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8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
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This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent
The liturgical color is PURPLE.Services have been cancelled until further notice. Please see the note below.
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Sunday, March 22:
Special Announcement from the Rector's Desk
Dear Christ Church Saints of God:
We hope that you are all well and staying healthy and well-rested. This, like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, is another difficult time. But remember that we came through those two traumas intact, together, and we will make it through the COVID-19 pandemic together as well.
We—your rector and wardens—want you to follow the advice of the State and City of New York to STAY HOME! Fr. Trevor+ is available to pray with you on the phone or to give you spiritual counselling as needed. Also, the office will be open as well, but with shorter hours. We are taking advantage of this quiet time to work on the church archives and the New Church Management System - ACS, and also to clean, polish, and buff the church to a high shine.
Some of you have asked how to continue to support the church-to help pay the staff and keep the heat and lights on-since we are not holding services. You can mail your pledge checks to the church, of course, but you can also use our PayPal account to pledge using your debit or credit card. There is a PayPal button at the top of this page, or click here.
Please let us know if you need anything. Fr. Trevor+ will visit you at home in cases of emergency, but at all times call 911. Your wardens and vestry members will call each of you over the next few weeks to see how you're doing.
Here are a few Scriptures that you made find helpful in these times of uncertainty: Psalm 23, Psalm 46, Psalm 27, Psalm 121.
As I have been reflecting all week about COVID - 19 and the destructive path it is charting, I have been looking for ways and means of how I can help channel your thoughts to prayers and scriptures about HEALTH and HEALING. In this little prayer book I keep on my desk entitled: "PRAYERS That Avail Much" based on James 5:16 - Special Edition, I found just the right resource to share with you. I will adapt it for our current crisis. Let us pray:
"Father, in the name of Jesus, we confess your word concerning HEALTH and HEALING. As we do this, we believe and say that Your Word will not return to You void, but will accomplish what it says it will. Therefore, we believe in the name of Jesus that we are healed, according to 1 Peter 2: 24 - "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." It is written in your word that Jesus himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. Therefore, with great boldness and confidence we say on the authority of that written Word that we are redeemed from the ravages of sickness, especially COVID-19, and we refuse to tolerate its symptoms.
Now, Father, because we reverence and worship You, allow us to have the assurance of Your Word that the angels of the Lord encamp around us and deliver us from the assault of the enemy. No plague, no evil, no calamity shall come near us or our dwellings We confess that the Word of God abides in us and delivers to us perfect soundness of mind and wholeness in our body and spirit from the deepest parts of our nature in our immortal spirit, even to the joints and marrow of our bones. The Word is medication and life to our flesh and soul. The law of the Spirit of life operates in us and makes us free from the law of sin and death.
We have on the whole armor of God, and the shield of faith protects us from all the fiery darts of the wicked. Jesus is our High Priest of our confession, and we hold fast to our confession of faith in Your Word. We stand immovable and fixed in full assurance that we have HEALTH and HEALING now in the name of Jesus."
Here are a few scriptures to complement the prayer:
* Isaiah 55: 11
* 1 Peter 2: 24
* James 4: 7
* Romans 8: 2
* Proverbs 4: 22
* Psalm 112: 7
God bless, and stay well, Fr. Trevor R. Babb+, Susan Fowler, Michelle Heath
Rector, Christ Church New Brighton
Note: While these are our current predicaments, because the situation is so dynamic - that is, changing by the minute - please stay tuned for other updates as the week progresses. Thanks to those who have offered advice and suggestions as we all navigate these times!
A Message from Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Readings/Lessons for the Week of March 22 (Lent IV)
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.' Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you." Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" He said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice" And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is now before the LORD." But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart." Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Psalm 23 Dominus regit me
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
* I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures
* and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul
* and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
* for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
* you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
* and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
The Epistle Ephesians 5:8-14
Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
The Gospel John 9:1-41
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" Some were saying, "It is he." Others were saying, "No, but it is someone like him." He kept saying, "I am the man." But they kept asking him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' Then I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, "What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened." He said, "He is a prophet."
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out.
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped him. Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains."
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.
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.
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.
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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: Heather George (23), Mia Wynter (28).
We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Pray for the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, The Most Revd Paul Kwong - Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; St. John's Church, Staten Island; Church of the Divine Love, Montrose; Church of the Good Shepherd, Bronx.