Just some of the All Saints' Day Celebration musicians
Lessons & Carols Service
Service of New Ministry with Rev. Bill Bradbury Oct. 13 (photo: S. Grillo)
November 3rd, 2018 Benefit Event!
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 outreach we open ourselves to God and our neighbor.
WE ARE OPEN SUNDAY JANUARY 20 FOR ANY WHO WANT TO VENTURE OUT. ABOVE ALL BE SAFE! Peace in Christ, Bill
Our Sunday worship services are at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM in the main church. There is a staffed nursery for the 10:00 AM service. Church School begins at 9:45 AM. Wednesday worship is at noon in the chapel. 10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford Center. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith: we invite you to join us!
Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer.
You can get access to it online online, or you can sign up for an email subscription.
Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
I want to start with a couple of questions: With a show of hands: how many of you have been baptized? Now, how many can remember your baptism? I certainly can’t remember mine and that raises the question we find in our reading from Acts: “Did we receive the Holy Spirit when we were baptized?” Continue reading →
Due to the fairly solid prediction that there will be a significant storm during church school hours this Sunday, I am officially cancelling Church School. There will be no programing offered.
Please know that children are always welcomed in the service, if you are planning on attending. We have “quiet” activity bags for the kids located in the Coat Closet near the Nursery to help occupy the littler ones during the service, if that is of any help. 😉
The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ-January 6, 2019
Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7,10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12
Because of Christmas pageants across the years, most of us have melded together Luke’s and Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. Fortunately our Church calendar pulls them apart, so that we read Luke’s story on December 25 and Matthew’s story January 6, today, which is known as the Epiphany—that is the manifestation—of our Lord Jesus Christ. I say fortunately because separating the stories allows us to focus on their important differences: In Matthew’s story, however, the angel of the Lord visits Joseph, not Mary, and a star leads wise men, not shepherds, from the east to visit the Christ Child. All this takes place, Matthew tells us, in the reign of Herod the Great, Rome’s vassal king in Jerusalem whose reign was from 40 BC to 4 BC. Continue reading →
Access is a key part of our inclusion and welcoming at All Saints’.
With winter weather upon us, we’d like to remind parishioners of our handicapped parking opportunities. This is especially important in bad weather, but it applies all year.
There are several marked handicapped spots near the handicapped ramp and also by the parish hall and office entrances. Please remember that these parking spots are intended for people who need close access when they come to church. NO handicapped placard or license plate is required. (All Saints’ is private property, the police will not tow.) If you need it, please use it. Likewise, if you don’t need it, please leave it free for someone who does.
Additionally, we recommend that the hill in front of the church be used for parking by those who need closer access. For example, those that find it difficult to climb the hill from the parking lot. We appreciate your consideration for one another each week.
The poinsettias surrounding the altar on Christmas represent the memorial gifts of parishioners in remembrance of loved ones. You may also donate to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or to the ‘In Thanksgiving For’ category that we are adding this year for donations to the Endowment Fund in memory of a loved one. The names of all those remembered will appear in the Christmas service leaflets.
All Church School Classes are meeting this Sunday.
Colors of Christ, Godly Play and Weavers are meeting at their regular time and place.
The kids in grades 7-10 will either be helping with the Pageant and need to check in with Elizabeth Danieli in the Colors of Christ room, or attending the Service and Learning Class in the Cranberry Room with Deb Forsberg. Both activities start at 11:15 and end at noon.
Pageant Rehearsal is this Sunday from 11:20-noon. Check the PAGEANT bulletin board for specific directions.
ADVENT doesn’t mind if you missed a week- you can still join in! You can pick up one of our ADVENT calendars to take home and a ADVENT FOOD DRIVE grocery bag. Both can be found in the Narthex.
We will have programming for the kids on Sunday, Dec. 30th. We will be having a Christmas Story Time in the Godly Play room for kids of all ages!
Our annual service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday, December 16, at 4p.m. All are welcome to hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through scripture and song. The Parish, B#, Disco Penguin, and Handbell Choirs have been preparing for this special service, which will also include plenty of congregational singing, and ends with the church bathed in candlelight. We hope that you will find the time to center yourself and find the “reason for the season,” and feel free to bring a friend.