Christmas Day Sermon 2016 | 10:30 a.m. All Saints Church, Pasadena
Zelda Kennedy, Senior Associate for Pastoral Care
This year there will be multiple opportunities for both reflection and action as we celebrate together the work and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mark your calendars now and join us for all or some of them!
by Antonio Gallardo
As I continue to reflect upon the scriptures for this season around the conception and birth of Jesus, a group of characters have been standing out for me lately like they have not done it before, the Shepherds. I have read about, and heard about, many reflections about Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ stories, but I have not heard not equally as many stories about “The Shepherds.”
PASADENA HOMELESS COUNT: THEY COUNT, WILL YOU?
THE EVENING OF JANUARY 24 & MORNING OF JANUARY 25
The Office for Urban Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Partnership to End Homelessness (the Continuum of Care in the City of Pasadena), and the City of Pasadena, are once again looking for individuals to volunteer for the 2017 City of Pasadena Count and Subpopulation Survey. Can we count on you?
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.
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.
“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.”
Sally Howard on Sunday, December 18, 2016:
“Jesus refused to accept the world as it was. Filled with the Spirit, he imagined a world and lived out a life inviting absolutely everyone to the banquet table.”
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 18, 2016:
“There is holiness in the simple act of presence.”