This Week's Announcements
July 15, 2019
Message from the Rector
July 15, 2019

A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And Jesus said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live." But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" [The lawyer] said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."                           Luke 10:25-37

The story of the Good Samaritan is one of those stories that folks just know, because they've heard it so many times and told in so many ways, like the story of the Prodigal Son and other mainstays of Christian lore. In common, everyday speech, we might call a person who does a good deed for someone else a "good Samaritan." Good Samaritans often make the news and offer a moment of hope and optimism about ordinary human beings in the midst of other disturbing and depressing news. They even have "Good Samaritan" laws that protect a person from penalty for offering medical assistance outside an authorized medical facility. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is important because it gives a concrete example of how to live the life that Jesus is trying to teach.

The lawyer in the gospel lesson was a knowledgable Jew; he knew the Law. When he asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus responded by questioning his knowledge of the Law. The lawyer quoted the great schema from Deuteronomy 6: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind." And, he quoted Leviticus 19: "Love your neighbor as yourself." These two points summarize the entire ancient Law. We hear the Summary of the Law every week at the beginning of the Mass, and Jesus tells us, "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." The, the lawyer asked Jesus the critical question: "Who is my neighbor."

The story of the Good Samaritan would have resonated with the lawyer like a dagger, because despite the law that was clear and simple in its instruction, the idea of a Samaritan being the hero of the story would have been outrageous! Jews hated Samaritans. Jews and Samaritans weren't supposed to talk to, touch, or associate with each other. "Samaritans just aren't good like that. Nothing a Samaritan does could possibly be good." Yet, here was a Samaritan who was not only good, but also faithful to the most precious and basic tenets of the faith and the Law of Moses! Jesus led the lawyer to admit that the Samaritan was being a good neighbor and did a neighborly act, when no one else would, including the two people--a priest and a Levite--who would have known and taught the Law and should have been demonstrating it in their lives. Jesus ended the encounter by telling the good Jew to go and do as the Samaritan did.

The question, "Who is my neighbor?" is a question for us today. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a story about respect for the dignity of every human being. That should sound familiar, because it is part of our baptismal covenant. We promise as Christians to respect the dignity of every human being, and today's gospel and is a more poignant lesson for us in our daily lives. Today our nation is polarized because there is a terrible failure to respect the dignity of every human being. Respect is human. Respect for the dignity of every human being has no conditions and no label. It is too easy to make an enemy of the other. They are the bad guys. They are the ones disrespecting others. It's too easy to point fingers at someone else.

The real enemy is fear and indifference. Fear of the unknown, fear of those who are different from us, fear of someone else not respecting us, fear of how our community or our society or our family will view us. Fear causes us to neglect our command to respect others' dignity. Fear and indifference cause us to be just like the priest and the Levite who crossed the road in the gospel lesson. It seems that there is a lot of road crossing these days. When we are silent when men and women are disrespected by police; when we allow folks to disrespect police because they are angry that their community is not being respected; when we allow communities to continue live in fear for their lives by the people that are supposed to protect it; when we let our political and economic system continue to prevent whole groups of people from realizing the American dream; when we get up from our seat on the bus or the subway because a Muslim woman wearing a hijab or a man in a turban sat or stood next to us--yes I've seen this happening lately; when we sit quietly in the lunchroom in our workplaces while we or our co-workers say disrespectful things about people; when we participate in conversations or harbor feelings against someone because they believe something different from us, we are crossing the road. Any time we let any kind of disrespect toward any human being happen, we are submitting to fear and we are like the priest and Levite who crossed the road.

As you think about today's Gospel, ask yourself, "Who am I in this story? The Samaritan who accepts a call to action, or the priest and Levite who looked the other way and crossed the road? Or am I the lawyer, who knew what to do, but couldn't see how it applies to my life."

If everyone in this world treated each other with dignity and respect, much of the tension, violence, and hatred that plague our world could not continue. The message for today is to live into exactly what the lawyer told Jesus: to love God with every fiber of our being, and to love our neighbor as ourself. Remember the action of the Samaritan, then go and do likewise.



Liturgy Lessons
Bulletin inserts offered
by Lance Davis





Aslan is not a Tame Lion:  The Serious Mistake of Casual Worship
by Jonathan Aigner

As a professional Christian musician, I don't get many Sundays off. In fact, I tend to take  fewer off than I am allowed, since I enjoy my work immensely and am not traveling much  these days. But a couple weeks ago I was in Boston on a Sunday morning, and following the  recommendation of a few friends, found my way to The Church of the Advent, an Episco pal parish serving Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood since 1844. Worship at Advent differs  from common liturgical practice in most contemporary American churches, to say the least.

It is exceedingly beautiful, sublime even, evoking a sense of transcendence that seems strik ingly out of place, even in one of the most historic cities in the country. Continuity and  communion with the universal Church is palpable. From their website: " The Church of the Advent was born in 1844 from the inspiration of a group of Bostonians  who desired to establish a new parish that would put into practice the ideals of the then-11- year-old Oxford Movement, which was attracting attention, converts, and controversy in  England. The Oxford Movement called upon the Church of England to return to its his toric roots in the undivided Catholic Church, including a restoration of liturgical practices  which had fallen so far out of use that Anglican worship at the time looked little different  from that of a Congregationalist church." 

One of the things I find most disturbing about contemporary Christian worship is that we  go about it like the Divine is completely familiar and pedestrian. And in many cases, this is  by design. The leaders of the seeker movement have been screaming for years that worship  should be a come-as-you-are jam session built around the pop preferences and entertainment  appetites of the surrounding community. I even have a colleague who explicitly states that  church should be a "fun time for the whole family." The buildings look more like modern  movie theaters, the faux-liturgy an extemporaneous and ad hoc list of assurances that God  can fit nicely into your life, and the overarching sensibility is one of customer service.

That's what most mega-churches are, frankly: Corporations achieving varying levels of suc cess by peddling fun experiences that are more entertaining than any others within commut ing distance. Worship is the ultimate "fun experience" at these places, the musicians and  speakers the headliners in a quasi-holy bait-and-switch scheme that secures your butts in  their padded, stadium-style seats by promising you the best Jesus that money can buy.

But that's simply not worship.

On Advent's website is their Liturgical Customary, a long document describing the movements in the historical drama that are played out in their rich liturgical worship. After read ing through entry after entry on liturgical posture, and possibly pausing just long enough  to practice my own genuflecting in the mirror, I was bowled over by a concluding paragraph:

"While the foregoing may seem excessively fussy, particularly in an age when manners are  out of fashion and seminaries are apparently intent on turning the Mass into a rock-n-roll  show, remember that Divine Service is not a casual activity. The Lord's Supper is a heavenly  banquet, not a drive-thru lunch from a fast food shop. Lack of attention to deportment at  Mass is as inappropriate as wearing torn jeans to a formal dinner. Sloppiness of appearance,  movement, or behaviour will not show forth 'the beauty of holiness and the holiness of  beauty,' which is what we seek to present."

After countless readings and re-readings of this paragraph, all with bated breath, I finally  exhaled deeply with a series of questions:

-Why aren't we all approaching worship with reverence, seriousness, and sobriety?

-Why are we trying to make worship accessible to those who don't care about it anyway?

-What's wrong with us that we think we should get to have worship made in our own image?

-Why are we so offended by the beauty of holiness?

I'm not advocating a lengthy list of prescriptions, only that we begin to look in the mirror  and see what we've become. I think it's clear that church worship cannot look like a rock  concert and retain the beauty of holiness. But more subtly, the psycho-therapeutic architecture of most American Protestant and Evangelical worship cannot reflect it either, because  God alone is perfect and holy.

Whenever we learn to admit this, we might begin to recover  hints of the "otherness" in worship, in which the rule of prayer, not the rule of pop culture,  is allowed to govern our worship, and therefore our collective belief.

Ultimately, I have no answers for these questions other than our God is too familiar and  our "worship design" alarmingly narcissistic. I fear we aren't just guilty of domesticating the  one true God, itself a grave error. In our petulant insistence on me-worship, we have shown  where our ultimate allegiance lies and crowned ourselves lord of all. More terrifying still is  my suspicion that most of the church doesn't even recognize what we've done.

Forgive us, we pray.

Jonathan Aigner writes a blog called Ponder Anew: Discussions about Worship for Thinking People. This article was posted on October 29, 2018


Events this Week
(Proper 10)

Monday, July 15
7:00 PM - Monthly Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, July 16
7:00 PM - Family Movie Night
"Secret Life of Pets"

Wednesday, July 17
(William White, Bishop)
7:00 PM - Low Mass

Friday, July 19
9:30 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Saturday, July 20
10:00 AM - Youth & Children's Garden
12:15 PM - Senior Lunch Program

Sunday, July 21
(Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass

Events this Week
Family Movie Night
this Tuesday

July 16, 2019
7:00 PM

Pizza, snacks, popcorn, & cold drinks.  Fun for the whole family!



Movie Schedule
July 23
Jurassic Park
July 30
Annie
August 6
Alvin and the Chipmunks
August 13
Samson and Delilah
August 20
High School Musical 2
August 27
The Incredibles 2








Bring the kids. Keep the garden growing!

Every Saturday
10 AM - 12 PM
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The tomatoes are growing.

The garden looks great, but it needs some attention.



Parish Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, August 4
12:30 PM


  • 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.
Do you like planting flowers?
Are you interested in helping beautify the church grounds?

Consider being part of the Garden Guild. If you're interested in participating, please speak to Claudette Wharton.

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.

Members of the parish and the Woodhaven community teamed up
to clean the historic Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery last Saturday.




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 documentation necessary for the final inspection of the elevator and connection of kitchen equipment has gone through. New locks are being installed on the main doors, and the automatic door opening mechanism is to be installed soon. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.

Upper Level
Upper Level

 

Fireplace
Lower Level














Kitchen
Kitchen














Stairwell

        



Your support is CRITICAL. Please keep up with your pledges.

Our financial situation is extremely tight at present. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we require an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $1,432 in pledge support.
 
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.
 


AROUND THE DIOCESE
COMMUNITY NEWS
Community Cultural Event
Sunday, July 21

The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is happy to announce that we are taking a trip to Douglaston again this year to see a musical -- and this year's musical is a great one, the classic Bye Bye Birdie



This 50s-set musical tells the story of a young Rock-n-Roll idol who is drafted into the army. If it sounds like it's inspired by Elvis, that's because it was!  This 1960 musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical of the Year and was subsequently turned into a film in 1963.

Tickets are FREE -- and we are providing FREE bus transportation from Woodhaven to Douglaston and back. We are only able to do this through the generosity of  The Josephine Foundation and  the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery.

WHEN:   Sunday, July 21st

MEET:   On the benches at 91st Street and 89th Avenue (across from American Legion).

LEAVE WOODHAVEN: 12:15 PM Sharp 

RETURN HOME: Approximately 5:30 PM

RSVP NOW via e-mail or call us at 718-805-2002.

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