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We had our first-ever Parish Camp on August 13-15 this year, and a good time was had by all! We gathered for campfires, wove our stories, prayed with the prayer net, tie-dyed T-shirts, ate good food, learned arm-knitting, saw the stars, celebrated Eucharist in the outdoor chapel, and enjoyed being in the woods. Come join us next time!
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We are so very glad that you want to bring your children to worship at All Saints. You, and they, are most welcome.
We know from our own experience (we have three boys) that worshiping with children can sometimes pose some challenges. We also know that children sometimes worship more actively or loudly than most adults. This is fine with us. If you would prefer to bring them out of the church, we have nursery care and Sunday school available in the parish hall: just ask someone how to get there.
Above all, we hope that both you and your children will feel at home at All Saints. Let us know what else we can do to help you have a worship time that helps you connect with Jesus, who told his disciples to let the little children come to him.
–The Rev.s Betsey and Michael Monnot, Co-Rectors
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, Sept 26 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. The event is free, but we need people to sign up in advance.
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?
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 8/23/15
One day, back before I went to seminary, a friend and I were in a store on Newbury Street in Boston. This particular store specialized in selling gargoyles–statues modeled after gargoyles from cathedrals in Europe. They were cool, but too expensive for either of us, and we were going to leave without making a purchase. But then, as we were going past the cashier’s stand, I saw a rack with crosses hanging from it.
Now, being about to go off to seminary, the crosses caught my attention. They were the type made out of old nails–in this case, old iron nails probably salvaged from an old New England home–or else possibly modern reproductions of old nails, forged for the purpose of making crosses out of them.
Either way, I decided that I wanted one, and they were much less expensive than the gargoyle statues. I showed the cashier my cross and handed over my money, and he said “Ah, yes. That symbolizes the triumph of the spiritual over the physical.”
I simply smiled and took my change and my cross out onto the street. Then I turned to my very understanding, non-seminary-bound friend, and threw a fit.
Well, it was a reasonable fit, not really loud or anything–perhaps better described as a passionate explanation of why the cashier was totally wrong.
The thing is: it is so easy to see the resurrection as a triumph of the spiritual over the physical, if you don’t understand it very well. Jesus died on the cross, but then he rose! So that means that God is more powerful than death, the spiritual triumphs over the physical.
But no, not really. Not quite. Remember that after Jesus rose from the dead, he still had the nail-holes in his hands and feet, and the spear-hole in his side. The physical reality of his death was still with him, even after he rose. The resurrection was not the triumph of the spiritual over the physical, it was the triumph of life over death.
Jesus, after all, was a very physical guy. We have been hearing evidence of his physicality for the last several weeks as we’ve been reading through the Gospel of John in church. Jesus feeds five thousand people, well, more than that really, because it was five thousand men plus also women and children, on only five loaves and two fish. Eating is certainly a physical process that everyone, including Jesus, engages in. And then we’ve heard over and over about Jesus being the bread from heaven, that whoever eats this bread will live forever.
In fact, in the Greek, the word that is translated “eat” in today’s Gospel passage is actually better translated “chew,” Read more
Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot, 8/2/15, Proper 13, Year B
So, here is what happens sometimes with the lectionary, the choices that are made somewhere else at a very different level about what readings we will read on any given Sunday. Sometimes you get a Sunday like today, when you settle in to listen to the first reading, and you hear that someone’s husband died, and she was sad, and then David married her, and she bore a son, and then God sends Nathan (who is a prophet) to David to tell him off. Nathan goes into the whole story about a rich man and a poor man, and the rich man has a lot of sheep and the poor man has only the one little ewe lamb that he loves like a daughter. Then the rich man has a visitor he needs to feed, and instead of slaughtering one of his many sheep, he goes and takes the poor man’s lamb and kills that and prepares it for his visitor to eat.
David thinks this is grossly unfair, and he is very angry at the rich man in Nathan’s story. Being the king, he immediately determines the punishment: the rich man deserves to die, but instead he will be made to restore the lamb fourfold.
Then Nathan’s great line: “You are the man!”
And all the while, you may or may not have any idea at all what is going on or why. Why is Nathan, and by extension God, so angry with David? It would be very reasonable if you somehow think that it has something to do with raising sheep. Then, if you are still able to listen at this point with all these questions roaming around in your head, Nathan recaps the whole situation briefly, but it’s still confusing. So, here is what happened in last week’s installation:
David was hanging around on his roof, which people did at the time, and happened to see a woman in another house who was having a bath. She was very beautiful, and David was the king, and he was accustomed to having whatever he wanted, so, despite the fact that she was someone else’s wife (that someone was Uriah the Hittite, and he was away from home fighting David’s war against the Ammonites), David sent his messenger to go get her, and he had his way with her. Here in the story we learn that the bath that she was taking was no ordinary bath, rather it was the purification rite that Jewish women would undertake when their monthly menstrual cycle had ended. This is important, because then, when she becomes pregnant, and her husband has been away the whole time, David is on the spot.
So David, in a move imitated by political leaders throughout history when caught in a similar situation, decides to cover up. He sends word to get Uriah the Hittite back from the war, talks to him, and then tells him to go home and rest. You know, rest. Home from war, haven’t seen the wife in awhile. That kind of rest. But instead, Read more
Sermon for July 5, 2015, by the Rev. Betsey Monnot
“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Happy Fourth of July weekend, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and as we remember what a blessing it is to live in this remarkable country. And happy Sunday, as we celebrate God’s love for us and our love for God and one another, and as we remember what a blessing it is to have a savior who died for us and rose again, and who feeds us week by week with his very own body and blood.
We gather this morning in the recollection of the shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, as they sat together in a prayer meeting. We gather in the recollection of the remarkable response to those killings across the country, as people of all races came together in solidarity and love to condemn racial violence. We celebrate the election of the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry of North Carolina. We bear in our minds and on our hearts the seven black churches across the south that have burned since the killings in Charleston, and the knowledge that arson attacks on black churches have played a strong role in the history of racial oppression in this country.
We gather this morning in a country in which the right of two persons, whatever their genders may be, to marry legally has been declared the law of the land. We gather in a church whose highest earthly authority, the General Convention, has decreed that the sacrament of marriage shall be available to all couples equally. We bear in our minds and on our hearts the increase of violence Read more