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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
Fall 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!
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.
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. Betsey Monnot, October 26, 2014, Year A Proper 25
When I was about seventeen years old I was attending Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. I sang in the choir and I served as an acolyte. The bulletin there was one of those minimalist ones: you may have seen the kind I mean, just one single side of one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, with everything denoted by heading and page number in the Book of Common Prayer. (There was a lot of page-flipping in that church.) The one exception, the one thing that was printed in full in the bulletin each week, was the collect of the day. I’m not sure why–maybe the rector felt that people should be able to read it as well as hear it, and since it is so short, maybe he didn’t think they could flip to it fast enough. Who knows.
At any rate, when today’s collect came around back in 1984, I loved it so much that I actually cut it out and taped it onto my mirror where I would see it every day. “ . . . that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command.” To me, this is the central thing we do as Christians: we want to love what God commands, and through following God’s call to each of us, we obtain God’s promise of abundant life. This isn’t some kind of quid pro quo, tit for tat, reward thing: God doesn’t grant us abundant life in exchange for our service following God’s call. Following God’s call, living according to what God commands, that IS the abundant life that we are promised. Read more
I evicted our tenants early this week. I want to tell you about it.
There were three people, plus a dog, who have had no better place than our courtyard to call home. Before they came to sleep in our courtyard, I saw them around the neighborhood. There is an older lady, Judy, who would always be pushing her walker, slowly trudging along. Her face is brown and lined, weathered from years living outside. Her hair is grayish, but really colorless. Her eyes, also, are pale. Her walker is one of those with wheels and brakes, although I can’t tell how much she really needs it and how much it is a convenient way to haul her things, like a parent who brings a stroller even after the child is old enough to walk. The stroller is full of diaper bags, snacks, and toys. The walker has clothing draped over it and bags hanging onto it.
A young man, Judy’s son, often wears some kind of costume–a flag draped as a cape, perhaps, with no shirt and feathers in his hair. He told me once that his Native American name is Raven. He seems to have some kind of cognitive or mental disabilities. He is usually in front of Judy, walking more quickly, pulled along by the dog. They have a muzzle for the dog–a little cage that goes over its nose. Read more
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.