All Saints worships on Sundays at 10:30 am with Sunday School at 9:15 am. We are at 1000 Upland Avenue, one block west of Midkiff at Cuthbert and Upland.
We are a new Anglican congregation. Launched in May of 2012, we are a younger congregation with approximately 80 members—25 being under 18. Our worship is joyful and reverent with biblical preaching and holy communion each week. Our music includes the best of the traditional hymns and many newer songs you might hear on Christian radio.
Operating as usual
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
“Sunday is coming...”
Friday was dark. Friday was death. Friday was mourning, and weeping, and pain.
Sunday was light. Sunday was life. Sunday was rejoicing, and crying happy tears, and hope.
But what about Saturday? What about the Sabbath? What about the middle day? What was going on? How were people feeling?
We don’t really know a ton, honestly.
The disciples scattered. They fled. They ran. They hid.
I’m assuming they were scared and unsure, probably in a state of shock and disbelief, wondering if they were next. Maybe mad. Probably sad. Probably confused. Probably wondering what was next for them.
Their entire lives had just been turned upside down and inside out.
The women were preparing. They were gathering oils and spices.
I’m assuming they had no clue what was coming. I’m assuming they believed this was the end. I’m assuming they were wreaked with grief.
Saturday—the day in-between—it was a day of waiting, and waiting is one of the more difficult things in life.
It’s hard when you’re waiting for someone to return your call. It’s hard when you’re in the middle of an argument and you don’t know how the whole thing is going to play out. It’s hard when your kids are going through a season of change.
It’s hard when you’re waiting on a diagnosis. Its hard when you’re waiting for treatment. It’s hard when you’re waiting on a job. It’s hard when you’re waiting on love. It’s hard when you’re waiting on a baby. It’s hard when you’re waiting on depression to subside.
It’s hard when you feel like giving up. It’s hard when you feel like throwing in the towel. It’s hard when you feel like nothing good is happening, and like nothing good will ever happen again.
Whether you’ve been waiting one day, one year, or one-half or your life, it’s just plain hard.
I don’t know much. I’m not a scholar. I’m not anything special. At all. At all. At all.
But I know this: Jesus was still working when no one could see it. Jesus was still fighting when no one could feel it. Jesus was still fulfilling promises and making things happen, because Jesus doesn’t mess around, and Jesus doesn’t let things go to waste.
Friday was good. Sunday was great. But there was a purpose to that day of waiting too.
I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know how long you’ve been waiting. I don’t know what the ultimate plan for your life is, and I definitely don’t know what your future holds, but Jesus does.
Hold on to hope. Sunday is coming.
Shared with permission from Amy Weatherly
This is Holy Week, so we gladly continue to observe it in person and through the miracle of Facebook Live. Log into the All Saints Anglican Church page of Facebook on Thursday at 6:00 PM and on Friday at noon if you cannot attend in person. Music will begin 15 minutes before the published service times.
Maundy Thursday celebrates Christ's last words to his disciples - especially concerning Communion and servanthood. The service ends with the stripping of the Altar which calls to mind the loss and desolation felt by the disciples at Christ's arrest.
Good Friday is a meditation on the meaning of the Cross and includes prayers for forgiveness and the hope of new life.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the hope of our own resurrection at the end of this world. This also will be on Facebook Live.
Mike White has suggested we add an Easter Vigil Service at 7:00 AM this Sunday morning. Easter Vigil is an ancient remembrance of God's saving acts leading up to a celebration of the resurrection just at sunrise. Mike will conduct the service which will not include communion. If you're up early, or if you're up for something new (to All Saints!), join us for Easter Vigil.
Service bulletins will be emailed on the day of each service.
Your fellow servant,
Our new bishop, Steven Tighe, will be with us this weekend for our Palm Sunday service. Palm Sunday celebrates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and retells the moving story of his crucifixion. If you have been thinking about returning to church, this would be a great Sunday to do so. Worshippers are encouraged to wear masks and we have developed a very safe way to receive communion.
Make a good start of Holy Week and meet Bishop Steven. I think you'll be glad you did.
Your fellow servant,
Facebook Live Broadcast
Last Sunday, we did not appear on Facebook Live because there was no button on the screen to begin broadcasting. It turns out that the button was moved to another screen in the latest update. Long story short: we will broadcast this coming Sunday!
Some Thoughts on Vaccination
My own trip through Covid 19 was fairly mild. I spent over a week feeling cold most of the time, had a fever on and off, slept a couple extra hours a day, and had a cough that is just now going away. Our doctor treated me for pneumonia when my fevers and cough lasted a bit longer than expected. That's it. Like most folks who get sick with this, I got better. But I am still getting the vaccine. Why? Because my doctor and the Centers for Disease Control think it's a good idea. These days, folks hear what official sources say on a topic and then turn to the internet, or to their Facebook friends, to decide if it's true. I understand that impulse, but I also freely admit that my understanding of the science behind Covid 19 is very weak indeed. And no amount of internet research is going to turn me into an expert on infectious diseases. In the end, I have to trust that someone who knows a lot more about this than me is telling the truth. So I am believing that my doctor and the CDC have my best interests at heart. There may be somebody somewhere who thinks the vaccine is toxic, or a hoax, or otherwise bad for us. But I'm going to steer down the middle of the road and join the 35,000,000 people and counting who have already been vaccinated. Why am I writing to the church about this? Because several of us, people whom I dearly love, are not planning to be vaccinated. Please do pray long and hard about that decision. Talk to your doctor, and visit CDC.gov before you say never. It would break my heart to lose you so close to the end of this crisis.
May God bless you and keep you well,
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Merry Christmas -
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - Begins at 6:00 PM
Our traditional Christmas Eve service will be on Thursday, December 24th, at 6:00 PM. We will follow all the safeguards we have been using for in-person worship in recent months. There will all be a broadcast on Facebook Live beginning at 6:00 PM. If you miss the service that evening, you can always watch any of our services on Facebook under the "Videos" section of our All Saints Anglican Church page.
Your Fellow Servant,
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We are an Anglican congregation in the Evangelical tradition. Our worship is joyful and reverent with biblical preaching and holy communion each week. Our music includes the best of the traditional hymns and many newer songs you might hear on Christian radio. Sunday services are at 10:30 AM. Biblical teaching and fellowship every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM.
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