Sunday’s music features the anthem “Greater love hath no man than this” by British composer, John Ireland (1879-1962). Ireland wrote a number of chamber works, as well as some for organ, piano, and choirs. The B Sharp choir performed his “Ex ore innocentium” on Palm Sunday. Organ voluntaries will be based on the hymn tunes: Middlebury and Vulpius, and Middlebury – “Come away to the skies” is the opening hymn. Kudos to all of you for your willingness to sing the “Nicene Creed.” You will be pros before you know it!
All Saints’ is at an exciting place in its parish life. We are experiencing growth in both our membership and our pledges, and there is enthusiasm and energy to help us do God’s work. We are poised to build our future, but must also find both resources and time to preserve our past. We have reached a critical point where several building upgrades and deferred maintenance needs must be addressed. Continue reading
West Virginia Potluck Dinner and Talent Show – May 9, starting at 6p.m. with dinner, followed immediately by a Talent Show. This join venture with our Central Congregational friends, is fun and a fund-raiser for the West Virginia Work Camp. Hope to see many of you at the dinner, and please let Maggie know if you would like to take part in the talent show. You can contact her using the Contact Us page, choosing Choir Director from the “To be contacted” menu.
Food, glorious food! If you’re free on July 6 and July 8, consider joining the team that is bringing food to the B-Safe program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. We assemble at 8ish each of those mornings to prepare a meal for 140, and then drive to Dorchester to serve the meal. Volunteers can do just the Chelmsford food prep, or sign on to do everything, which usually gets us back to Chelmsford at 2:30. If you are unable to help, but would like to donate money for the food and paper goods needed, please make a check payable to All Saints’ and put “B Safe” in the memo line. If you are able to help, please let Maggie Marshall know. You can contact her using the Contact Us page, choosing Choir Director from the “To be contacted” menu.
The British ARE coming! As many of you know, All Saints’ has hosted musical visitors three times from St. Peter’s Collegiate School, in Wolverhampton, England. If you are wondering how to spend next February vacation, worry no more – I have just the solution for you – open your homes and hearts to either students or adult chaperones from this school. They will be flying into NYC on 2/9, and will arrive here late afternoon 2/12, and will fly out of Boston on 2/18. This time, the Concert Band and Choir will be coming. Many more details will be forthcoming. They will be playing for a concert at All Saints’ on 2/13, and probably several times throughout the week at other venues. They will be doing group activities like snow tubing and sight seeing in Boston. We will be hosting somewhere between 60-75 students and adults. I will also be looking for help with logistics. These trips have resulted in lifelong friendships, and many who have hosted in the past have made visits to Wolverhampton to see their friends. Many Wolverhampton students have also returned here to visit. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more, or if you are willing to help me with this magical week. You can contact me using the Contact Us page, choosing Choir Director from the “To be contacted” menu.
Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music.
April 19, 2015
Have you ever wondered why in the stories of the resurrection the angels at the empty tomb keep saying “Do not be afraid” and the risen Jesus in the upper room keeps saying, “Peace be with you”? The reason is simple: resurrection is a terrifying invasion of new creation into the old world. It scares Mary Magdalene, Peter, Thomas and the rest out of their minds. You could say they are scared to death by the invasion of Life. Continue reading
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! We are so excited to welcome the Risen Lord, and hopefully to welcome springtime, as well! Please check out our April edition of the Church School Newsletter to read about all our exciting activities this month. There is also a “Save the Date” section with important upcoming events for the rest of the school year. Enjoy!
Here at All Saints’, we are organizing ourselves for our Habitat work into three working groups; The Muscle, The Money and The Food. No experience is necessary and you can join up for one or all! This is a wonderful opportunity to live out God’s love- and you would be surprised at the many ways you can be a part of it! Click here to read more, and if the spirit is calling you, join the team- we’d love to have you!
The discernment team has finished its effort having developed and delivered a recommendation to the Vestry regarding whether Rev. Bill Bradbury should be offered the position of permanent priest when his three year Priest-in-Charge period ends in March. Continue reading