New stone lighting - part of Living Stones projects
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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.
Our Sunday Schedule: 8 AM + Holy Communion 10 AM + Holy Communion with music and nursery. Lower Church School gathers at 9:45 AM Upper Church School sits together in worship; classes begin at 11:20 AM
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith: we invite you to join us!
The Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet, All Saints Episcopal Church, Chelmsford, MA February 9, 2020
Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 112:1-9, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As you know, the scripture we read on Sunday morning is on schedule that we call the lectionary and it is put together by a committee and revised every now and again. What we read on any given Sunday was picked years in advance with no knowledge of the events of the day. What continues to astonish me is how time and again, if we pay attention and listen, the word we need to hear is proclaimed when we need to hear it. That is not because of the brilliance of the committee that put the schedule of readings together, but because of the unique, spiritual capacity, of this book, of our sacred scripture.
9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 5-13, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23
In the name of our ever-faithful God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Years ago, my daughter Katie—she is here today, along with her brother Andy, Stephanie and Duncan—she gave me a poster of “the Narrows”, in Zion National Park: you see the back of a woman as she walks up the middle of a narrow stream flanked by 40-foot rock walls. Up ahead the stream turns to the left but all she and we can see are the rock walls.
Epiphany 2-A William Bradbury Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-12, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42
Twenty years after the crucifixion and resurrection, Paul, under the direction of the Spirit, plants a church in Corinth, stays a year and a half to get it going, and then heads off to plant another one, this time in Ephesus. Imagine how hard it must have been to grow a church in the middle of a cosmopolitan city in Greece. Corinth, which sits on the narrow isthmus between Athens to the north and Sparta to the south, is described by Paul, according to N T Wright, as “a lively and lascivious city, with its class distinctions and its law courts; its temples, markets, and brothels; its dinner parties, wedding, and festivals. Paul: A Biography, Page 209
All classes will meet at their regular times and places: pre-K thru 4th grade at 9:45am, 5th-12th grade after the 10am service until noon. This Sunday we will be celebrating the Baptism of Eliana Kwagala Nakimera and the children are invited to sit up front by the altar steps with their teachers so they can see.
Sunday, January 26th, will be our last day to celebrate with Bill. All Church School classes will be canceled so that our volunteers can all be present. The Nursery will be available and we have arranged for expanded babysitting in the downstairs meeting room for any of our children who need it.
This Sunday is our Dress Rehearsal for the Pageant. Our goal is to do two full run-throughs. And then celebrate with cookies in the Parish Hall. Rehearsal will run until 12:30.
CAST: Please have everyone in costume sitting in the pews as soon after grabbing a snack if you can. If parents can please come and stay- we would really appreciate it. It helps to practice in front of an audience.
CREW: We want to set up the backdrops, and run lights, props and roles for performance. Please start set up as soon after the 10am that we can. We can move all of our props and scenery into the cranberry room after the rehearsal to be ready for Christmas Eve.
This is the 3rd Rehearsal for the Pageant- get a snack at coffee hour and then find your group below. Pay attention to giving space to the folks setting up for Lessons and Carols and the Altar Guild. Rehearsal ends at noon.
ACTORS: those with lines plus the Donkey and the Star. Meet your leaders in the COSTUME ROOM. ( the classroom across the hall from the meeting room) After you get your costume meet your leaders in the Narthex to start a run through.
DANCING ANGELS: join us for a short dance practice on the carpeted side of the meeting room. Pick up your costume at the end of practice if you don’t already have it.
STAGE CREW: gather to work in the room with tables by the downstairs kitchen. Goal for this week should be to finalize backdrops/ practice taking them down/ finalizing props/ assigning roles for performance.
If the children and youth who do not want to join in the pageant are looking for something to do, please join the Angel Tree team sorting and wrapping presents.ReplyForward