​Father Stephen's Weekly Message

October 25, 2020

Dear friends, 


Most Christians are familiar with the Ten Commandments but they are often unaware that the Torah, the Law of Moses, actually contains a total of 613 distinct commandments, begging the question which commandment is primary. This was the question the Pharisees asked Jesus; his reply was to quote the Shema from Deuteronomy to which he added the commandment from Leviticus: Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. In its original context the purpose of the Shema was a corrective to viewing God only in awe and wonder - God is first of all to be loved. And the kind of “love” the commandment speaks of is not an emotional kind of love, but an active love, a love expressed in our manner of life. I look forward to seeing you online or in person this coming Sunday when in my sermon I reflect on the Great Commandment. 


Rudolph “Bud” Gleichman 

I ask your prayers for Liz Johnston and her family as they grieve the loss of Liz’s father Rudolph “Bud” Gleichman, who passed from this world to the next last weekend. Mr. Gleichman was laid to rest at a private service this Friday. 



Following the recent launch of the All Saints stewardship campaign, please check your emails for advance notice of three Zoom conversations being offered for you to ask questions and discuss ways to support the mission and vision of All Saints. 



In these Covid-19 days, it is not often that I get to announce a baptism, however, at the 10 am service on Sunday, 1st November, the Feast of All Saints, we shall welcome into the household of God Ifunanya Udoye, who is 9 months old and the daughter of Vincent and Antoinette Udoye, from Nigeria. 


Live streaming of the services 

Last Sunday, for the first time, we were able to simultaneously broadcast the 10 am service on zoom and Facebook Live using a standalone camera and microphone linked to the church’s lap-top. The result was improved quality of the sound and image. Thanks to Becky Cassel and our consultant Jon Major we are now in the process of training volunteers to operate the equipment and become the technical support each Sunday. Likewise, Paula Boley, the All Saints parish administrator is now responsible for sending out the zoom invitations for all services.  It has taken a lot of planning and work to get us to this place, and there is still work to do as we all become more familiar with the ways of live broadcasting. So please be patient and understanding when we don’t always get it right.


If you would like to watch and listen to last Wednesday's Bible Study and Compline ... here is a link    https://www.facebook.com/100056317410031/videos/110738587480055/


Fr. Stephen+



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