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Proper 8

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All Saints Art Week 2.0 is Coming!

All Saints Art Week 2.0 (VBS)
July 11-15
5:30-7:45PM Monday through Friday
For ages 5-10
Monday-Thursday: Arts and Bible exposure, and art making
Friday: Gallery Reception showcasing the children’s artwork
For more information, email John Calley at john@allsaintslb.com

Adult Discipleship Hour Class: Bill Hull’s seminar Conversion & Discipleship,

The Adult Bible Study is now moving through Bill Hull’s seminar on his book, Conversion & Discipleship, You can’t have one without the other

Some people believe you can have conversion without discipleship, Bill believes that the proof of conversion is discipleship. We live in a post-Christian world, a post-evangelical world, a post-orthodox world, the majority of the people around us have stopped attending church. The toughest mission field in the world is Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Do we have a response? Bill proposes a way out, the way that Jesus showed us long ago, but somehow we have lost our way. Books are available to those interested in purchasing them. Everyone is welcome.

Proper 7

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Proper 6

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proper 5

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Independence Day

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All Saints Church June 2016 Carillon

Contents

Measuring Footsteps More Than the Head Nods
The Youth Ministry
Advancement Sunday Celebration and Potluck
All Saints Art Week 2.0
Youth LA Union Rescue Mission Service Project
EAT + GROW + SWIM: Youth Swim Nights
Ministry With John Days
Conversion and Discipleship
All Saints Third Saturday Outreach Meal
Ministry Fair at All Saints
Long Beach Rescue Mission
Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Light invitation
Holy Days in June

Measuring Footsteps More Than the Head Nods

Dear All Saints Family,

The old paradigm of Christendom (a world that was assumed to be Christian) and Modernism (culture based on reason, science, technology, certainty, optimism, where all the problems can be solved) has fallen. A Post-Christendom (where the Christian story is unknown and churches are unfamiliar institutions) and Post-Modern (a new kind of culture that is fragmented, uncertain, pessimistic, intuitive, different, don’t know where we are) worldview has emerged. We have been hit by a major tsunami of change which has altered our lives forever. Will we sink or swim? There are three responses to such a danger. Will we respond with denial? This is the refusal to see the world from any other perspectives than our limited one, or the one in which we feel most comfortable. Will we say, “Out of here?” “Yes, it is a tidal wave. I can smell the storm in the air and see the rain coming in the clouds. I can feel it in my bones and I am out of here!” This will happen by dreaming of the past and rejecting and disengaging from the future. Will we hoist the sails? Or in the language of Hawaii, “Surf’s up!” In other words, let’s bring God’s love into this new Post-Modern and Post-Christian cultural wave in which we find ourselves. May we build some new structures and adopt some new strategies in the midst of a sea change for this day. Like Noah’s dove, we are to be faith communities that with boldness and courage scout this new world after the sea change (Leonard Sweet, SoulTsunami, Grand Rapids, MI: ZondervanPublishingHouse, 1999, 17-23.) We are being presented with a C.O.D. package from God – Change Or Die!

Personally, I think the best way to understand these changes is through Christendom and Post-Christendom lenses. Christendom is over! There was a time in history where almost everyone in the Western world believed, belonged to a church, and was greatly influenced by the church’s rites and teachings. Historians call that period “Christendom.” Christendom began in the fourth-century A.D., when the church picked up the pieces of a fallen Roman Empire. The church attempted to create a Christian civilization; to shape laws with biblical principles; and to place kings and emperors with the responsibility of Christian discipleship. The church defined the patterns for each area of life. Government, education, art, architecture, literature, music, personal morality, community life, and even economies were all functioning under Christianity’s umbrella. The church became the source and center of Western Civilization, influencing every area of life, thought, and activity. If people were educated, they received it from the church. Art and music served Christianity. The church even became a major land-holding institution (George Hunter, How To Reach Secular People, Nashville, TN: Abington Press, 1992, 23-24.). There was good that came from this era, but there was certainly major compromise to the Biblical, Gospel, and Kingdom reality.

However, things have changed. Church attendance is at an all-time low. Nations that were once significantly Christian are now largely secularized. Now the Western world is the toughest mission field on earth. There is more resistance to the Christian faith in the heart of the old Christendom than anywhere else – England, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and now, the United States of America. Meanwhile, the Christian movement has experienced great growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and has demonstrated great persistence, vitality, and growth in China, Russia, and most other Communist nations – even, and especially, during persecution. More people go to church in Moscow than in London. The Western nations who historically sent missionaries to the rest of the world are now mission fields themselves, and they are extremely difficult mission fields (George Hunter, 24-25). We are living in a society that once was Christian, and is now clearly Post-Christian, and in many ways, anti-Christian.

Because the Western world is in the midst of a massive transition from Christendom to Post-Christendom and Modernity to Postmodernity, All Saints Church wants to be aware of these cultural shifts so we can think like missionaries during these times and influence our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ in a contextually sensitive and theologically informed way. This change feels like to many a great release from captivity of some sort and to others like a severe loss. This small article is about rethinking our identity and purpose so we can be most effective in this enormous change. To be honest, we have already been on the Post-Modern and Post-Christian side for some time. It, unfortunately, takes churches some time to identify the changing culture and understand how that might impact our missional calling engagement with the world.

The church is to recognize that the calling of the church in every culture is to be mission. The church’s mission is to be the presence of the Kingdom. The church’s style of life becomes a missionary dialogue. Robert Webber writes:

The church is now the sign, instrument, and foretaste of the coming kingdom. The church’s mission is to show the world what it looks like when a community of people live under the reign of God. The true gospel is portrayed best by the community that believes it, embodies it, and testifies to it in the midst of any given culture in all places and at all times. The church is not the same as the predominant culture. It is an alternative culture that points to the kingdom of God (quoting George R. Hunsberger, “The Newbigin Gauntlet: Developing a Domestic Missiology for North America,” Missiology: An International Review 10, no. 4, October 1991, 133).
Jesus’ last words in Matthew were, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (28:18-20). The simple word “go” means “as you are going” or “as you go.” The idea is, “wherever you go, wherever your journey takes you…” The mission according to Jesus was to make disciples who make disciples. A disciple is a follower or apprentice of Jesus, living in the Kingdom, the rule and reign, of God.
It is our desire to continue to explore the command of Jesus to create a disciple-making movement at All Saints Church. I celebrate the ways we are making disciples, and I am excited to journey with you in creating more discipleship spaces that are easy, doable, and transferable, so that we can all make disciples who make disciples. The world might look different, and it might make it challenging, but our call is still the same. And I hope this encourages you, that historically the church has always done better from the margins of society, then from the center of it.

You can see below a challenge by Bishop Keith Andrews to our Diocese called “Partnership in the Gospel.” This is for all of us: our laity (all the people of God), clergy, Churches, and Deanery. Please pay close attention to what our Bishop says.

PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

The Spread of the Gospel in the Post-Modern and Post-Christian World in Western Anglicans

  1. Clergy and Laity must become partners in sharing the gospel
  2. Clergy must partner with each other across congregational structures and utilize the Deanery support system to strengthen everyone
  3. Clergy must spend time with Lay Leaders of people who share the gospel beyond their church circle of friends
  4. Clergy must resist the temptation to focus on ‘running the church machine’ because it will absorb every hour dedicated to it
  5. Clergy must measure the footsteps (actions) more than the head nods (intellectual ascents) as commitment must supersede agreement
  6. Clergy must risk in leadership to lead people where they do not want to go, invading what everyone considers their right to their comfort zone

On mission, and loving it!

Fr. Scott +

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The Youth Ministry

Dear All Saints Church,

It’s Summer Time again and

another school year comes to an end. With the end of the school year the All Saints Youth and Children Ministry will be starting its summer time schedule. Below is a list of important events coming up – some for the whole parish. These events are designed as disciple-making encounters, not entertainment. Please prayerfully consider being involved in these events by volunteering, by inviting children, grandchildren, neighbors, and most of all by praying.

Blessings to you all,

John Calley

Director of Youth and Children Ministries

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Advancement Sunday Celebration and Potluck

June 12 in the Parish Hall following the 10 am service

Everyone is invited to join the celebration of our advancing students onJune 12. Following the 10:00 am service we will have a potluck lunch and share in a time of prayer and blessing for our advancing students. Sign up at the Kiosk at church, or by emailing Dawn if you plan to attend and/or to bring a dish to share.

Congratulations to all our graduates and to the Youth and Children Ministry Leaders for all of their hard work this school year.

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All Saints Art Week 2.0

July 11-15

The 2nd Annual All Saints Art Week will provide a fun, enriching, and creative space for students (ages 5-10) to practice the divine gift of artistic expression, as they are exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was a fantastic event last year that drew several neighborhood families. We strongly encourage you to come out and join in this outreach opportunity.

Program: Monday-Thursday: Arts and Bible exposure, and art making. Friday; Gallery Reception showcasing the children’s artwork

Participants: Ages 5-10

Volunteers: We have a job for every age and ability. Sign up at the Kiosk or contact John Calley at john@allsaintslb.com or call 562-438-3650 to volunteer to help. We need: art and craft helpers, crowd control, registration table managers, prayers, snack helpers, etc.

Our Youth are particularly invited to participate as leaders in the 2ndAnnual All Saints Art Week. Last year this outreach event drew several neighborhood families and we expect that it will grow this year now that the word is out.

Youth can join in ministering through this event by joining the planning committee, leading children in art projects, or supporting other leaders. Please let John know ASAP if your student is interested in helping.

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Youth LA Union Rescue Mission Service Project

June 28-30

The High School youth will be spending 3 days and 2 nights at the LA Union Rescue Mission taking part in service, worship, and learning experiences. This is an exciting missions opportunity that has the potential to be a wonderful discipleship opportunity for our youth as they follow Jesus and find that he is found right where he said he would be; with the poor and broken. Please pray for our youth as they take part in this and feel free to ask them how it went.

You can visit http://urm.org/get-involved/experience/ for more information about the project.

Important information: This is primarily a service project for youth 14 and older but exceptions for younger students can be made. Please contact John Calley if you have questions.

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EAT + GROW + SWIM: Youth Swim Nights

Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm starting June 22

The Youth Group’s regularly scheduled Wednesday Night program will be moving off campus and into the homes of generous, pool owning, All Saints parishioners. We will be sharing dinner together, spending time in discipleship focused conversation, and sharing in the joy of a summer evening swim. Far from being a frivolous party; this time of fellowship, study, and deep discussion is where a significant amount of discipleship takes place. It is also a great time for new students to build friendships around God’s word and the fellowship of believers.

For our discussion time we will be using the study guide; Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God and Faith. This study is published by the Fuller Youth Institute and is a part of their Sticky Faith Curriculum. The goal is for students to think deeply about and get answers to some of the difficult questions that they are dealing with among their peers and in the classrooms of their schools. It is also a great opportunity for your students to be bold and invite friends who might have questions about Christianity. Non-Christians and wavering Christians welcome.  If you want information about where we will be meeting, have a pool and would like to host the youth group, or want to know more please email John Calley atjohn@allsaints.com. RSVP to John by June 15th to help us order enough books. Please invite your grandkids, children, and neighbors.

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Ministry With John Days

Tuesday afternoons this summer

Every Tuesday afternoon this summer, John Calley will be engaging in various forms of ministry from Lay Eucharistic Visits, to working on facilities projects around the church, to making art (yes, art is a form of ministry). He’s inviting the youth and older children (3rd grade – up) to join him. This is going to be an experiment in mentorship, so space is limited to three students per Tuesday. The specific activity will be determined on a week by week basis. If your student is interested, please contact John by emailing john@allsaintslb.com  He will put you on the email list to let you know what he has cooked up.

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Conversion and Discipleship

Bill Hull to lead Adult Discipleship Hour

9:00 am Sundays
beginning June 5

We are excited to announce that Bill Hull will be leading a new study covering the topic of his book, Conversion and Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other. Books will be available for purchase. Everyone is encouraged to join in.

More information about Bill Hull Ministries can be found at http://www.billhull.net/

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All Saints Third Saturday Outreach Meal

Saturday, June 18
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.  Please sign up on the kiosk at church or by emailing Dawn.

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Ministry Fair at All Saints

Sunday, June 26
After services

Save the Date for food, fun, auction baskets and lots of opportunities to become more involved at All Saints! For more information and to help with the events of the day, please see Carolyn Templin, Keri Simmons, Caren Spilsbury or Cynthia Trotter, or contact the parish office, 562-438-3650..

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Long Beach Rescue Mission

Current needs

Coffee is a huge need right now – their goal is to collect 300 pounds of it. Additionally, they could use snore strips and small fans for coming hot days. Canned food is always welcomed, too. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and blesses many people in great need.

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Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Light invitation

Altar Flowers: $60
Sanctuary Light: $20

Flowers help beautify the church and enhance our worship space. You are invited to remember and celebrate loved ones or give special thanks to God by contributing for an altar flower arrangement, $60. When the altar is not decorated with flowers, during certain liturgical seasons such as Advent or Lent, you are welcome to contribute for the sanctuary light, $20. Also welcome are combined donations from multiple parties, for a single arrangement.

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Holy Days in June

June 8
Feast of St. Barnabas, the Apostle (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

June 22
Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

June 29
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles (tr)
Evensong at 6:45 pm

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The Season after Pentecost

O God, your never failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.