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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
We received the following e-mail from the Episcopal Church Foundation of Northern California:
[Facilitator] Marcie Larkey suffered a trip and fall, and broke her right arm. She undergoes surgery this Friday. She will not be able to conduct the workshop on May 30.
However, we are confident that later this summer we would be able to hold the workshop. If you can review All Saints’ calendar and provide alternate dates that would work for you, we will be happy to commit to a later date. Any time beginning in July or later will work for us.
I am sorry for the need to reschedule. I hope we can find a date that will work for your parish.
We will post further updates as they become available.
UPDATE: Our facilitator from the Foundation has had a medical issue and we have postponed this event. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
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, May 30 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.t your obituary and loving letters to your families? And will they know your passwords for accounts both on line and off?
What does it cost? Nothing!! (How often do you have this kind of offer?) Just sign up in advance (so we can copy the materials for you).
This is an invitation that you can share with your neighbors, friends and family members. They are all invited, but all must sign up by the Saint Day of Saint Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours. (May 20, if you don’t want to look up the day we remember this illustrious deacon.)
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.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 21, 2015
Please remain standing as you are able and join me in prayer for those murdered during Bible study in Charleston as I read their names
Pastor Clementa Pickney, State senator and lead pastor at Immanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the south;
Ethel Lance, who had worked at the church for over 30 years
Susie Jackson, 87 years old and the oldest church member killed, a long-time church member and cousin to Ethel Lance
Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, a minister at this church who also sang in the choir and was leading the bible study class
Rev. Daniel Simmons, a retired pastor from another Charleston church
Cynthia Hurd, a beloved library branch manager for over 30 years
Tywanza Sanders, a 26 year old who got his degree in business from Charleston’s Allen University just last year.
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, assistant pastor, as well as a speech therapist and girls’ high school track and field coach
Rev. Myra Thompson, the final pastor to die from this church often referred to as “Mother Emanuel” because of its prominence and leadership in the African-American community
May they each rest in peace and rise in glory.
“Let us go across to the other side”
Today’s gospel brings a popular image of Jesus and the disciples in the often-told story of failed faith and aquatic miracles, “the calming of the storm”. This story, which many of us have heard since early years in Sunday School, describes a miracle and then a personal challenge. Invited to cross the Sea of Galilee, the apostles set out with Jesus who falls asleep in their boat as a storm arises, swamping the boat and threatening their very lives. Jesus is awakened, perhaps simply to help with the bailing, so thoroughly stilling the storm that we are told it is dead calm. And then he asks the questions that come to us across the centuries: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
The hazard of this story, like much of the Bible but especially the New Testament, is that it is can become ordinary and even trivial. But if we probe the story honestly, its implications are almost offensive. The suggestion that volunteering to take a trip only to find oneself in a sinking boat at night should not produce fear seems frankly ridiculous. Read more
Sermon by the Rev. Betsey Monnot, Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Holy Spirit often appears unexpectedly, and urges followers of Jesus in directions they may have not imagined.
Before he died, Jesus, speaking to his disciples, said: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
In other words, Jesus had more to tell the disciples than they could take in. Any teacher–or preacher, for that matter–knows the glazed look in the eyes of the students who are no longer able to digest what is being taught. The wise teacher does what Jesus does here: stops trying. There is always time for more learning later: in the meantime, trying to continue after it is too much for the students only risks confusing and scrambling what they have already learned. Jesus knew that he was better off Read more
Sermon by the Rev. Michael Monnot, Seventh Sunday after Easter, May 17, 2015
To make sense of the readings today, you have to know that it is not just the Seventh Sunday after Easter; it’s also the Sunday after Ascension Day, which was last Thursday. Next Sunday,of course, is Pentecost, the day that the disciples literally become ‘inspired’ by the Holy Spirit. But today is the one Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
The Ascension is one of those points in scripture where it is less important, I think, to try to theologize about what actually happened, than it is to understand what it meant for those who experienced it. In this case, that’s the disciples, and by extension, us. Basically, it represents the point at which Jesus, after the Resurrection, is no longer present with his friends in an immediate, this world, sense.
Now, the way this moment is portrayed in the scripture can lead one to se it as another affirmation…like Easter, of Jesus’ power and glorification. And perhaps it was. But there’s another aspect to it. The disciples have been left alone again. Jesus has gone. It isn’t quite like that doubt and despair moment they went through on Good Friday. The Ascension wouldn’t have been about defeat or loss, but still, Read more