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On Easter Day 2017, All Saints came together to participate in the on-going power of Resurrection in our lives and world. We all know how easy it is to slip into the cynicism that is gripping our country at the moment, so it is a profound act of healing and faith to gather as the Body of Christ to proclaim a different story, a story that starts in the Original Blessing of creation, goes through Israel, then comes to a point in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. It is this story that frames our lives and transforms the entire cosmos.
Mary Magdalene received a sign of two angelic messengers in the tomb to open her heart to the Risen Christ standing right behind her. All Saints received the sign of Beauty, which was present in music, flowers, liturgy, and the gathered fellowship. This sign opened our hearts to the presence of the Risen Christ in Word, Sacrament, and Community.
I continue to be filled with awe and gratitude for those who use their gifts to make it possible for us to see Christ, and to know him, as the One who is forever with us and for us. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard during The Great Three Days to make our celebration of Resurrection so full of Alleluias!
Easter Day, April 16, 2017
Acts 10: 34-43, Psalm 118: 1-2,14-24, Colossians 3: 1-4, John 20: 1-18
Driving home the other day I was surprised that the lead story on NPR “All Things Considered” was not about the 59 cruise missiles we sent onto a runway in Syria, nor was it about the rising threat of North Korea. No, it was the story about the doctor being dragged out of his seat, then down the aisle, and off his United Flight. This thing went viral because we instantly knew how we’d feel if that were us. How else could you feel but terrible! But then a thought-experiment popped into my head: What if I’d been dragged off the plane, kicking and screaming, and the plane takes off without me, but then falls out of the sky at 30,000 feet and nothing’s left but small pieces? How would I feel then? Continue reading
Good Friday–April 14, 2017
Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42, Psalm 22
The church, under the guidance of the Spirit, always proclaims on Good Friday the Passion of Jesus from John’s Gospel. On Palm Sunday we always read a passion account from Matthew, Mark, or Luke (last Sunday we performed Matthew’s passion), because in many ways these portray the passion of the Son of Man, But on Good Friday the Church wants us to see the death of Jesus, as the Passion of the Son of God. Continue reading
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017
Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Occasionally it is helpful for a person who feels stuck in a rut, to imagine she has all the money, time, health, and family support she needs and then to ponder deeply what exactly she wants to do with her life. We are told the Father has given all things to Jesus—Jesus comes from God and he is going to God, so he can do whatever he desires—yet John tells us at precisely that moment he gets up from supper—his last supper—takes off his outer garments, ties a towel around himself, and begins washing the disciples’ feet. This makes no sense in our world! He could do anything and yet he washes feet, which includes the feet of Judas, who has not left yet to betray him. Continue reading
Laura Marshall and Sharon West
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…
Thank you Damon!
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