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God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelation 21:4Worship with us
All Saints Church Women will sponsor a book sale in the Parish Hall on Thursday through Saturday, October 16th through October 18th, daily from 11AM to 2PM. The sale includes fiction, non-fiction,children’s books, collectors items mostly next to new. Prices are $.50 to $2.00. Everyone is invited to browse and buy.
The water drive for the homeless was a great success this summer. Thanks to John Miller, those who came to All Saints for bags of food were also given a bottle of cold water—because John kept them in the refrigerator. Since we received so much bottled water, Virginia McNeely offered to take some to Loaves and Fishes. Again, thank you for your donations.
Our D.O.K. chapter continues to study and enjoy The Good Book by Peter J. Gomes. We are reading and discussing the section entitled, “Use and Abuse of the Bible,” in which the author observes that “the Bible is a hard text.” He covers the subjects of temperance, race, women, and sexuality. This book is available on Kindle and also in book form at Amazon. It is well worth reading, as it addresses many of the questions we all have about the Bible.
We are discussing with Virginia McNeely the possibility of holding a quiet day at the beginning of the holiday season. There will be more information about this in the Sunday Announcement sheet.
Holy Wisdom Chapter meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the church workroom. Come visit us! A warm welcome awaits you.
In This article from the October 2014 Crown, Co-Rector Michael Monnot writes about some wonderful new ministries at All Saints
As I write this, I can look our of the window toward the construction going on outside, right across the alley. Our new community garden is going up, thanks to the planning and hard work of a number of the members of our congregation, as well as the generosity of a few individuals and a grant from Episcopal Community Services. I especially want to thank two individuals, Ingrid McCord and Virginia McNeely. Read more
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.
But maybe that says something about the nature of true religion. Maybe true religion has more to do with the way we respond to God and less to do with God wowing us with miracles. It’s one thing to respond when we see a miracle: a burning bush, a new baby, a sunrise. But it’s another thing to respond to God when we have to struggle for justice, or work hard to keep our families safe and happy, or when we feel frightened and powerless.
Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot
Do you ever feel scared, or worried, or apprehensive, when you’re in a new situation–something that, whether you chose it or whether it happened to you, by its nature, you can’t predict the outcome of? Something that will be deeply challenging and may result in you getting hurt or losing the trust and admiration of people you care about? Or may even end up with your death?
It’s only natural to feel that way. I certainly do. And so I tend to do everything I can to mitigate the risk. I’ll plan, try to imagine what might happen, arrange things ahead of time so that there are as few uncontrolled factors as possible. I’ll talk to people who have done what I’m thinking about doing, and learn what they did and what they wished they had known beforehand. I’ll do a lot of preparation. But then when the time comes, I have to step out and do it, and it may or may not go the way I thought it would. Read more
Sermon from 7/2014: a written version
Sermon by the Reverend Betsey Monnot, delivered on 7/20/14 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Sacramento, CA
Readings: Year A, Proper 11
This week we heard the parable of the wheat and the weeds. This is the second week that our Gospel reading has taken the form of Jesus telling a parable to the crowds and then giving an explanation for the parable to the disciples. We need to keep in mind that scholars are generally of the opinion that the explanations–these one-to-one correspondences that Jesus tosses off in his private conversation with the disciples–are not necessarily originally the words of Jesus. That is to say, Jesus didn’t usually give quick interpretations of parables–that’s not the point of a parable. Some scholars are of the opinion that in this case, Matthew may have inserted the interpretation, to correspond to situations that he was facing in the community for which his gospel was written. The bottom line is: we don’t necessarily have to take that one-for-one interpretation seriously.
But now that we know that we don’t have to, let’s do it anyway. Let’s just take it at face value for a moment, and see where we get. First the sower, the Son of Man, sows wheat, or children of the kingdom, in the field, which is the world. Then the devil comes and sows weeds, the children of the evil one, among the wheat. But no one knows about the weeds until the plants begin to sprout, and when they do, the owner of the field tells his slaves Read more