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Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursdays
11:00 AM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation

Monday through Friday
7:00 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Christ Church

Mailing address:
Christ Church New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-6100
Fax: 718-727-6101 
Email: Fr. Trevor R. Babb+
Email: Parish Administrator

Sunday

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent

The liturgical color is PURPLE.

Services have been cancelled until further notice.

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Online Service

HOW TO ACCESS ZOOM MORNING PRAYER

Morning Prayer on Your Computer or Phone

To use your computer, click this link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/716566267

You will be prompted to download the Zoom app. After Zoom is installed, click the link at 9:45 am and you will join the Morning Prayer Service.

To use a phone, please dial1(646) 558-8656, and then enter the following - Meeting ID: 716-566-267.

  • Please sign-on at least 5-15 minutes before 10:00 am so that you can resolve any problems connecting which may occur.

We have scheduled this session for one hour which will include an opportunity for us to be in conversation on how you are doing in this time of physical isolation.

May God heal our world now in this time of pandemic.


From the Rector's Desk

VALLEY of DRY BONES, but the promise of RESURRECTION LOOMS

The Prophet Ezekiel in our Old Testament reading speaks to the people of Israel in exile. They are in a place where nothing seems normal or even remotely familiar to what they were accustomed to. Yet in this state of desolation, in this state of what seems to be abandonment by God, God asked this question to the prophet, "Mortal, can these bones live?" This question reverberated from the throne of grace and Ezekiel responded as if to say, "Why ask me? You are the one who knows!"

Coronavirus has set us in a valley of dry bones; a valley of death; a world of mourning; a state of anxiety and uncertainty. The question on all of our minds now is, when will it end? We cry out with agony, when can we get back to business as usual? But this persistent virus keeps building momentum and every day the valley looks even more dismal The psalmist in Psalm 130 echoes our sentiments of crying to God and in the end concludes in verse 5-7 these words:
5 My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

This then is a psalm of hope; hope in the redemption of a people stranded by their present circumstances and longing for an answer from God. We too, are stranded in our present circumstances and need a word from God. The church is here to provide us with this word of hope from our God, who sees and knows our circumstances quite well. We need to open ourselves fully in the Spirit to hear Him.

Paul in the Epistle to the Romans writes, "To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him." What Paul helps us to see is that in the flesh the resolve for life and peace is futile. However, as we embrace the Spirit, we embrace Christ and life; health and resurrection are assured.
This is where the Gospel points us in the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

So then, know this: Jesus, as He wept for His friend Lazarus, is weeping for us now. Jesus knows what we are experiencing and promises us that whether it is four (4) days or forty (40) months, we will be released from the death sentence of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and that life will return, but wait-- it will not be the same.

My prayer is that in the new world shaped in the aftermath of the Coronavirus, we as individuals, as a nation and as Communities of Faith will all be more loving in our actions, that the ugly animus of racism and the wealth divide will be no more, that the new normal will help us to know that God's kingdom is here, and that many who have experienced this time of dryness and death will believe that Jesus is the Christ. Let us look to resurrection with hope knowing that "the valley of dry bones", that the Good Friday of COVID-19 does not have the last word. Indeed, know that while we may not be in a church building on Easter--The Queen of Feast Days-- we can allow Easter to well up in us such that the bloom of new life will be seen by all to the glory of God the Father!

Amen!

Respectfully,
Fr. Trevor+
Rector

A Message from Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Readings/Lessons for the Week of March 29 (Lent V)

The Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament
Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord."

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act," says the Lord.

Psalm 130
De profundis

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?
3 For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

The Epistle
Romans 8:6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

The Gospel
John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Note: Be blessed, stay safe and healthy. Let us pray for each other and together we will be able to sing the words of that old spiritual, "We shall overcome..." See other devotionals below. Thanks to Catherine Barnett for her assistance.

Online Devotional Resources

All Saints is offering Morning Prayer online at 10 AM. Click Here to join them.

Church of the Ascension offers a Sunday Eucharist at 10 AM on Facebook. Click Here to join them.

Trinity Wall Street offers daily online Sunday worship at 11:15 am and weekday worship at 12:05. Click Here to join them.

(The following is a press release from Church Publishing, as it appears in the Episcopal News Service. Click on the links to access the publications).

As congregations, families, and individuals seek to live faithfully in these uncertain times, Church Publishing Incorporated is working to support you. We are making available an easy-to-navigate PDF version of the Book of Common Prayer, and other free resources for devotional use.

https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/book-of-common-prayer/book-of-common-prayer-2006.pdf

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, well-known author and retreat leader, offers Living Lent, meditations on the hymns of the season. https://issuu.com/churchpublishing/docs/livinglent2?fr=sNDNhMTY3MDM3Mg

"I hope that you find yourself humming familiar tunes to yourself as you read, and that this condition persists for the rest of the day," writes Crafton. Those who have known the hymns forever as well as those who are new to these verses will find them, and Crafton's meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, an excellent companion for these important seasons of the year.

For children, Karin Holsinger Sherman offers Candle Walk, a beautiful illustrated picture book that prepares children for sleep by taking them on a candlelit wander through the woods and inviting them to experience the Compline, a centuries-old practice of contemplative evening prayer. Appropriate for toddlers through elementary aged children, Candle Walk is a wonderful way to prepare children for sleep, assured of the nearness of God. The Order of Compline from The Book of Common Prayer is also included at the back of the book.
https://issuu.com/churchpublishing/docs/candlewalk5?fr=sNmZhNjY3MDM3Mg

We are thankful to both authors for helping us to share their books digitally, and hope you will support them.
These free resources are available until April 15, 2020. Please visit www.churchpublishing.org to learn more and for a full list of resources.

https://wendyclairebarrie.com/2020/03/17/faithful-parenting-in-a-pandemic/

This blog post is written by Wendy Claire Barrie, the author of Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents.

For parents of younger children, Rev. Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg is offering a daily story reading on Youtube.

Rev. Brokenleg is the staff officer for racial reconciliation for The Episcopal Church, a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=storytime+with+shaneequa

On Staten Island, All Saints is offering morning prayer at 10:00 am. Below is the link.

https://kaymarshall.wixsite.com/allsaints/post/morning-prayer-sunday-march-22nd-10-am-online

Church of the Ascension, Staten Island is offering a Sunday Eucharist service, 10:00 am on Facebook live as well as daily morning prayer at 9:30 am on Facebook.

Trinity Wall Street is offering daily online Sunday worship at 11:15 am and weekday worship at 12:05.

https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/blogs/watching-trinity-live-streamed-worship-services

Do you have an online devotional resource that you would like to share? Please email Father Trevor at christchurchrector@netverizon..


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Sunday, March 29, 2020; Season of Prayer and Repentance

Today, the fifth Sunday in Lent, is the focus of the Primates' Task Group's call for a period of prayer and repentance in the Anglican Communion.

The Bishop of West Malaysia, Moon Hing, is a member of the Task Group and has written this prayer, which the Task Group offers to the Anglican Communion for use today.

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Sovereign Lord of the universe, Creator of humankind, we, your unfaithful children, are truly sorry for our sins and the lives that we have lived. We sincerely believe and confess in our hearts that only through the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary, can we obtain Your forgiveness.

We repent that:
In thought, word or deed, we have committed serious offences against You and our neighbours;
In laziness, despair and lust for power, we have provoked hatred, division and hurt within our communities;
In greed, deceit and indifference, we have caused serious damage, unnecessary conflict and aggravated destruction to our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters;
In selfishness, insensitivity and bias, we have encouraged and emboldened those who inflict hurt, pain and sorrow on our loved ones and families;
In the name of religion, doctrine and even of Christ himself, we have wounded believers and pursuers of holiness and faith;
In stubbornness, pride and arrogance, we have caused division and strife within Your church and among Your children;

Mercifully send Your Holy Spirit - the Spirit of order and comfort - and cleanse us from all unrighteousness; restore in us true faith in Christ which brings truth, peace and harmony; and help us to walk together with our brothers and sisters in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of Your name. Amen.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Jr., Earl Blugh, Deborah Broome, Carrol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Edward & Laura Craig, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Mary Gerney, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Steve Gross, Bishop Jonathan B. Hart, Ann Heather, Tea Rose Hill, John, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, Amanda Lovell, Jesse Luke, William Marcus, Martha, Kate Martin, Janet Massa, Rodney Mayers, Eva McClary, Alissa McGinley, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Utopia Mennoh, John Mobley, Joyce Mobley, Mona, Delores Ollison, Olivia Rey, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and family, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Roderic Oso-Smith, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Mary Thompson, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, Richard Zito and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.

The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who are in need of healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you.

We pray for Kirstin Swanson-Basso, now in the process as a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Bruce Gill. May his soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Lucille Abbaddessa. May her soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Daniel Lettiere (30), Angela Lindsay (30), Nicholas Kalfa (31).

We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of West Malaysia, The Most Reverend Datuk Ng Moon Hing. We pray in the season of prayer and repentance.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Christ Church, Marlboro; Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck; Grace Church (West Farms), Bronx; Trinity School, Manhattan; St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, New Rochelle; Church of the Atonement, Bronx; and the Order of the Daughters of the King.