Here are this week’s announcements. Enjoy the beauty of October, and give thanks to God for all we have been given.
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Please take a look at this week’s announcements, especially:
- Narnia Book Club – Prince Caspian (Christian Formation)
- Trunk or Treat (Parish Life)
- Register for Breakfast with the Bishop (Diocesan News)
- Sunday Forum (Christian Formation)
- Family Promise (Outreach)
Family Promise at Trinity House – our next time to serve at the homeless shelter is Friday, 11/1 and Saturday 11/2. Here’s what we need to provide:
Friday dinner – tacos (beef & chicken), vegetable, black beans, chicken nuggets, salad, fruit, dessert.
Friday staff – 2 greeters (5:30-8:30 pm); 2 overnight volunteers (8:00 pm-7:00 am).
Saturday breakfast – hot breakfast casserole, cereal boxes/granola bars, fruit (can be from the night before), bagels or croissants, butter/cream cheese/jams.
Saturday staff – 2 greeter (8:00 am-12 noon)
Family Promise is the Morris County program for families who have become homeless and are working to regain their footing in life with jobs, education, and, most of all, housing. Several times a year these families are housed in Long Hill Township at Trinity House/Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. All Saints’ is a support congregation for this ministry.
To serve in this ministry, sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex or be in touch with Afsaneh Thursfield, Faeritale@hotmail.com or 908-839-8158.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Long Hill Senior Center Rummage Sale – this Saturday, 10/12 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Sunday, 10/13 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Monday, 10/14 Bag Sale 11:00 am-2:00 pm. At the Long Hill Senior Center (next to Gillette School), 769 Valley Road, Gillette.
Creation Care Team will meet this week on Thursday,
Oct. 17 at 7:00 pm in the Rath House. This is our parish effort in caring for the environment and God’s creation here at All Saints’. Anyone with interest is invited to come to the meeting and be part of the effort.
ShopRite Cards – buy a ShopRite gift card for your own groceries or as a gift for someone else. You pay face value and All Saints’ gets 5%. See Barbara Barbeau.
Annual Pledge Campaign for 2020 – the theme of our financial stewardship for the coming year is “Building a Joyful Community”. Materials will be sent to your home this week. Please do read them and reflect on the ways God is calling you to financially support God’s work and the mission of All Saints’ Church in our community.
Stewardship Prayer - Gracious God, you have blessed us with love and belonging, and companions in our journey of faith; your presence in our lives brings us joy, and you call us to share that joy with others. As we remember all you do for us, may our gratitude overflow in giving from our hearts, trusting always in your care for us and for all whom you have made. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
This Sunday-Baptism at 10 am - Welcome to the family of Essun Octavia Ball-Siener, our baptismal candidate.
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 29 - kids wear their costumes, and adults provide Hallowe’en treats. The kids trick-or-treat from car to car in the parking lot, and we have refreshments outside. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and join us for this fun annual event!
All Saints’ Cabaret Night is coming on Saturday, November 23, 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall! Music, dessert, adult beverage (optional). Performances by some wonderful local talent. Would you like to perform or help with the event? Speak to Alison Siener Brown or Melissa Pagliaro. Save the date, invite a friend, and plan to party!
Sunday Forum, Oct. 13, 11:15 am in the Parish Hall - “The Anglican Communion’s Best-kept Secret: Religious Communities”. Sister Monica Clare kicks off our new monthly adult Christian formation/education opportunity during Coffee Hour. This month’s presentation and Q&A will focus on Episcopal monks and nuns. Get some coffee or tea, take a seat, and come learn something new!
Bible Study meets this Wed. 10/16. We will be discussing Chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation. This group is for anyone interested in learning for about the Bible and its connection to our lives. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Narnia Book Club starts this week! We are reading Prince Caspian, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This is a book club for adults, children, and families. We will read Chapters 1-3 this coming week. There is a Facebook discussion group: “One Parish/One Book (All Saints’, Millington)”, and an in-person group that will meet during Coffee Hour. We have some copies of the book for purchase in our Narnia corner at the back of the Church. Sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know you’ll be participating. This is a wonderful way to engage both your imagination and your faith and share your ideas with others.
Breakfast with the Bishop – Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30-11:30 am – doors open at 9 am. Bishop Hughes will be here at All Saints’ to meet parishioners and some of our Episcopal brother and sisters from around the diocese. She’ll discuss the vision, hopes, dreams, and sense of where the Holy Spirit is leading us as Jesus’ disciples. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from our bishop and ask questions. Hope to see you there! Registration is required here: https://dioceseofnewark.org/event/breaking-bread-bishop-hughes-millington
10/15 Vestry Meeting Rath House, 10:15 am
10/16 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
10/17 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Creation Care Meeting Rath House, 7:00 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar
Way of Love: Worship – recently there have been some comments and questions about some of the phrases and imagery we use in our worship, and why we hear them sometimes but not others.
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a treasury of prayer, spirituality, and guide to ordering our life of worship together. Our primary Sunday service is the Eucharist (aka Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord’s Supper). There are two basic options for conducting that service - Rite I or Rite II.
Rite I uses language that hews closely to the 1928 American BCP, and to its English predecessors (1549, 1552, 1563, 1662), including “thee” and “thou”, the archaic forms of second-person personal address. Isn’t it interesting that in the 17th century we used “thee” for God, showing closeness and intimacy, when nowadays that word seems more formal and distant? In Rite I the priest also has more to say that the congregation. Within this option there are two Eucharist prayers – the first is the 1928 prayer almost verbatim; the second is an edited down version.
Rite II uses contemporary English, while still retaining some of the beauty, flow, and phrasing of Rite I. It has four different options for Eucharistic prayers – A, B, C, and D. A is a classically Anglican prayer emphasizing Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and our sacrifice to God of praise and thanksgiving. It is especially connected to the Easter season. B refers to the Old Testament prophets, emphasizes the Incarnation, and looks forward to Christ’s return, and so fits well with Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Prayer C has a special emphasis on creation, and is in the form of a dialogue between priest and people. Prayer D is an adaptation of an Eastern orthodox prayer from the 4th century and is the mostly widely used formal Eucharistic prayer in the Christian world. We also have a Prayer Book supplement called “Enriching Our Worship.” This contains three different Eucharistic prayers that have been written in the last 20 years.
So here at All Saints’ how do we decide which Eucharist prayer to use at any given service? It seems important and valuable for everyone to have familiarity and a certain comfort level with all the different ways we might pray and worship God together, so we have our own local chart for knowing which prayer to use in what season.
8 a.m. Service
Rite I, Prayer 2: Advent; Season after Epiphany; Season after Pentecost
Rite I, Prayer 1: Lent
Rite II, Prayer A: Easter Season
Rite II, Prayer B: Christmas Season
10 a.m. Service
Rite II, Prayer A: Easter Season; Season after Pentecost once a month
Rite II, Prayer B: Advent; Christmas Season; Season after Pentecost once a month Advent
Rite II, Prayer C: Season after Pentecost once a month Advent
Rite II, Prayer D: Maundy Thursday; Season after Pentecost once a month Advent
Rite I, Prayer 2: Lent
Enriching Our Worship: Season after Epiphany
We also rotate through all six forms of Prayers of the People in Rite II, as well as occasionally using other forms. And when there is a fifth Sunday in the month, and several times in the summer, we worship with Morning Prayer unless that falls on a major feast day.
While this is a lot of detail, perhaps it will make some sense of what your experience at Sunday worship is, and know a bit more about why we say the prayers we do. In all things, may God’s holy Name be praised!