All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Oregon
Serving the Lord in Hillsboro since 1852
Welcome to All Saints! We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings. The church is located at 372 NE Lincoln Street in Hillsboro, on the corner of Lincoln and 4th with the office door facing 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 and many evening activities. Sunday School is offered most weeks during the first half of the worship service.
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 the 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 northern Europe, where in the deep 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, the Christians adapted his tradition and used wreaths as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. The wreath is shaped in a perfect cirlce to symbolize the eternity of God. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Each Sunday a candle is lit. Three candles are purple and one is rose. There are many traditions regarding the significance of these colors. One is that the lighting of the first candle symbolizes expectations, the second symbolizes hope, the rose candle is lit on the third Sunday and symbolizes joy, and the last candle symbolizes love. the light again signifies Christ, the light of the world. Some churches include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, wich represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve.
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 Food Pantry is open every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. This food pantry is staffed by dedicated volunteers and is open to residents of Washington County.
- The Meals-on-Wheels People Serve lunch at 11:30am to seniors every weekday in our parish hall. In addition to food, this program offers a welcoming place for seniors to come if they are feeling lonely or isolated at home.
- INEA Classes Offered on Fridays nights. Call for details.
Misión San Pablo, a spanish-speaking Episcopal mission, also meets in the sanctuary to worship every Sunday at 1:00pm.
New Vicar of San Pablo: The Rev. Wilson Ferreira has accepted the call to serve as the new Vicar of San Pablo and Westside Latino Missioner. He and his family are natives of Colombia, South America and come to Oregon after several years of ministry in Puerto Rico.