All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Oregon
Serving the Lord in Hillsboro since 1852
Welcome to All Saints! We are a community of Episcopal Christians who gather in Hillsboro, Oregon on Sunday mornings and seek to live lives faithful to God every day of the week.
We invite you to worship on Sunday mornings. The church building is located at 372 NE Lincoln Street in downtown Hillsboro, on the corner of 4th & Lincoln. The church sanctuary can be entered from Lincoln Street. The church office door faces the parking lot on the west side of the building.
We celebrate the Holy Eucharist each Sunday at 10:00 AM. There are special services on Holy Days throughout the year. Sunday School is led by volunteers, and it's offered most weeks during the first half of the worship service. Children are welcome in the worship service, and clipboards with activities based on the Sunday's Bible readings are available for all children to use.
We also enjoy "coffee hour" after worship each Sunday. You are invited to the Parish Hall for a hot beverage, a bite to eat, and conversation. It's a great way to take time to get to know the community. And, a few times a year, we enjoy a potluck luncheon during coffee hour.
We pray Morning Prayer & study the Bible each Wednesday at 9:15am. This takes place in the Guild Room (inside the building, across from the church office). We use the Book of Common Prayer, and we follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a three-year cycle . Bible study focuses on the gospel selection for the upcoming Sunday. All of the lectionary readings can be found at www.lectionarypage.net
We share the church building with Misión Todos Los Santos, a Spanish-speaking Episcopal mission. Todos Los Santos meets in the sanctuary to worship every Sunday at 1:00pm. The Rev. Wilson Ferreira is Vicar of Todos Los Santos and also serves as Westside Latino Missioner for the Diocese of Oregon.
What is the Season of Advent? The Church Year begins with the Season of Advent in November / December. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" or "arrival." There are two themes to this season: first, it is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Second, it is a time to reflect and prepare for Christ's second coming at the end of time.
Advent wreaths have their origins in the folk traditions of nothern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped bundles of evergreen and prayers were offered to the god of light. The candlelight gave comfort at this darkest time of the year, as people looked forward to the longer days of spring. By the middle ages, Christians had adapted this tradition and used wreaths as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Its circular shape symbolizes the eternity of God. The Advent wreath has five candles: one for each week of Advent, and one for Christmas. Three candles are purple, one is rose, and one is white. Each Sunday, a new candle is lit on the wreath. The candlelight reminds us of Christ, the Light of the world.
There are many traditions regarding the significance of the Advent wreath, including the candles & colors. Here's what we follow at All Saints:
1. Advent (purple) - HOPE
2. Advent (purple) - PEACE
3. Advent (rose) - JOY
4. Advent (purple) - LOVE
5th candle (white) - JESUS CHRIST, GOD INCARNATE
Purple is the traditional color for the season of Advent. In ancient times purple was use by kings to indicate their royal status. Purple also signifies the repentance of God's people as they patiently await the arrival of their Lord.
As part of the Anglican tradition, we follow a calendar rich with history - with the different liturgical seasons, the colorful altar vestments, and commemorating the saints' days throughout the year. We are an authentic community, devoted to God and each other, and we express this love through worship and service.
Service to our community:
William Temple House West [WTHW] Food Pantry is open every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. This food pantry is staffed by dedicated volunteers representing a variety of churches & non-religious affiliations in Hillsboro. WTHW is an emergency food assistance program open to residents of Washington County. New volunteers are always welcome, and you don't have to be a member of All Saints to help! On Tuesdays, people are needed to pick up & transport food from the Oregon Food Bank; stock the pantry; and assist with the distribution of food. We strive to be a place of welcome and grace. Call our church office at (503) 648-2514 if you would like to volunteer, or if you would like more information.
The Rev. Karen Tiegs, Rector
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Church Office Phone number: (503) 648-2514