Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

We are a welcoming community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ with all that we are and all that we have. Through worship, fellowship, education, and mission we open ourselves to God and our neighbor.

Our Sunday worship services are at 8AM and 10:00AM in the church. There is a nursery at the main service and Children’s Church School. Wednesday worship: noon in the chapel.  10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center. Whoever you are, we invite you to join us.

Sermon–March 19, 2017

Sermon

Lent 3—Year A, March 19, 2017

William Bradbury

Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42

Saint Paul makes a startling claim in Romans today. He claims repeatedly that God has come to us in Jesus Christ. This is a claim that undercuts all human religion because religion is always busy looking for a way to get to the divine. The Masai in Kenya, I’m told, will leave a cup of milk outside the hut at night in order to get the gods to come near their hut and thereby keep the wild animals away. When asked why not bring the cup into the hut so they can have the gods up close and personal, they say the gods are dangerous and need to be kept at arm’s length. This is religion: as my friend Gray Temple puts it: “religion is a human technology for the control of divinity.” (I first heard Gray speak on this and the passage from the Gospel in a talk called “Fellowship with the Father” back in the early 1980s. It can also be found in his excellent book The Molten Soul. I shall always be indebted to him for the grace I received from this talk, which is why I bring it up so often.) Continue reading

Sermon–March 12, 2017

Sermon

Lent 2—Year A

March 12, 2017

William Bradbury

Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17

In the Oscar nominated movie “Lion”, based on the true story from the book A Long Way Home, a poor five year old Indian boy named Saroo gets tired of waiting for his 15 year old brother to return to pick him up at the village train station,  goes to look for food on an empty train in the station. He finds something to eat and then curls up on a bench and goes to sleep. Turns out this train, which is out of service, takes off and carries Saroo hundreds of miles to Calcutta where they speak a different language. He seeks protection with other street kids and then is taken in by a woman who may be trying to sell him into slavery. Finally, he ends up in a reputable orphanage, and from there he is adopted in 1987 by an Australian couple living in Hobart, Tasmania.

Saroo then flies to Tasmania to join his new family. At the airport this couple accepts Saroo. Here’s the thing: In theological and Biblical terms what they do in accepting him is called justification. Continue reading

Beautiful video of All Saints’

This video was taken by a local amateur videographer named Damon L. Arcangelo who visited All Saints’. Enjoy.

As an amateur photographer, I think he captured an “essence” of All Saints’ that goes back generations, and has a great eye for some of the stunning views in our church. Absolutely beautiful. See if you agree…

https://youtu.be/DooM_ueF56g

Thank you Damon!

Thrift Shop News

All white tickets are half price, and there are a ton of them. Come on down! We also accept clothing for consignment for the first two weeks of each month, so if you have in-season clothes in good condition (men, women’s, children), we’d love to have them. Thrift Shop hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-3. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity at All Saints’ and like numbers, we are also looking for a new Treasurer for the Thrift Shop. Amy Hunter has been filling this job nicely, but would like to move on. This is an “at home/on your own time” job. Please let me know if you are interested. Maggie Marshall, Thrift Shop chair.

Music musings

In previous weeks, I have given some reasons to consider joining a church choir. Today, I will excerpt heavily from a 9/23/14 article by Jonathan Aigner that was included in a “Ponder Anew” blog. His article is entitled “9 Reasons to Keep the Church Choir Alive” and represents a lot of what we try to accomplish at All Saints’. Six of his reasons seem most relevant.

  • Choirs support good congregational singing. … A choir demonstrates that the voice of the congregation is primary, not secondary.
  • Their visual presence is an encouragement to the congregation. … We are there to be together, to worship God with each other, to be community.
  • Choirs make a broader repertoire available for a worship service.
  • They can offer more difficult and complex music than is possible for the greater congregation. Besides leading in times of corporate singing, since choirs have the benefit of outside rehearsal time, they can offer up musical praises on behalf of the congregation that would otherwise not be possible. In this sense, a choir can be a preaching and praying group, proclaiming God’s self-revelation, to which the congregation can listen, meditate, and respond worshipfully in their hearts.
  • Choirs help singers develop and improve their musical gifts. Christians are a singing people. … Giving children opportunities for choral education in the local church setting further primes congregations to be accepting and supportive of choral music.
  • Participation in choir ministry can be an avenue for introducing outsiders to the church and the Christian faith. I’ve known many, many people who have come into a church by way of a choral ensemble, have heard the gospel, and have responded with committing their life to Christ. Or, as was the case in my life, choirs can help keep people connected to the faith. I was all but ready to leave the organized church as a teenager, but a move to a new congregation and finding love and acceptance in the choir loft kept me engaged, and ultimately set the stage for me to recognize my calling into vocational church work.

Also important to keep in mind is that in striving to accomplish all of the above, we manage to have FUN in the process! The choirs are open and accepting groups, and new members are always welcome. Please speak to me at any time if you want to know more. The door is always open. Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music.

E-bulletin contributions welcome!

E-bulletin contributions are welcome from everyone! This is YOUR publication, and the more news, the better. In addition to news from your group, the e-bulletin is also a great place to ask for volunteers. The weekly deadline is Wednesday noon, and articles can be sent to the church office.

Former RC’s at ASC

From Diane Olbert

Were you raised in the Roman Catholic church, but now find your spiritual journey has brought you to All Saints’? Do you have questions about the Episcopal Church? The service? The lingo? Would you just like to come and talk about the transition?

Questions? Contact Diane Olbert using the Contact Us page, selecting Former RCs from the “To be contacted” menu.