Weekly Letters

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Weekly letters from the Senior Warden

Community

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Dear Friends, Back in July, a lifetime ago, about thirty of our congregation met for two days with Bishop Mary and spent time doing some collective soul-searching.   We were trying to identify what made All Saints’ All Saints’.  What are our collective values?  The result, in a nutshell was:  Faith, Worship, Service, Community and Beauty.  […]

Thanks Holy Spirit

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Dear Friends, Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire….So begins one of my favorite hymns.  As I think back over the past four months, the one salient feature of that time was the constant presence of the Holy Spirit in our gatherings.  Twelve of us, eight vestry members and four others representing different aspects of the […]

Spirit Connections

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Dear Friends, Spirit Connections:  Three of the world’s religions claim Abraham at their roots: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we share some of the same scriptures, hence the term, Peoples of the Book referring to the three faiths.  The Discipleship commission decided that we would like to explore the spirituality of the three faiths; how […]

Treasure, another part of the Three Legged Stool of Stewardship

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Dear Friends, It’s that time once again, as predictable as the leaves falling or birds flying south.  It’s budget time.  It’s time to talk about that other leg of Three-legged stool of Stewardship: Treasure. When I began to address envelopes for a letter I had written to the parish, I realized that my approach was […]

Saints of the Little Way

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Dear Friends, All Saints’ Day, November 1st,  isn’t for two more weeks, but I am hoping many of you will join me in paying tribute to a favorite saint and we need time to plan. What is a saint?  The word “saint”means holy and holy means something set apart.  Something set these people apart and […]

The Gift of TIME

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Dear Friends, Time, Talent and Treasure:  the three legged stool of stewardship.  Lately, it seems the emphasis has been on TIME.  We have so many people in this parish who are incredibly generous with their time.  The vestry has been working over-time in the search process, as has the entire search committee.  Our organists put […]

Continuing our Adventure in Faith

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Dear Friends, This parish, like so many Episcopal churches, was begun by a small group of people who felt an Episcopal presence was needed in Carmel.  They built a charming English church which looked right at home in the woods of early 20th century Carmel.  When they outgrew that church they built the one we […]

Beauty in Worship

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Dear Friends, When we first started the process of searching for a new pastor for our church, we met together to devise a profile of our parish and discern our core values.   I think we did a pretty good job.  I find it hard to believe that many people would have a quarrel with the […]

Farewell, thou good and faithful servant

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Dear Friends, This past week, our long time parishioner, Paul Eastman, passed away at the age of 91.  For many years Paul faithfully attended Sunday morning Bible study classes with Fr. Matters and for many years he sang in the choir.  Paul also was a birder; once a year he would go down to Lake […]

Christian Education and Formation

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Dear Friends, I was in the church the other day when the sunlight was streaming through the stained glass of the baptistry, pouring a medley of colors across the font. As I gazed at the beauty of it, I thought of all the children I have watched being christened there and then I thought of […]