This Sunday’s music is all about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit; a theme for which there is plenty of music. We will sing our usual hymns – Hail thee, festival day!, Come down, O love divine, There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place. The opening voluntary will be a jazz twist on Down Ampney (the sequence hymn), and the closing voluntary by Belgian composer, Flor Peeters, is based on another Pentecost hymn – Veni, creator Spiritus. The two youth choirs and Parish Choir will join to sing “Spirit Truth” by Robert J. Powell. The Parish Choir will sing one of its standards – Draw us in the Spirit’s tether, by American composer, Harold Friedell. Continue reading
May 17, 2015
or Psalm 93
My four year old granddaughter created this game last summer called Farm Restaurant: I sit on a stone bench next to a side door of the garage as she stands in the garage behind the door. I knock on the door, she opens it, welcomes me to the Farm Restaurant, and asks if I’d like to order something to eat. I tell her what I’d like; she closes the door, and returns a moment later with my food. After eating it, we trade places and she places her order—this game has no winners or losers just as it has no end. What it does have are the interlocking worlds of an ordinary garage and a magical restaurant that serves marvelous food. Continue reading
Where is God when you pray? When I pray the Lord’s Prayer my unconscious mind imagines that God is, as the prayer says, “in heaven”, which I was told as a child is a long way from here and now. Further, this “in heaven” also produces a feeling of relational distance. God feels more like a judge than a loving parent. Prayer becomes a time, not to relax, but a time to be on my best behavior. Continue reading
All of our choirs are in the home stretch, and the bells are finishing first, with their final ring on Sunday. This faithful group, under the wonderful leadership of volunteer Debbie Psilopoulos, began rehearsing in July for their September ringing at the ordination of Bishop Gates – a huge venture, and one which they did beautifully. Their penultimate ring is this Saturday at the Deanery Confirmation at St. Anne’s in Lowell, where there will be over 100 confirmands, family, and friends. Ringing for both of these events is a huge honor, but presents logistical challenges and stress due to fear of the unknown, especially relating to space and acoustic constraints. I am very proud of this group, and extremely grateful to Debbie for her leadership. Maggie Marshall, Minister of Music.
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
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.
All Saints Church offers a monthly family service which includes songs, prayers, a story, and Eucharist. It lasts about 30 minutes. We would love to have YOU join us! While these services are geared toward families with small children, ALL are welcomed and invited.
Our 2015 services are scheduled for: January 25, February 22, March 22, May 24 and June 14
If you would like to receive emails about up coming Family Services, please contact us using the Contact Us page, select “Family Service” in the “To be contacted” and you will be added to our contact list.