All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Picture a World, Where a Politician is elected…

Palm-Sunday-HERO-IMAGEPalm Sunday 2016

Bonnie A. Perry

Picture a world where a politician you desperately did not want to be elected, is elected and then re-elected. Each time having put his hand on the bible, and sworn to uphold the constitution, so help him God. In that time period, several Supreme Court justices died. So this politician appointed three maybe four justices. A decade has passed since he was in office and our country and the world is a very, very different place. Picture how you feel. How enfranchised, respected and tolerant of the political system you now feel.

Take those emotions and now picture that someone who you believe can change everything is heading to the capital. This procession, with the one you believe, can right the wrongs and topple the system, that same procession is due to arrive today. How long have you been waiting, for this political rally to change everything? How expectant is the crowd? Have you just made three new friends, because of your similar fears and aspirations? Is there a palpable bond amidst the crowd?

It is these very emotions, I believe that were feeding and nurturing and inspiring the crowd that waited in Jerusalem for Jesus to arrive. It was a festive release of massive pain and sadness. A carnival of frivolity, for soon they hoped, this one, this man, this anointed one was going to change how they lived. That they would no longer be on the fringes, in the corners, lost in the shadows their rights, their beliefs, their hopes would be enacted and their children would lead better lives.

Hosanna. Blessed. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Soon their city, run by people with obscene values, would change. Praise and Glory, thanks be to God. The palms are thrown, waved, and sold and woven into shapes for commemorative souvenirs.

But remember, according to Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan in their book The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem, there is another procession coming in a different gate on the other side of the city. One with, leather armor, helmets, banners and golden eagles glinting in the sun. The Roman detachment, with the governor, is coming up from the seaside in Cesaria to offer reinforcements for the detachment already stationed by the temple in Jerusalem. (Borg & Crossan p 3) It is no ordinary weekend. It is the week of the festival for the Jewish people. The festival where they remember as a people who God intervened and helped them throw off a previous oppressive government. Really how much different is Cesar from Pharaoh? One difference, Cesar has no intention of his chariots and charioteers being vanquished in a formerly parted sea. When the city of Jerusalem fills with restless, faithful pilgrims, he will ensure by shear strength of numbers that no one will resist his will. So another procession enters the city.

Another procession enters the city, the same time as Jesus comes in astride, not a stallion but a colt: a beast not yet fully grown. An image, once predicted by the prophet Zachariah,

“Look your king will come to you. He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and riding on a colt…He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem. The bow used in battle will be cut off, he will speak peace to the nations. His rule will stretch from sea to sea…”

Humble and righteous, without bow or spear… this King arrives. Alas it is imagery lost on the peasants praying for change, and legions anticipating war. What does this procession of Jesus Christ mean?Surely soon the two processions will collide…



What will happen?

Jesus enters the city and heads to the temple. The temple where the chief priests are under the control of Rome. He overturns the tables…the processions collide…this is what happens next…

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Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Here is a link to download Bonnie's address.

Weekly Message for February 18

Weekly Message for February 18

Dear Friends,    


How much longer will the killing continue? 
Here are some groups and activities you might consider supporting with your time and your money: 
  • The IL Council Against Handgun Violence 
  • Moms Demand Action 
  • Gabby Giffords' PAC 

  • And here's a list of congressional representatives who have received the most amount of money from the National Rifle Association. Apparently they are all praying for the people in Florida directly affected by our country’s latest mass shooting. I invite you to pray for their souls and to drop them a note wondering if God is answering their prayers. Will it make a difference? I don’t know. But, being held hostage by a diabolical association that has convinced our elected officials that it is the God-given, constitutionally-sanctioned right of every American to wander around with a semi-automatic rifle is absurd. Seems like all of us ought to start loudly pointing out this insanity.
    I’ll be at the Moms Demand Action Lakeview gathering on the 24th of February. Let me know if you’d like to come with me. Please let me know what other courses of action you plan to take to end gun violence in our country.
    This evening, All Saints’ will be hosting a gathering for the friends, family, and neighbors of our long-term neighbor John Vanzo at 7:00. Tomorrow morning at 10:30 there will be a visitation in the sanctuary and a memorial service at 11:00 am. All are welcome. 
    I’m super excited that we will finally kick off the All Saints’ Youth Group with an overnight this Saturday. Please RSVP to Hilary Waldron if your 7-12 grade child is planning on attending. 
    Following the 11:00 Worship service we will have a Newcomer’s Brunch at O’Shaughnessy’s at 12:15. Please join us!
    This Sunday, Emily will be preaching, I’ll be celebrating, and our choir will be singing some wonderfully moving Lenten music. It seems like the right time to be praying and repenting. So please come and join me.
    All my best,


    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    AUGUST 13 2013 11The memorial service for our friend and neighbor John Vanzo will be held at All Saints' this Saturday the 17th, at 11:00 am. There will be a visitation in the sanctuary prior to the service, beginning at 10:30am. All are welcome. 

    On Friday evening, the 16th, we will host a time of conversation and story telling for John's friends and family. All are invited from 7 to 9pm to share a drink, and hear and tell a favorite story of the very many sides of John.

    May John's soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


    Lenten Evening Prayer

    Lenten Evening Prayer

    On Thursdays, February 15-March 22, brief services of Evening Prayer will be offered at 7:00pm, with scripture, poetry, and song. Come find rest for your souls.

    Inquirers’ Class

    Inquirers’ Class

    On Thursdays, February 15—March 22, the Inquirers’ Class will take place in the Reading Room next to the sanctuary. Designed especially but not exclusively for those new to All Saints’ and/or the Episcopal Church, this 6-week series is an exploration of adult spirituality through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June.

    The book we’ll refer to occasionally in the class is called Jesus was an Episcopalian (and you can be one, too!): A Newcomer’s Guide to the Episcopal Church by Chris Yaw. If you’re interested in joining the class, consider getting a copy to look over.

    Contact Bonnie or Emily for more info.

    Bags for RCS

    Bags for RCS

    We're running low on paper and reusable bags for our Tuesday night pantry. Please bring us your extras! 
    We will be taking donations on Tuesday evenings, M-F 9am-4pm, and on Sundays during church services. Look for the bins by the doors. Thanks for your help!

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 

    RCS is looking for help serving and cleaning up after dinner on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.

    If you're able to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, or call 773-769-0282.

    Donate to The 1883 Project

    Donate to The 1883 Project

    Please consider supporting the restoration project of our historic building. To make a donation, click here

    1883 Construction web 

    Fixing This Old Church

    Fixing This Old Church

    Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

    Sunday Service Times

    8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
    9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
    10:00 am Children's Church School
    10:00 am Coffee Hour
    11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


    Contact Us

    4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

    Phone (773) 561-0111


    Information about pastoral care.



    Bonnie on Huffington Post

    Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.

    Pain. Change. Hope.

    November 15, 2015

    What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today?

    October 4, 2015

    Wake Up Calls

    September 6, 2015

    Christmas Reminds Us That We, Like God, Are Human, Too

    December 24, 2014

    The Deep Sleep of Racial Oblivion: One Pastor's Sin of Omission

    November 30, 2014

    Pulpit Swap

    The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

    Going Home—Changed

    Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

    When Prayers Go Unanswered

    Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.