Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

  • All Saints' Church (photo Edward Haynes)
  • Consecration of Bishop Alan Gates (photo: Chris Mills)
  • All Saints' Bell Choir at Consecration of Alan Gates (photo: Chris Mills)
  • Welcome Back Cookout September 7, 2014
  • Village Harmony at All Saints' July 11, 2014
  • Maggie Marshall at the Association of Anglican Musicians conference in DC
  • Pentecost Music (photo: Edward Haynes)
  • Pentecost: Bow the Knee (photo: Edward Haynes)
  • Four Choirs Festival (photo: Edward Haynes)
  • Epiphany 2014, Parish Choir (photo by Edward Haynes)
  • Lessons & Carols, 2013
  • Sermon, November 2013

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 is at 8:00 and 10:00 AM with Children’s Church School at 9:45 AM. Wednesday worship: noon in the chapel.  10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center.   Whoever you are, we invite you to join us.

Music for October 5

This Sunday’s music celebrates God’s creatures, great and small, as well as God’s creation of our good earth. It is one of my favorite Sundays of the year for music programming! Our three hymns are feel good, great words hymns: “All creatures of our God and King,” “All things bright and beautiful,” and “Earth and all stars.” In place of the psalm, we will be using Anglican chant to sing “The Canticle of Creation.” We hope that you will take a leap of faith, and jump on board in singing this. We will be experimenting with different types of psalm singing, as well as occasionally speaking the psalm. The small but mighty Disco Penguins will be making their debut with “The Butterfly Song,” ably assisted by Adrienne Spear on guitar, and the bold and beautiful “B #” choir will be singing Benjamin Britten’s mystical, “The Birds.” The Parish Choir will song “The Canticle of Thanksgiving,” by one of their favorite composers, John Rutter. Remember – singing is considered praying twice, so it’s possible to earn extra heaven credits by being in one of these choirs. J The organ voluntaries will be whimsical in nature, and based on “All things bright and beautiful,” and “The ants go marching one by one.”

 

Sunday Forums, 10/5 and 10/12

The topic for 10/5 is “Dying and the end of life – A practical chapter”, as a follow-on to Lynne Grillo’s forum discussion on 9/21. Please join us for a practical discussion about dying and the end of life. A representative from Blake Funeral Home (whose founder was a parishioner at All Saints’ for many years), will tell us what to expect from a funeral home after the death of a loved one occurs. We will be guided through the steps that occur between the time of death and the funeral or memorial service.

For 10/12, the topic will be “‘Jesus’ versus ‘Christ'”. The New Testament and the liturgies of many churches are filled with references to Jesus, to Jesus Christ, to Christ, or Our Lord Jesus Christ. Do we notice the different uses? Does each name stimulate different thought and feelings in our lives? This forum, led by Harry Taplin, will focus on these questions. Come and share your reactions and thoughts.

Sermon–September 28, 2014

Sermon

16 Pentecost—Proper 21-A

September 28, 2014

William Bradbury

 

 

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 78

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21: 23-32

 

 Paul proclaims today:

 “…at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”

 

Growing up at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta “Lord” was a word used only in the liturgy: at the end of prayers, for instance, we would pray, “through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

As a child I don’t remember hearing anyone after church talk out loud about “the Lord”. Plenty of people in that good parish believed in Jesus’ Lordship, including my parents, but at home we didn’t talk about  “the Lord”.   Continue reading

Ringers and Singers Needed

From Maggie Marshall, Minister of Musicbell

The Handbell Choir is looking for one or two additional adult ringers. The ability to read music is a plus, but not required. Having a good sense of rhythm is a must. This group rehearses on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30, and usually rings twice monthly at the 10a.m. service. Please speak to bell choir director, Debbie Psilopoulos or me, Maggie Marshall, for further information (or use the Contact Us page and select Bell Choir Director or Choir Director for “To be contacted”). There is still time to join either youth choir, and the Parish Choir also welcomes new members. The more, the merrier!

Ebola went down to Georgia

ASC_reflections_on_the_waySeptember 23, 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

On August 2, 2014 the first American, desperately ill with the Ebola virus, Dr. Kent Brantly, was flown from Africa to Atlanta’s Emory Hospital, about 2 miles from my sister’s home where I had been visiting just the day before. As I watch on TV as he gets out of the ambulance in a white containment suit my rational mind tells me there is no reason to fear for my sister and nephew, or for myself, now 1100 miles away in Massachusetts. Yet, I feel fear rising in my gut. Continue reading

We have a new bishop!

bishop_alan_gatesFriends,

Last Saturday a great crowd of Episcopalians gathered at the Agganis Center at Boston University to witness and celebrate the consecration of Alan McIntosh Gates as the 16th Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts.

All Saints’ Choir, led by Maggie Marshall, joined the 640-strong mass choir to lead the music and our bell choir, led by Debbie Psilopoulos, played a wonderful piece during the procession. Continue reading