Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 4

by Jenny Tisi

During the summer, I get to do my second most favorite part of my job: I get to sit for hours and choose music for the next choir season. One of the anthems that I  picked for January is called “Angels Unaware.” Although the title has its roots in my most favorite Bible verse, Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,” the words to the song clearly state who these strangers are. The strangers are identified as our homeless brothers and sisters.

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Advent Meditation: December 3

by Mike Kinman

“But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.” (Luke 1:20) Probably my favorite minor character of Advent is Zechariah.

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Advent Meditation: December 2

by James Walker

As I write this short reflection on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, I find myself in a place of deep gratitude for this season of expectant waiting and hopeful contemplation. Even at this very moment, as I returned from my favorite lunch place where the restaurant staff was removing pumpkins and replacing them with baby Christmas trees and reindeer, I have once again made the conscious decision to not surrender. Advent, yes!

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Advent Meditation: December 1

by Antonio Gallardo

Every time that the Advent season starts I can’t avoid thinking about this time of the year while I was growing up in Venezuela. On a day like today –December 1st — all the traditions to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s started.  Every house got a new coat of paint, decorations were all over the city on houses, streets, and buildings. 

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Advent Meditation: November 30

by Susan Russell

God of light and shadow, mystery and miracle: prepare our hearts to receive your precious gift of love. Reawaken us to the wonder of this holy season. Keep watch with us as we await the new advent of justice and compassion.

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Advent Meditation: November 29

by Susan Russell

The first candle of Advent — the Candle of Hope — is lit on the Advent wreath. We’ve prayed the familiar words “give us grace to cast away the works of darkness” and now we wait.

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Advent Meditation: November 28

by Sally Howard

This Advent in particular, I have been drawn to the figure of John the Baptist. That’s surprising to me because he’s not my favorite character of the Bible. I am usually happy to get past him and on to the annunciation of God’s incredible love story, of utter identification with us and our vulnerability, in the coming of baby Jesus.

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Christmas 2016 at All Saints Church

Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey this Christmas, there is a service here at All Saints Church for you! From the energetic retelling of the Christmas story complete with shepherds, angel and a baby in the manger at our 3pm family service to candlelight and chamber orchestra at the 11pm Festive Eucharist; English or Spanish; Christmas Eve or Christmas Day … Join us!

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“Cast Away the Works of Darkness”

Susan Russell on Sunday, November 27, 2016:

“Advent is time for hope — not a necessarily a time for patience. It is a time to use our collective righteous indignation as fuel for the holy work of resistance.”

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Thanksgiving Eve 2016: On Grace and Gratitude

Homily preached by Susan Russell on Thanksgiving Eve [November 23, 2016] at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

I know your service leaflet says “Homily” … but I’m going to start with a Confession. For the first Thanksgiving in as long as I can remember I have been struggling to be thankful.

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The 2016 Alternative Christmas Market

Sunday, December 4

The Alternative Christmas Market (ACM) reclaims the true Christmas narrative by bringing together over 20 non-profit organizations that address All Saints Peace & Justice initiatives on the local, national and international fronts. Make donations to the organizations and receive unique greeting cards to give as gifts, or purchase socially conscious and fair trade items form a variety of vendors. The ACM has raised between $25,000 to $35,000 annually for these organizations and has raised our social conscientiousness even more.

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