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Homeless Memorial Service at All Saints, Pasadena

Tuesday, December 13

Each year, thousands of homeless men and women die on the streets of our nation due to illness, exposure or violence, many from our very own community of Pasadena. These individuals die without the dignity and respect they deserve. Please join us as we honor and acknowledge their lives and membership in the human family at our annual Homeless Memorial Service.

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Advent Evening Service Meditation

Jeremy Langill on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“Jesus was born into a deeply oppressed community. His birth, like all births, was messy and dirty. And according to the story, didn’t even occur in the relative warmth and safety of a home. The power of Jesus’ ministry, the prophetic voice he used to convict the powerful, and lift up all those who live in the margins, gains an entirely new understanding when I consider the emotionally deep, complex, and vulnerable nature of his beginning.”

“Accessing the Inexhaustible Power through Spiritual Poverty and Humility”

Antonio Gallardo on Guadalupe Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“What an appropriate time in the life of our country for Our Lady to come today and remind us that she’s not a mellow, mute virgin, but that she’s a warrior, who from the very beginning has challenged the establishment, the dark forces of the world.”

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A Sermon for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today we are here celebrating our Lady of Guadalupe, who has also been proclaimed the patroness of the Americas, the Empress of Latin America, and the Protector of Unborn Children. And we are bringing our best to this celebration, great music including Mariachis, dancing, roses and candles, inspiring and moving readings; and the celebration does not end here, we will continue with a Convivio after the service with more music, and delicious food, including tamales, and community fellowship.

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Advent Meditation: December 11

by Mike Kinman

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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“You Can’t Stop the Revolution”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“Mary was the Mother of the Revolution of Love and the Magnificat is her protest chant – a protest chant the church has spent 2000 years mansplaining in an effort to silence the radical power of her proclamation.”

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Advent Meditation: December 10

The further we get into December the more ubiquitous the Christmas music becomes. This morning one of the carols on the radio was James Taylor singing “Some Children See Him” … and listening to it was a great antidote to the parade of bad-news news stories this last week … in particular the ridiculous backlash against the Mall of America Santa story. I mentioned that to Lori as we were pulling Christmas lights out of the plastic storage bin and she said, “You know it has an All Saints connection, right?”

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Advent Meditation: December 8

The Gospel from Matthew this week begins with the words: “When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing …”

Wait. John was in prison?
Oh, yeah. Right.
When you defy the Empire, it resists.

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Advent Meditation: December 7

by Susan Russell

This week we light the third candle on the Advent wreath and pray the prayer “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us.” Sounds great – but what exactly does that mean? Sometimes I think we pray these things a little too lightly – it doesn’t hurt to occasionally consider what it is we’re asking for. What exactly happens when that power comes among us – rests upon us?

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Featured Ministry: Immigration Task Force

We are — all of us –in some sense immigrants and sojourners, strangers in a strange land seeking a homeland. Some of us or members of our families have personally experienced hardships and, at times, unspeakable indignities, in coming to America. Others of us fortunate to have been born here have trekked into the desert wilderness to see for ourselves the migrant path of tears and triumph.

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