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September 17, 2017
Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
In the 1986 movie The Mission: Rodrigo Mendoza, played by Robert De Niro, is a former slave trader and mercenary, who spends years capturing the native Guarani people of Brazil and selling them into slavery. He kills his brother in a duel over a woman and is thrown in prison where he is visited by Jesuit Father Gabriel who hears Mendoza’s confession. Rodrigo goes with Father Gabriel to start a mission to the Guarani in the remote Jungle. As his penance Rodrigo puts his armor and weapons into a large bag attached to a thick rope that he puts over his neck and shoulder and drags behind him on this mission into the mountainous jungle. Continue reading
A Special Parish Meeting will be held on Oct 15 for a final vote of the new parish bylaws.
14 Pentecost—18-A, September 10, 2017
Ezekiel 33:7-11, Psalm 119:33-40, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
You know the old story: man shipwrecked on a desert island for 20 years. Finally, rescuers arrive. They ask, “How’d you survive all alone on this tiny island?” He says, Follow me! So he shows them the little hut where he lived. Then the he shows them a bigger structure and says, with great pride, this is my church! The rescuer looks across the way and says, “what’s that building over there?” “Oh, that’s the church I used to belong to, but I couldn’t stand the people!” Continue reading
Music for this Sunday is greatly enhanced by the return of our first waddle (I looked it up – it’s a group of penguins on land) of penguins – the Parish Choir! Their anthem is Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether by 20th century church musician, Harold Friedell. This piece is apropos for our first Sunday back because it not only hearkens to Matthew’s gospel – For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” but also draws us all back in for another church year together, no matter who we are, or where we have come from. If the spirit is drawing you to join a choir, there is always room, too.
As you know, we have been celebrating our 150th anniversary in various ways. During the next few months, I will try to be intentional about providing music each Sunday that is from that general time period. The organ voluntaries and communion music are by French composer Leon Boellmann (1862-1897). His Suite Gothique was written in 1895 and is his best-known composition. We are going even further in the wayback machine for our “Gloria,” to an old Scottish chant that is at least 250 years old (S204). It is repetitive, known to older Episcopalians, and will be easy to learn. Our “vintage” hymn is 617 – Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round. Although the original music for this tune is from the late 1500’s, words by John White Chadwick (1840-1904) and the harmonization by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) are from that time.
All Saints’ Church in Chelmsford is happy to announce that our 2017-2018 Church School Registration is open- we invite all families who are looking for a church home to visit us and learn more about our programs. We offer classes for children from pre-K to 10th grade, and a Youth Group for 7th-12th graders.
We seek to serve Christ in all people by loving our neighbors as ourselves. For our children, this means meeting each child’s needs and fostering a sense of belonging through our thoughtful community. Our Church School staff are CORI checked and trained in Safe Church procedures. We are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all children. We offer wonder-based programming for our youngest students, with creative and beautiful curriculum and materials. For our older students, we equip them with the foundations of the Episcopal Church and walk with them in their journey of faith.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church welcomes all people who seek the love of God without regard to ability, age, color, economic circumstance, ethnic background, family configuration, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation. We promise to “seek to serve Christ in all persons, …strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
There are no costs to attend. To learn more, visit our CHURCH SCHOOL page. The first day of Church School is Sunday, Sept. 10th at 9:45am.
Open for early take-in: 8/30 and 8/31, 10a.m. – 2p.m. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 10-3, beginning 9/6!
Accepting gently used fall and winter clothing and pocketbooks.
Thrift Shop volunteers needed and welcomed! Contact Maggie Marshall for more info.
Laura Marshall and Sharon West