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24 Pentecost—Proper 28-A-2
November 19, 2017
Zephaniah 1:7,12-18, Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30
I want to go against the flow today. After 2000 years this parable has become so domesticated that it’s little more than a story for our kids: God is the man who gives the talents and the three slaves show us how to use them. So we say, “listen up, children: you’ve inherited talent from God (and your multi-talented parents!) and now it’s time to work hard to develop that talent. Can’t sit back and count on Mommy and Daddy to bail you out when you bury your talent, like the third slave. You’ve got to work hard to develop your gift. (By the way, when a child makes good grades, don’t tell her how smart she is, compliment her on how hard she worked.) This is a perfectly fine story, but it has become a nothing burger without depth, density, or challenge. Continue reading
23 Pentecost—Proper 27-A
November 12, 2017
Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16, Psalm 70, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13
“Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, come to the holy table.” That’s the invitation given at Holy Eucharist at All Saints’. Considering the parable we just heard we might say: “Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, come to the wedding of the Groom.” As Robert Capon puts it, this parable operates under the principle of Jesus’ parables that there is “inclusion before there is exclusion”. All ten bridesmaids are invited from the get go. God’s invitation is for everyone: all are invited. All. Yet every invitation, human or divine, calls for a decision—shall I accept the invitation or shall I refuse it? Continue reading
3 new 2017 mosaics are now hanging in the parish hall in celebration of All Saints’ 150th anniversary. Each of them consists of over 5000 individual images that were taken from all sorts of parish life events including services, parties, marriages, and fellowship events throughout the years.
I’m fairly certain that each of you can find yourself somewhere in them! OK maybe you won’t be able to find yourself, b ut it’s very likely that YOU ARE THERE!
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21 Pentecost Proper 25-A-2
October 29, 2017
Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18, Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46
On October 31, 1517, 500 years ago, a young Roman Catholic monk, named Martin Luther, nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, calling for a debate in the Church on the meaning of the grace of Jesus Christ. This action marks the beginning of the protestant reformation. We continue to struggle with the meaning of grace, because it’s easier to preach law. Just tell people what to do! Just post the 10 Commandments in the courthouse and the schoolhouse and all will be well. Continue reading
The All Saints’ parking lot is being repaved and restriped, beginning 10/30/17. Electrical conduits will also be put in place to increase our outside lighting. The Thrift Shop is closed on 11/1 and 11/2, and most group activities have been canceled or relocated. All choirs will meet on Thursday evening. We apologize for the inconvenience, but look forward to a safer, more useable lot for all!