From The Rev. Marya DeCarlen
Despite all that is going on, we at All Saints were fortunate to be able to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at a wonderful virtual service on Easter Sunday.
Easter for Christians is not just one day - it is a season lasting 50 days, and ending this year on May 31, the Day of Pentecost.
In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith, and to prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50 day Easter season, was to continue the faith formation of these new Christians.
If we take this as a prompt for our own lives in this Easter Season, while in the midst of the coronavirus, I wonder how we are forming our faith as Christians?
The coronavirus is not only a disease of the body, but also, when we lose hope, a disease of the spirit. In order for us to live fully into our baptismal promise to “proclaim by word and example, the Good News of God in Christ” (Book of Common Prayer p. 305), hope cannot be lost.
Here are some things to ponder to keep our spiritual parts healthy during this crisis, and in the Season of Easter:
Isolate for Christ’s sake (coined by our own Phyllis Endicott). Use fear not to freeze in place; rather use fear to cultivate wisdom in isolation; find ways to be compassionate to yourself and others.
Cultivate an attitude of serving others, rather than blaming others. There will be a time to take responsibility for decisions we made as a community and country in crisis … now let us do the best we can by loving others.
Acknowledge that “we are them.” In a pandemic, we not only need more compassion, we need each other.
Spread empathy and love. Let yourself understand that lives are being lost and falling apart. Pray and act on their behalf.
Put spaces between actions. God is giving us all a blessed time to rest and discover that God can be found in a still, small voice. Use this gift of time to pray and rest in God.
Everyone is affected in some way by the coronavirus. Let us get through these moments together with “resurrection hope” and Christ’s love embracing us, as we embrace others with JOY!
-- Marya +
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Celebrating our 10th Year!
PERFECT PAWS PET MINISTRY
SERVICE SUNDAY, MAY 17 AT 5 PM
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Read all about it.
The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, officiating
Steve O'Connell, guitar and vocals
A Virtual Gathering of Caring Love, Community and Hope in the time of COVID-19, on Zoom
Share with us in the joy of community as we come together through our individual desktop computers, tablets, smartphones and even landline phones! You don't even need a camera or microphone on your device to participate.
We are having a 'live' online Perfect Paws service and Spiritual Communion -- an Agape feast you will hear more about -- as we gather to celebrate our love of God and all creation and appreciate the animal companions who enhance our lives. Joining with others from our respective homes, together we will hear and listen, sing and pray and participate in a cherished event that will bring us closer together to heal and renew and appreciate, even in this time of pandemic.
Bring a piece of bread and a glass of wine or other beverage to share virtually in this Spirit-filled gathering of love. Find us on Zoom.us:
Meeting ID: 990 855 545 / Password: Saintfranc
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The power of prayer and faith, the joy of community! Enjoy wading through rich scriptural text with our Rector in a lively and informative weekly Bible Study. Join us. You will be so welcome here. Go to:
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**Watch last week's Bible Study on the 23rd Psalm here.
We are worshiping on line through our Zoom Internet conferencing platform, and it's wonderful. Follow along by downloading the weekly service bulletin. You can retrieve it below.
We are working to strengthen our community connections during this time is through“Love on the Line and Love on a Plate.” (All Saints Chicago uses this phrase!). It's an initiative for people who feel physically isolated and could use the connection of a phone call, or could benefit from someone from All Saints bringing groceries. Sign up below to offer your gifts or state your need or those of others.
Note: Calls and food deliveries will be made on Sundays. If you indicated that you'd like to be called, please share with us your availability by selecting Sunday afternoons, Sunday evenings, or both. Thank you!
I am excited for the vision and opportunity we have to re-imagine “church” and “pastoral care” in this new age. We can connect in deeper, intentional ways that will change our experience of God and each other . — Brett Johnson, seminarian
The Rev. Marya DeCarlen
Mondays from 9-12
The Rev. Jim Chapman
Thursdays from 9-12
Fridays from 9-12
Homilies are reflections following the particular scriptural readings heard at a given service that explain their practical and moral implications. Often tinged with humor, personal life stories and references to today's world, the homilies of The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, our rector, and The Rev. Jim Chapman, our deacon, provide the congregation with a welcome way of "connecting the dots" and growing in understanding of their faith.
Night prayers from our Seminarian, Brett Johnson. You can follow along in the Book of Common Prayer, page 127.
Also known as Complin, Night Prayer, or the Prayers at the End of the Day, Compline is the final church service (or office) of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The English word compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day.
The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St. Benedict. Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, and certain other Christian denominations with liturgical traditions prescribe Compline services.
Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace. In many monasteries it is the custom to begin the "Great Silence" after Compline, during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until the morning service the next day.
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