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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 First Sunday in Lent.

The liturgical color is PURPLE.

In-person services have been cancelled until further notice.

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!

Official Notice

Please click HERE to download an Adober .PDF version of the Christ Church New Brighton Annual Parish Meeting booklet.

In an effort to keep us all working during the health crisis, we invite our parishioners to submit information regarding their small businesses and independent contractor services for hire.

Please submit any information via email to christchurch@verizon.net by 1:00 pm Wednesdays.

From the Rector's Desk

Prelude
Welcome

Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People: His mercy endures for ever.

Opening Prayer

The Collect

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect For Absalom Jones (H.W.H.M. page 221)

MUSICAL SELECTION

Psalm 25:1-9
Ad te, Domine, levavi

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

MUSICAL SELECTION

A reading from 1 Peter:
Read by: Suzanne Guglielmi

1 Peter 3:18-22

Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

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

MUSICAL SELECTION

The Holy Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark: Read by Fr. Trevor+

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon: "Message to Blacks Now - Absalom Jones"
The Rev. Trevor R Babb+

MUSICAL SELECTION

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.

Litany of Penitence

The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling

Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

Leader: We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven

People: Have mercy on us, Lord.

Leader: We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

People: Have mercy on us, Lord.

Leader: We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

People: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,

People: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

People: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

People: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

People: We confess to you, Lord.

Leader: Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

People: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

People: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

People: Accept our repentance, Lord.

Leader: Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;

People: Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Leader: Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

People: That we may show forth your glory in the world.

Leader: By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

People: Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

The Bishop, if present, or the Priest, stands and, facing the people, says:

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn
from their wickedness and live, has given power and
commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to
his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of
their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly
repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.
Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his
Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on
this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure
and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                            
Virtual Peace
The Lord's Prayer
Closing Prayer
Announcements
MUSICAL SELECTION
Dismissal
Postlude
Virtual Coffee Hour Conversation
With Michelle Heath

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The Episcopal Understanding of Lent

(Taken from An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church)

“Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history.

Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness.

The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).”

As we move towards this season of repentance and introspection, may we find time in our busy lives to be in prayer, sacrifice and worship. Wishing all a most Holy Lent and a Glorious Easter.

Please see the Lenten/Easter Program Schedule and take every opportunity to love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly. Amen!

Fr. Trevor+
Rector

Black History Month Education Series

Speaker Date Topic
Michelle Heath Feb 21st Coffee Hour Chat Book Review: Love is the Way by Bishop Curry
Hueldine Webb
Willie Black III & Eva Black
Feb 28th Diversity Sunday Dr. Webb will speak about Medical Issues
Willie & his daughter Eva will speak about Diversity
Click Here to watch the Rite 13 presentation on Absalom Jones.

My 40-Day Lenten Offering

January 15, 2021
Dear Parishioners and friends of Christ Church,

As we approach this year’s 40-Day Lenten Season, the Fundraising Committee, is launching its 4th annual “$40 for 40 Days Sacrificial Offering Campaign. The fundraising drive begins on February 17, which is Ash Wednesday.

All monies raised from this campaign will go towards loan repayments related to the repairs of the broken heating pipes in the church, and the chimney at the rectory. The total project costs are as follows:

Heating pipes: $40,675.00 Loan amount $7,557.50
Chimney: $99.623.00 Loan amount $33,000.00

Kindly use the enclosed envelope to set aside $1.00 per day (more if you are able) and return them to the church on/or before Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday. Mite boxes are also available for children. Checks should be made payable to Christ Church with sacrificial offering written in the memo.

Monies collected under this campaign are tax deductible and will be accordingly noted by the financial secretary. Please give as you are able and help us with our loan repayment obligation.

I can be reached at 917-514-2407 for any further clarification.
Sincerely,
Alleida Mitchell – Event Chair

2020 Was a Difficult Year

During the course of 2020 we had to give up working, socializing, and eating in restaurants. Perhaps for Lent this year instead of giving something up you can be proactive. Here are 40 suggestions, one for each day of Lent:

  1. Start a Morning Prayer routine. Pray for the people on your church’s prayer list.
  2. Think about justice and pray for those who are being treated unfairly in our world today.
  3. Pray for communities affected by climate change in the world.
  4. Pray for those around the world who don’t have access to all their basic needs.
  5. Pray for everyone who is working for justice and peace in our world.
  6. Pray for refugees who have been forced to leave their homes.
  7. Pray for leaders worldwide to make the best decisions for the good of all creation.
  8. Give up a luxury item until the end of Holy Week.
  9. Put aside a small amount of money each day to help support others in need.
  10. Make a donation to the Church in the name of someone else.
  11. Donate nonperishable items to a local food bank.
  12. Try for one week to use no plastic wrapped food.
  13. Set aside the time to attend services.
  14. Forget your pride and forgive an enemy.
  15. Challenge yourself to have an argument-free or negative-thought free day.
  16. Fast from using social media during Lent and use the time instead to be kind to others.
  17. Challenge yourself not to be selfish and remember to consider others when making decisions in the future.
  18. Try to walk or ride a bike at least once a week to help save the environment.
  19. Do something nice for someone as a random act of kindness without looking for recognition.
  20. Increase the number of ways you re-use, reduce and recycle.
  21. Use less power this week – including taking shorter hot showers!
  22. Celebrate diversity. Greet EVERYONE with a smile.
  23. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  24. Offer to help out your elderly neighbors. Shop for them. Clean for them.
  25. Plant a tree or a garden.                                                      
  26. Visit a rest home and volunteer your time.
  27. Remind people that they are important.
  28. Find out which countries have the most displaced people and why.
  29. Go online and find out how peacekeeping works around the world.
  30. Find out how charities and organizations go about helping others.
  31. Learn about the environment and what you can do to reduce your own carbon footprint.
  32. Find three things that are unfair or unjust in the world today and think of possible solutions.
  33. Invite someone to join the Zoom services on Sundays.
  34. Find ways you can serve your local community.
  35. Make greeting cards for those in a local rest home and deliver them to brighten up their day.
  36. Count your blessings and be thankful.
  37. Put a bird feeder in your yard or in an outside area.
  38. Create a short video that promotes the theme of hope and to spread love.
  39. Share a meal together as Jesus and the disciples did at the Last Supper.
  40. Designate a space in your home as a quiet prayer corner.

Christ Church Lenten/Easter Schedule 2021

Week 1
Ash Wednesday, February 17, 7PM
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Launch of the Sacraficial Offering 2012 - $1 a day or multiples thereof for the 40 days of Lent to be returned on Palm Sunday. The suggested minimum sacrafice is $40 per person. Special envelopes are available.

Week 2
Tuesday, February 23, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, February 24, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapters 1 & 2
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Week 3
Tuesday, March 2, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, March 3, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapters 3 & 4
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Week 4
Tuesday, March 9, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, March 10, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapters 5 & 6
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Week 5
Sunday, March 14
Scout Sunday Observance @ the 10AM Liturgy

Tuesday, March 16, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, March 17, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapters 7 & 8
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Week 6
Tuesday, March 23, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, March 24, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapters 9 & 10
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Week 7 - Holy Week
Gathering the Sacraficial Offering
Sunday, March 28, 10AM
Liturgy of the Word - Palm Sunday

Tuesday, March 30, Time to be determined.
IPC Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, March 31, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapter 11
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Thursday, April 1, 7PM
Liturgy of the Word - Maundy Thursday

Good Friday, April 2
Children's Liturgy at 4PM

Good Friday Liturgy at 7PM

Week 8 - Easter Week
Joyful Celebration of the Resurrection
Easter Sunday, April 4, 10AM
Liturgy of the Word

Wednesday, April 7, 7PM
Weekly Prayer Ministry and Book Discussion
Love is the Way - Holding on to Hope... chapter 12
-by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Re-Opening Update

Re-Opening Committee Members

Fr. Trevor+ - Rector
Connie Black - Chief Usher
Susan Fowler - Senior Warden
Michelle Heath - Junior Warden
Dr. Hueldine Webb - Verger
Dr. Lester Blair - Usher
Carol Bratton - Vestry Member
Nick Dowen - Altar Guild Director
Catherine Barnett - Christian Formation Chair
Kidert Jean Mary - Chair - Security Ministry
Alleida Mitchell - Outreach/Programs
Anthony Lamourt - Music Director and Organist

LATEST UPDATE...

The Committee met on Saturday, November 07, 2020 and made the following recommendation to the Vestry at our regular monthly meeting, Monday, November 09, 2020:

Recommendation: That in light of the continued viciousness and uncertainty of COVID-19; and given the grim assessment of the health professionals as cases and deaths continue to increase, that re-opening and in-person worship be suspended for the remainder of this calendar year. This will be monitored and updated should any information from the Diocese and the Health Care professionals be forthcoming.

Please note the following actions:

In light of this recommendation, all of our services for the season of Advent and Christmas will be ZOOMED.

A detailed schedule of services and activities will be published in Next weeks update as we begin Advent the following week.

We ask for your patience and understanding at this time in our efforts to be careful and cautious, given the increase of the virus in our zip code and throughout Staten Island.

If you have any questions about what has been posted here, please do not hesitate to call the office, the rector or your wardens.

Note: We are currently deep cleaning the sanctuary, this will take another 3-5 weeks to complete.

If you would like to share in this work, please contact our Junior Warden, Michelle Heath at 917-345- 6709.

In the meantime, if any member would like to come and sit quietly in the sanctuary, please call the office and schedule an appointment during office hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays. This visitation does not include Saturdays and Sundays. However, please be aware that strict protocols as set out by the State of NY, CDC and the Church must be followed. Here are a few below:

1) No usage of the restrooms
2) Everyone must wear a mask
3) You must be willing to complete information for contact tracing
4) Any objects touched must be cleaned and sanitized
5) Seating areas will be restricted
6) Visitations will be scheduled every two hours. This will allow for cleaning of the designated areas up to 10 people.
7) Time for being in the sanctuary when visiting will be imited to no more than 45 minutes per family or individual.
8) See COVID -19 prevention flyer below

Bishop's June 24 letter: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Reopening-Our-Churches.html?soid=1102067254998&aid=GC2QloUoAwE

CDC webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance-list.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

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: Audrey Abrons, Vincent Alarcon, Melody Alesi, Cheryl and Shirley Allamby, Ijeoma Anyanwu, Marcella Babb, Francis Batama, Jacob Blake and Family, Jeff Blocker, Earl Blugh, Deborah Broome, Gregory Brown, Roger Browne, Carol & Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Frank & Jane Cangemi, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Laura & Mark Craig, Peter Gunther, Mike Daversa, Marlene Elia, Sheila Ferguson, Jan, Mark, Tom & Joy, The Rev. Dagnall Free, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Sandra Giambalvo, Tamiko Harris, Bishop Jonathan B. Hart, Ann Heather, Nellie Johnson, Anne Rick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, The Lampman Family, Michelle Lane, Robert Long, Sallie Beth Long, Amanda Lovell, Jesse Luke, William Marcus, Martha, Kate Martin, Janet Massa, Quinzel Mayers, Steven McCrimmon Sr., Steven McCrimmon Jr., Andrea McIntosh & Hugo McIntosh Sr., Joyce & John Mobley, Obinna O'Connell, Delores Ollison, Debbie-Ann Paige, Deacon Dianne Peterson, Kathy Peterson, Susan Peterson, Keyne Reid, Joyce Rowan, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and Family, Huguette Sauer, Julia, Nancy & T. Siafa Sherman, Aline, Henrietta, Marie and Robert Smith, Larry Sears, Vannie Stewart, Christopher Still, Brooke Sweeney, Mary Thompson, Sheldon Tyson, Gene Wagner, Amaechi West, Ogechi Anyanwu-West, Lucille Williams and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.

Please Note: 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. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!

We pray for the repose of the souls of John Nygard (Father of David Nygard), Eric-Lenn Michael Paige, Betsy Dubrovsky, Frank Harris, Corrine Roberson, Carol Weil and Suzanne Whitmore May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

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: Alleida Mitchell (22), Carlos Rivera (22), Trevor Mills (24) Leilani Phillips (26), Nick Lettiere (26).

We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of New England, Bishop Andrew Williams and his wife, Elena.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary; our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Episcopal Relief & Development; Grace Church (City Island), Bronx; and the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Bard College.



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