This week, we are remembering the persecution and suffering of Christ, followed by the joyful celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We hope you will consider joining us for worship in honor of this holy occasion.
We have several service offerings and each are a wonderful opportunity to invite your neighbors, family, and friends. If you have not attended our church before, don't worry! We welcome new visitors and we will have friendly stewards available to help you get comfortable. If you haven't visited our church before, here is a helpful guide on what to expect: https://goo.gl/qm6YC9
Why do we celebrate Easter?
Easter is one of the most significant dates within Christianity and is the foundation of our Christian faith. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Through his death, He has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who repent of their sins and believe in his death and resurrection. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead…in Christ all shall be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:20a, 22b).
All Saints’ has many opportunities to celebrate and worship on Easter. Here are three good reasons for joining us for one — or all! — of our Easter services this year:
In our Anglican tradition, we believe strongly in the power of our liturgy which expresses The Word of God through our the scripture readings, sermon (called the homily), and prayers, and The Holy Eucharist where we remember what God has done for us and we receive with thanksgiving the Body and the Blood of Christ as we partake Holy Communion. Remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus together with our church family in worship helps us to renew our belief that we have victory over sin — the greatest gift of all. Easter is a day to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and celebrate his return. We hope you’ll join us in joyously worshipping our risen Lord on this special day. The services that we offer are listed above.
Easter is the most important day on the church calendar, and for Christians, the music of the season is central to the celebration. For many, Easter music is a wonderful vehicle to express the hope and peace that come with the knowledge of the empty tomb.
Music at All Saints’ is always beautiful and inspiring, and especially so on Easter. Our 8:50 a.m. service will include our adult and youth ensembles and organ along with more contemporary worship selections led by pianist Kevin Townsend, and our 10:50 a.m. service will include our adult choir with organ, brass, and tympani.
Easter services at Christian churches, including All Saints’, are full of some long-held traditions:
Easter Lily – The Easter Lily is a very familiar addition to Easter celebrations around the world. In early years painters and sculptors originally used the white Madonna Lily to symbolize purity and innocence, frequently referring to Mary. In this way, the lily was incorporated into Easter celebrations and at All Saints’ we decorate our sanctuary with the beautiful white and trumpet-like blooms.
White – The color white is the liturgical color for Easter Sunday (along with holy days such as Christmas and when Holy Baptisms are celebrated). In addition to the pastel colors of the spring season that people will wear, be on the lookout for the many ways that both the church and parishioners will be adorned with white.
Pageantry – It is fitting to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with beauty and pageantry and All Saints’ is well known for its tradition in doing so. We have grand processions at our 8:50 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. services which include choirs, student acolytes, vergers, altar servers, and clergy. Special for our 10:50 a.m. service is the use of incense to add that unique smell and to symbolize holiness and prayers being lifted to God; the “bird” kite will be flown over our heads during the procession and recession; and one of our priests will chant portions of the liturgy during the Holy Eucharist.
We hope and pray that you will join us for an Easter service. To see more upcoming events at All Saints’, view our calendar here: https://goo.gl/sPmVQP, or follow us on Facebook.
- 4:00 p.m. Rite II Holy Eucharist (organ instrumental music)
- 7:30 a.m. Rite I Holy Eucharist (no music)
- 8:50 a.m. Rite II Holy Eucharist (with adult and youth music ensembles)
- 10:50 a.m. Rite II Holy Eucharist (with choral music and incense)