Mary.

This past Sunday, many churches around the world celebrated Reformation Sunday. Much of our attention for the last couple months was intense preparation for the special service on Friday, October 27, which was the Dedication of All Saints as Cathedral and my Investiture as Dean, as well as The Diocesan Clergy Gathering and Synod from October 25-28. Because we did not address it on Reformation Sunday, I would like to do so now.

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Standard Time to Begin

Fall Clocks for Time ChangeAll Saints Sunday, November 5

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on the night of Saturday, November 4. Change your alarm clock and enjoy an extra hour of sleep before services on All Saints Sunday!
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All Saints Day Celebration

All Saints Day
Wednesday, November 1
Evensong at 6:45 pm (transferred from October 25)

Come and celebrate the Feast of All Saints with Evensong in St. Mary’s Chapel.

All Souls’ Day

Saturday, November 4
9:00 am – Holy Eucharist

If you have departed loved ones whom you would like remembered at Mass on All Souls Day, please email the names to Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com, or print their names on the sheets provided in the narthex or on the kiosk at church.
 

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 5
Patronal Feast Day Luncheon at 11:45 am

Come and celebrate our lives together in Christ on our Patronal Feast Day. This event is for the entire parish family, and we encourage everyone from both services to attend! To eat and to help at the lunch, please email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.
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Missional Opportunities

 

Third Saturday Thanksgiving Meal for the Hungry

Saturday, November 18
8:30 – 11:15 am – setup and meal prep
11:15 am – 1:00 pm – serve and clean up

This month we’d like to serve a special Thanksgiving meal to our guests, and we need your help:
To help on the day of the Thanksgiving meal-email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

To help cover the extra cost-make checks payable to All Saints Church and note “3rd Saturday Meal” on the memo line; place in the offering plate or bring to the parish office.
 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Tuesday, November 21 | 1:30 pm set up | 5:00 pm serve dinner

Come and help setup and/or serve at AB’s Thanksgiving Dinner. They need several people to help with each: set-up and serving dinner. The staff are always most grateful for our help and interaction with the residents, and have come to rely on our faithfulness. If you can help, please email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com, or sign up on the kiosk at church.
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Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 pm

All Saints will celebrate Thanksgiving with Holy Eucharist on Thanksgiving Eve at 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars and plan to come; let us worship our Lord together, giving him thanks for all our blessings.

This year our ingathering of food will be given to the Long Beach Rescue Mission for their Thanksgiving Feast. They will need the food items by Sunday, November 19, so please bring your donations by that date. See the Long Beach Rescue Mission article above for their needs list.

The parish office will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 23, 24.
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Prayers of Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

From the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us; for life and health and safety; for strength to work and leisure to rest; for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From Collects for the Christian Year, Anglican Church in North America
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Prayer Ministry at All Saints

There are several ways to submit prayer requests and receive prayer ministry at All Saints:

1) By filling out a Prayer Requests card found in the pew racks or at the prayer box on the table outside the parish office. These prayer requests are prayed for by the staff and vestry. Prayer requests taken from these cards for the sick, military family members, and expectant mothers are all added to the Intercessory Prayer section of the weekly announcement sheet and will remain on the list for one month unless otherwise requested.
 
2) Sunday Prayer Ministry, which is available after the 7:30 am service and during communion at the 10:00 am service in St. Mary’s Chapel near the brick wall. The Prayer Team is wearing burgundy stoles. All prayer concerns are confidential and left with the Lord.
 
3) The Prayer Tree is an email prayer group consisting of All Saints parishioners, which also includes the staff and vestry. How it works is by submitting prayer requests on email to Laurel Howat at ldhowat@aol.com, or by phone: 562-984-4393. She in turn sends the email requests to the Prayer Tree who begin praying immediately.
 
We consider it a privilege to join with God and you in prayer for yourself and those you love. We are grateful for this most precious gift He’s given us ~ prayer.

Dawn Pedersen
Prayer Ministry Coordinator
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Holy Days in November

Holy Days in November

November 1
All Saints Day
Evensong at 6:45 pm

November 4
All Souls Day (tr)
Mass at 9:00 am

November 5
All Saints Sunday
Morning Prayer at 7:10 am
Masses at 7:30 and 10 am

November 22
Thanksgiving Eve
Mass at 7 pm

November 26
Feast of Christ the King
Morning Prayer at 7:10 am
Masses at 7:30 am and 10 am

November 29
Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

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October 2017 Carillon from All Saints

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From the Rector

Father Scott PedersonDear All Saints Family,

Our hearts are broken as we see the darkness of humanity.  Another mass shooting with many hurt and many dead.  Chaos, hurt, pain, questions, doubt, etc. abound.  There are no easy answers.  And trying to give them in a time like this can seem trite and shallow.  Nonetheless, I offer this article written by Bishop Robert Barron for your consideration.

Hurting with you, but hopeful!

Fr. Scott

Jesus matters, even though – even because – the world is in a mess and injustice continues

As a Catholic bishop who regularly engages skeptics, I’m often asked: If Jesus is the son of God, the savior, risen from the dead, why is the world still in such a mess?

Not long ago, I was involved in a Jewish-Catholic dialogue, and one of my Jewish conversation partners said: “From our perspective, Jesus cannot be the Messiah, because when the Messiah announced by the prophets comes, he is supposed to bring forth universal justice and peace. Since this obviously hasn’t happened, Jesus can’t be the one.”

These are good and fair challenges to Christian belief. Almost everyone thinks that Jesus was a compelling moral teacher. But at the end of the day, he hasn’t seemed to have had much of a real impact on problems that afflict our world – especially in times of political strife, natural disasters and other suffering.

In my new book, To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, written with journalist John L. Allen, Jr., I consider this question.

  • The Roman cross – as apt a symbol of cruelty, corruption, violence and death as one could imagine – was meant to terrify everyone. But the first followers of Jesus saw it as a sign that the definitive battle had been won.

To understand why the world remains plagued with problems, let’s look at an analogy drawn from military history. After D-Day and the Normandy invasions in France, World War II in Europe was over for all practical purposes. Sensible people on both the German and Allied sides understood this.

Nevertheless, there was still an awful lot of work to be done, many more battles to be fought and much more blood to be shed before the final Nazi surrender. Something similar is true in regard to Jesus. On a terrible instrument of torture on a squalid hill outside Jerusalem, the son of God took upon himself cruelty, hatred, violence, stupidity and institutional injustice – indeed, all the permutations and combinations of human dysfunction.

And Jesus swallowed them all up in the divine forgiveness saying: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The ultimate enemy he struggled with that awful day was death itself. Jesus willingly succumbed to that power – a power that haunts every person on this planet, negatively conditions all that we think or achieve, and threatens every one of our relationships.

If Jesus had died on that cross and simply remained in his grave, he might be remembered by a few people as a hero from a distant time. But at the heart of the Christian faith is the claim that Jesus in fact – through the Holy Spirit – rose from death and thereby demonstrated that God’s love is more powerful than anything that is in the world. More powerful than hatred and injustice, and more powerful even than death.

And this is precisely why the first Christians held the cross of Jesus up as a kind of taunt. The Roman cross – as apt a symbol of cruelty, corruption, violence and death as one could imagine – was meant to terrify everyone. But the first followers of Jesus saw it as a sign that the definitive battle had been won.

Did the world become perfect overnight?  Of course not. But the back of the enemy had been broken. And therefore, the most extravagant hope is justified. In point of fact, the disciples of the risen Lord are given the privilege of gathering under his banner and joining him in the fight that remains.

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Bishop Robert Barron is auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles. He is arguably one of the most recognizable religious leaders in the country, through his CATHOLICISM documentaries on PBS; in his role as a religion correspondent for NBC; on his website, WordOnFire.org, which reaches millions of people each year; and on social media where he has millions of followers on Facebook and YouTube. His new book To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in A Secular Age, written with award-winning Vatican journalist John L. Allen, comes out October 31, 2017.

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Pastoral Visitations – Hospital, Rehab, etc.

This article was included in the September issue of the Carillon, but it’s important enough to reprint, to increase awareness:

Fr. Scott makes pastoral visits. He has a pastoral heart and wants to visit you when you are in medical need. Please let him know through the parish office where and when you are in a medical facility, so that he will know to make a visit. We understand if you prefer not to have visitors; but we would still like to pray for you, so please contact the office anyway. Details of your condition are, of course, kept in confidence, unless you tell us otherwise.

Parish office: 562-438-3650 or office@allsaintslb.com

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Missional Opportunities

Worship Services at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital

Sunday, October 1, 15, 22, 29
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, guide them through the liturgy, and be an extension of God’s love as we worship together.

All Saints 3rd Saturday Feed the Hungry Meal

Saturday, October 21
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 at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up on the kiosk at church.

Alamitos Belmont Halloween Party

Friday, October 27
1:30 pm – Set-up and fill candy bags only

Come be a part of our local missional outreach to the residents of the AB Rehabilitation – help set-up and fill candy bags at 1:30. (No later time of service for this party due to the Cathedral Dedication dinner and worship service.) Serving at AB is an excellent opportunity to bring Christ and his love to our neighbors. Sign up on the kiosk at church, or email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com.

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Cathedral Dedication & Fr. Scott’s Investiture as Dean

Friday, October 27 at All Saints
Dinner – served 5:00–6:30 pm – Clergy priority seating please
Worship Service and Celebration – 7:00 pm

You are invited to dinner and worship service for all clergy and laity in our diocese. To help us know how to prepare, please email Dawn at dawn@allsaintslb.com or sign up at the Kiosk by October 22 to attend the dinner. The worship service will be followed by decadent desserts and fellowship in the Parish Hall.

Invitation to join the Musicians for the Cathedral Dedication

Arend invites you to celebrate this special occasion by lending your talents to our music ministry. Experience the joy of collaborating with other worshippers from our church and other churches in our diocese. Email arend@allsaintslb.com if you are interested in participating in the music for this Mass or becoming a regular part of our music ministry.

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All Saints’ Sunday: Patronal Feast Day Celebration

November 5 at 11:45 am

Mark your calendar to come and celebrate our lives together in Christ on our Patronal Feast Day. This event is for the entire parish family, and we encourage everyone from both services to come! Sign up on the Kiosk for the lunch – to eat and to help.

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Adult Discipleship Hour: The Anglican Way

9:00 am Sundays

Our series on The Anglican Way continues, led by Dr. Jim Hearn and Dcn. Mike DiMarcangelo. It’s for everyone: newcomers to the Anglican church, lifetime Anglicans, and everyone in between. Join in anytime – all are welcome! Come, learn, and share.

A Brief History of Lay Reading and Call for Lay Readers

Did you know that our practice of lay reading derives from Jewish tradition? The early church adapted the role of Lector from the synagogue, where at least since the time of Jesus, both the Torah and the Haphtarah were read in the liturgy of the synagogue (Luke 4:16-20).

Although initially anyone was eligible to read, including women, minors and slaves, the requirement of literacy and the difficulty of deciphering the un-spaced and un-punctuated text of the period, limited the number of persons capable of performing the task. Over time, those eligible to read became restricted, and eventually only adult men were allowed to read. In the Roman West, lectors were counted among the lower or minor orders of clergy, along with doorkeepers, exorcists, and acolytes (from www.stjohnsomerville.org).

At All Saints we have both men and women lay readers. The texts are spaced, punctuated, and large print versions are sent to the readers ahead of time for practicing.
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Have you ever felt a tug to deepen your worship and strengthen your fellowship during mass? Becoming a lay reader will do just that. You will experience the joy of seeking God’s face as you serve your fellow congregants through the reading of scriptures and assisting the clergy in conferring the elements.

We particularly need lay readers for the 7:30 am service. There are certainly some 7:30 worship service folks out there who would enjoy doing this, and it would only mean getting to church just a tad earlier than usual. For 10:00 am people who are interested in what the 7:30 service is all about, now is the chance to find out first hand. The rotating shift makes it possible to still attend 10:00 services.

If you are at all interested in this ministry, please contact Laurel Howat: 562-984-4393. There will be a thorough training and practice with clergy and other lay readers well in advance of new assignments.

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(Extra) Ordinary Time: A Parishioner’s Perspective

Today is Friday, September 29, 2017 and I am wondering. I just downloaded the readings, Prayers of the People, and announcements for this coming Sunday, October 1. However, something is troubling me – my church calendar has a misprint. When I compare my Liturgical Calendar with the readings Dawn sent me for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, I am a bit confused.

Printed at the top of my calendar are the words “ORDINARY TIME,” but the readings I am practicing and the sermons I am hearing are “EXTRAORDINARY.”

The Old Testament reading is Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32. Ezekiel is told by the Lord God that all souls belong to Him. Israel is grumbling that the Lord is not just, but the Lord tells them that it’s their ways that aren’t just and the unjust shall die. The Lord God of Hosts invites the House of Israel to turn from their iniquity because it will be their ruin. The Lord invites them to make their hearts and spirits new; to turn and live. Extraordinary!

The New Testament reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians 2:1-13. Here Paul asks the Philippians to live in humility, and count others more significant than themselves. This is also that beautiful scripture where St. Paul reminds all of us that Christ, the only Son of God, made himself nothing for our sake; taking on the form of a servant. Furthermore, Jesus was so obedient that He humbled Himself to be sacrificed on the hard wood of the cross. Extraordinary!

The Gospel, from Matthew 21:23-32, relates the story of Jesus’ authority being questioned by the chief priests and the elders of the people. Jesus tells the spiritual leaders of the Jews that their unbelief is causing them to stumble. In a very pointed way, Jesus warns the leaders that the tax collectors and prostitutes will enter heaven without them because even after they saw the evidence, they did not believe. Extraordinary!

Finally, as special as the readings from Holy Scripture are for this coming Sunday, what about the sermons we hear? I am just going to use the example of Fr. Scott’s most recent two-parter on “Reconciliation”. He asked a lot of questions and challenged us to put away our anger and apply the Gospel and God’s clear teaching for problem solving. That is the toughest part for me. God’s solution didn’t work. I can fix it. I’ve got it, Jesus – don’t need your help. Lastly, on my knees, asking forgiveness, seeking His face. Holy Scripture read and proclaimed. Extraordinary!

I know that men infinitely wiser than me created The Liturgical Calendar and named this period, “ORDINARY TIME.” But, you know what? I just practiced reading these three scripture lessons again, and do you know what I think? I believe this is a very “EXTRAORDINARY TIME!”

In His service,

David Thornburg

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Ministry Focus: All Saints Prayer Tree

The Prayer Tree is an email prayer group who receive prayer requests generated by Laurel Howat or her backup helper, Caren Spilsbury. Once an email prayer request or praise report is received by Laurel, she in turn emails it to the Prayer Tree group who begin praying as soon as they read the email.

To add your request to the Prayer Tree, or find out how you can become a part of this ministry, please contact Laurel Howat: 562-984-4393.

Holy Days in October

Oct 18
Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist
Mass at 6:45 pm

Oct 25
Feast of St. James of Jerusalem / St. Simon and St. Jude (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 22

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.