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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 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The liturgical color is GREEN.

In-person services have been cancelled until further notice. However, Fr. Babb has scheduled services online and via conference call. Watch for your Friday eblast for more information.

I Want to Help

Use the Donate button (above) to make donations to Christ Church to help us in our ministries to the community. You can also use this button to pay for tickets to various events or to make your weekly pledge payments. Yes, that's right—you can now keep up your pledge amount without even leaving the comfort of your home!

Online Bible Study Groups

Christ Church is setting up online Bible study groups that will meet over the next few weeks either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call in—you don’t need to do video).

Each group can accept up to 10 people. Please email or call Susan Fowler to sign up for one or more of the sessions: sfowler1111@verizon.net


From the Rector's Desk

Prelude
Welcome

Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

People: And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Opening Prayer
The Collect
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Musical Selection
Scripture Reading

Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
16 Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19 Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21 He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22 To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.
45 Hallelujah!

Musical Selection

A reading from the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, Chapter 10 verses 5-15 - Lucas Delvalle

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that "the person who does these things will live by them." But the righteousness that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?
"The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart"
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?

As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Musical Selection (s)

The Holy Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew Matthew 14:22-33
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."
Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise you Lord Christ.
Sermon: "Three aspects associated with The Walk of Faith" The Rev. Trevor R. Babb

Musical Selection(s)

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayers of the People

Virtual Peace
The Lord's Prayer

Closing Prayer
Announcements
Musical Selection
Dismissal
Postlude

ZOOM Social - Bring your Coffee and Talk to Each Other

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Note: As many have inquired how you may continue your support of your church, please note that while we observe physical distancing and are out and about making some needed trips, you may want to swing by the church and do the following:

1) Leave your offerings in the mailbox. Do not try to gather in the Post Office to mail them.

2) You can also use our paypal link on our website - www.christchurchnbrighton.org. See other Contact information at the bottom of this newsletter.

3) You can also set up with your bank for direct deposit to the church. Please contact your Financial Secretary, Beth McLean on how this may be done. Call her at 917 204 3709.

Thanks for your ongoing support as we all work together to overcome this period of isolation.

Link for: Book of Common Prayer

Amen!

From Fr. Trevor+

What do we mean by "Normal"?

As I have listened to conversations of many people wishing us back to "Normal", it has left me pondering this question: What do we mean by "Normal"? If "Normal" means we go back to the racist past which continues to haunt us as a nation; if "Normal" means that the value of Black Lives Do not Matter; if "Normal" means we live in a country where we are judged by the color of our skin and not the content of our character; if "Normal" means otherness is less valued than whiteness; if "Normal" means that the civil rights fought for and still being fought for are constantly denied; if "Normal" means perpetuating what Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. calls the "Value Gap"; if normal means harnessing and promoting division, then none of us who are followers of Jesus must be part of that "Normal". To this end, I have come to the conclusion that "Normal" is history and we need to be thinking of what is being spoken of as the "New Normal". Interestingly, as I watched "The 11th Hour" on MSNBC with Brian Williams this past Wednesday evening, I saw someone flashing a sign in a protest which read, "We want "Normal" not "New Normal". I can only but imagine their agenda ... and say, "God Lord, deliver us!"

So, as we contemplate this "New Normal", here is what I envision it to be from an ecclesiastical and theological perspective:

Firstly, in this "New Normal" difference will not be an issue. We as God's people from every kindred and nation will love and cherish each other as fellow citizens of the commonwealth of heaven. This will mean, as Professor Glaude so eloquently writes in his book, "Democracy in Black - How Race Still Enslaves The American Soul" closing the "Value Gap". He writes, "When we understand American democracy and white supremacy as inextricably connected, we can see how tortuous our efforts have been to accommodate the value gap. For much of our history we have reconciled the contradiction by excluding black people from full participation in American life and creating odd categories to account for them that placed them at the margins of society - categories like "three-fifths of a person" in the Constitution and the doctrine of "separation but equal" With emancipation and the political enfranchisement of black Americans, we invoked the idea of "a more perfect union." Correction of past wrongdoings, like ending slavery and dismantling legal segregation, confirmed the rightness of our ideals. Nothing fundamental about those ideals needed to change. We simply had to be better people. I want no part of that story. It blinds us to the value gap has been fundamental to who we are as a nation."

Secondly, in this "New Normal" love must be a verb. We must be a nation, a people of faith, a world that understands - God is love! Here, Holy Scripture reminds us, "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. ... Beloved, since God loved us so much, we ought to love one another. ... We love because He first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen The commandment we have from Him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also." 1 John 4:7-8, 11, 19-21. No longer can we sidestep this reality as followers of Jesus. We must lead by example and be at the forefront of promoting what our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev'd. Michael B. Curry calls, "The Beloved Community!" Blessed St. Paul is right when he writes, "Love never ends. ... And now faith faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13: 8a, 13.

Thirdly, in this "New Normal" we cannot be silent or polite anymore about the conversation of racism. Malcolm X puts it this way, "Stop sweet talking them. Tell them how you really feel. Tell them what kind of hell you've been catching. And let them know that if they are not ready to clean up their house - if they are not ready to clean up their house, they should not have a house." Cleaning up the house; cleaning up the Church; cleaning up our language; cleaning up our hearts - is the remedy for preparing our souls for this "New Normal" so that God's kingdom can truly reign on earth as it is in heaven. We are God's children, brothers and sisters across this global village and if we refuse to live as one, if we refuse to live in unity, and by unity I do not mean uniformity, Martin Luther King Jr. so rightly said, "We will all perish as fools."

May God who has been so good in every era help us to use this time of pandemic, political unrest, economic uncertainty and the cry for racial justice and equality to embrace the "New Normal" which will emerge in this 21st century. I do not want "Normal"; I advocate for the "New Normal!"

Respectfully,

Respectfully,
Fr. Trevor+
Rector

Music for Pentecost VII

Virtual Service: Seventh Sunday of Pentecost

Virtual Recital 16: Program Music - Compositions by Rev. Anthony Mark LaMort

Food Resources

Below is a list of stores that are open and deliver, plus many other resources:

https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/coronavirus-nyc-food-resource-guide-stapleton-st-george/

Low income seniors can get food delivered via NYC. See NYC Food Delivery Assistance:

https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409

Reports from the Parish Conversations

For the past Wednesdays in June we have been engaged in parish conversations. We had hoped to hear from everyone, but the reality was that a smaller number joined to be part of the conversation.

All four (4) conversations provided us with some suggestions that can continue to hold us together as a congregation, as well as to support the community we serve during this time of lockdown and isolation.
Here are the suggestions that were posited:

1. Zoom Bingo
2. Drive-in Movie
3) Ice Cream Truck Drive Through
4) Police Course on Sensitivity
5) Christ Church - Testing Site
6) Service on the lawn
7) Trivial Pursuit
8) Charades
9) Comedy Night (All clean and family humor)
10) Family Dinner and Conversation

While all of the suggestions are well intended, it may only be practical and realistic to do a few. As you look at the list, which five (5) do you think would serve us best? Please consider your response as individuals, or as family units, as appropriate.

Please send me an email with your choices. Example (1, 3, 5, 6, and 10).

Thanks to all who participated and willingly shared. Be blessed, stay safe and wear your masks!

Online Bible Study/Prayer Groups at Christ Church

Below are all the opportunities for your spiritual enrichment during this time of crisis and beyond.

Christ Church has set up several online Bible Study/Prayer Groups that will meet weekly either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call-in; you don't need to do video). This is the schedule so far:

  • Led by Rich Whaley, Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Led by Shelly Heath, Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ on Prayer, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Anthony Lamourt on Paul's Letters, Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Kirstin Swanson on the Acts of the Apostles, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Vincent Alarcon, Melody Alesi-Pazian, Cheryl and Shirley Allamby, Marcella Babb, Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Earl Blugh, Deborah Broome, Gregory Brown, Carol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Frank & Jane Cangemi, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Laura Craig, Mark Craig, Gene Darconte, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, Shirley Elfers, Marlene Elia, Sheila Ferguson, 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, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, The Rev. Jerry Keucher, Elizabeth Lamadieu, The Lampman Family: Robin Lampman (mother), D.B. Lampman (sister), and Scott Van Campen (brother-in-law),  Robert Long, 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, Huguetpe Sauer, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Roderic Oso-Smith, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Vannie Stewart, Christopher Still, Jasmine Strickland, Mary Thompson, Sheldon Tyson, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, 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 all of the frontline and essential workers in our parish and around S.I. and the world.   

We pray for those who are suffering from the physical, mental or economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

We pray for  those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity and equality for all peoples.

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

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: John Watson (10), Anne Devlin (12), Erin Rose Basso (13), Joseph Zayzay (15), Miles Rivera (15).

We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.

We pray for the repose of the souls of Rick N. Braithwaite and Shane Lampman. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda; The Most Revd Laurent Mbanda - Archbishop of L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda & Bishop of Shyira

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; The Diocesan Chief of Finance and Operations; Diocesan Finance Committee; The New Order of St. Francis & St. Clare; St. Andrew's Church, Manhattan; Diocesan India Network; Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, Cold Spring; and Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Manhattan.