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.

Rev. Michael 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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Christ the King – A King of Justice

 

Sermon given November 26, 2017
Today, the last Sunday after Pentecost, and so the last Sunday before Advent begins, is known as “Christ the King.” I suppose that you can say that as the last Sunday of the Church year, it also represents the culmination, the end goal, the realization of the Kingdom of God. That is why we have so many parable about the Kingdom for the last few weeks, and why you can plausibly interpret many of them as being about the end times. I don’t necessarily think that it is best to limit our interpretation of these readings to something that predicts the future…we should have a broader notion of what Jesus is saying to us: a description that says to us what the point of all this is, where we are going, but also why we are going there, and what the first principles of following Jesus really are.
This Sunday, called “Christ the King” also isn’t just about glorifying Jesus. Yes, it says that Jesus is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” but that isn’t just something we say to say how great he is. It’s the nature of his kingship and lordship that is the question. It’s about why what it represents is what we should consider true greatness. But even more than that, it challenges us to consider what our response to that greatness ought to be, and what it means to be Jesus’ disciples.

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Chaos? or Beloved Community?

This last week was a rough one for me and for many others, perhaps many of you listening to me today. I love this country very much. I appreciate that we have a Declaration of Independence that says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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It’s Not What You Think

You have to understand how much we Episcopal preachers love it when our assigned Gospel reading includes the phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Yes, it just makes our day to open up the lectionary and see that—particularly

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She Said Yes!

Rebekah said “yes.” She shows us what it means to love God and our neighbor, at a time before there were any ten commandments yet or any Jesus to summarize them for us. She said “yes,” and history changed.

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