As we often remind ourselves at All Saints, the church exists “for the life of the world.” We remind ourselves this important truth because we tend to forget it. Churches too often—even if unintentionally—isolate themselves from the world. But that’s not as God intends. As the Father sends Jesus into the world, so now Jesus empowers us with his Spirit and sends us into the world to bear witness to his kingdom.
That’s why every year, our fall lineup of Pastorates (small home groups) is geared toward mobilizing ourselves outward, to open ourselves up to the Spirit’s work in the world so that we might join him in that work. We encourage you to join a Pastorate this fall with the intention of “sharing in the life of God,” not just so you can feel good about your faith, but so that you might participate more fully in God’s mission “for the life of the world.”
To sign up for one of the following Pastorates, email Fr. Wes.
Luke and the Mission of God
Facilitators: Fr. Ben and Janie Williams
Every other Tuesday starting Sept 7 at 6:00 pm
Luke was not only an evangelist, but he was also a theologian. Like the other Gospel writers, Luke arranged his account of the life of Jesus to make a theological point: in Jesus, God has fulfilled his purpose to bring salvation to the nations. Luke’s Gospel gives us insight into how the church is to continue God’s mission for the life of the world today.
The Tools of Missional Anglicanism
Facilitator: Jack Waters
Every other Wed starting Sept 8 at 6:00 pm
This Pastorate will explore critical moments and figures in Anglican history from the Celtic missionaries to the present day as a way to sharpen our own missional impulse as a church. A short recounting of a story will be followed with discussion and application for our parish community.
Being the Good Samaritan Today
Facilitator: Cindy Jayne
Every other Thursday starting Sept 9 at 6:00 pm
The story of the Good Samaritan has shaped the way most of us understand what it means to love our neighbor. It is a compelling picture of kindness in a complex world as well as a compelling example of the second Great Commandment. All the changes in the world in the centuries since that time haven’t made our relationships with others any less complex. Using a selectin of short readings as a starting point, our discussions will focus on how we discern who is our neighbor and how we can be the example of the Good Samaritan in our own complicated world.
A Healing Prayer Practicum
Facilitator: Terry Blakley
Every other Sunday starting Sept 12 at 4:30 pm
Healing prayer is an act of compassion that blesses others in their pain and distress, being one of the key ways Jesus reached people during his very own ministry. We can carry the blessings of Jesus to all with whom we pray. Come practice healing prayer with us so as to be ready to offer healing the same to those who are in need in your life. All are welcomed. No healing prayer experience required.
Praying for Mission
Facilitator: Nan Thomas
Every Monday starting Sept 13 at 7:00 pm
As we seek to fulfill All Saints’ mission of Sharing in the Life of God for the Life of the World, this Pastorate will reflect on six Collects for Mission in The Book of Common Prayer. We will also spend time praying the Collects in the hope of becoming the kind of people who can love God and love others more.