“Grace transforms our failings full of dread into abundant, endless comfort … our failings full of shame into a noble, glorious rising … our dying full of sorrow into holy, blissful life. …. Just as our contrariness here on earth brings us pain, shame and sorrow, so grace brings us surpassing comfort, glory, and bliss in heaven … And that shall be a property of blessed love, that we shall know in God, which we might never have known without first experiencing woe.” – Julian of Norwich
I gave up worrying for Lent as my personal form of sacred resistance. This is much more difficult for me than choosing to forego cheese or wine or Trader Joe’s Sriracha Potato Chips. Worrying feels like an addiction, a reflex, and a habit that I carry to the detriment of my physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Today’s Lenten Meditation is offered by Juliana Serrano: a report on her experience this week traveling to Sacramento to lobby for the adoption of SB54 … AKA the California Values Act. So grateful for this wonderful window into the prophetic work of putting faith into action.
by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church
I am happy to announce the formation of the search committee for the permanent Director of Music position at All Saints Church.
by Susan Russell
Between 7:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday and 1:00 p.m. on Easter Day All Saints Church is the venue for twenty-five services. Bookended by Sundays with hundreds of people packing the pews for the pageantry of Palm Sunday and the glory of Easter Sunday we weave a rich tapestry of prayer and liturgy throughout the week. From a few faithful gathered in the chapel at 7 a.m., Noon, and 7:30 p.m. for weekday Eucharists to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and our Easter Vigils – each and every one is a movement in the great liturgical symphony that is Holy Week at All Saints Church.
“Our bones are dry, our hope is gone, and we are doomed.”
These words spoken by the people of Israel in the prophet Ezekiel’s vision
could seamlessly substitute many a news headlines today.
Each day brings some frightening new executive order, some threat to democracy, some horrendous defacement of human dignity, appalling degradation of the earth.
“Words are things I’m convinced. You must be careful about the words you use or the words you allow to be used in your house. In the Old Testament, we are told in Genesis that in the beginning was the word and the word was God and the word was with God. Words are things, we must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names using sexual pejoratives and racial pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Someday we will be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things, I think they get on the walls, they get in your wallpaper, they get in your rugs, in your upholstery and your clothes and finally into you.” — Dr. Maya Angelou.
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 —Palm Sunday— with some notes and more “food for thought” on liberation from the expectations of others as we journey with Christ into the center of power. Gnaw away!
I have just finished reading an article about the effects of threatened deportation on refugee children in Sweden. No country has responded to refugees with greater diligence and consciousness than Sweden. Yet, for nearly two decades, the political question of what to do about migration has played out in the bodies of children, with hundreds of refugee children falling into a state that has been named, “resignation syndrome.”
Every Sunday we put our faith into action at the Action Table on the lawn at All Saints Church. Last Sunday — March 26th — 524 All Saints members signed this letter thanking Representative Adam Schiff for his work on the House Intelligence Committee.