All Saints/Todos los Santos is a church without borders!
We want you to know that you are always welcome to worship with us. At All Saints/Todos los Santos, we embrace everyone - regardless of age, race, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital or economic status.
The first thing you will notice about us is that we worship bilingually - in both English and Spanish. Our worship service (called the Mass) is very similar to the worship you might find in a Catholic, Episcopal, or Lutheran Church. A second unique thing you may notice is that we are relatively young. A healthy portion of our parish is made up of families with children. A third unique feature is that we are fully supportive of the GLBT community. Some of our members identify as gay and we honor them and their relationships. And lastly, you may realize that we are relatively small. Our church is new. We began worshiping together on October 18, 2020. This means that there is plenty of room for you!
Our community of faith is a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America, which is part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. As Ecumenical Catholics, our faith is rooted in the Apostles' and Nicene Creed and we adhere to the doctrines of the universal Church's first seven ecumenical councils. We do not affirm any doctrines beyond these foundational teachings.
We affirm the apostolic tradition and our apostolic heritage is through the Old Catholic Church. Our worship follows an ancient tradition, and yet, we are progressive - understanding that each generation must interpret scripture faithfully. What that means is that while we faithfully adhere to the teachings and tradition handed down to us from the Apostles, we seek to live out our Anglo-Catholic identity in a contemporary way.
Following the Old Catholic Ecclesiology, we affirm that the local church is an icon of the larger church. The church is made manifest whenever the people are gathered together with the Bishop and Clergy around the altar. We are nurtured by the Word and the Sacraments, we are sent forth from the altar to be the embodiment of Christ in our broken world.
Where are we located?
We are grateful to share worship space at First Lutheran Church, Tulsa.
On February 7, 2021 we began worshiping at First Lutheran Church at 1244 S. Utica Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this beautiful space. (You can find a photo of this space above.) We now have a permanent place for you! Come join us!
How Can I Participate?
We believe that Worship is not a spectator event!
As you arrive, we invite you to sign our Visitor's Register. (Because of COVID, you are invited to wear a mask. (If you do not have a mask, we will be happy to provide you one.) You will receive a Missalette and hymnal. The Missalette contains the prayers, responses, and guidelines about how we worship together. Our Missalettes are printed bilingually, with English on the left and Spanish on the right. The hymnals not only contain the songs we will sing, but you will also find a copy of the scripture readings assigned for the day. If you need assistance in finding your place as we move through the worship, a member of our congregation is always willing to help you.
At All Saints/Todos los Santos, we offer a full-body worship experience. We customarily stand to praise God (when we sing or pray) and sit to learn (when we hear the lessons, the sermon, or the announcements). Some people choose to kneel when we pray. We encourage everyone to respond audibly as directed in the Missalette. Everyone is welcome to say the responses in whatever language is most comfortable to them.
During the COVID 19 epidemic, we refrain from hugging during the Exchange of Peace. Normally though, we tend to be huggers and exchange peace with one another enthusiastically. If you do not wish to hug, that is OK - simply nod when greeted by others.
We hope you will join us!
May I Receive Holy Communion?
We affirm that Christ is the one who bids us to Communion.
All baptized Christians are encouraged to join us at Christ's table. We affirm that Christ is fully present in the species of bread and wine. We understand that, through the action of the Holy Spirit, the gathered community becomes a manifestation of Christ in our world. Our custom is to receive the body of Christ in the cupped palm of our hands and to sip from the common chalice. If you prefer, the body of Christ in the form of the bread can be dipped (intincted) into the wine and served on your tongue.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, only the body of Christ is offered.
Adults or children who do not wish to receive Holy Communion are still invited to participate with us. Simply come forward with your arms folded across your chest in the shape of an "X" and the clergy will offer you a blessing rather than feed you.
How Can I Join the Church?
We make membership easy!
We do not have heavy rules and regulations that are required for membership. The core of our faith is summed up in the Apostles' Creed.
All those who have been previously baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are eligible for membership once we have recorded their baptisms in our church records. Those who have not yet been baptized are automatically made a member upon receiving this important sacrament.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please speak to Fr. Dewayne.