March 25, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

It was another busy weekend at All Saints’! Saturday evening was the 10th edition of Major Tom’s Coffee House. It was another fun filled evening of music and readings enjoyed by all. There were 40 people in attendance and our free will offering raised $28.00!

Sunday morning was sunny and balmy, very spring like! There were 12 people at the 8:00 am service and 54 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was the Third Sunday In Lent. The Processional Hymn was, “Eternal Lord Of Life Behold Your Church” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 13:1-9.

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."

Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

We learn from this passage that we are all sinners and that we need to repent. The Offertory Anthem was, “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy.” The Communion Hymns were, “Wilt Thou Forgive” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.” The Recessional Hymn was, “How Firm A Foundation, Ye Saints Of The Lord.”

The altar greenery was given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Melissa Madden’s father, Peter Sagonas, on the 25th anniversary of his death. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Paul and Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Carolyn Tesar. The Vigil Lamp was given by Megan Monfiston and Carlos Adames to the glory of God and in loving memory of Leanor Adames and all those who battle breast cancer.

The Coffee Hour was full of energy as our parishioners and guests greeted one another in the Common Room. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Nina Selvaggio and Michele Stewart. There were bagels, brownies, cakes, cookies and fruit for all to enjoy with their favorite beverage. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!

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Have a great week and hope to see many of you on Wednesday at our Deanery Lenten program!

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