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Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The All Saints May Carillon

From the Rector–Wednesday Nights Starting in May

Last Wednesdays, 6:45 pm – Evensong

All other Wednesdays, 6:45-7:15 pm – Mass

1a18a665-0e64-402d-860b-b2df8fbdf369-thumbnailI am very excited to share with you about some slight changes to the schedule for Wednesday nights starting in May.  We will celebrate Mass on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:15 pm, and hold Evensong the last Wednesday night of the month at the same time.  So, if there are four Wednesdays in a month, the first three weeks will be Mass and the fourth week will be Evensong.  If there are five Wednesdays, the first four will be Mass and the last will be Evensong.

Evensong is basically Evening Prayer with sung portions throughout.  We do Evening Prayer most evenings at 5:45 pm in St. Mary’s chapel and encourage individuals and families to do it in their home as well.  We would like to provide Evensong once a month as a church family, and I am very excited about it.  Just an interesting note… I just read an article from The Telegraph in England entitled: “Looking for Britain’s future leaders? Try evensong.”  This is just part of the article:

Evenings in the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge are a time of drunken hedonism, white tie parties or angry political agitation, depending on one’s preference. But one evening pursuit which has been enjoying an unexpected boost in popularity in the two universities is as far from the cliché of raucous student life as it is possible to imagine – choral evensong.  College chaplains have seen a steady but noticeable increase in attendances at the early evening services which combine contemplative music with the 16th Century language of the Book of Common Prayer.

I find this fascinating.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a return of people, and especially young people, to this beautiful, rich, historic liturgical worship service?  I invite you to join in.

Warm regards,
Fr. Scott

 

Sacramental Imagination for Politics

cd9db07d-7938-4dfa-9a74-de21893837b5-thumbnailfrom anglicanpastor.com
by Fr. Shawn McCain

The most political thing I’ve done this week is baptize children. Seven children actually, including one infant.

I love the image of burial and resurrection with Christ that we witness in our one hundred and fifty gallon stock tank we place at the entrance of the church. It’s one of my favorite celebrations to lead as a priest. It’s a funeral and birth piled into one moment, and the whole family is there to see it. Kids sit around the tank, new spiritual parents, brothers and sisters are made—all watch with anticipation. Some gasp when I swoop the infant in the water, others cry tears of joy. Those poor newcomers, realizing they’ve found themselves in a very intimate family moment. It’s overwhelming, mysterious, and exhilarating to witness. And it’s all highly political.

read more on anglicanpastor.com.

 

Archbishop Foley’s Call to Prayer – events update

May 14, 10:00-10:30 am
on Long Beach City Hall steps    

June 25, time TBA 
at All Saints

Archbishop Foley Beach has asked that all congregations gather, on the steps of their courthouse if possible, and pray for the leaders of their community and the country – by June 30.  All Saints is responding to two corporate prayer opportunities:

May 14  |  10:00-10:30 am  

We will gather on the steps of the Long Beach City Hall.  Long Beach is home to All Saints so that location has been chosen.  You may choose your local City Hall if you prefer.  We will gather for about 30 minutes for a time of quiet and solemn prayer for hope, guidance and wisdom for our leaders, using a prayer provided in advance. Parking should be plentiful on a Saturday morning and logistics are available at www.longbeach.parkingguide.com. The Archbishop has specifically said this is not intended to “make a splash.” We are called to humbly and reverently gather and offer our prayers on behalf of our leaders and our community to the Lord Most High.

June 25  |  Time TBA

We will hold a gathering at All Saints.  This is not only for those who cannot attend the May event; it is a follow-up to the May event with special prayer activities and guests.  It will last about an hour and the time will be announced as calendars are confirmed. Be sure to save the date!

Archbishop Foley has called us all to prayer, and it is our honor and burden to respond.  Please take time for prayer through these offerings, or pick up the designated prayer cards, available starting June 1 and offer your prayers on your own.

 

Mother’s Day Encouragement Notes for Moms of Precious Lamb Preschoolers

Needed by May 6th

0e918839-d0ea-45a3-a321-5d9ceaafecf6-thumbnailTherefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the kindness someone has shown for you? With Mother’s Day fast approaching, Precious Lamb is seeking to overwhelm the moms we serve with encouragement and care.  Would you personally take a moment to write down a word of encouragement—maybe a verse, an inspirational quote or something that has blessed you.  They would love to give each mom a whole stack of encouraging cards, cards they can read and hold on to as visible reminders of the care others have for them and their children.

The Mother’s Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 14th.  Please return your notes of encouragement to them by Friday, May 6th:

Precious Lamb Preschool, Inc.
2005 Palo Verde Ave PMB 301
Long Beach CA 90815
(562) 243-1715
www.preciouslamb.org

Ascension Day (tr)

77240c2b-1ff8-4c48-a77e-4f0bf838f1caSaturday, May 7
9:00 am Mass

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.

Mother’s Day Brunch

 

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After the 10:00 am service

We will be celebrating the mothers in our parish with a brunch following the 10:00 am service on Mother’s Day. Please sign up on the kiosk at church or by emailing Dawn here, so we know how much food to prepare.  And invite your mothers!

 

New ACNA Daily Office 2-Part Training

Wednesdays, May 11 and May 18 at 7:15 pm immediately following Mass

Many have expressed an interest in learning more about Morning and Evening Prayer. So this month we are offering a two-part training in the Daily Office – for personal, family, or church use. We will be using the new version put forth by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). To aid us in our planning and preparations, if you would like to attend, please sign up on the kiosk at church, or by emailing Dawn.

 

Missional Opportunity: All Saints 3rd Saturday Outreach Meal

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

 

Holy Days

May 4
Feast of St. Phillip and St. James, Apostles (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

May 7
Ascension Day (tr)
Morning Prayer at 8:45 am
Mass at 9 am

June 1
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (tr)
Mass at 6:45 pm

Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The All Saints April Carillon

Contents

California Anglican Men’s Weekend 2016
Precious Lamb’s Art Gala & Auction
Save the Dates for Archbishop Foley’s Call to Prayer
Visit the Holy Land
Holy Week and Easter Thanks
Thank you to our All Saints helpers!

California Anglican Men’s Weekend 2016

April 22 – 24
Forest Center at Forest Home Christian Conference Center
Forest Falls, CA  92339
The Diocese of Western Anglicans and Bp. Keith invite all men to be a part of the California Anglican Men’s Weekend.  This year’s topic is: STEP OUTSIDE: Living According to our Christian Faith.  Speakers include: Bp. Keith, Jeff Bisgrove, Ryan Thurman, and Rick Crossley.  For more information and to register, please see the brochure here or go to:www.anglicanmensweekend.org. Limited partial scholarships available; contact Fr. Scott.

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Precious Lamb’s Art Gala & Auction

Friday, April 29
6:00-9:00 pm
$25.00 per ticket
at Summit Aviation Hangar in Long Beach

Come to this special event for music, food, drinks, art – and to help benefit one of the local Christian ministries that All Saints supports. It will feature artwork by students of Millikan High School and Biola University. See the flyer here for more information. RSVP by April 22.

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Save the Dates for Archbishop Foley’s Call to Prayer

Archbishop Foley Beach has asked that all congregations gather, on the steps of their courthouse if possible, and pray for the leaders of their community and the country.  He’s asked that we accomplish this by June 30.  In order to accommodate our parish, two opportunities are being offered.  On Saturday, May 14, all who are able are invited to gather on the steps of the Long Beach City Hall.  Long Beach is home to All Saints so that location has been chosen.  You may choose your local City Hall if you prefer.

At this event, a suggested prayer will be provided in advance and at the event.  We will gather for about 30 minutes for a time of quiet and solemn prayer for hope, guidance and wisdom for our leaders. Parking should be plentiful on a Saturday morning and logistics are available at www.longbeach.parkingguide.com. The Archbishop has specifically said this is not intended to “make a splash.” We are called to humbly and reverently gather and offer our prayers on behalf of our leaders and our community to the Lord Most High.

Additionally, on Saturday, June 25, we will hold a gathering at All Saints.  This is not only for those who cannot attend the May event; it is a follow-up to the May event with special prayer activities and guests.  It will last about an hour and the time will be announced as calendars are confirmed, but please put this on your calendar as well.

Archbishop Foley holds ministerial authority over our diocese and has called us all to prayer.  It is our honor and burden to respond.  Please take time through these offerings or pick up the designated prayer cards that will be available on June 1 and offer your prayers on your own.
Read the Archbishop’s entire letter here.

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Visit to the Holy Land

Travel Dates: March 11-20, 2017
Hosted by: Bishop Keith Andrews

Join Bp. Keith as he hosts, “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus 10-day Biblical Tour of Israel.”
For more information and how to register, please see the brochure here.  . You won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity!

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Holy Week and Easter Thanks

What a blessed 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:
  • Those who came and helped make palm crosses in advance of Palm Sunday;
  • The young people of our parish for their moving portrayal of the message of the Cross at Tenebrae, and to John Calley and his team for their creativity and guidance.
  • 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 Corps for stepping up and stepping out in their selfless service at the Altar;
  • Dan Warren and his great team of ushers for their good work during all the services this week;
  • Dan Kamikubo and the kitchen volunteers for bringing about yet another wonderful Easter Breakfast following the Vigil;
  • Anne Black and helper 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 Anne Black, Cynthia Trotter, Donna Woodfield, and Bette Johnson for helping with the Holy Week and Easter service bulletins;
  • 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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Thank you to our All Saints helpers!

We, the Altar Guild, want to give a hearty thanks to our folks for helping us make the palm crosses this year. Your effervescent enthusiasm and nimble fingers enabled us to complete the task in record time. We really appreciate your interest in serving our Lord Jesus Christ. We are looking forward to your joining us next year. Blessings to each and every one of you!

The Altar Guild

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Easter Day

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.