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

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Collect for Sunday:

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. The liturgical color is green. The lessons will be Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62: 6-14, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20.

Godly Play and J2A will meet this week.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Prayer Group and African Bible Study on Wednesday nights resumed on January 17th.

Server Schedule

Sunday, January 21:

Altar Guild

Linda & Hal Reiersen, Nancy Reiersen, Mark Gherzo

Flower Guild

8am Server Nancy Reiersen
8am Lectors
Greeter
Ushers John Gerney, Greer Gerney, Sheila Hewitt
Lector Mary Larimer
Epistoler Brianna Cooper
Intercessor Charlotte Hewitt
Crucifer Willie Black, III
Eucharistic Minister Lisa Rhoades
Acolytes Jude Crewe, Kit Gerney
Verger Hueldine Webb
Counters
Coffee Hour Hosts

Reflections From the Rector

Sermon Preached to honor
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 on Sunday January 14, 2018

Subject: A Trustworthy Prophet...

Text: 1 Samuel 3: 19-20
"As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a Trustworthy prophet of the Lord."

Today the Old Testament reading, and Gospel give us insight into the call. In the case of the Gospel we have the call of Jesus' early disciples as He begins His earthly ministry - in particular, His revelation, manifestation to Nathaniel in response to his question, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" With respect to the Old Testament we have the call of Samuel whose calling was at a time when "The word of the Lord was rare in those days and visions were not widespread." In other words, the messengers of God had gone "Ecclesiastically Nose Blind" to their calling. By that I mean, their voices and sensitivities were found wanting in an era of political and religious decadence. But the Old Testament reading pushes us to consider more than just the idea of call. It pushes us to see the hand of God at work in a nation that had lost its capacity to trust God enough to protect them. Disobedience to the word of God and political corruption was the order of the day and Israel wanted to surrender the care of the nation, not to God who brought them out of slavery from Egypt; not to God who rescued them from their enemies, but to the leadership of a King like the nations around them. Here then is the religious dilemma - Who will speak truth to power when the prophet is more interested in PROFIT and popularity than the proclamation of God's "Thus saith the Lord!" Who will dare to stand, and by giving voice to the Lord's proclamation, unleash God's power into the affairs of rulers and nations? Who? So, in this nice little story, a new office begins to emerge - the office of a "trustworthy prophet of the Lord." - Samuel.

It is the spirit of this "trustworthy prophet" that I contend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was to this nation as the prophet of the 20th Century. He was not ushered into action from a voice echoing through the silence of the night into the heart of young Samuel; rather, he was ushered into action because of a diminutive woman silently sitting on a bus and refusing to tolerate injustice anymore. Dr. King the drum-major for justice, the trustworthy prophet of the Lord could not idly stand by and allow corruption to persist without raising the battle cry of the ancient prophets, Thus saith the Lord!" Through marches and speeches that now cement his legacy into this America culture, this prophet of the 20th century because he was "trustworthy of the Lord" spoke truth to power and in the end paid with his own blood as did Jesus who hung on Calvary's Old rugged cross.

So, what would Dr. King do today if he were alive and experiencing the kind of political and religious corruption that now exist? What would he say today when diplomacy has reached a new low in the choice of words being used by our leaders in high office?

Dr. King would march, Yes! But he would do more. I believe he would galvanize this nation's leaders to send letters to those in power to ask them to exercise mercy and compassion on those whose families and loved ones are being torn apart through the demonization of immigrants in an immigrant nation. He would remind those in power that history has shown that ALL super-powers have an expiration date, and should we as a nation continue the path we are now on our expiration date will be an imminent reality, with Russia and China jostling for 1st place. Finally, he would join forces with Bishop William Barber and make Moral Mondays the moral barometer for our nations commitment to social justice exposing the evils inherent in the defunding of public education; the rolling back of Obama Care that provided healthcare as a right and not as a privilege. He would expose the evil inherent in the passing of a tax bill that will in the short and long term benefit the top 1% and leave the masses begging for bread and reaping sour grapes - Yes, Dr. King would call for a national revival that brings together, Jews and Catholic; Protestants and Muslims; Hindus and Sikhs; Buddhists and Atheists and all other traditions in this nation to speak truth to power in consideration of the poor, the homeless, the orphans, the aged and the widows because of policies that now devalue their humanity.

This then must be the voice of God's trustworthy prophets in the 21st Century in America. And who are the prophets? We are!!! Each of us because of our baptismal calling. Dr. King said, "My prayer is that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's. Legacy helps us to live into our prophetic witness in the power of the Holy Spirit, God being our helper now and always."

Amen!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of Christ Church New Brighton will take place on Sunday, January 28 immediately following the 10 am Eucharist. All committee heads and event chairpersons who need to submit a report for inclusion in the meeting booklet should begin preparations for doing so, with submissions no later than January 19.

Godly Play Help Needed

Volunteers are greatly needed to serve as door people in our Godly Play classrooms. The door person welcomes the children into the class, assists as needed, and helps to sign children out to their parent or guardian. If you are interested in helping in this ministry, please see Chloe Lee or Father Trevor+.

Save the Date

Our new Rector,
The Rev. Trevor R. Babb's Institution
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

An Update on our Parish Administrator, Cathy Romano

We are delighted to report that our Parish Administrator, Cathy Romano, is now at home recuperating. Because of the nature of her surgery, she has been advised by her medical team that it will take about six (6) weeks for her recovery. All of us need Cathy to be fully healed and I strongly advised her to follow the doctor's orders. In the meantime, we are grateful for the assistance of Kelly Collins who is filling in in the office, and for Paige Gunther who is assisting with the weekly updates. Please continue to pray for Cathy's fullest recovery.

Vestry Nomination Slate

The following persons have been presented to the Vestry for nomination to the Vestry at our 2018 Annual General Meeting to be held on January 28th:

Warden: William Sherman (term to expire in 2020).

Vestry: (terms to expire in 2021) Alleida Mitchell, Roxanne Ingoe, John Edwards, Sheila Hewitt.

To fill unexpired term of William Sherman: (to expire in 2019) Robert Long.

"A New York Lamentation" at Christ Church

Bible Study

Online Bible Study for today, January 18th is CANCELLED.  The study will resume next week as usual with the lesson for this week.

Note on February 1, Fr. Trevor+ will be leading the Bible Study for The Union Of Black Episcopalians and the call-in information will be 1(515)-739-1032 The pass code is 805849#

This call-in information will only be for this week of 2/1. We will resort to our regular call-in number on 2/8.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Reggie Capeheart, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Bai David, Zee Dempster, Marlene Elia, Elizabeth Anne Foley, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Nick Lettiere, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas, Virginia Peel, Gerald Pieroni, Mo. Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Cathy Romano, Henrietta Smith, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor.

We pray for those celebrating their birthdays this week: Alexander Seeley (24), Nellie Johnson (26), Christy Ann Nerline (27), Ron Mazzucco (28), Sonja Lillian Parrish (31).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Bangladesh, and the Most Rev. Paul Shishir Sarker, Moderator, Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and the Diocesan Pilgrims to the Diocese of Cuernavaca, Mexico.