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Advent Wreath

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 Wreath

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 Wreath

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 Wreath

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 Wreath

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 Wreath

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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refugees welcome

An Inch At A Time: Syrian Refugee Family Update

Sister Joan Chittister famously said:  “We are each called to go through life reclaiming the planet an inch at a time until the Garden of Eden grows green again.” This week we celebrate one of those inches as we mark the first anniversary of the arrival of the Syrian refugee family All Saints was privileged to participate in sponsoring.

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Chapter Fifteen — Listen to a New Idea

“Becca’s wisdom in this chapter is so simple that it is almost child’s play. If you want your life to be changed, you actually have to be open to being changed.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fifteen.

Chapter Fourteen — Consider the Thistle

“A thistle farmer knows there is no such thing as a disposable person, that there is great beauty and strength in every person.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fourteen.

Chapter Thirteen — Laugh at Yourself

“Laughter — humor — it’s not just a nice add-on, it is absolutely necessary for survival. That’s because our laughter reminds us that the heart of God is joy. That God’s dream for each and for all of us is joy.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Thirteen.

Chapter Twelve — Show Hospitality to All

“I had known that the church doors were open during the week, but it had somehow escaped me that the custom of All Saints was to keep these doors open seven days a week. I imagine you know that about All Saints Church, but I wonder, do you know how rare that is?”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Twelve.