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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The liturgical color is GREEN.

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!

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
 

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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 78:1-4, 12-16
Attendite, popule

1 Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3 That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us, *
we will not hide from their children.
4 We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
and the wonderful works he has done.
12 He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
he made the waters stand up like walls.
14 He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15 He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16 He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.

Musical Selection

A reading from Paul's letter to the Philippians, Chapter 2 verses 1-13
Read by: Marcella Y. Babb

Philippians 2:1-13
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God 
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, 
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself 
and became obedient to the point of death-- 
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name 
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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 21:23-32
Read by Fr. Trevor+ 

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.  

When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

"What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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

Sermon:"Authority and Obedience"      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+

Stewardship Information

Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Lester Blair & Andrea Morse-Raff, Esq.

Members:

Dr. Hueldine Webb
William Sherman
Anne Devlin
Eva-Marie Black
Susan L. Fowler - Warden
Michelle Heath - Warden
Fr. Trevor R. Babb - Rector

The next meeting of the Stewardship Committee is scheduled for Saturday, October 03, 2020, at 3:00 pm via Zoom.

Stewardship 2020 Timetable
Date Time Action
Sep. 12, 2020 3 PM Stewardship Team Meeting
Sep. 24, 2020 1 PM Stewardship Letter to Congregation from Rector. 
Oct. 4, 2020 10 AM Launch 2021 Stewardship Campaign
Oct. 11, 2020 10 AM First Stewardship Testimony 
Oct. 15, 2020 N/A Prepare Stewardship Material for mailing
Oct. 16, 2020 N/A

Send out electronic Pledge Forms.
These forms will be available from October 03, 2020.

Oct. 17, 2020 TBD Package Stewardship Material for mailing
Oct. 18, 2020 10 AM Stewardship Sermon 
Oct. 25, 2020 10 AM Second Stewardship Testimony
Nov. 1, 2020 10 AM First Announcement of Pledges received
Nov. 8, 2020 10 AM Stewardship Ingathering Sunday.
Nov. 14, 2020 3 PM Committee Follow-up meeting.

Church Music for Pentecost XV

Virtual Service: Pentecost XV

Virtual Recital No. 19: Music from Waterways Part IV

Episcopal Charities Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hello again from Episcopal Charities!

Episcopal Charities Sunday, a collection made in support of feeding programs in our diocese, is scheduled for this Sunday, September 20, 2020. I write once more to request your parish's participation in this collection since the food insecure in our communities need our support now, more than ever.

We have streamlined participation this year with easy to copy and paste blurbs for your weekly parish email or Sunday Bulletin, plus a short video to play during your virtual service. These materials can be accessed here. If you have any questions about these materials or need help using them, just reply to this message and we will be happy to contact you to provide assistance. More information is available on our website.

In the event that this Sunday is completely untenable for your parish to participate, please let me know if you plan to participate on an alternate date.

I hope that I can count on your participation, as do the many people who need our support
now, more than ever.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Starling
Director of Development
Episcopal Charities

Youth Christian Formation Begins Sunday

Youth Christian formation begins on Sunday, September 20, with Zoom classes for elementary school-aged children (Godly Play) middle schoolers (Rite 13), and high schoolers (J2A). Parents should have received registration and login information, and youth in our parish have received their class materials.

Godly Play meets at 11 a.m.
Rite 13 I (for 7th and 8th graders) meets at 10:30 a.m.
Rite 13 II (for 6th graders) meets at 10:30 a.m.
J2A meets at 11 a.m.

Please contact Catherine Barnett (cgb1@hotmail.com, 718.974.8197) if you need any further information.

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, Judy Anderson, Marcella Babb, Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Jacob Blake and the Blake Family, Earl Blugh, The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Deborah Broome, Gregory Brown, Carol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Frank & Jane Cangemi, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Barbara Clauson, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Laura Craig, Mark Craig, Gene Darconte, Mike Daversa, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, 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, Nicole Luberisse,  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, Julia Sherman, Nancy Sherman, T. Siafa Sherman, Kevin Skinner, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Vannie Stewart, Christopher Still, Mary Thompson, Sheldon Tyson, Gene Wagner and family, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, 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 pray for the repose of the souls of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Canon Joseph Agbaje. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. 

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Willie Black IV (27); Judith Davis (2).

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan; The Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo - Archbishop of the Province of Sudan & Bishop of Khartoum.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary; our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Christ Church & San Marcos, Tarrytown; St. Alban's Church, Staten Island; Saint Michael and All Angels Grace Church, La Gracia, White Plains; St. Michael's Church, Manhattan; The Director of Property Services; Diocesan Property Support Committee; and the Society of St. Francis.