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We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.Worship with us
We received the following e-mail from the Episcopal Church Foundation of Northern California:
[Facilitator] Marcie Larkey suffered a trip and fall, and broke her right arm. She undergoes surgery this Friday. She will not be able to conduct the workshop on May 30.
However, we are confident that later this summer we would be able to hold the workshop. If you can review All Saints’ calendar and provide alternate dates that would work for you, we will be happy to commit to a later date. Any time beginning in July or later will work for us.
I am sorry for the need to reschedule. I hope we can find a date that will work for your parish.
We will post further updates as they become available.
UPDATE: Our facilitator from the Foundation has had a medical issue and we have postponed this event. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
Are you ready to die? That sounds grim, but it is estimated that as many as 55% of all Americans don’t have a will. I hope you have a will, but do you also have a durable power of attorney for health care, an advanced health care directive, and physician orders for life sustaining treatment? What about information for your heirs on how to find your assets and how to distribute them?
All Saints will be hosting a workshop on
Saturday, May 30 from 8:30 to noon to cover all of these issues and more. The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California will be providing an instructor and an attorney, and our own clergy will be assisting.t your obituary and loving letters to your families? And will they know your passwords for accounts both on line and off?
What does it cost? Nothing!! (How often do you have this kind of offer?) Just sign up in advance (so we can copy the materials for you).
This is an invitation that you can share with your neighbors, friends and family members. They are all invited, but all must sign up by the Saint Day of Saint Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours. (May 20, if you don’t want to look up the day we remember this illustrious deacon.)
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!
These are the Easter words, and we are resurrection people. That may be wonderful for us to celebrate on Easter Sunday, and indeed, on all the Sundays in Easter when we use these words to greet one another at the opening of worship. But it can be a challenge to live the resurrection as we continue through our daily routines. After all, whether it’s Easter, or Lent, or Ordinary Time, we still get up each day, eat breakfast, and get on with our days in much the same way. Sometimes during Lent we may take on particular Lenten practices–giving something up or taking something on. But what about Easter?
Here it is April and the weather is ready for us to plant. I have recently taken 75 pounds of vegetables to River City Food Bank. They received cauliflower and cabbage and lettuce. Unfortunately, one bed went to seed while I have been sick. The beds have been replanted with summer vegetables.
Over the last two years I have developed a collection of yard tools to use to work around All Saints. All have gone missing except the shovels. I had a spring or leaf rake, a small garden rake and two sets of hand tools including a hand hoe. Those were bought with money from All Saints budget. Please be careful that you do not take home any tools from All Saints.
Three climbing roses have been planted at the corners facing 21st. A blueberry bush has been planted between the garden and the apartments. Black berry bushes are to go in next.
Unfortunately, the Tongans and the neighborhood have not shown in interest in joining the garden. Maybe once they see more activity they will be interested. We have rented two plots to members of the congregation.
Ignacio has weeded the ground and planted the blueberry. Mauricio has spread the chips and planted the roses. Remember that the Senator Lions Club donated the plumbing for the water system.
All Saints Episcopal Church
2076 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, California 95822
8:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:15 am Sunday Adult Bible Study
10:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Nursery and Sunday School at the 10 am service.
All Saints Church is located across the street from Sacramento City College. Each semester we offer students the opportunity to purchase a pass to park in our parking lot Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 4:00. For more information see our parking pass information page.
Sermon by the Rev. Michael Monnot, Seventh Sunday after Easter, May 17, 2015
To make sense of the readings today, you have to know that it is not just the Seventh Sunday after Easter; it’s also the Sunday after Ascension Day, which was last Thursday. Next Sunday,of course, is Pentecost, the day that the disciples literally become ‘inspired’ by the Holy Spirit. But today is the one Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
The Ascension is one of those points in scripture where it is less important, I think, to try to theologize about what actually happened, than it is to understand what it meant for those who experienced it. In this case, that’s the disciples, and by extension, us. Basically, it represents the point at which Jesus, after the Resurrection, is no longer present with his friends in an immediate, this world, sense.
Now, the way this moment is portrayed in the scripture can lead one to se it as another affirmation…like Easter, of Jesus’ power and glorification. And perhaps it was. But there’s another aspect to it. The disciples have been left alone again. Jesus has gone. It isn’t quite like that doubt and despair moment they went through on Good Friday. The Ascension wouldn’t have been about defeat or loss, but still, Read more
Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot, Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 3rd, 2015
“I am the vine, you are the branches.” Jesus, we assume, is talking about grapevines here, although in the text itself he is not actually specific. Now, I lived for a short time in the Napa Valley, and I picked up a thing or two about grapevines while I was there. One thing is that vine growers use grafts in growing healthy vines. A rootstock is selected for its health and ability to resist disease, and then vines of the desired grape variety are grafted on.
So, perhaps in a more modern translation, Jesus might say “I am the rootstock, you are the vines and the canes.” We are grafted onto Jesus, who gives us the nutrients and water that we need to survive. Those nutrients come through the graft, in the form of sap. That sap is God’s love for us.
In order to put forth fruit, we, as branches (let’s just go back to Jesus’ language), have to be solidly grafted on to Jesus, the vine. We need the sap, God’s love, that comes to us from Jesus. We need to abide in Jesus, to abide in God’s love.
And there’s another thing about being a branch grafted onto Jesus’ vine. Through Jesus, we are connected with all of the other branches on the vine. The same sap, the same love of God, that nourishes us, nourishes them. We are part of the same being, even though we don’t necessarily see that fact on a day to day basis. But this is what John meant when he said “Those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” We are connected with our brothers and sisters through God and through God’s love. This means that it is impossible to truly love God and not to love our brothers and sisters. If we don’t love our brothers and sisters, then really it is God whom we don’t love. We just have that confused.
I’ve been thinking about all this in the context of the news this week, in particular the protests, riots, and indictments Read more
Sermon for the third Sunday of Easter, April 21, 2015
I’m not really in the mood for resurrection this year. In my personal life, I confess that I am feeling much more about death than about resurrection, most likely because in two and a half weeks I will have a birthday that will put me at the same age that my mother was when she died. That feels very weird to me, as though it is somehow a betrayal that I might live longer than my mother did. So maybe you can understand that I’m personally, as I said, not really in the mood for contemplating the resurrection right now.
Which leads directly to the gift of the church. Read more