April 24, Second Sunday of Easter; 10am Choral Eucharist
Our guest preacher, the Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, has described herself as “a native North Carolinian and self-professed country girl.” Episcopalchurch.org says she has “a subtle dry wit, and a penchant for crafting and snail mail. . . . Her favorite spiritual practices are journaling, meditation, planning and participating in retreats, and laughing with family, friends, sorority sisters, and the host of characters she has met along her journey.”
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 while attending St. Clement’s service was gratified to hear our parish named specifically during the Prayers of the People. 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.