Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

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Recent News from All Saints

Something you don’t expect to find at church…

On a recent Saturday someone found something in the church they didn’t expect.

This story starts with a call to the office from Tyson Wright, one of our parishioners. Tyson, among his many talents, is a Scholar of  La Veradera Destreza -  a style of Spanish sword fighting.  He is preparing for his examination to become an Instructor de Armas, and needed somewhere to practice giving a lesson because his backyard was soggy from the recent rain storm.  The church parish hall seemed like a good place –  lots of space and high ceilings. We made the arrangements and that was that.

Well not quite. Read more

Rector’s Crown Article February 2015

Revs. Michael and Betsey MonnotLent is here, and it offers us the gift of a liturgical season without a secular celebration plunked on top of it. During Advent and Christmas we have to struggle to remember the church season as we walk in a world where Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer reign supreme. At Easter, the Resurrection competes with the Easter Bunny for attention. But during Lent, there is no secular rival. Lent truly belongs to the church.

On Ash Wednesday the presider at the liturgy invites the congregation to the observance of a holy Lent, “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” Lent is a solemn time, a time to strip away the excesses and the things that don’t matter and to focus our attention on what really does matter. For five and a half weeks, plus Holy Week, our task is to look at our own lives and to peel away those things that tend to get in between God and ourselves.

Selecting a Lenten observance can be helpful in doing this work, if we choose it carefully. If we decide simply to give up whatever it is that we give up every year, then our Lenten observance can become a chore, something that we resent and feel angry or annoyed about, and it can even drive us further away from God. Take care in deciding which observance will be right for you!

A Lenten observance should be something that you notice, that takes you out of your ordinary areas of comfort and complaisance. It should be something that helps you focus on God, on your relationship to God, and on God’s boundless love for you and for all creation. You could decide to read out of the Bible or another spiritual book, to set aside time for daily prayer or meditation, or to take on or give up some other practice or activity. You could also decide to do one or more bigger things, such as take a quiet day. One will be offered at All Saints by the Daughters of the King and our Deacon, Virginia McNeely, date and time to be announced. Perhaps you might benefit spiritually by using Lent to take special care of your physical health: schedule your annual physical, begin an exercise program, and/or modify your diet in healthy ways.

Whatever your choice is, it should lead you deeper into relationship with God. Perhaps the online community of Lent Madness and the hilarity of voting for saints does that for you. Perhaps attending soup suppers and the program at All Saints does it, or engaging with the Episcopal Relief and Development meditations. It is up to you.

Lent is a gift, given by God and the church to us. Let us use it to become closer to the One who created us. Blessings on your Lenten journey!

Deacon’s Corner from February 2015

All Saints is a great place to be. We have a very active congregation that is involved in both church projects and community projects. We can give you many suggestions for how to use your gifts and abilities in both the parish and the community if you feel a calling to do more. See me if you would like some suggestions or a referral to someone exercising that ministry.

If you like to help to make our church and its rituals beautiful, you may be interested in joining the Altar Guild. You would learn the names of everything we use for the Eucharist and how to prepare them. You would also learn how to get wine and lipstick stains out of almost everything—a very helpful skill. And you could also learn how to arrange flowers! This opportunity is open to both men and women, and it is done on a bi-weekly schedule with a partner. See a clergyperson or Altar Guild member for more information. Read more

Gratitude and Opportunity

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I’ve been attending All Saints for roughly 10 years.  Recently I was asked to join the finance committee, which comes with the territory of being a CPA.  Admittedly, I had never really felt engaged in my church membership. After I attended a meeting or two, I was instantly drawn into the community and truly felt a part of the church.  I am incredibly grateful for accepting this challenge because going to church now means something different for me.  I know the people. I can now have conversations with everyone.  When I smile at folks, it somehow feels more genuine.  These are new feelings I have since I’ve become “engaged”.

Through my engagement, I have now branched out to ask more questions, to learn about the church’s strategic plans.  The vestry has some exciting ideas!  Things I would never have even thought of.  We have a ton of children running around, and one can’t help but feel like the church is in the midst of a great revival!  The problem is that, not unlike any other church in America, the finances tend to be a bit of a roadblock.  While we are growing in numbers, we are unfortunately dropping in pledging family figures.  Remember, this is not an All Saints-only problem; this is sweeping the nation as most churches struggle to balance budgets.how feels more genuine.  These are new feelings I have since I’ve become “engaged”. Read more

Upcoming Events

Funeral – Yvette Simpson

February 28, 2015 2:30 pm

8AM Service

March 1, 2015 8:00 am

Adult Bible Study

March 1, 2015 9:15 am

10AM Service

March 1, 2015 10:00 am

Lenten Soup Supper

March 5, 2015 5:30 pm

Quiet Day

March 7, 2015 8:30 am

Daughters of the King

March 9, 2015 6:00 pm

Finance Committee

March 10, 2015 5:30 pm

Lenten Soup Supper

March 12, 2015 5:30 pm

Our Address and Phone Number

All Saints Episcopal Church
2076 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, California 95822
Voice: 916-455-0643
Fax: 916-455-0142

Worship Service Times

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.

City College Parking Permits

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.

What Fast Will You Choose?

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Sermon for Ash Wednesday by the Rev. Betsey Monnot

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 103:8-14, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Ash Wednesday keeps it real. Actually, when we think about it, we already know that the real treasures are those that are not made up of matter that moth or rust can consume. Psychological studies have told us that over and over in recent years.

The real treasures, the treasures in heaven, are the things that really matter. They include service to God and to others, living lives of meaning and purpose, prayer, and depth of relationship with God and with others. I’m sure you have your own ideas as well.

The fact is, of course, that none of us gets out of here alive. We are all terminal patients, and we will all die sooner or later. Ash Wednesday reminds us of that. We put ashes on our heads, a reminder of the inevitable fate of our bodies. “Remember that you are dust, Read more

Prophets, Idols, Demons

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Sermon preached on February 1, 2015, by the Rev. Betsey Monnot

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B

Readings: Deuteronony 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28

Prophets, idols, and demons. That’s what we get this morning. Prophets from Deuteronomy, idols from Paul, and demons from Mark.

Let’s start with the prophets. There isn’t much to say here, except that those of us who presume to preach a word of God–even when we don’t call ourselves prophets–had better be careful about what we say. And please understand, I do take this very seriously.

Moving on to idols. Paul starts off this section: “now concerning food sacrificed to idols . . . .” What a way to begin a paragraph.

A couple of things are important in order to understand the context here. The first is that Paul was writing to the Corinthians in answer to their letter to him. They had obviously asked him some very specific questions, and he is trying to answer them. In this section of Paul’s letter there are several phrases set off by quotation marks. The commentators believe that those are sections where Paul is quoting directly from the letter that the Corinthians sent him. Of course, we don’t have that letter, just as we don’t have many documents from that period, but I’m going to go along with what the commentators suggest. The other thing to keep in mind is that quotation marks, like all punctuation, don’t appear in the original Greek text. That means that the punctuation that we see in our Bibles is only the best guess on the part of the people who did the translation.

Another thing that helps to understand the context for Paul’s letter is to realize that Corinth was a Greek city, a cosmopolitan place, where religion was be wrapped up in the everyday practice of civic life. It would be part of daily business to stop in at a temple or two, and in shopping in the market, it would be clear that pretty much all of the meat available had been sacrificed to one of the gods, (or idols, as Paul would put it), before being sold. These Christians in Corinth were gentile Christians, not Jewish Christians, which makes a difference because Jewish Christians would already have a source of kosher meat, meat that had not been sacrificed to an idol. Either that, or they would have become accustomed to a vegetarian diet. But these gentile Christians Read more

Leave by a different road

Sermon by Dr. Jill Joseph, preached 1/25/15

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Third Sunday after Epiphany

As is often the case, I begin with the words of the collect for today, suggesting that we find there a prayer that gathers together the seemingly scattered words from the today’s readings into a singular aspiration. Today, we began with the words, “give us the grace to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ.”  “Give us the grace to answer readily the call….”

On this, the third Sunday after Epiphany, we are walking together through time that extends from the mystery of the Magi to the solemnity of Ash Wednesday.

It is, I suggest, a time in which scriptural readings speak to us of call, of the summons into a new life, a call that is sometimes abrupt, typically unanticipated, often unwelcome, but always spoken so clearly that with the psalmist we can say, “ God has spoken once, twice I have heard it…” Perhaps not spoken loudly. Perhaps not spoken with words at all. But spoken in ways that we each can hear, must hear.  Read more