This Week's Announcements
February 18, 2019
Message from the Rector
February 18, 2019

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. 
Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night.
Jeremiah 15:7-8; Psalm 1:1-2

I find myself moved by those words of the Prophet Jeremiah and the psalm for this week. Trust in God and our dependence on him to lead us along right paths are the way that God intends us to live. It is this trust that makes life liveable. Jeremiah gave his prophecy to the people of Judah who had violated the covenant between them and God as given in the Law, the Torah by worshipping foreign gods, perpetuating injustice to the vulnerable, and even child sacrifice in the Temple.  The psalmist's first words gave simple, sound advice: those who follow the law of the Lord are happy and blessed; those who do not are doomed. 

When I think about what Israel was dealing with during the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, it seems that his world wasn't that different from ours. Oh, the gods may be different. We may not worship Baal (the Canaanite god), but our modern society worships money, power, fame, glamor, and comfortable living. We may not sacrifice children in the temple, but we often ignore the most vulnerable in society, we look the other way when we see racism, intolerance, rejection of those who are different. Maybe, we simply don't notice--or choose not to.

But, it's the words of Jesus through Luke's version of his Sermon on the Plain where we get a new perspective on this theme of trusting in God. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven." (Luke 6:20b-23a) Jesus turned everything on its head and offered the people some hope. His world was essentially no different from Jeremiah's or ours. He and his people lived under Roman rule. He preached a message that did not conform to the actions of the Jewish status quo, which often was corrupted. Yet, in the midst of all that, he gave his listeners a glimmer of hope--maybe even more than a glimmer. Those who live in poverty will receive the rewards of the kingdom of God. Those who are hungry will be fed. Those who are sad, despondent, or downright destitute will find happiness, not just in the here and now, but also in eternity.

Now where does all of that leave us in 21st Century America, in the world in which we live? It goes back to Jeremiah's advice to Israel to trust in the Lord. It is only through our faith in God and his faithfulness to us that we will be able to survive in this world. If we hold on to that faith, then if we are hungry and impoverished in any way-whether it be lack of money, loss in our lives, or lack of food itself--God will provide for us and fill us with what we need. We need to keep the faith and have patience, because God doesn't always act in the time frame that we imagine, nor does he often act in the way we expect. But when he does act, it's often swift and clear. We must take a good look and see where God is indeed acting in our lives.

Maybe you don't have a lot of money in the bank, but examine yourself and your life to find the places where you are rich--where you have something that somebody else doesn't. Maybe it's a skill that you're able to do or things that you know. If you are hungry or feel unfulfilled, think about the places where you do. What things in your life give you the most joy? Ponder just how blessed you are to have them. Because, those who seem rich on the outside lack something in their lives that you might have. The people who seem to eat in all the fancy restaurants or always have lots of food on their dining room table may be hungering for love, acceptance, or even finding their path in life. The face that is all smiles and laughter may be hiding a heart of pain and a life of turmoil. You just never know, and as humans, we are all dealing with something.

The good news in all of this is that we have hope. We have hope in God that if we simply trust him, trust his timing, trust his guidance, then we will survive in this big bad world. We will be "like a tree planted by water," sending our roots by the stream (where we will be further nourished). We will bear fruit and have leaves that do not wither. Everything we do shall prosper, for we will be living the life that God intends for us to live.

Examine your life. Where are you rich? How are you fulfilled? What makes you smile? Think of those things when life gets hard. And above all, trust God.

Events this Week

Monday, February 18
7:30 PM - Monthly Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, February 19
7:00 PM - Tuesday Evening Bible Study
The History Books of the Old Testament: 1 & 2 Samuel

Wednesday, February 20
(Frederick Douglass, Prophetic Witness)

7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:45 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 22
9:30 AM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria
No se reune hoy/Not meeting today

Saturday, February 23
1:00 PM - Bowling with the Bishop (see below)
7:00 PM - Rehearsal for La Pasión de Cristo

Sunday, February 24
(Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany)
7:45 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Misa en Español (Orden Episcopal)
11:00 AM - High Mass (Rite 2)

The Three "Gesima" Sundays before Lent
by Lance Davis

In the traditional lectionary of the western church, the three Sundays before  Lent are distinct from both Epiphany and Lent. They form their own mini-season of Pre-Lent, guiding us gently between the marvels of Epiphanytide and our  own readiness on Ash Wednesday to say with George Herbert, "Welcome, dear  feast of Lent." These three Sundays cover eighteen little days of liturgical time:  Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima. Their Latin names mean that  each Sunday is, respectively, about 70, 60 and 50 days from Easter. The Roman  communion, in a mistaken bout of pseudo-scholarship, abolished them from  their revised kalendar in 1969, and they disappeared without the firing of a  shot. They are still on the official calendars of most churches in the Anglican  Communion, but they have more or less disappeared from the main stream of  our liturgical life outside of church-stamp collections and the still-popular  hymn 'Advent tells us Christ is near.'

We do not know anyone who ever looked forward with strained anticipation  for one or another of the Gesimas as his favourite Sunday in the year, but it  strikes us in retrospect that they contain a valuable point about churchly life:  we can always prepare ourselves for what lies ahead by patience and confidence,  and sometimes this can even take the form of preparation for preparation.  Lent, after all, is a season in which to prepare ourselves for Easter. But can we  really go directly from noise and feasting to quietness and religious discipline at  the flip of a switch? We do not know many whose lives of prayer and activity  are so malleable! It is a luminal on-the-borders season like Pre-Lent with its Gesimas that allows us to think for a time longer than the Ash Wednesday service  what our Lenten life will be, and where we hope it will take us.

As any good teacher, cook, or athlete understands, we have to prepare before  our preparation: one must read before making lesson plans; make a recipe and  go to market before getting out the pots and pans; and woe to the runner who  fails to stretch before warming up. In a Christian context, one can decide beforehand what one's Lenten efforts will be, but if the Amazon book orders are  not made in time, books may not arrive before Lent has gone ahead at real  speed. Likewise, places for extra quiet and prayer and service cannot usually be  carved out of schedules on the spot; the carving has to happen before the real  work of preparation can take place. The presence of the Gesimas' preparation- for-preparation in the church kalendar since at least the eighth century would  make the case against this being a particularly modern problem.

We tend to think of ourselves as generally busier than the ancients, and so excused from the strength of their devotion, but three Gesimas call us to take  stock of that excuse and to evaluate it in terms of the very Easter from which  they are named. While we lump them together as Pre-Lent, their own names  are taken not from their relation to Lent, but from their hopeful focus on how  far they are from Easter. This is a reassuring and lovely thing written into the  traditional kalendar, and its loss is not a small thing. No matter the name of  the Sunday on pew-sheets, lectionaries and calendars, though, the practical ancient wisdom of the Gesimas is a helpful, gracious guide to walking through  the young year carefully.

taken from Anglicans Online


A passion play presented by
Todos los Santos & All Saints

in the nave.

Our annual Passion Play will be performed in the evening on Good Friday, April 19. We are looking for members from the English-language masses to participate in the play as actors or helping with set design, construction, or costumes. Rehearsals begin this Saturday and will be held every Saturday at 7:00 PM until the performance date. If you would like to participate, come to the church this Saturday, or speak to Pastor Leticia or José Sedano.  Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary to participate.



Please sign up so we get a big group to go!
We also need a few adults willing to drive and serve as chaperones.

Lenten Series


The Scriptures and my life
Stations of the Cross & Benediction

Fridays in Lent @ 7:30 PM

When we are tempted
March 15
When we mess up
March 22
When we feel powerless, experience loss,
or battle with addictions
March 29
When we feel empty or lonely
April 5
When we don't see hope in the world
April 12

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.
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

Renovation of the Parish Hall is nearing completion. The final step of the electrical upgrade is still pending. The space was cleaned and the floors waxed. 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



Lower Level




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 $2,270.
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 .