Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

  • Mystery club presentation to congregation

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.

Pet Blessings this Sunday October 2–at 10 AM Service

From the rector–
This coming Sunday, October 2, we are celebrating the Blessing of Pets at the 10 AM service as part of our celebration of creation as God’s gift to us all.
The readings and the prayers will remind us that God has entrusted humanity with the care of creation so that all, present and future, may enjoy the beauty of this incredible gift that connects us together with Triune God.
Saint Francis caught this vision of the oneness of all things in such a profound way that he spoke of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, and embraced lepers as a sign of this unity we are given by God in Christ.
Because we know how easy it is to treat creation as “my possession” and to treat strangers as “the other”, we ask God to heal us of our greed and fear by filling our hearts with the vision of Oneness made visible in Jesus Christ. In Christ and through Christ we learn to abide in his faithfulness and to trust that his love conquers our sin and restores us to True Life.
So bring your pets, whoever they are, as a sign of our unity with all creatures. We will bless them just as they bless us.
Grace and Peace,
Bill

Thrift Shop Opening

 

The Thrift Shop opens for business this Saturday, October 1, from 10am. – 3p.m. This consignment shop, run by dedicated All Saints’ volunteers since 1958, carries women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and offers 50% to its consignors. Money raised by the Thrift Shop supports the church in many ways, as well as supporting other programs within the community. Please come by to check us out, and we would welcome your gently used fall and winter clothing. We are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm, and accept clothing the first two weeks of each month. If you have never been in the Thrift Shop, come check us out after church on October 2. We have undergone a total renovation, and the results are amazing.

Music for Creation Sunday, October 2

Music for Creation Sunday will be uplifting, joyous, and contains a special musical treat. The opening voluntary is entitled “Comic duet for two cats” by Rossini (1792-1868), an Italian composer famous for operas as well as sacred, chamber, and other music. Our two “cats” are Lily Marshall and Maggie Mescall, two of our senior B# whose voices are beautifully matched. We will sing creation hymns, and the youth choirs will sing “All God’s critters got a place in the choir,” as well as one of their chestnuts – “Badgers and hedgehogs.” Between those two anthems and the closing hymn – “A Hymn for St. Francis,” we will be covering almost every animal made and blessed by God!

Sermon–September 18, 2016

Sermon

18 Pentecost—20-C Track 2

September 18, 2016

William Bradbury

Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

What would you think if I said, Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious figure? Think about it! He wasn’t a priest; he was not licensed by the powers that be as a Rabbi. As far as we know he trained as a carpenter. The people he called to follow him were ordinary people who played no role in the religious establishment. His teachings were stories about ordinary folks—shepherds, widows, virgins, business people, fathers and sons; farmers and winemakers. He didn’t proclaim a religious message like: if you want to find God you must belong to a church and do religious activities.  Continue reading

Rector’s E-Bulletin Article: September 15, 2016

From the Rector–As has been said before, the Bible is not an account of humanity’s search for God, but God’s search for us. Through writings ranging from straightforward to wise to weird, God addresses us with a vision of reality which claims to be the true vision of how things really are. If we reject the Biblical Story we must choose some other accounting of things and base our lives on that. Continue reading

Music updates

We are in the ramping up mode with all of our choirs. Our Parish Choir attended a four hour workshop last Saturday with clinician Jay Lane, who is the Music Director at the Episcopal church in Lincoln, and is also an instructor for the McClosky Institute of Voice, which works on not only enhancing the healthy voice, but also works on helping the troubled voice. We began by recording a choir piece and ended with recording the same choir piece. What happened in between was a series of warm-up exercises, and much attention paid to posture and relaxing the body for improved vocal tone. After all of the attention paid to our bodies, and attaining a greater overall awareness, the second recording showed a marked improvement! It was a great way to start off our choir season, and we have been given much food for thought. This week’s anthem is by British choral composer, Bob Chilcott. Chilcott is a choir favorite, and this version of “Be thou my vision” with Katie LaRochelle as the soloist, and Connie Pawelczak accompanying the choir, is a great centering piece. Both youth choirs will debut for the season on 9/25. As you may know, Thursday is choir night at All Saints’ and a great community comes and goes throughout the night to make the music that enriches our worship each Sunday. If you are looking for a way to deepen your involvement and faith, consider joining either the Parish or Bell Choirs. Our youth choirs not only learn to love music and singing, but also learn scripture through song.

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.

The Little Thrift Shop That Could!

Our own All Saints’ Thrift Shop has been chugging along steadily since the late 1950’s, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. We are a clothing consignment store that raises funds to support the church and community projects. We will re-open on October 1, after an amazing renovation and update. The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Do you have 2.5 hours/month to keep this important institution and community resource on the right track? Do you think you can, think you can, think you can join us? Most needed are Saturday volunteers and substitutes. If so, contact Maggie Marshall, maggie@ccc.com, for your ticket aboard this worthwhile and enjoyable venture.