Welcome to All Saints Episcopal Church

When you come to All Saints, you will notice two things right away.

wp1942fa39_0aThe first is how beautiful the interior of the church is, with the organ pipes reflecting the colors of the stained glass windows.  The second thing will be the warm greeting you receive, whether from the usher handing you a worship bulletin or from another member of the congregation.

You will take part in worship in the Episcopal tradition, which traces its roots before the American Revolution to the Church of England, and from there back to the ancient church.  You will sing hymns accompanied by our magnificent organ, which is one of the largest in Sacramento.

After church, you will be invited to join other worshipers for coffee and refreshments, and you will have the opportunity to see the informal side of the All Saints community.

We are people who enjoy each other’s company, and love to have fun together, whether at coffee hour, at a potluck picnic, or attending a Rivercats baseball game as a group.

Together, members of All Saints teach and learn, sing and pray, study and serve, and play.  We are children and parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, married and single, gay and straight.  We come from various racial and ethnic backgrounds and find our common purpose in living as followers of Christ, worshiping together and supporting one another on the way. We care for one another and for those in our community of Sacramento who have less than we do.

The children in our Sunday School learn about God’s love for them and the lessons that Jesus taught, and they bring their energy and exuberance into church with them as they join the adults for Eucharist, the sacred meal of Bread and Wine, Christ’s Body and Blood, that we share each week.  Adults tend to their spiritual journeys through Bible Study, classes, groups, and service. We invite you to join us whenever you are able!

Service Times

Everyone is welcome to attend, if you need more information or assistance getting to church please call the office at 455-0643.

The Reverends Michael and Betsey Monnot and the rest of the staff are committed to leading the congregation of All Saints ever closer to God through worship, education, service, and community. We hope that you will take the opportunity to come and meet us.

  • 8:00 am Sunday: Holy Eucharist.  A simple, contemplative service with organ.
  • 9:15 am Sunday: Adult Education
  • 10:00 am Sunday: Beautiful, accessible, and spirit-filled worship in the best tradition of the Episcopal Church including organ and choir. Nursery and Sunday School available during this service.
  • 12:00 noon Tuesday: A meditative service of scripture, prayer, and chant, with a focus on caring for the care-giver.

The Celebration continues after both services with Coffee Hour. Please plan to stay after worship for a few minutes for coffee, tea, and goodies.  This is our chance to get to know you and for you to get to know us.

Revs. Michael and Betsey Monnot

What we Believe

Episcopalians have no standard confessional document laying down a set of doctrines that someone must believe to be in our church. For us, the basic document of faith is our prayer book, The Book of Common Prayer. We follow the principle Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, which means, essentially, “belief follows prayer.” What we believe is embodied in what and how we pray, not in an abstract statement. Click here to learn more about what we believe.

What people are saying about All Saints

“When we first came here it was just so warm and friendly.  I just know this was where we were meant to be.” — D.D. Cathcart

“This has been our church for the last seventy years.  I just cannot imagine our life without it.” — Della Knowles

“Booming Organ, billowing incense, beautiful stained glass windows … this is my kind of church!” — Philip Ramey

“All Saints is our church home” — Anne and Tom Moisuk

“Can I come back to Sunday School next week, too?” — a Sunday School student

“I’ve driven by this church for years and finally decided I just needed to come.  I’m so glad I did.” — Judy Pierce

Important Links

Diocese of Northern California

This is the home page of the Diocese of Northern California which is the governing body of All Saints.

The Episcopal Church

The national church’s web site.

The Anglican Communion

The world wide Anglican communion web site.

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The Way

Jesus is like your mother. She knew what was best, what was right for you, but it took a shift in your point of view to be able to recognize that.

We come into today’s gospel passage in the middle of a scene. Jesus is telling his disciples some of the things that he thinks they should know before he leaves them, which he knows he is going to do. He talks about going to prepare a place for them, and then he says “And you know the way to the place where I am going.”

And Thomas, who is practical, says: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

But Jesus wasn’t talking about going through town to a new house. Jesus was talking about where he was really going, through death on the cross to resurrection and new life. And, as he so often does, Jesus answers Thomas’ question not the way Thomas expected it, but in the way that imparts what Jesus is trying to explain.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus says, and I can almost hear Thomas protesting: “that’s not what I meant!”

But it is what Jesus meant, and it is our job to reorient ourselves and our understanding, to shift our point of view, so that what Jesus says makes sense.

The same is true with the last bit of this gospel reading. Jesus says, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

Well, every child who hears that and asks God in the name of Jesus for a pony knows that that just isn’t true. Where is my pony? But Jesus, you said you would do anything I asked in your name!

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Walking Together

This place of disappointment is where we find the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Here they are, on Easter day, walking and talking about what’s happened; and Jesus walks with them, but they don’t know it’s him. So they tell him about the terrible things that have happened, and they say, “We had hoped he was the one to redeem Israel.” That is: he was their dream come true.

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Listen!

I was driving across the desert. It was night time, late July, and there was no sign of anyone else on the two-lane highway that was leading my family and me across Utah toward Colorado. There was a little moonlight: no street lights, no houses or businesses as we drove. It was that part of the drive when you are just pushing to make it to the night’s destination: later than we wanted it to be, ready to stop if we could, needing to push on the remaining miles down the road.

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Why did Jesus die?

None of us likes to be here, at the foot of the cross, Jesus laid in the tomb, feeling the finality of death. None of us likes this.

And yet, we all are here—not only

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