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.

Music for January 22

Music for this Sunday centers on the themes of light and peace. Thanks to the fishermen (always seen in Epiphany 3), we will also be casting our nets, and also going down to the lakeshore. The closing hymn is perhaps the most familiar of the Epiphany hymns – How bright appears the morning star. You will hear voluntaries based on that chorale, and what I find interesting about voluntaries like this is how varied the composers can be in their interpretation of the chorale. The opening voluntary is by American composer, Paul Manz (1919-2009), and throws the melody back and forth between the hands and the feet, with just 4’ stops on the organ. He creates a lot of color and whimsy with the lightest of registrations. The closing voluntary is by German composer Max Drischner (1891-1971), and calls for a full organ and the melody in the pedal. I played this for the first time last year, and it is much closer to intended performance speed this year. The Parish Choir will sing Mendelssohn’s How lovely are the messengers, which is suitable at many times, but hearkens to the Gospel text of Jesus proclaiming the good news of the kingdom.

Sermon–January 8, 2017

Sermon

1 Epiphany—Year A

January 8, 2017

William Bradbury

Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17

We talked a lot about John the Baptizer in Advent but here he is again announcing that the one coming after him will be greater than he is. John expects Jesus will be the king who wields the power, the judge who condemns the sinners, the Messiah who crushes the enemy. The people are on the tiptoe of expectation to see a man who is greater than John. The crowd can’t imagine such a man. To paraphrase N. T. Wright: John is like the announcer at the Boston Pops announcing that there is a special guest conductor coming onto the stage and he will conduct the 1812 Overture with church bells peeling and army cannons roaring. It’s gonna be huge! The crowd can hardly wait! But then from behind the curtain comes this little guy with a flute who starts playing softly.  And some folks storm out demanding a refund! 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!

Sermon–January 1, 2017

 

Sermon

Christmas 1

January 1, 2017

William Bradbury

John 1:1-18 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

This is, as C. S. Lewis calls it, the Grand Miracle: “the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, which is uncreated, eternal, came into Nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing Nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left.” The Grand Miracle and other selected essays, Page 55 Continue reading

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.