Come Lord Jesus: A Prayer for the Diocese of Los Angeles

The following prayer was offered by transitional deacon and All Saints member Nat Katz at the 119th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

O God, who lifts the valleys and levels the hills,
In this season of Advent
lift us up as we dare to live into our calling
as a people of memory and of imagination

We remember the heritage of our past
we awake to our present
and we look with hope to the future horizon

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Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 6

by Jon Dephouse

Last year, we heard Richard Rohr refer to a poet he had been reading named Christian Wiman. Rohr quoted Wiman as saying, “I never knew what love was until I met one that opened and opened and opened.” This line has perhaps haunted many of us, and since then I have been reading Wiman’s book of prose called, “My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer.” I offer one quote here to consider as we journey through this season of Advent:

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A Resolution on Policing and Public Safety

Inspired by the resolution written by Winnie Varghese and adopted by the Diocese of New York, All Saints’ rector Ed Bacon has submitted the following resolution for consideration by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles at its Diocesan Convention meeting in Ontario December 5 & 6.

Please pray for our nation as we seek to address the challenges of structural racism and our church as we seek to be agents of hope, healing and reconciliation.

Title of Resolution: Policing and Public Safety

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Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 5

Advent.

ad·vent/ˈadˌvent/Noun:
1.The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
2.The first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

On the First Sunday of Advent at All Saints Church in Pasadena we lit one candle — as we always do: the Candle of Hope. This Advent — this week — that Candle of Hope was kindled with our hearts breaking at the escalating cycle of violence against unarmed people of color in our nation.

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vigil

We Are All Touched by Gun Violence

2nd Annual Community Vigil

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 5:30-6:30 PM
Pasadena City Hall, West Steps
100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena

Sponsored By: The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at All Saints Church

Info: 626.583.2731

To remember those whose lives were lost in Newtown, CT, the 32,000 lives lost each year in this country from gun violence, and all whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.

To recommit to preventing the epidemic of gun violence and its devastating impact on individuals, families, and the community.

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Advent Meditation: December 4

Advent Wreath

by Susan Russell

Franciscan priest and long time friend of All Saints, Richard Rohr is founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, a prolific author and a powerful force for God’s love, justice and compassion. This excerpt from his 2008 book “Preparing for Christmas: Daily Reflections for Advent” is one I’ve highlighted, bookmarked and returned to again and again.

“Less Is More” by Richard Rohr

I have never been busier in my life than I have been recently. What right do I have to talk about contemplation when I have been living on overdrive? It seems that we tend to think that more is better. I am told that busyness is actually a status symbol for us! It is strange that when people have so much, they are so anxious about not having enough — to do, to see, to own, to fix, to control, to change.

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Advent Meditation: December 3

Advent Wreath

by Susan Russell

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my all time favorites. From “A Wrinkle in Time” — which I read for the first time as a young person when it was published in 1962 — to all her “Crosswicks Journals” to… well, virtually everything she ever wrote. I had the privilege of attending a writer’s workshop she led at Mt. Calvary in Santa Barbara many moons ago — and it remains in my mind one of the most fruitful, inspiring weekends ever.

If you’re not familiar with her work, Madeline L’Engle was an award winning author, actress and Episcopalian. She famously wrote “All will be redeemed in God’s fullness of time — all. Not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ” — earning the label “Christian Universalist.” As a result many Christian bookstores refused to carry her books — which were frequently banned from Christian schools and libraries. Meanwhile, some of her secular critics attacked her work for being too religious. I think she’d have fit right in here at All Saints Church.

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homeless memorial

4th Annual Homeless Memorial Service

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.

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Advent Meditation: December 2

Advent Wreath

by Anne Peterson

Advent — the beginning of a new church year — is one of my favorite seasons, and not just because the altar is draped in my second most favorite color, purple. Comprising the four weeks leading to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, Advent picks up with Mary toward the end of her pregnancy, and waits with her for the birth of the Christ Child.

I’m not all that good with waiting.

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Advent Meditation: December 1

 

Advent Wreath

by Susan Russell

A friend of mine once described how “waiting” during Advent is different than some of the other kinds of “waiting” we do: waiting for a bus, for example. Waiting for a bus can be both boring and anxiety-producing. Will it be on time? Will I make my connection? Am I waiting at the right bus stop . . .  what if I looked at the schedule wrong? Where IS that bus, anyway? That’s waiting in anxiety.

Waiting in expectancy is more like being seated in the concert hall, waiting for the curtain to rise.

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