Cooking pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Burning last year's palms to create ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Our gang of helpers at the Second Saturday Soup Kitchen.

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 First Sunday in Lent

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of
darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come
again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent. The liturgical color is purple. The lessons will be Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15.

Godly Play and J2A will meet this week.

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

Prayer Group and African Bible Study meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room.

Server Schedule

Sunday, February 18:

Altar Guild

Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo

Flower Guild

8am Server Hal Reiersen
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Lester Blair
Ushers Hueldine Webb, Claire James
Lector Nick Dowen
Epistoler Christine Gross
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Greer Gerney
Eucharistic Minister Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Acolytes Kit Gerney, Cora Gross
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Gene McGough, Catherine Barnett
Coffee Hour Hosts The Gregory Family

Reflections From the Rector

The Absalom Jones' Story

A Story of Christian Love in action!

 

Text: John 15:17 "This I command you, to love one another."
What a challenge to Jesus' disciples then and us now. Jesus does not give his disciples any options in characterizing and defining their relationship with each other. Indeed, he gives them no such luxury. Yes, with a concise and clear mandate Jesus says, "This I command you, to love one another."  

With this command, Jesus does not leave his disciples without a model of love. He is their model of love. His love is love shaped and cultured in obedience, obedience to his Father's will. So, in the 9th and 10th verses of the 15th chapter of John's Gospel Jesus invites us to bend our ears, our hearts and our minds to grasp his vision of love, love that shapes us into disciples, faithful believers in the Kingdom of God. He says, "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love."

Absalom Jones, the one whose life and legacy we remember endeavored to live his life being fully cognizant of the reconciling power of the cross and the power of love. There is something awesome about Christian love amid struggle; amid evil. It is poetry in motion; it is music that revives the soul; it is Picasso at his finest - that is what Christian love is unadulterated.

Mother Teresa who understood this love, in her devotional book entitled, Love: A Fruit Always in season writes, "Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, prayer, sacrifice and an intense inner life." So, when one is in a season of indignity which devalues one's humanity, love must abide. In a season of hostility, love must abide. That season of hostility; that season of darkness; that season of uncertainty has dawned upon us in our politics and in the social and moral consciousness of this nation, yet, the gospel calls upon all who feel oppressed, marginalized, harassed and bullied in this nation to LOVE - which means Live Out Victory Everywhere!

This kind of Christian ethic, loving disposition and moral fortitude characterized Absalom who looked to the church as a place where the cross of Jesus Christ had brought hostility to an end.

However, with a nation racially polarized then, and in many ways, still is now, his dreams and expectations of worshiping his God in a loving and non-hostile atmosphere were turned into an ecclesiastical nightmare.

The pages of history have documented the hostility meted out to Absalom Jones, Richard Allen and the many other men, women and children at St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in 1787. In words written by The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis in our hymn of tribute to Absalom, we see how God's house of worship was turned into a mockery of the Gospel mandate - to love one another.   In the 4th verse of Levas 44 Rev. Dr. Lewis writes,

"One fine morning, while at worship,
Wrested from his knees in prayer
He, his friends, were thus evicted:
"You no more may praise God here."
Blessed Absalom, pray that we
may stand steadfast and persevere."

Yes, standing steadfast and persevering, Absalom's spirit was not to be broken by this tragedy, because out of the ashes of his hurts and disappointments, the first Black organization, "The Free African Society" April 1787 came to be whose "mission was to provide fellowship, a place of worship, and monetary support for members and their families in case of sickness or death."

Even more, the first Black Episcopal Church in the United States, St. Thomas African Episcopal Church was birthed on August 12, 1794; and by the grace of God Absalom Jones became the first Black Clergy in the Episcopal Church, deacon in 1795 and priest in 1802, but this Episcopal church would not allow him to attend or participate in any Diocesan events, not because of his ability, but because of his huge as a human being. Thank God that the Church has changed; thank God that this Diocese of New York has seen it right to dedicate this year as a year of Lamentation. It is one way of us individually and collectively saying sorry and entering a period of repentance. This is what the play which was debut here on January 21st was all about. Our own Danforth Prince has made it into a short film and I think with his permission I will attach it to the weekly update for your viewing. For access to the video, cut and paste the link below into your browser: https://youtu.be/dV1ZbQj5W2o

In one of the tributes dedicated to Absalom, it states, "Jones was an example of persistent faith in God and in the Church as God's instrument."
As God's instrument of change in a nation burdened with hate, Absalom promoted love because his freedom was not only freedom from the shackles of slavery, it was spiritual freedom - this is freedom that seeks always to do God's will.

May the spirit of love be forever ours as we day by day live more fully into the legacy of Absalom Jones, a man who clearly understood what Jesus meant when He said, "This I command you, love one another!"

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Bible Study

Tonight's Bible study will be on Romans 5: 1-11. Call in information (for this session only) is: 1(605)-475-4120. Access code 9467742#.

St. Paul's Evensong

Fr. Trevor Babb will be preaching at St. Paul's Evensong & Benediction on Sunday, February 18th at 4:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Formation of UBE Chapter in Staten Island

Currently, there are no Union of Black Episcopalian (UBE) chapters on Staten Island. UBE is an affiliate organization of the Episcopal Church whose mission is social justice and reconciliation.  As the past Regional Director for the Mid-West Region, Fr. Trevor+ is interested in working with anyone to create a chapter here. Membership is open to people of all races, ethnicity and culture. We need 10 or more to begin a chapter. Call the office at 718 727 6100 if you are interested.

Vestry Retreat

Vestry Retreat  will be Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meals on Wheels, 304 Port Richmond Avenue.

Institution Committee

The following individuals have agreed to serve as committee members for Fr. Babb's Institution on April 7: Marcella Babb, Connie Black, Deacon Novella Lawrence, Nick Lettiere, Kermit Mackey, Paul Smith, Victor Stanwick. Alleida Mitchell and Valerie Quinlan are the committee's co-chairs.

We are asking for contributions to defray the cost of this event. A donation jar will be available in the Guild Room during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Christ Church and note on the memo line "Fr. Trevor's Institution".

Save the Date

Sunday, February 25 - 4:00 p.m. 
at Christ Church

Lenten Ecumenical Worship Service sponsored by the Staten Island Council of Churches

Sunday, March 11-4:00 p.m. at Christ Church
Interparish Council's Service of Evening Prayer with hymns 

Jeans Sunday, March 18 at Christ Church
Dress casually and help us clean our church and parish house after services. Lunch will b served.

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

Saturday, April 28, Belle Nuit at Christ Church
Concert Opera Series
Concert begins 7:00 p.m.-doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4 - 6:00 p.m., Wine Tasting 

in the Rectory

Lenten Services and Activities

Christ Church New Brighton
2018 Lenten/Easter Schedule

Shrove Tuesday - February 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018
9:00 AM   Ashes on The Go - Manhattan

12:00 Noon      Ash Wednesday Liturgy
7:30 PM           Ash Wednesday Liturgy 

Lenten Study:
Beginning February 20th there will be multiple groups leading the Lenten Study Entitled: "Behold What You are - Seeing Jesus and Ourselves in The Gospel According to John". Each group will determine meeting time and place. Please call Church office for more details or Deacon Novella, Coordinator at (347) 581 - 1082.

Note: This Lenten Study is open to all parishioners. However, please use the sign-up sheet by the Usher's Desk to help us better determine participation.   

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
4:00 PM S I Council of Churches Lenten Service
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
4:00 PM I P C Lenten Evensong

Beginning of Holy Week
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 Palm Sunday 
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms

10:00 AM Sung Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms and Outdoor Procession.
Note:  On this Sunday we will have the Ingathering of the 40/40 Offering.

Holy Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
7:30 PM Tenebrae

Holy Thursday, March 29th, 2018 - Maundy Thursday
7:30 PM Sung Eucharist with Washing of Feet
8:30 PM The Lambs Supper
Followed by Altar of Repose - Vigil Watch until 6:00 AM

Good Friday, March 30th, 2018
7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Festal Eucharist

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
11:00 AM Celebration of New Ministry - The Institution of our 11th Rector, The Rev. Trevor R. Babb - The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Presiding.

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 - Easter 1
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Sung Eucharist  

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change. All changes will be communicated in as expeditious a manner as possible. Wishing everyone a Most Holy and Blessed Lent in anticipation of a Glorious Easter.

Burning of Palms for Ash Wednesday

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, John Daniel, Bai David, Zee Dempster, Marlene Elia, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Trish Mackey.
(Due to the lengthy prayer list, it has been divided into two sections rotating weekly).

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Joseph Gilman (22), Alleida Mitchell (22), Carlos Rivera (22), Trevor Mills (24).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Solange Barillon, Jose Ambroggi's mother.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Province of Central Africa and The Most Rev. Albert Chama.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and St. Alban's Church Staten Island.

A Critic's Review of a New York Lamentation