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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.

The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; 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.

Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

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

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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.