This Week's Announcements
April 8, 2019
Message from the Rector
April 8, 2019

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.                                                                                                     Isaiah 43:16, 18-21

Yesterday in my sermon, I talked about finding God in the unexpected, because God very often does his work in our midst in ways that we don't expect by people we don't expect--that includes you and me! We're all part of God's plan and we are given the tools to do God's work. And in my message about embracing the unexpected, I also warned against the fear of delving into the unknown or unfamiliar. I think rather than giving a summary of my sermon as I usually do, in my message to you this week I would like to take an opportunity to begin preparing you on how to make the most of the most important week of the Christian life, which is coming up in a week--that would be Holy Week! What's going to happen, how should you approach it, and how should you respond to it?

The first thing I want to say is that you need not be afraid of Holy Week, even if it something seems unfamiliar to you, because you already know the story! But, you are being challenged to experience the story in a new way, so that hopefully, you will hear, see, and feel something you've never heard, seen, or felt before. You should come away from Holy Week knowing a little something more that you didn't know before about God and the incredible gift he gave to the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If we gave you the story in the way that you always have heard it, then you might not be pushed to learn anything new. Now if you're reading what I just wrote and you are saying to yourself, "But I don't really know the story you're talking about!" That's ok, too. Take in what you can, ask lots of questions, let God meet you where you are and let him take you to someplace new. That's why you're here. That's why all of us are here!

I don't get these fancy liturgies. They're over my head.
I grew up a Baptist. We did almost nothing in the church I grew up in the way we do here at All Saints, and we didn't really celebrate Holy Week. (I didn't even know that you were supposed to get palms on Palm Sunday!) When I first encountered worship in the Episcopal Church I didn't get the stuff we do either. A lot of the stuff we do is really old. Some of it reaches back to practices from the earliest centuries of the Christian Church, practices that have been lost in the many stages of the Church's history. Some of the things we're going to do during Holy Week are new to me too. I'm opening myself up to experiencing new things with you, because I want God to teach me something new about himself that I didn't know before. I want to learn a little more about why we Christians believe what we believe. I'm not expecting you to get everything. I'm not even expecting you to like everything. I'm just asking you to try. I'm asking you to open your eyes, your ears, and your hearts to what God might be trying to say to you. Believe me, there's something in all of these strange Holy Week services that will strike a cord in you, that will evoke a memory -- a phrase, or a hymn, or prayer that will just "take you back." Maybe something will cause a lightbulb to go off in your head and make you say, "Wow! I never thought of that before!" Enjoy those moments as gifts from God and hear what he is revealing to you. Our worship is meant to stimulate the five senses, so that the glory of God hugs you and infuses ever fiber of your being.

I don't feel like I can participate, because it's just not what I'm used to.
Again, I'm not expecting you to get everything all at once, just try. The roots of the word 'liturgy' means the work of the people. Without people,  there is no liturgy and there is no worship ! Without you, there is no liturgy and there is no worship. You have to participate or it's all just for show. You don't need to be afraid of it. You don't have to be perfect. Just make an effort to try it out. Remember who it is you're worshipping. God! Don't you want to give him your very best? Don't you want to tell him how great he is for all of the wonderful things he's done for you and the incredible ways he's brought you through? Sing your heart out!

I feel I'm not participating, because somebody else is doing it for me. Yes, there are a lot of things in the Holy Week services that are chanted. (I've already started practicing all the chanting I have to do!) There are many things that you will hear coming from those of us dressed in vestments. You may think that because somebody else is doing it, saying it, or singing it, that you have no part in it, but that's not the case. You're supposed to be listening and praying. You're supposed to be listening for God to speak, and the reason somebody else is "up there doing it" is so that you can talk to God and he can talk to you without having to be distracted by reading words on a page or thinking about what tune you're supposed to be singing. It is an opportunity for you simply to talk to God and let him talk to you; pray and listen. There's something that God needs to tell you. Appreciate the space that the liturgy gives you so that you can do that.

Everything is so structured now that I don't have time to talk to anyone!
I know that  as a community, we like to participate in worship. But whom are we worshipping? God or ourselves? Whom are we coming to praise? Ourselves or God? The worship is about God, praising him, adoring him, thanking him for how awesome he is and how much he has blessed us, calling on him to hold our hand and lift us up out of our tribulations. And here at All Saints, we are going to do that in the most beautiful and sincere manner that we can. Worship is  not  the time for us to socialize and catch up with Sister Sally and Brother Jim; that's what coffee hour is for. Some people who come here simply want to walk in, worship, and go home. Others want to chat and catch up with one another. We are here to bring a glimpse of God's Kingdom in Heaven to us here on earth, and to do it in the most beautiful way possible, AND we are a community where we should have the chance to hang out with each other and enjoy each others' company. There is an appointed time for worship and an appointed time for socializing.

So what is the reason for all of this? Why does it matter?
It matters a lot. For starters, like the passage from Isaiah says above, we are people whom God formed for himself so that we can declare his praise. We come to praise God, to worship him in the beauty of his holiness. (Psalm 29:2) When we walk in the doors of the church we leave all of our baggage outside the door. The church is a sacred place where we come to meet God in his holiness, to bask in the radiance of Christ's presence. What we experience when we come here should look, feel, smell, taste, and sound different from what we encounter in our everyday lives. That's why it doesn't. Do all churches do it that way? No. But this is how we do it. This is how we express our faith in God and our message to the world.

The message doesn't stop there. You know that TV commercial that says, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas"? Well, that doesn't apply to us. What happens here is intended to be shared with those who aren't here. We are supposed to praise God, and Jesus Christ issued The Great Commission: "Therefore, g o and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20) We're not supposed to keep our experience in a box, but we are to go out and tell our story. Tell the world that God is good all the time! That means that we have the responsibility to carry the energy that we get in here into the streets and make the world around us a better place to be...wherever that may be.

The second reason why all this is important is because as I've talked to a lot of you over the years, what's clear about All Saints is that we're like a family, a worshipping community, and a place where you feel like you belong, where we take care of each other. That's one of our core values. Whoever enters the doors of All Saints should enter a space where they will know that they are loved. No matter where you come from, no matter how much or how little money you have, no matter where your journey of life has taken you, when you walk into All Saints you should be met with nothing less than the incredible outpouring of God's love through God's people. Come as you are and be transformed. All are welcome.

So, Father Whitmire, what are you asking me to do?
First, I want you to know that you matter. You are an important part of this church family. I want you to be a part of what's happening. Holy Week is a family gathering and Daddy wants the whole family home celebrating it together. I look forward to you joining me in walking this sacred journey. Let's experience it together. The Holy Week story is our story. If there's something that you don't understand or if there's something that's not making a connection with you, please ask me! I'm here for you. Second, I want you to share the love. Last weekend, twenty-one of us went to a workshop at Mercer School of Theology called "Invite, Welcome, Connect." You will be hearing more about this in the near future, but while our team works out how to let you in on the details, there is one thing that you can do right now: Bring somebody new with you to the events of Holy Week and Easter -- a family member, a friend, a coworker, whomever! When you invite them, say something like, "I'm going to church on [insert the day and time], and I would like for you to come with me. Will you be my guest at church?" Put on your Sunday best. Wear a special hat, if you're into that. Just come!

Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian year. Come. Hear the story. Feel the story. Live the story. Tell the story.


Please read an important statement by Father Whitmire and Pastor Leticia regarding the status of the relationship between All Saints Episcopal Church and the All Saints/Todos los Santos Lutheran Community.

Por favor, lea una declaración importante por Padre Whitmire y Pastora Leticia respeto al estado de la relación entre All Saints Episcopal Church y la Comunidad Luterana de All Saints/Todos los Santos.

Click below to read or download the letter.
Haz clic abajo para leer o descargar la carta.


Events this Week
(Lent 5)

Tuesday, April 9
7:30 PM - Tuesday Evening Forum
Mystics & Meditation:
Dame Julian of Norwich, Anchoress & Mystic

Wednesday, April 10
(Lenten Feria)

7:00 PM - Low Mass

Friday, April 12
(Lenten Feria)

9:30 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Friday Lenten Series
Walk with Christ; Experience Grace
Stations of the Cross, Benediction, & Discussion

Saturday, April 13
12:15 PM - Senior Lunch Program
12:00 Noon - Altar Guild Meeting
7:00 PM - Rehearsal for La Pasión de Cristo

Sunday, April 14
(Palm Sunday)
7:45 AM - Distribution of Palms & Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Procesión de Palmas y La Misa en Español
10:45 AM - Liturgy of the Palms & Street Procession
11:15 AM - Grand Entrance & High Mass (Rite 1)
2:00 PM - Holy Week Rehearsal for LEMs & Acolytes
Holy Week Rehearsal

In order to provide reverent and beautiful Holy Week liturgies, t here will be a  MANDATORY rehearsal:


This  Sunday, April 14th @ 2PM.


If you are a Eucharistic Minister or Acolyte  and intend to serve any or all of the Holy Week liturgies, your presence  is required at these rehearsals. Please speak with Mr. Krishna Mangru or  Mr. Lance Davis for further information.


Mystics
and
Meditation

A two-week contemplative exploration of the lives and compositions of St. Hildegard of Bingen & Dame Julian of Norwich.

Tuesday, April 9
Dame Julian of Norwich

7:00 PM in the Rectory





LENT 2019
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

According to the Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of strict fast. Only one meatless meal should be taken. If necessary for strength, a second smaller (meatless) meal may also be taken. All days in Lent except Sundays are days of abstinence and self-denial. Fasting ends at midnight on Holy Saturday.

The traditional Lenten fast for Western Catholics is as follows:
  • Fridays and Saturdays: abstinence and fast (only one meatless meal may be taken).
  • All other days of Lent: partial abstinence and fast (one one principal meal may be taken, but it may include meat).
  • Lenten Ember days: abstinence and fast.
  • Sundays and Feasts: no fasting nor abstinence.

Lenten Series


WALK WITH JESUS;
EXPERIENCE GRACE

Stations of the Cross & Benediction
The Scriptures and my life


Fridays in Lent @ 7:30 PM

When we don't see hope in the world
April 12
Stations of the Week

III. Jesus falls the 1st time
VII. Jesus falls the 2nd time
IX. Jesus falls the 3rd time













V. Simon carries the cross

Often, the world seems to have lost its way. We care more about ourselves and our own interests more than we care about each other. It seems that there is more violence these days. It seems that people are more disrespectful to each other. People are being disrespected, oppressed, abused, and destroyed. It seems that people have lost faith, or don't seem to care about faith.

This week, we will meditate on and discuss where we continue to see God present and moving in a world that often seems without hope. How does God's grace break through?

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7a

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!"
Matthew 23:37a

My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
Psalm 22:15

"If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily
and follow me."
Luke 9:23




LA PASIÓN DE CRISTO
THE PASSION OF CHRIST

A passion play presented
by the members of
La Iglesia Luterana de Todos los Santos
and
All Saints Episcopal Church


GOOD FRIDAY
April 19
7:30 PM


The play will be performed in Spanish & English.


Liturgies and Customs
of Holy Week

by Lance Davis
edited by Fr. Whitmire




Palm Sunday
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, celebrating our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The Jews welcomed him into the holy city, throwing their garments and palm branches before him and shouting, "Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest." (Matthew 21:1-11) The Mass is preceded by the solemn blessing of palms. This blessing is one of the most elaborate in the Church's liturgy, and is almost like a whole extra Mass. The vestments for the blessing, according to English usage, are dark red. There is an Introit, a Collect, a Gospel, a Preface, the Sanctus like at Mass, and finally a "Canon" of prayers to bless the palms. The palms are distributed to the faithful at the Communion rail, and then there is a procession with the palms. Coming back to the door of the church, the Priest knocks thrice upon the door with the processional Cross, before the procession solemnly enters the church. After processing back into the church, Mass begins as usual, with violet vestments. Mass is mostly normal except for the Gospel, when the Passion according to St. Matthew is sung.

Spy Wednesday
Wednesday of Holy Week is known as "Spy Wednesday," because it is the day Judas made the pact with the Jews to betray our Lord.  Tenebræ 'shadows' is the name given to the service of Matins and Lauds belonging to the last three days of Holy Week, and this year we will be offering the liturgy proper to Maundy Thursday. This office is a sort of funeral service, or dirge, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, and is conducted almost entirely in darkness. Fifteen candles, referred to as a hearse, are placed in the sanctuary, which are gradually extinguished as the liturgy progresses. At the conclusion of the service, the last candle will be hidden behind the Altar, symbolizing the descent of our Lord into the Realm of the Dead. A great noise is then made by all present, mimicking the earthquake which occurred upon Christ's death.

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday, the first day of the Sacred Three Days (Triduum) , recounts the initial moments of our Lord's Passion: beginning with the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Priesthood during the Last Supper, to the agony in the Garden and the scourging in the Prætorium. One of the rituals  which characterizes the modern rites is that of the  maundy , the "mandate" of Christ to his disciples to love one another, illustrated in the foot washing. Historically, this ritual was done only in the cathedral as an act of obedience by the bishop to twelve of his priests. The liturgy ends with the solemn procession of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, where we watch with him before his arrest, followed by the  stripping of the adornments of the Church (as our Lord was stripped bare by the executioners).

Good Friday
Good Friday is the most somber day of the entire year. A silence pervades,  socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of  mourning; it is a funeral. The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed,  capping the penitential seasons begun on Septuagesima Sunday and  becoming more intense throughout Lent and Passiontide. Traditional Catholic practice is to  wear black, cover their mirrors, and extinguish all candles burning before  icons or statues. Draw the curtains, take the phone off the hook, turn off  televisions and radios, quiet your environment and yourself, and meditate on  what Christ has done for you. At 3:00, the hour he died, the atmosphere  should be as if you are standing next to the deathbed of a dear relative. This  is the only day of the year on which there is no celebration of the Mass.  Instead, a solemn liturgy known as the Mass of the Presanctified is offered in  the afternoon. The sacred ministers enter in silence, vested in black. The first  part of the liturgy consists of readings followed by the sung Passion  according to St. John. Next, solemn prayer is offered for the Church, all  clergy and religious, catechumens, the health and safety of all, heretics and  schismatics, Jews, and pagans. The crucifix is then unveiled, and all the  faithful come forward and adore it, while the choir sings the Improperia. After that is the Mass of the Presanctified itself. The Host reserved on Holy  Thursday is brought back to the altar and consumed by the priest with some  of the ceremonies of the Mass. The faithful may commune from the reserve  Sacrament of Maundy Thursday. Finally, the altar is once again stripped in  silence.

Holy Saturday
Silence reigns on earth, for the King is asleep. ChristÊs body lies in the tomb,  and his soul has journeyed to hell to free those detained there under the  curse of the ancestral sin. He takes Adam by the arm and drags him up out  of the prison Adam made for himself so long ago. With him comes the  entire race of humanity, healed of its curse. Death lies slain. There will be no  Mass, and we mark the day with fasting and quietness, in expectation of the  victory to come this evening. Easter baskets will be assembled in anticipation  of tomorrow's Feast of Feasts. It's also common throughout Europe and  Mexico for effigies of Judas to be burned in the great Paschal fire that will be kindled tonight. There is no Mass for Holy Saturday until the evening, when the Easter Vigil is celebrated. The Easter Vigil is perhaps the most elaborate and beautiful liturgy of the year. It begins outside the church, where fire is  struck from flint and blessed. A triple candlestick is lit and carried into the  church. The deacon sings the Exultet, during which a special candle called the Paschal Candle is blessed and lit. Prophecies from the Old Testament are  sung, telling the history of our redemption. Next, the ministers process to the  Baptistery, where water is blessed and catechumens are baptized and received  into the Church. The ministers then return to the sanctuary and lie prostrate  before the altar while all sing the Litany of the Saints. Toward the end of the  litany, they go to the sacristy to prepare for Mass. After the litanies, Mass  begins. There is no Introit. During the Gloria, the organ is played, bells are  rung, and all statues and images that were veiled during Lent are uncovered.  The Epistle is followed by a very special Alleluia Verse. There is no Credo nor  Offertory Verse. The Agnus Dei is not sung. After Communion, an  abbreviated Lauds of Easter is sung.


Easter Flowers

Envelopes for contributions toward flowers for Easter are available on the table in the back of the nave. For more information, please speak to Hazra Whitney. Please be generous.
Easter Baskets

Donations toward the baskets that will be given to the children at Easter are being accepted. Please see Rowena Chester or Hazra Whitney for more information.
  • Would you like to commemorate a birthday or anniversary?
  • Would you like to offer a memorial on behalf of a loved one?
  • Would you like to simply thank God for his amazing blessings in your life?

Consider donating a vase of flowers, making a contribution toward the bread and wine we use at mass, or contributing toward the cost of the candles we light at the altar, the Blessed  Sacrament candle beside the tabernacle, or the candles in the Shrine of Our  Lady of Walsingham. The breakdown of donations is as follows:

$10 (each)
Bread, wine, Blessed Sacrament Candle, Shrine candles
$30
One vase of flowers for the High Altar, Shrine, or in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG)
$75
Three vases of flowers for the High Altar
$100
Full church (three vases of flowers at the High Altar, one vase in  the Shrine, and one vase in front of OLG)








Donations must be placed in one of the white envelopes from the back table  in the nave (ushers or altar guild members can assist you in finding one).  Please indicate what your donation is going toward and write your name or  put your pledge envelope number at the top, so it can be recorded for your  giving statements. Envelopes should be given to Rena Chetram (7:45), Aura  Troché (9:15), or Hazra Whitney (11:00). The funds are given to the Altar  Guild for the purchase of these items.

LIVING OUT OUR MISSION
Articles, photos, and videos about how All Saints is living out its mission.

The mission of All Saints Church is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord by our participation in the Eucharist, our fellowship in oneness and diversity, by respect for each other, and through outreach into the community.
Invite, Welcome, Connect Workshop
at Mercer School of Theology in Garden City
Saturday, April 6

(All Saints was the largest group from any single parish!)

If you have an interesting story, photo, or video that features an example of living out All Saints' mission, please e-mail it to Fr. Whitmire by 6 PM on Sunday.

Parish Hall Renovation Update

The final step of the electrical upgrade is scheduled to take place on April 22. The power will likely be shut off that day. God willing, renovation of the parish hall will be completed soon thereafter. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.


Upper Level
Upper Level


 









                        

Fireplace
Lower Level














Kitchen
   
Kitchen













Stairwell

        



Keep up with your pledges.

Please use your assigned pledge envelopes. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we ask for an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $2,595.
 
You can pay your regular pledge and make other contributions to the General Church Fund online, or you can check the status of your contributions. Go to our church management page, called OnRealm. Contributions can be made by e-check (preferred) or by credit/debit card, and are automatically credited to your church record within one or two business days.  Click here to be directed to OnRealm to sign in or create a password. If you have any questions or trouble signing in, please send us an e-mail or call the church for assistance.
Update your information.
Actualiza tu información.
 
Please click below to be directed to our website where you can download the Demographic Information Form. You may attach it to an e-mail and send it back to the church, or place it in the designated box on the table in the rear of the church.
 
Por favor, haz clic abajo para dirigirte a nuestro sitio web donde puedes descargar la forma demográfica. Puedes adjuntarla a un correo electrónico y enviarla a la iglesia, o ponerla en la caja designada en la parte de atrás de la iglesia.
 


Pastoral Care Opportunities offered by Pastor Leticia
Oportunidades de Cuidado Pastoral ofrecidas por Pastora Leticia

Sometimes we all need a listening heart to process the questions we face.

Give yourself the gift of a confidential conversation that is nonjudgmental, open to YOUR questions and spiritual challenges, and fully supportive of your life quest and spiritual needs.  Hard or challenging times need not be walked alone.  All Saints wants to be there for you, whatever the pain or need.

To schedule a conversation or visit, please call 718-350-9536 or 
click here to e-mail Pastor Leticia.



Hay tiempos cuando todos necesitamos un corazón que escuche para poder procesar las cuestiones que la vida nos presenta.

Date el regalo de una conversación confidencial donde no serás juzgad@, donde lo que importa son TUS preguntas y donde encontraras apoyo para tu búsqueda personal y tus necesidades espirituales.

En tiempos difíciles no es necesario caminar solo.  ¡Todos los Santos quiere estar ahí para ti!

Para acordar una convarsación o visita, llama al 718-350-9536 o envía un correo electrónico a Pastor Leticia, por tocar aquí .

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