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Gnaw on This: Easter Sunday

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —Easter Sunday— with some notes and more “food for thought” on Easter morning as a funeral. A funeral for fear. Death has been defeated … it need not be feared again. And that means the possibilities for our lives are endless. Gnaw away!

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Lenten Meditations: Monday in Holy Week

A meditation for Monday in Holy Week by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church.

Mary brought a pound of costly ointment, pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. (John 12:3)

If there was ever a passage of scripture that should be read slowly, savoring each word, letting the images it evokes fully come to life … it is this one from the Gospel assigned to Monday in Holy Week.

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The Rector Reflects on Holy Week

“Grace transforms our failings full of dread into abundant, endless comfort … our failings full of shame into a noble, glorious rising … our dying full of sorrow into holy, blissful life. …. Just as our contrariness here on earth brings us pain, shame and sorrow, so grace brings us surpassing comfort, glory, and bliss in heaven … And that shall be a property of blessed love, that we shall know in God, which we might never have known without first experiencing woe.” – Julian of Norwich

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Gnaw On This: Palm Sunday

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —Palm Sunday— with some notes and more “food for thought” on liberation from the expectations of others as we journey with Christ into the center of power. Gnaw away!

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Gnaw on This: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Fifth Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought” on love, loss and the gift of tears. Gnaw away!

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Gnaw On This: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Fourth Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought” on miracles, revelation and the immutable law of love. Gnaw away!

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Staff Transition

I am writing to share that after nearly 14 years of passionate, prophetic and faithful service in the All Saints community, the Rev. Zelda Miller Kennedy has decided to retire at the end of June, 2017.

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Gnaw On This: The Third Sunday in Lent

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Third Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought.”

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A Day Without A Woman At All Saints Church

A Message from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

On Wednesday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – the organizers of the Women’s March are calling for “A Day Without A Woman” – to highlight how crucial women are to the US and global economies and to all of our common life. Women are being invited to refrain from paid and unpaid work, and men are being asked to lean into the experience and better appreciate the labor provided by women in the workplace (as well as to advocate for equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women).

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The Rector’s Annual Address to the Parish

The Annual Address of the Rector to the Parish is always part of the All Saints Church Annual Meeting — and this year, rector Mike Kinman offered that address from the pulpit on Sunday, March 5th at all four services. 

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