Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

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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.

Sermon–February 7, 2016

Sermon

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

February 7, 2016

William Bradbury

 

Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm 99

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Of all the gospels Luke tells us the most about Jesus as a man of prayer. He is praying at his baptism, he spends all night in prayer before deciding which of his disciples to make the 12 apostles, those sent out in his name and power. When he becomes famous, Luke tells us, “Jesus would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” And today he is praying when Moses, and Elijah, the cloud and the light appear, and the voice telling them to listen to Jesus. For many a praying Jesus makes no sense, because they’ve been taught that Jesus is God and therefore he shouldn’t need to pray. What self-respecting god prays to himself? Isn’t talking to yourself a sure sign of mental illness or is it answering yourself that’s the problem? (Of course I do both so I’m not one to judge.) Continue reading

Music for February 14

Music for this Sunday will be greatly enhanced by the presence of our Wolverhampton guests. The opening and closing voluntaries are by J.S. Bach, and will be played by two of our visitors, Miles Swinden and Taylor Ludlow. We will begin our 10am service with a sung Great Litany, and this year’s setting is by Robert Delcamp, the retiring Professor of Music, University Organist/Choirmaster, and Chair of the Music Department of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Former chorister Lara Lofdahl sang under him when she was there, and she returns to sing with us today. We love small world stories! The chorus from St. Peter’s Collegiate School will be joining the Parish Choir to sing Mendelssohn’s “How lovely are the messengers,” which is based upon a later part of the Romans reading – verses 15, 18. The Parish Choir’s communion anthem is Palestrina’s Sicut cervus – Like as the hart. Both youth choirs will combine to sing Pie Jesu by Mary Lynn Lightfoot.

Lenten Pretzel Making — Sunday, February 14th

pretzeljpgThe Church School classes will be participating in Lenten Pretzel Making on Sunday, February 14th, at 9:45 in the Parish Hall.  We cannot wait for everyone to try our delicious pretzels during coffee hour!  If you would like to help, we would love for you to make some pretzel dough for us!  You can use any recipe you’d like, but here’s a fairly simple one to try.  Thanks so much for your help!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Feb. 9th!

pancake

Pancakes for dinner? YES! Kick of the Lenten Season with our Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, February 9th. Cost is $5 per person with a $20 family cap. Funds raised go towards the J2A Pilgrimage of 2017!

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Sermon–January 31, 2016

Sermon

4 Epiphany—Year C

January 31, 2016

William Bradbury

Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30

Today we hear the second half of Jesus’s first sermon to his hometown synagogue. Last week it started so well, but now something goes terribly wrong and the congregation erupts in violence, as they threaten to throw Jesus off a cliff. And we are confused, because we all know that whoever and whatever else Jesus is, he is supposed to be nice at all times. Continue reading

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.

Music for Februrary 7

Music this week pays homage to Transfiguration Sunday/last Sunday before Lent. We will try to get in a few extra Alleluias to carry us through Lent. The Parish Choir’s anthem is by British composer, Richard Shephard, and is a Transfiguration anthem: O light of light. The choir will also sing a Serbian anthem by Pavel Tchesnokov which has a sonorous bass part typical of that culture. Some of us sang this piece for the first time at the installation of Bishop Gates. The bells will be playing a piece based on the hymn tune Duke Street, and the closing voluntary will be based on the hymn tune Old 124th.

Annual reports due now!

Annual reports are due NOW! If you are the head of a commission or group and have yet to submit your report, please do so now so that our editing/layout team of Amy and Brian Hunter has a chance to work their magic. Annual meeting is February 21, and we hope to have the report available for distribution on February 14. Please mail reports to the church office at aschurch@allsaintschelmsford.org