September 24, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
readings track 2; service sheet
September 20, 2017
Dear Friends and Parishioners:
Jesus said, when a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies…it will bear much fruit. In the summer it certainly feels like the church goes into a kind of reverse hibernation as people scatter far and wide for vacation. But through the pain of this dissolution, I pray that the church will once again resurrect this fall to show forth the glory of God’s presence in love, worship and service. Even in the summer, there were many intimations of new growth and I believe with your help, presence and support we can once again see All Saints Church be a powerful manifestation of the gospel as it constitutes the local body of Christ in sacramental community.
The following are a few of the things we are excited about and ask that you join us in this enthusiasm.
(All good things come to those who wait!)
This Sunday, September 24, our adult choir is back from the summer break. We are pleased to announce that we have several new members. Marta Kukularova from Bulgaria will be our new staff alto, and Pavel Suliandziga from Siberia is auditioning for the tenor position. By popular request Wayne Arthur Paul will be our new staff bass. After Wayne sang at a summer service, many parishioners expressed how much they were moved by his singing and presence. We are happy to say that Sarah is returning as our staff soprano after spending the summer performing in Italy. We know you will embrace the whole choir this Sunday. We also would like you to join us for a special lunch picnic following this service.
The Levy Choir School Senior Choristers already resumed working together on Wednesday, and the junior choir will begin their sessions this Sunday. We have three brand new senior members, and two junior choristers have moved up from junior chorister rank, so the senior choir now numbers 10 singers. The senior choir meets on both Sundays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30. They have been asked to participate with 150 other treble choristers in a concert at Westminster Choir School in Princeton, led by renowned St. Olaf conductor Anton Armstrong., on Saturday, Oct. 21. Music Director Suzanne personally had the privilege of singing under his direction. This promises to be an amazing experience for our choristers. Consider taking the train to come hear us. Otherwise, you can hear them here in worship the next day, Oct. 22.
St. Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals Service
Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6 PM
A brief Wednesday evening service of the Blessing of the Animals will be held on the front steps of our church. Bring your pets or just bring pictures of them. The Levy Choir School will sing, and a church potluck dinner will follow, so bring your favorite dish! Please invite friends and especially any children you know who might be curious about joining the choir.
Still to come:
We are planning to introduce a youth Sunday School in October for the children who have been coming to All Saints. We are actively putting a team together of teachers and volunteers to help us start by early October with the help and leadership of our seminarian (soon to be a priest!) Kije.
Kije is also helping put together a weekly Wednesday night Eucharist and Christian Study course for Wednesday nights, beginning in October.
Although we are blessed to have a reasonably large endowment, the church is still dependent on the gifts and pledges of our parishioners. Moreover, our giving is more a part of our personal devotion and commitment than it is maintenance of our church operation. Like offering our prayers and incense at the altar, giving our gifts and resources to the church is an expression of adoration that deepens and manifests faith.
The Joy of Volunteering!
Did you know that every week your fellow parishioners spend hours of their Saturday in food preparation and cooking in order to feed God’s hungry and needy children. It is strong spiritual medicine, both in the giving and the receiving. You are invited and welcome to participate. All you have to do is whistle! You know how to whistle don’t you?
Our sister church in London, St. Clement’s, continues to minister to evacuees from buildings neighboring Grenfell Tower. St Clement and St James serve the parish covering North Kensington. Please pray for our friends in London. Fr. Yagerman has been in touch with Fr. Alan Everett, and All Saints collected and sent financial help. To learn more, click anglicannews.org for an article about their important relief response, quoting Fr. Everett: “Because of this church’s longstanding community outreach work, it is a highly trusted place. We are trusted by people of all faiths. This response is the social gospel. In the wake of the tragedy people might ask where is God? God is present in the hands that are reaching out to help.” In this video, Bishop of Kensington Rt. Reverend Graham Tomlin describes St. Clement’s relief efforts. The June letter below from Fr. Yagerman has more information.letter June 27
Read the Rector’s Pentecost letter by clicking here.
Click on the Levy Choir School page to see a retrospective of the school’s first year.
We welcome those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down-at-heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven’t been to church since Christmas 10 years ago. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome keep-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like organized religion. We’re not that keen on it either. We offer welcome to those who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because Granny is visiting and wanted to come to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.
We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters and you.
[a welcome used by Coventry Cathedral]
Our sister parish in London: St. Clement (spring photo), and historic St. James’ Church Norlands (winter photo), together serve a parish covering the neighborhoods of Notting Dale, Notting Hill, North Kensington, and Holland Park. Visit their website and a wikipedia entry to learn more about them. Fr. Alan Everett, vicar for six years, has invited us to visit when in London. One All Saints parishioner attending St. Clement’s service in February was gratified to hear our parish named specifically during the Prayers of the People, and after the service, she enjoyed a delicious lunch with the vicar and his wife and daughters before flying back to New York. Read Fr. Yagerman’s introductory letter to our sister parish on their website by clicking here.