“The Cross: A Symbol of Universal Love”

Ed Bacon on Sunday, March 29:

“To have the mind of Christ in us is to interrupt and dismantle whatever is crucifying anyone; to transform pain and trauma into love and justice.”

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Monday in Holy Week: The Both/And of Holy Week

by Susan Russell

The gospel story appointed for this Monday in Holy Week is the retelling of Mary’s extravagant outpouring of precious perfume as a gift to Jesus — a gift that earned her a tongue lashing from Judas.

It is a story not only told in this Gospel according to John. In Mark it says, “The disciples were infuriated with her.” Matthew says, “They murmured against her.” But what all the tellings of the story have in common is that the good deed – the gift she offered – was judged and rejected by those surrounding Jesus who thought she should have made a different choice.

And then Jesus intervened.

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A Palm Sunday Blessing

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Go forth into the world in peace.
Be of good courage.
Hold fast that which is good.
Render to no one evil for evil.
Die to your false self.
Welcome joyfully the Mind of Christ within you.
Offer yourself to God in dismantling all that crucifies you and others.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
The One who creates us in Love,
The One who liberates us to Love everyone,
And the One who sends us into the world
As instruments of that kind of Love
Be with you, those you love, serve, and challenge
This day and for ever more.
Amen

[Ed Bacon | March 29, 2015 | Palm Sunday]

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Lenten Meditation: Malcolm Boyd and Finding the Holy in Holy Week

by Susan Russell

Malcolm Boyd was friend and colleague, priest and poet, preacher and activist. It is no exaggeration to say that his Are You Running With Me, Jesus? — published in 1965 — fed the hunger of a generation of people who had given up on the church or anyone connected with it having anything relevant to say.

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Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Don’t miss the All Saints screening of Bill Brummel’s documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.

A brilliant tapestry of historical footage, interviews, photos and dramatic drawings — woven with a moving freedom song soundtrack — the film tells the story of the students and teachers of Selma, Alabama and their fight for voting rights in the 1960s.

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Lenten Meditation: What Is at Stake in This Moment?

by Francisco Garcia

“In every moment something sacred is at stake.”

This statement from the Jewish scholar and Rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, is one of most powerful statements of faith that I have ever heard. I first learned of it when taking a class from our Rector, Ed Bacon, over a decade ago, when I had recently arrived as a newcomer seeking a spiritual home. I was hungry for a meaningful and engaging faith community, and I quickly found it at All Saints.

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Lenten Meditation: To Wring Out the Light

by Anne Peterson

Having never known quite what to do with the crucifixion, I have chosen to focus more on what Jesus did during his lifetime than on his death and resurrection—and to ponder what the implications for me might be when he urged the disciples to go forth and do likewise in ministry.

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Lenten Meditation: Through Eyes That Have Cried

by Christina Honchell

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”

“This is what we are about: We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.”

Thirty-five years ago today, Archbishop Oscar Romero finished the sermon that he was preaching for the funeral of a friend’s mother and stepped behind the altar to celebrate the Eucharist. A member of a right-wing death squad stepped into the long aisle of the chapel, raised his rifle and shot the archbishop through the heart, then disappeared into the sunshine with his driver and accomplice.

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2015 Lenten Meditations

Throughout Lent, ministry and staff members of ASC have been sharing daily meditations.  Here is a comprehensive list of the 2015 Lent meditations published throughout the ASC Ideas blog.

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Lenten Meditation: Transcending the Question of “Why?”

by Jon Dephouse

This past February I reached the two year point since I finished a long treatment process for a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. As a “survivor” I get to reflect publicly on my story from time to time. On Saturday I spoke on a panel with 3 other survivors as part of an AYA symposium, (Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer) at USC. AYA represents the age range of 15 -32, and sometimes to age 39. I was 32 when I was diagnosed.

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Lenten Meditation: Giving Up Salvation for Lent

by Ed Bacon

While working on a recent sermon on the beautiful gospel text, “For God so loved the world (John 3:16),” I used a translation that consistently uses the word, “heal,” instead of the word, “salvation.” The translation by James Henson read, “God’s Likeness was not sent into the world to show the world in a bad light. But to bring healing to the world.”

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Lenten Meditation: Where Can You Listen?

by Jim Loduha

I recently enjoyed a moment of serenity in the unlikeliest of places: Las Vegas. Twenty-five floors below me I stared at swarms of mid-day revelers adorned with colorful Mardi Gras beads. Generally in-tune songs from the latest 80s cover band faintly made their way to the roof-top pool deck where I stood.

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