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Pasadena Community Posada

December 22

Traditionally “La Posada” commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for Jesus’ birth. This year, on Thursday December 22 — in the shadow of looming public policy decisions by the incoming presidential administration — the Pasadena Community “La Posada” becomes a symbolic representation of the search for protection for immigrants and refugees targeted for oppression and marginalization.

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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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Homeless Memorial Service Homily

Mike Kinman on Tuesday, December 13, 2016:

“God is never just God. God is the God of our names. Because with God, it is always personal.”

A Conversation with Norman Lear

Norman Lear on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“You know how we thought of Edith (Bunker)? Whenever there was a problem, what would Christ do? That was Edith.”

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Russell Ferrante: Jazz Vespers

Sunday, January 15

All Saints parishioner, founding member of the YellowJackets, Russell Ferrante’s first exposure to music came from his church, where his father was the choir director as well as being a frequent vocal soloist and having a vocal gospel quartet. He began piano lessons at the age of nine with the expectation that one day he would be the church pianist … but his musical interests took him elsewhere.

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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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California: Fearless, United!

Sunday, December 18

All Saints Church is proud to be a co-sponsor of the December 18th California: Fearless, United Rally & March. Standing together as immigrant, environmental, faith, labor, LGBT, and women’s rights groups in the heart of Los Angeles — one of the most diverse cities in the world — we will put our faith into action as we continue in the work of turning the human race into the human family.

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