by Susan Russell
God of light and shadow, mystery and miracle: prepare our hearts to receive your precious gift of love. Reawaken us to the wonder of this holy season. Keep watch with us as we await the new advent of justice and compassion.
by Sally Howard
This Advent in particular, I have been drawn to the figure of John the Baptist. That’s surprising to me because he’s not my favorite character of the Bible. I am usually happy to get past him and on to the annunciation of God’s incredible love story, of utter identification with us and our vulnerability, in the coming of baby Jesus.
Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey this Christmas, there is a service here at All Saints Church for you! From the energetic retelling of the Christmas story complete with shepherds, angel and a baby in the manger at our 3pm family service to candlelight and chamber orchestra at the 11pm Festive Eucharist; English or Spanish; Christmas Eve or Christmas Day … Join us!
Susan Russell on Sunday, November 27, 2016:
“Advent is time for hope — not a necessarily a time for patience. It is a time to use our collective righteous indignation as fuel for the holy work of resistance.”
Homily preached by Susan Russell on Thanksgiving Eve [November 23, 2016] at All Saints Church in Pasadena.
I know your service leaflet says “Homily” … but I’m going to start with a Confession. For the first Thanksgiving in as long as I can remember I have been struggling to be thankful.
Sunday, December 4
The Alternative Christmas Market (ACM) reclaims the true Christmas narrative by bringing together over 20 non-profit organizations that address All Saints Peace & Justice initiatives on the local, national and international fronts. Make donations to the organizations and receive unique greeting cards to give as gifts, or purchase socially conscious and fair trade items form a variety of vendors. The ACM has raised between $25,000 to $35,000 annually for these organizations and has raised our social conscientiousness even more.
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:
“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”
Mike Kinman on Sunday, November 20, 2016:
“We must not let systems whose only desire is to perpetuate injustice and violence against the powerless, for the benefit of the powerful, use our theology against us. The mandate of forgiveness without repentance, and reconciliation without justice, is one of the biggest ways that our theology has been weaponized for use against the most vulnerable among us — and it must stop.”
Sunday, December 11
Join us as we celebrate the feast day of the Virgen de Guadalupe — the patron saint of the Americas — at a festive service full of candles, roses, and joyful song steeped in the Latino religious tradition. Music by Dan Cole and El Mariachi Arcoíris de Los Angeles. Ballet Folklorico Quetzal will perform. Pan dulce and “antojitos” will be served after the service.