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We Are All Saints: Spotlight on Lorenzo Bacani

by Matt Mueller-Curson

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the youth of All Saints Church embody the spirit of this parish with enthusiasm and dedication. And it would be hard to get any more involved at All Saints than high school junior Lorenzo Bacani. Acolyte, chorister, Vestry member – Lorenzo has done it all.

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Advent Meditation: December 22

As Advent turns the corner toward Christmas, we are delighted to see our rector — Mike Kinman — featured on the cover of the Christmas issue of the Pasadena Weekly.

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Advent Meditation: December 21

Loving Our Differences by Jim Loduha

Christmas time should be a season when we warmly embrace one another, especially in our differences. It should be a hopeful time when we extend radical love and inclusion to all. I am reminded of the story behind the overly familiar Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as told in the book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins. There is more than a shiny red nose to the story, and it is as relevant today as it was then.

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Advent Meditation: December 20

by Kelly Phelan

This has been a whirlwind of an Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent I packed up my Toyota and drove 1200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles with my best friend. Despite having less than four Sundays to prepare it was the easiest move I ever had. Once I landed in LA I had a hard time getting into the “Advent Spirit” in a place where I have not put on an actual coat since I left Seattle.

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Advent Meditation: December 19

“Rebellions are built on hope.”

Yes, it’s a quote from “Rogue One” — the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. But it could be a quote from Advent One — when we lit the first candle of Hope on the Advent Wreath: an icon of our ongoing rebellion against what the Prayer Book calls “the works of darkness.”

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Advent Meditation: December 18

The Candle of Love by Jenny Tisi

Today is the last Sunday of Advent. We will light the candle of Love today. And what greater way for me to spend my morning than cooking up our 6th annual Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast for the young men of Trouveres. Our newest ensemble, Vox Cambiata, will come and enjoy a feast at 7:45am and look forward to this bonding time every year. No one arrives late. In fact, everyone arrives early.

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Advent Meditation: December 17

by Susan Russell

Last week we heard Mary’s “back story” on the unfolding Christmas Story. This week we hear Joseph’s. The Gospel according to Matthew tells us that his first reaction to the “good news of great joy that shall be for all people” was to dismiss his pregnant fiancé … an act which would fallen firmly within the bounds of the traditional family values of his day – and would have made Mary and her child outcasts. Instead, Joseph did as the angel commanded and took Mary as his wife and named the child Jesus – and the rest is Holy Family History.

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Advent Meditation: December 16

Togetherness by Jim Loduha

This Advent season my mind keeps coming back to the notion of togetherness. It’s a season in the church that reminds us that God is with us, together with us at all times in our lives and in history. Yet, this year seems particularly not “together.”

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Advent Meditation: December 15

Another Santa by Keith Holeman

This time every year I find my mind drifting in and out of thoughts of the many people who have blessed my life. It naturally happens, no motivation needed. Advent just does that to me. My own expectation – for the new experiences, people, and the good we can do around here – easily triggers gratitude for myriad people in as many places—all the images of God who have passed my way.

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Advent Meditation: December 14

by Christina Honchell

I’m blue.

Melancholy blue. You Want it Darker blue. Born under a Bad Sign blue. Subterranean Homesick blue. What the hell just happened on November 8 blue. Advent Blue.

Also … azure skies blue. Pacific horizon blue. Midnight inky sky with twinkling stars blue. My husband’s eyes blue. Great Blue Heron blue. Guadalupe’s robes blue. Advent blue.

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Advent Meditation: December 13

Coaching From the Angels by James Walker, Director of Music

It seems as though everywhere you turn these days there is a promotion for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Even at All Saints Church! 275 years since its premiere, so many of us are still deeply attracted to Messiah. Sometimes, with music that is so beautiful and so universally loved that it can be heard in shopping malls and elevators, we can miss a really important message. What are the great Hebrew prophets and Gospel writers saying? How can they speak to us today, through the now-comfortable familiarity of Handel?

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