Reading Greek mythology was my favorite as a pre-teen. There was Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt. The patron goddess of Athens and the Greek goddess of wisdom, was Athena. She was an active participant in the Trojan War, where one of my heroes, Achilles died. I was fascinated by the labors of Heracles. While I didn’t initially grasp the story of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, I somehow discerned that his story was far more than entertainment.
Monday, March 27
Last month we marched and demanded Pasadena become a Sanctuary City for all immigrants! The City Council heard our request loud and clear and they are set to take up the issue on Monday, March 27th. We need your support to make sure the City Council adopts a strong policy that protects all immigrants: a policy that makes sure that the Pasadena City Police will not carry out Trump’s mass deportation plans by collaborating with ICE.
Each week we feature one ministry from the many that make up the work and witness of All Saints Church … and this week we feature the Labyrinth Ministry. An ancient spiritual tool — one found in almost all religious traditions in various forms around the world — our labyrinth is a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220. To walk the labyrinth is to follow a tradition steeped in spiritual mystery practiced all over the world. Here are some reflections from members of our Labyrinth Ministry:
Flowers are often gifted as an expression of love and friendship, gratitude or celebration. Just think about the last time someone gave you flowers. Wasn’t it fun, surprising and exhilarating? It is amazing how the simple gesture of being given flowers can make us feel so much and how we can look at the them resting in their vase in our home or office – and feel … so blessed. Why do we all too often, wait, to be gifted flowers?
Sunday, March 26 | 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Don’t miss the chance to learn from and be inspired by the amazing Lorna Miller. Lorna joins us for our adult education hour on Sunday, March 26th to share her family’s experience of fleeing from the Armenian genocide, making a home in Lebanon and ultimately immigrating to Pasadena.
by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena
The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday — the Fourth Sunday in Lent — with some notes and more “food for thought” on miracles, revelation and the immutable law of love. Gnaw away!
Lessons from Joseph
The Old Testament lesson for this Friday in the second week of Lent is found in the book of Genesis and may be very familiar to many of you. It’s the beginning of the story of Joseph, his father and his brothers and tells how Joseph ends up in a pit because of jealousy, insecurity and hatred.
I’ve always been much more of a Advent/Christmas Christian than a Lent/ Easter one. The waiting in the darkness of Advent, the Incarnation – God breaking into the universe – what a trip! The whole lent/Easter thing: much harder for me. For most of my life, all it took was for me to hear “take up your cross,” and I’m heading for the hills. I don’t want to be weighed down with suffering and sorrow, I don’t like to think of Jesus that way either.
Of ashes you came and to ashes you shall return. At the core of who we are is the energy that gives life to our body and mind. Every day our attention is moved and manipulated by the world around us and the world inside us. In a season of self-reflection we ask ourselves to examine the truths that we lean onto on a daily basis.
Saturday, March 25
Sacred Stillness: Healing Heart, Mind, and Body
Join us for a Lenten Quiet Day offering time sacred stillness and guided meditation. Our time together will be focused on deep listening, art, and engagement with nature, ending with Eucharist.
Led by Mike Kinman and Ann D’Angelo
Sunday, March 19
On Saturday, January 14th we celebrated with Norma Yanira Guerra as she was ordained to the priesthood at a festive celebration at St. John’s Pro-Cathedral. This Sunday — March 19th — we welcome her “back home” to All Saints Church as our celebrant at the 9:00, 11:15 & 1:00 p.m. services and preacher at the 1:00 p.m Spanish service.