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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.

All prayer requests are CONFIDENTIAL unless publication is explicitly requested by checking the box below. Only first names are used on the published prayer lists, except for names of the deceased. Please check any additional pastoral care requests below.



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.

Prayer lists

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.

Healing Ministers

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.

Clergy Visits

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.

Pastoral Visitors

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.

For more information, contact Megan Courtney or Christina Meyer.


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 or Janelle Mills at for further information.


Saints Alive is the news bulletin of events, people and the community served by All Saints Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts. Browse the latest and previous issues.

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Spring 2017 Issue

Winter 2016-2017 Issue

Fall 2016 Issue

Summer 2016 Issue

Spring 2016 Issue

Winter 2015 Issue

Fall 2015 Issue

For older issues of Saints Alive, visit the archive page



A Prayer from the Iona Community. Blessed 4th Sunday in Lent.4th Sunday of Lent

God, our God,
you have called us to be a people
on the move;
travelling light,
dying to live,
ready to lose ourselves for the sake of the world.

You have called us to be a people
with a purpose;
travelling without a map,
travelling to where we are led,
sustained by your Spirit,
committed to the gospel for the hope of the world.

You have called us, your people,
to be the church.
But we are a church with problems:
too strong for the weak,
too staid for the young,
too respectable for the poor,
too divided for mission,
too obsessed with our own lives to think of the lives of others,
too unsure of our message to speak to the world.

Move us on our journey
from where we are to where you want us to go.
Open our eyes on the way
to the people of different cultures, continents and countries,
who can bring colour to our lives.

Take us on our journey
from where we are to what you want us to be;
so that we become a community
where all are welcomed and no one is excluded,
all are valued and no one is made to feel inadequate,
all are forgiven and no one is ashamed to belong,
all are encouraged and no one is too hurt to come among us.

Lead us on our journey
from who we are to who you want us to be;
so that patience is built into us,
kindness is assumed in us,
gentleness is part of us,
compassion flows from us,
truth is second nature to us,
and the commitment of love is part of us.
Let us go gladly on the journey towards Easter –
the journey towards death and resurrection.
Let us journey in the peace and power of the Spirit.

text: 'Lead us on our journey' by Ruth Harvey from 'Eggs and Ashes'

Photo: 'Michael Chapel Window' David Coleman
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2 days ago

A Prayer from the Iona Community.  Blessed 4th Sunday in Lent.

Wow! Corey and his friend Sam sang some wonderful music tonight. Thank you both and Sam can come back anytime he wants. All 17 of us were enchanted. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Jessica Cooper shared an event to All Saints Parish's Timeline.
Jessica Cooper

The gorgeous ascending/ descending and delicately intertwined string lines speak volumes in Purcell's in "Rejoice in the Lord Alway." This piece that surely everyone knows (or has perhaps sung in church choir) takes on a infinitely refined setting that confirms Purcell's genius for text painting and use of color in this remarkable symphonic version.
Don't miss hearing this great ensemble of strings, voices and organ continuo perform Purcell's great symphonic anthems!

Hear my Prayer: The sacred anthems of Henry PurcellApril 1, 2017, 7:30pmThe Henry Purcell Society of BostonThe Henry Purcell Society of Boston continues its commitment to great performances with an intimate evening of expressive sacred music written by Henry Purcell. Featuring Ulysses Thomas singing the vituosic bass solos written for Purcell's favorite bass, John Gostling, this program for strings, 8 voices and organ highlights the immediacy and beauty of Purcell’s great anthems and instrumental sonatas written for the Chapel Royal.

Jessica Petrus; Jessica Cooper, sopranos
Hilary Ann Walker; Carrie Cheron, Altos
Eric Christopher Perry; Jason Wang, tenors
Ulysses Thomas; James Dargan, bass

Period instruments:
Julia McKenzie; Emily Dahl-Irons, violins; Anne Black, viola; Cathy Liddell, theorbo; Andrew Sheranian organ; Colleen McGarry Smith; cello
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Hear my Prayer: The sacred anthems of Henry Purcell

6 days ago

All Saints Parish added an event.
All Saints Parish

The All Saints Schola (youth choir) leads this celebration of the Feast of Oscar Romero. An organ recital performed by Laura Gullett precedes the service at 4:30 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the Feast of Oscar RomeroMarch 26, 2017, 5:00pmAll Saints ParishThe All Saints Schola (youth choir) leads this celebration of the Feast of Oscar Romero. An organ recital performed by Laura Gullett precedes the service at 4:30 p.m.
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Choral Evensong for the Feast of Oscar Romero

1 week ago

Thank you to Bruce, Jackie and on the dulcimer, Chris a new addition to our musical team. Thank you to Becky for her sermon and the 17+ people who attended and joined in the praise and prayer. A lively pot luck followed with more music and great food. ... See MoreSee Less

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From the Iona Community and my friend Lorienne Schwenk. Have a blessed week.3rd Sunday of Lent

We believe that God is present
in the darkness before dawn;
in the waiting and uncertainty
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
that takes us beyond the safe place:
into action, into vulnerability
and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
and put ourselves on the line;
to bear responsibility, take risks,
live powerfully and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to choose life
and be used by the spirit
for God’s new community of hope.

Text: 'Affirmation' from Iona Abbey Worship Book

A hymn version (set to 'Slane') is available in the accompanying Iona Abbey Music Book

Photo: David Coleman
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From the Iona Community and my friend Lorienne Schwenk.  Have a blessed week.

A poem from the Iona Community. Have a blessed week.2nd Sunday of Lent

Word of God, flowing free,
flow in and through us,
to cleanse and bring
a new beginning,
a fresh start,
right relationships
and peace.

When the tide recedes,
leaving a fresh page of sand,
then the time is right for forgiveness.

When the tide is balanced on the horizon,
flowing in on one shore and out on another,
then the time is right for dialogue.

When the tide comes flooding in,
washing clean the beach,
then the time is right to begin again.


Word of God, flowing free,
flow in and through us,
to cleanse and bring
a new beginning,
a fresh start,
right relationship.

Text: 'The Flooding Tide' from 'The Green Heart of the Snowdrop' by Kate McIlhagga.

Photo: David Coleman
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2 weeks ago

A poem from the Iona Community.  Have a blessed week.