At All Saints’ we enjoy welcoming visitors and newcomers: whether you’re just passing through or looking for a church home, we are honored by your presence. Everyone who desires to draw near to Christ is welcome to receive Communion at All Saints’.
Like all Episcopal churches, our worship is liturgical, meaning we follow the ancient ritual patterns of the early church, as they have come down to us in the Anglican tradition. Our clergy vest in traditional vestments, our choir in cassock and surplice, and there is a solemnity and order to our service, but we wear our formality lightly.
Our Sunday liturgy comprises both Scripture and Eucharist, or Holy Communion. We follow the liturgical framework of the Book of Common Prayer, while often drawing on treasures from the wider Anglican world. We find ourselves refreshed and enriched by seasonal variation. Our congregation is comprised of members from different church backgrounds and religious traditions, and we seek to embrace and celebrate our common life in ways that speak to all.
Our service booklets are designed to make it easy for everyone to follow and fully participate in the service as each is comfortable.
The 8am Eucharist is a small, quiet gathering, simpler than the later service: we sing fewer hymns, and employ shorter texts.
The 10am Eucharist suits a musical parish that loves to sing! We sing hymns and service music, enhanced by our adult choir, and occasionally by our children’s choir and instrumentalists from among our congregation.
The 9.30am Summer Eucharist gives us an opportunity to worship as one community and together sample liturgies from other Anglican churches around the world.
Dedicated in March of 1968, All Saints’ was designed by William Guy Garwood and constructed entirely of poured concrete. The octagonal roof is meant to recall the eight-sides of a baptismal font, while the placement of the altar emphasizes the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the church.
Although the roof is 1 foot thick, and at the eave line rests on massive projecting beams, it appears to float above the deeply recessed clear glass windows that separate the roof from the walls.
Radiating from a cross in the central lantern, and sloping down to the corners of the building, are four columns of 1” thick stained glass, modulating from lavenders and golds over the altar to mainly deep blues and reds towards the edges.
The custom designed and constructed pews and furniture are all of striped mahogany.
All Saints’ is very proud of its two pipe organs, both built at the time of the new church construction in the late 1960’s by Flentrop Organbuilders of Zaandam, Holland. The parish’s decision to engage Flentrop was certainly influenced by the company’s most monumental organ in the United States at the time, the four-manual instrument in St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle (1965). These mechanical-action instruments were considered radical at the time: most Episcopal churches favored the “traditional” American Classic electro-pneumatic organs of, especially, Aeolian-Skinner, who placed significant organs in virtually every major church and cathedral in the United States, including Grace Cathedral, San Francisco (All Saints’ mother church until the new Diocese of El Camino was formed in 1980).
The small one-manual positive organ was placed in the church while Flentrop completed the larger main instrument, which arrived some two years later. Both have been crucial in fostering the exceptional congregational singing which All Saints’ is famous for. The direct projection into the room of the organ’s sound – traditional in singing denominations in Europe and the U.S. for centuries until the late 19th and early 20th centuries – allows for effortless leading of the singing with relatively few stops.
As for organ literature (preludes and postludes and such), while the large organ is happiest playing the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries and predecessors, a wide range of music is heard on Sundays and festivals. The warm sounds work for Bach and Brahms, Buxtehude and Mendelssohn. The live acoustics of our worship space enhance the sounds of the organs and of all the music.
We look forward to meeting you at one of our services!