O Come, O Come Emanuel, and ransom captive Israel who morns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.

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Recent News from All Saints

Volunteer Opportunity at River City Food Bank

LOGOFall is a wonderful time of year. The change in the season is energizing and with the holidays looming, it is a good time to step outside routine and think about the power of change. Fall is also one of the busiest seasons at River City Food Bank. We have particular need for volunteers to work as “personal shoppers,” stockroom sorters and organizers, and greeters. We also need a reliable volunteer to assist our driver on his daily pick-up route. There are no physical restrictions for greeters. Personal shoppers and stockroom volunteers do some lifting of 25 lbs.

RCFB is a volunteer powered organization. Our volunteers come from a myriad of backgrounds and skills, but one thing they all have in common is the feeling of fulfillment they get when they step out to help someone in need. We work five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 3:00 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Jena Robinson, at
407-421-7934 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Help us make a difference in the lives of others!

Get involved with River City Food Bank.

Used Book Sale!

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.

Update from the Daughters of the King

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.

Looking to the Future

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

Upcoming Events

8AM Service

December 21, 2014 8:00 am

Adult Bible Study

December 21, 2014 9:15 am

10AM Service

December 21, 2014 10:00 am

Blue Christmas

December 21, 2014 4:00 pm

Christmas Eve Family Service with Pageant

December 24, 2014 4:00 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 24, 2014 10:00 pm

Lessons and Carols

December 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Daughters of the King

January 12, 2015 6:00 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.

#BlackLivesMatter

Sermon for December 7, 2014 by Mr. John F. Miller

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

Today’s readings stand as a turning point in the history of salvation – a fulcrum upon which the direction of our relationship with God changes. Isaiah speaks to a people in exile about their imminent return. He calls on them to build a road through the wilderness to home, to build a road for God to lead the people on.

In our modern world there are roads leading everywhere, but in 800 BC roads were rare, and if you wanted to move people or if someone important was to come to you, you had to build the road.

God tells Isaiah that it is time for a road to be built, but the prophet responds that the people are like grass: they spring up quickly but fade away just as quickly in the heat of God’s gaze. And it is perhaps not surprising. Chapter 40 of Isaiah begins something called Second Isaiah. Now, I will not bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say that for the first 39 chapters of this book, the prophet has been incessantly telling the people that they are doomed, that God has abandoned their cause and that calamity is going to come upon them. Then abruptly in Chapter 40 we get, “Comfort, comfort ye my people.”

Mark quotes Isaiah as he announces the incarnation. He puts the words of the prophet onto the back of John the Baptist. It should be understood that John is not a “nice” person. Nice people travel on smooth roads that others have built. John the Baptist was called to build roads not travel them, and a person who wants to build a road is going to need some rough edges and sharp elbows.

The bible is like that. It is written by and for people who are struggling and oppressed and not to the comfortable. My friend Lewis Powell, who is the deacon in Grass Valley, likes to describe his job as “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable,” and within the biblical text he can find solid support for such a ministry.

But we live in a society where there are roads everywhere, and not just those built by CalTrans. The metaphorical roads out of strife and hardship have been built for us as well. It is Pearl Harbor Day, and I am mindful of the roads built by our fathers and grandfathers and perhaps even some of you here present, that have brought our country peace and security. I am also mindful of a sermon I preached on these readings six years ago where I pointed out to this congregation that we stood on Isaiah’s fulcrum of history with the chance to build our way to a better community, and we have.

Most of us in this room are not in exile. We do not seek release from the yoke of oppression. What do readings like this say to post-incarnation Christians? What can a person like me hear from Isaiah?

Our society and our world are divided across the fulcrum of history. As I stand here before you safe and comfortable, there are others who spend this season of Advent truly longing for someone to bring them the good news that their time of oppression will soon be passed. Today these people could be the Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. These people could be from countries in the global south where disease spreads unabated for lack of medicine, doctors and infrastructure. These people could be the homeless who live on our streets and on our doorstep. How many could I name of the peoples of God whose lives are filled with oppression and injustice?

But this week, in light of judicial inaction and nationwide protest, it seems that racial discrimination and the unjust treatment of black people – especially young black men – must be our focus. This does not negate the suffering of others, and there will be other weeks to speak about them, but this week, this week, black lives matter.

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Sermon for November 23, 2014 by the Rev. Betsey Monnot

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

This morning is, perhaps, a little scary. We find ourselves listening to the Gospel and hoping that we are sheep and not goats. Then, if we remember the reading from Ezekiel, we add to that the hope that we are lean sheep and not fat sheep. We might feel the need to review our recent donations to worthy humanitarian causes, to be sure that we can count ourselves among those who have given Jesus food or drink, welcome or clothing, when he came to us in the form of one of the least of these who are members of his family. And if we keep this gospel passage in our minds for long enough, our resulting anxiety might benefit one of those left-out folks who stands at an intersection, cardboard sign in hand, asking for help.

But is that really what the readings call us to this morning? If you have a particularly long memory, and you happened to be in church on a certain Sunday this past July, you may remember that I mentioned this morning’s gospel passage. It wasn’t a lectionary mistake–we didn’t actually hear it on that Sunday–it was, if anything, a preaching mistake. My point at the time was that, speaking as individuals, Jesus assures us that each one of us who has fed the hungry, given drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, or welcomed the stranger will inherit the kingdom prepared for us by God. At the same time, any of us who have, at some point, NOT fed, given drink, clothed, or welcomed, well, we are the inheritors of eternal punishment. Which means everyone. We are all, individually, part of both of those categories. We are all both sheep AND goats.

But, you know, I think it’s even more complicated than that.

We are fortunate, as Episcopalians, to have at this time a wonderful Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. Back in 2009, she took quite a bit of heat for referring to what she called “the great Western Heresy of individualism.” She went on to say that “Individualism (the understanding that the interests and independence of the individual necessarily trump the interests of others as well as principles of interdependence) is basically unbiblical and unchristian.”

Lots of people didn’t like that.

Lots of people, for example, we Americans, are Read more

The Art of Paying Attention

Sermon for November 16, 2014, by the Rev. Dcn. Virginia McNeely

Readings: Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30

Scripture reminds us that we cannot lay out a plan for our lives and have control over them.  The Israelites learned this many times as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.  In the Book of Joshua they were the winners.  In the beginning of the book of Judges they are the losers. Once again they were overwhelmed and oppressed by an enemy. This time they will be saved by a woman.

Paul reminds the believers in his letter to the Thessalonians, that when they say “there is peace and security,” “sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!” They are to be ready for salvation through Jesus Christ, and they are to encourage one another and build up one another.  They are to be ready for whatever happens to them, as a community and as individuals.

We do not have control over what will happen to us. Read more