There are many ways that All Saints Parish offers prayerful support.
Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words. (BCP 856) The Prayer Book notes seven kinds of prayer: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. Mostly prayer is simply opening ourselves to God’s presence in our lives and then responding to that presence in these ways. As a Christian community use a variety of prayer practices that encompass all of these types. As a community we become aware of prayers of petition and thanksgiving through the practice of intercessory prayer. Here at All Saints there are three ways that intercessory prayer requests are received and offered to God.
Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns
The easiest and most immediate is the Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns. This book is found at the entrance of the church at both our weekly services. You are invited to enter the name of the person you are desiring prayers for. This could be a thanksgiving (as for a return to health, or the birth of a child), or it could be a concern (as a trip to the hospital, or the loss of a job). You may also write down a reason and then please write your name as well.
Published Parish Prayer List
In addition to the Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns, a parish prayer list is maintained. All prayer requests to this list are treated as confidential unless you specifically say you would like the names to be published. The Parish Prayer list goes out in All Saints This Week (our weekly email newsletter) and is printed in the insert each week. This is so anyone in our community can pray for those on the list throughout the week. Only first names are used on the Published Prayer List except in the case of the deceased when full names are used.
Confidential Prayer List
If you have a concern you would like us to pray for but do not want the names published, we will do that. All prayers requests go to the clergy and a select group of individuals invited and supervised by the clergy to pray daily for the concerns of those in the parish. All names on the short term and deceased list will remain there for 30 days. All names on the ongoing list will remain there until Christ the King Sunday (Last Sunday of Pentecost), any continuing concerns will need to be renewed as of Advent 1 each year.
Pastoral care includes all that we do to help one another grow deeper into the knowledge and love of God so that we continue to offer fruitful service for our whole lives. Much of what we do here at All Saints is pastoral care: the upkeep of our buildings and grounds; our worship; our formation programs; and the numerous ways we serve people beyond our parish.
In addition to all of this, these are some of our ministries that are specifically pastoral in nature.
During the prayers of the people at each of our worship services, we read the names written in the Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns. We also have a parish prayer list. The names on that list can be added by using the form on this page and/or a paper form found by the Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns. They appear in the weekly e-news and the bulletin insert so that anyone in the parish can pray for individuals who request it. All prayer requests come to the clergy and a small group of individuals invited by the clergy. All prayer requests are considered confidential unless you specifically request otherwise. The clergy prays for these people regularly. If there is anyone for whom you wish the clergy or the community to be praying, please write them in the Book of Thanksgivings and Concerns before worship begins, and/or add them to the parish prayer list.
The lay people who serve as ministers of healing on Sunday mornings continue the ancient Christian practice of “prayers for healing with the laying on of hands.” The Rector trains and supervises the healing ministers and meets frequently with them to deepen our understanding of healing and to pray for those on the parish prayer list. Prayer requests for healing at the Langdon Chapel are kept absolutely confidential. If you feel called to this ministry, please feel free to speak with the Rector.
Caring Ministry Team
Under the leadership of Mary Urban-Keary, the Caring Ministry Team helps parishioners with very specific, time-limited needs. A team of over thirty-five parishioners makes and delivers meals, provides transportation, and sends cards when people are ill, or have had a death in the family, or are celebrating a special event like the birth of a child. The coordinator meets regularly with the Rector and the Director of Children’s, Youth & Family Ministries. If you want to be part of this team, please contact Mary Urban-Keary.
The clergy welcome the opportunity to meet one-on-one with parishioners, in their home, at a coffee shop, or at church. If you would like the Rector to visit or to meet you somewhere, call, email, or catch him at church and set up a time. If you would like to meet with Priest Associate Anoma, please feel free to contact her.
Hospital or health emergency visits
If you or someone you love is in the hospital, or preparing to go into the hospital, please contact one of the clergy. Unless they specifically receive a request not to come, the clergy will come to the bedside of a parishioner who is in the hospital.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Several people in our parish have been trained and licensed by the diocese to bring Communion to homebound individuals immediately following the services on Saturday or Sunday. Lay Eucharistic Visitors take the Sacraments to those who are unable to come to church for reasons of illness or infirmity. If you are unable to come to church, and would like the clergy and/or one of these Lay Eucharistic Visitors to bring you Communion, please let one of the clergy know.
In addition to clergy visits, and Lay Eucharistic visits, the Rector and Anoma are gathering a group of people who want to begin making regular visits to people who are unable to come to church, or who desire a compassionate listener at times of great joy or pain. These individuals will be trained and supervised by the clergy to offer a ministry of presence and connection. They will be able to make visits in addition to any requested clergy visits. Training will include understanding confidentiality, safe church practices, listening skills, self and other awareness, and professionalism. If you feel called to a ministry of care and presence, please speak to Anoma or the Rector.
20s AND 30s GROUP
The 20s and 30s group meets monthly on a Saturday evening for food and fellowship. We offer a safe space to explore our faith based on scripture, tradition, and reason. We welcome all seekers: those determining their spiritual identity (that’s most of us!), those intrigued by Christian fellowship, and those committed to their journey of faith. With our church’s location on Beacon Street in Brookline, we serve a range of young adults with ties to local colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits, and community groups. Our group explores ways to put our faith and values in action with others at All Saints. All are welcome.
KNITTING, CROCHETING & CONTEMPLATION
The Knitting Circle meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month for fellowship and contemplation. On the second Saturday we meet at noon, and the fourth Saturday, we meet at 10am in order to accommodate different schedules. Participants bring their current knitting/crocheting or other needlecraft projects. People of all faith experiences and all skill levels are welcome. Please join us! You can contact Sharon Siwiec at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Janelle Mills at email@example.com for further information.
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