Stages on Life’s Way

Stages on Life’s Way

At All Saints’, we delight in marking those occasions—such as the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Marriages & Unions—when God blesses us abundantly in the commitments we make to God and each other.

We are also honored to mark those somber occasions, such as funerals, when family and friends have found solace at All Saints’. Please review the appropriate section below for more information. If you have further questions, please contact our church office.

Baptism

Clayton's BaptismHoly Baptism is one of the sacraments in the Episcopal Church and marks full initiation into Christ’s Body, the Church.

 Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon ­­­these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joyand wonder in all your works. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

At All Saints’, we celebrate baptism four times a year:  at the Easter Vigil in spring, or as part of the 8 A.M. or 10 A.M. Sunday mass on the Feast of Pentecost in early summer, All Saints’ Day in early November, and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January.  Dates vary each year due to the church calendar.  We can accommodate other dates, especially in case of emergency baptisms for the sick and dying.

If candidates for Holy Baptism are infants or children, at least one parent or guardian is a participant in the worship and ministry of All Saints’.  If the candidate is an adult, he or she is a participant in the worship and ministry of All Saints’.  We occasionally make exceptions under special circumstances for candidates from Episcopal parishes outside San Francisco.

All baptisms at All Saints’ use the rite in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Our clergy provides preparatory instruction on the meaning of baptism in the Episcopal Church to candidates and families.

While we charge no fee to parish members for baptism, we welcome contributions for our general operating budget or particular areas of parish life.  We pray that those baptized at All Saints’ and their families will live into the baptismal covenant by participating in our worship, community life, and stewardship.

We welcome specific inquiries about baptism.  Please contact the All Saints’ church office.

Marriages & Unions

At All Saints’, we mark with joy those blessed occasions on which couples commit themselves to lifelong partnership, whether in marriage or union.

Wedding in All Saints' ChurchMost gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love  in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life.  We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of
__________ and ____________ in his Name.  By the power of your Holy
Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon _____and ______.  Defend them from every enemy.  Lead them into all peace.  Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads.  Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death.  Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

At All Saints’, we celebrate marriages and unions year-round, except during Lent, usually on Saturday afternoons.  Some couples choose to have the blessing of their marriage or union take place as part of the Sunday morning 10:00 Mass.  Other venues and times are possible, taking into consideration the schedules of the couple, the officiating clergy, and our parish.

One member of the couple being blessed in marriage or union at All Saints’ is a participant in our worship and ministry.  We can make occasional exceptions to accommodate special circumstances, such as for out-of-town couples.

Because we honor heterosexual and homosexual couples equally, we follow our bishop’s recommendation that the church ceremony be not the legal marriage but the blessing of the couple, legally married or not.  Before their blessing at All Saints’, heterosexual couples are legally married in a civil ceremony (usually at City Hall).

Blessings of marriage or union at All Saints’ use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and other resources approved by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of California.  Couples blessed in marriage or union at All Saints’ first undertake counseling as recommended by parish clergy, at the couple’s expense.

Music for the blessing of marriage or unions at All Saints’ adheres to the standards of sacred music, as for any church service.  Our Minister of Music works with each couple in selecting desired liturgical music and is renumerated directly by the couple.

Our parish hall and garden are available for receptions, at the couple’s expense.All Saints' Garden

All Saints’ charges no fee for our members, aside from above-mentioned costs for music and use of reception space, when applicable.  We welcome contributions to the church’s general operating budget or to specific programs of importance to the couple.

We look forward to discussing with you the prospect of an upcoming blessing of marriage or union at All Saints’.  Please contact our church office to set up a time to meet with the Rector.

Funerals

In times of grief and loss, All Saints’ commemorates the lives of loved ones, acknowledging all of us as God’s children.  In the Christian tradition, we see death as a passage to eternal life with Jesus as our strength and comforter.

Grant us, with all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, to have our consummation and bliss in your eternal and everlasting glory, and, with blessed _____ and all your saints, to receive the crown of life which you promise to all who share in the victory of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

Funerals and requiems at All Saints’ use the Burial of the Dead from the Book of Common Prayer.

Ministration to the sick and dying is available from All Saints’ clergy at home and in hospitals and other nursing facilities.

Chapel of the Good SchpherdAt All Saints’, we are grateful for the beauty of our columbarium as a place of eternal rest, situated in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  Many members and parish friends have made arrangements to be interred here.

There is no fee for a funeral or memorial service at All Saints’ for members, although we welcome gifts in the memory of the deceased.

For more information about funerals, requiems, or memorial services at All Saints’, or to learn more about our columbarium, contact the church office.