The outward and visible signs of the shift into the Lenten season that began with the ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday continue with the hymns we sing and the prayers we pray through the forty days until Easter.
I have a “to do” list that is filled with all sorts of things, as I am sure you do, too. And the truth is, no matter how many closets, cabinets, drawers, and sheds that I organize and clean — and no matter how many protests I attend or phone calls I make to be part of the sacred resistance … the knot that I have in my stomach is still going to be there. What knot? The one that has been growing in my stomach for the past several months, or if I really wanted to be honest with myself, it has been there for a very long time.
Giving up something for Lent is one time honored choice for a spiritual discipline during the forty day journey to Easter. So is taking something on. This year I’ve decided to take on rather than give up … and here’s a reprise of the Huffington Post piece I wrote explaining how I made that choice.
Written by All Saints’ Senior Warden Jason Lyon for the February issue of Saints Alive, this overview of how our vestry election process works at All Saints Church is great preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 19th.
by Susan Long
One year and 85 days ago, five of us headed to the Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport to pick up a Syrian refugee family All Saints agreed to welcome and bring them to a completely furnished apartment in America. Our eyes were full of joyful tears as we watched them walk up the platform to the welcome area at LAX.
When I moved to Pasadena in 2013 for school, I knew I wanted to get involved in a church that had a heart for people and a passion for justice, as well as a strong sense of community. It wasn’t long before I found All Saints and started getting involved, even though I didn’t know anyone there. Although I loved the services and focus on justice, to be honest for the first few months I attended All Saints I still felt isolated—lost in a sea of churchgoers. I would awkwardly hang out on the front lawn in front of the church after services and hope to meet people, but it took time and I wasn’t sure how to connect.
In The Heart of Christianity, Marcus Borg describes salvation as “both personal and political … it is about our relationship with God as individuals. And it is also about politics, about our life together as societies, about justice—political, social, and economic justice.” I quote Borg because it was his writing that infused my personal faith journey with a passion for justice work, and it is All Saints that has provided me with a faith community that translates Borg’s understanding of salvation into direct action.
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.
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016:
“This is the story of the birth of Jesus. A night that transformed our lives. The story begins over 2000 years ago — on this night, God was searching for an angel to deliver some very special messages.”