Welcome to All Saints’ Episcopal Church

  • All Saints' Church (photo Edward Haynes)
  • Four Choirs Festival (photo: Edward Haynes)
  • Epiphany 2014, Parish Choir (photo by Edward Haynes)
  • Lessons & Carols, 2013
  • Sermon, November 2013
  • Bell Choir (photo Edward Haynes)
  • Gingerbread Village 2013
  • North Pole Cafe (at Gingerbread Village 2013)
  • Untitled (at Gingerbread Village 2013)
  • Templar Gala (photo by Edward Haynes)
  • Gala Show of Hands (photo D. Shochat)
  • All Saints' Visit to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park

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. Whoever you are, we invite you to join us.  Sunday worship is at 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Children’s Church School at 9:45 AM. Wednesday worship: noon in the chapel.  10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center.

Family Camp

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’s Family Camp 2014 is open for registration. Camp dates this year are June 26-29 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center, and everyone is invited! This is ideal for any family with or without children, and there are several different cabin options to choose from.

For more information or to register, please visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts page here.

Sermon–Palm Sunday

Sermon

Sunday of the Passion

April 13, 2014

William Bradbury

 The Liturgy of the Palms

Matthew 21:1-11 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 

The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 50:4-9a 
Philippians 2:5-11 
Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or
Matthew 27-11-54 

Psalm 31:9-16 

We call it Palm Sunday but its central name is Sunday of the Passion because after communion we read the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

There are many ways of approaching this story: Continue reading

Prayer as First Resort

Prayer as First Resort will meet on Tuesday May 6th (special date) 7:30-8:45 in the Blue Room.

We will gather with Rev Bill to talk about icons and the practices with prayer. If you would like to learn more about Prayer as First Resort, please speak to Deb Dutton or Lynne Grillo. You may send us E-mail by using the general Contact Us form, selecting “Prayer as First Resort” from the “To Be Contacted” pull-down menu.

Potluck and Talent Show Coming!

West Virginia Workcamp Potluck Dinner and Talent Show: This annual event will be held at All Saints’ on Saturday, May 10. We will be hosting our Congregational brothers and sisters. We need three things: 1) people to coordinate the potluck component 2) talent and 3) people to attend and enjoy this fun family event. Please put the date on your calendar, look for more details in future e-bulletins, and contact Maggie Marshall, maggie@ccc.com, if you can help.

Easter Letter 2014

Friends in Christ,

As Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day approach (along with moderate weather!) we once again enter the Mystery of Salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

It has been pointed out that the only ones who were visited by the Risen Christ were those who had been through the utter destruction of all hope at his crucifixion.

This is the Way of the Cross. There is no helicopter ride over Good Friday to Easter. They are two sides of one event: the saving action of God in Christ. So if we want to know the Risen Lord we must also know the Crucified Lord, for they are one and the same.

Of course it is most people’s habit to attend church on the Day of Resurrection and not attend on Good Friday. Yet, each of us, those who attend every Sunday and those who don’t, know the pain and heartbreak of lives lost, plans destroyed, and sins committed. We all know, if we’re honest, the failure in our lives and how sometimes we can feel so lost.

Jesus dies on the cross precisely to join with us in our loss as a sign that God is with us, for surely it is God who is crucified.

This Holy Season I invite you to bring your whole life before the Lord. Offer your failings and your fears, your sins and your celebrations to the Crucified and Risen Lord who gives us Eternal Life here, now, and forever.

As you are able, join with your community of faith in walking the Way of the Cross so that you may know the power of the resurrection.

Christ calls us into this fellowship of New Life so we may share one another’s burdens and work to bring the Kingdom of God to every person on the planet, and to the planet itself which is also suffering.

We lose our lives and in Christ we find them transformed by God’s suffering Love.

Below is the schedule of services as we walk with our Lord and Savior.

The order form linked below may be used to give flowers in memory of your loved ones, donate to the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund or the Endowment Fund:

2014-Easter-Lilies-Form.pdf

Peace in Christ,
Bill Bradbury

We have a new bishop-elect!

Friends in Christ,

Our new bishop elect is The Reverend Alan Gates (see bio below). We had some drama when it was discovered there were irregularities in the first ballot, but It didn’t effect the final outcome. I am excited about Alan and look forward to getting to know him better. Keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this work and pray for our diocese as we too enter this time of transition.

Yours In Christ,

Bill

Biography: The Rev. Alan M. Gates
Currently: Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Born: March 25, 1958
Education:
B.A.: Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Graduate Studies: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
M.Div.: Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
Ordained Priest: March 26, 1988
Ministry: Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 2004-Present; Priest-in-Charge (2003-2004) and Senior Associate Rector (1996-2003), Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, Ill.; Rector, Trinity Church, Ware, Mass., 1990-1996; Curate, Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, Mass., 1987-1990; Seminarian, St. Stephen’s Memorial Church, Lynn, Mass., 1985-1986

If you want to know more go to:
http://diomass.org/diocesan-news/alan-gates-ohio-elected-bishop-diocese-massachusetts

The Discernment Committee is Formed!

The Discernment Committee was voted into existence at the last vestry meeting.  This is the committee that will help us to discern in the next year who we are as a parish and what areas we want to focus on going forward.  With input from the congregation, they will put together a parish profile and recommend to the vestry whether or not to offer our priest in charge the position of permanent rector.  If we offer Bill that position, he will then use the profile to help him decide whether he is called to be our rector.  The members of the committee are:

Committee Chair: Matt Hickcox
Committee Members: Norm Douglas, Deb Forsberg, Darren Collins, Kathryn Chamberlain, Emily Andrews, Liz Landers

Future communications about their plans and activities will come from the committee itself.  I hope that all members of the parish will pray for the work of the committee and freely give their input to help them complete their task.

Dave Kuzara
Senior Warden