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 of Advent

Collect for Sunday:

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is blue.  The lessons will be Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3;8-15a; Mark 1:1-8.

Godly Play will have pageant rehearsal during and after class this week.

J2A will meet at 11:30 a.m. in their classroom

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

Bible Study will meet this Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays. 7:00 p.m.:  Please join us for Prayer Group and African Bible Study, in the Vestry Room.  The Group is led by Ned Rogers and Deacon Novella.

Server Schedule

Sunday, December 10:

Altar Guild

Roxanne Ingoe, Mary Larimer, Kathy Galvez, Christine Gross

Flower Guild

8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Nick Dowen
Ushers Judy Davis, Ned Rogers, Roxanne Ingoe
Lector Mary Larimer
Epistoler Rita McGough
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Greer Gerney
Eucharistic Minister Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Charlie Nygard, Kit Gerney
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Kathy Galvez, Lester Blair
Coffee Hour Hosts Victor Stanwick
Sunday Lessons Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

From the Rector

An Excerpt from my Sermon at
S.I. Council of Churches
Ecumenical Advent Service

Text: Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13
Subject: Our Lament - Things are not going well!!!

Often, we think of Advent as a time of patient, hopeful waiting for the joyous event of Christmas. "At that time, God comes to us as a little child. Now we wait. Then God comes. All is right with the world. Such is not the stage set by this text from Isaiah, especially when it is look at and coupled with the text from Mark's Gospel, Chapter 13. In Mark we are instructed to watch, keep awake for the violent, earthshaking coming of the Son of Man. If we are not watchful, if we are not alert we might be caught unaware and unprepared."
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Here in Isaiah 64 and particularly Isaiah 63-65, a community lament sets a similar, somber stage for Advent. This lament sets Advent in the context of a real world in which things are not going well. Michelle Obama in an address last October puts it this way in her assessment of what was to come, "This is not normal." ...

In the historical context of third Isaiah, this lament is voiced after the time of restoration from the exile. All hopes were pinned on that return to Zion. Coming home to Jerusalem was going to mean the end of all Israel's shame and discontent. However, things did not turn out so well. Problems multiplied rather than disappeared; ugliness and evil continued to exist. In many ways, their situation resembles our contemporary cultural, political, and religious landscape.

With the above in mind, this Advent finds us in a world plagued with problems where evil and scant disregard for civility, human decency and life are too prevalent. Indeed, as we worship this very moment at this Advent time, we stand on the brink of Nuclear war should the vitriol and bantering between North Korea and the US continue. This Advent finds us in a nation where difference is regarded as a threat only to be undermined, despised and disposed of. Leadership in high places has given license to persecute some in our religious community and the immigrant population legal and illegal just because of who we are. This Advent finds us in a nation where freedoms are being challenged through a nationalistic politic while our global identity is being undermined by a leader of the free world whose "narcissism" runs rampant in a White House. This Advent finds the nation in an uproar about the ills of sexual harassment in the workplace, Matt Lauer being the most recently accused of such deviant behavior. 

Yet, as a people of faith, this Advent we are called into action. This action of Advent is an action of active waiting and watching which brings and gives hope to All God's People, because things are not going well. The empty promises of a governmental machinery that is bent on division, must be countered by a resolve among us who serve the LIVING GOD! This is the message we must give to every thirsting soul in need of revival. Yes, brothers and sisters, "... our hopes are pinned - are anchored - on the fact that God in Christ has come; the promise has been fulfilled... 

So then, the call for God's advent is now characterized by holy fright because along with theophany comes the consciousness of sin. Such awesome waiting, marked by the fear of the Lord, cuts through the comfortable assurance of a peaceful advent which holds only 
cheer."
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Yes, the day of the Lord's coming (Advent) is also a day of judgment and righteousness. Advent is suitably begun by this lament. Redemption makes little sense to such a needful world if it comes without power. Waiting marked by lamentation and confession poses a challenge to how we understand incarnation. The Lord comes to be with us. Shall we not tremble? Is not this waiting tinged with fear? The truth is, God our Father, molds and owns us - The Prophet reminds us "we are the clay, you are our Potter.
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(64:8). Is such divine control good or sad news? Today, at this Advent we thirst for the refreshing waters of faith and promise. Advent therefore is ushered in by an awesome antiphon: "O come, O come, great Lord of might, Who, to your tribes on Sinai's height. In, ancient times once gave the law, In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel."

My prayer then for all God's people - All people of faith - is that like the Prophet our Advent lament may reach the hearts of many so that they and us can be touched by the Christ whose incarnation is about three Ls: Life, Light and Love. In the words of the Psalmist let us then be moved to say, "Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved."
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Amen!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

1. DIANE JACOBSON Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

2. DIANE JACOBSON Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

3. New revised version of the Bible

4. The Book of Common Prayer

Christmas Service Schedule

Sunday, December 24 
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m.     Family Service-featuring the Christ  
                   Church Community Youth Choir, 
                   Drummers & Ukuleles

10:00 p.m.   Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
9:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 31
The First Sunday after Christmas Day
9:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 31
New Year's Eve Watch Night 

9:00 p.m.     Holy Eucharist

Christmas Pageant

Dear Parents/Grandparents/Guardians:

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 17 during the 10 am Eucharist. Rehearsals will be held on the following days:

Sunday, December 10 during/immediately after Godly Play

Saturday, December 16 at 1 pm

Each rehearsal should last no longer than an hour. For the Saturday rehearsal, we are planning on having rehearsal followed by pizza and a movie, during which we will pull a few children out at a time to fit them in costumes.

On pageant day, Sunday the 17th, please have your child in church at 9 am so that they can dress in costume and participate in a quick run-through. 

If your child wishes to be in the pageant and you have not already spoken with me, please email me back as soon as possible so I can assign them a part. 

A note about the rehearsals: If your child has a speaking part or is a main character, it is important that they attend each rehearsal. Also, please remember that these are not "drop-off" rehearsals. A child's parent/guardian/designated caregiver must remain in the church building during the rehearsals and be on hand to take them home when rehearsal is over. You are also welcome to watch the rehearsals in the church. 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns, and I look forward to continuing this wonderful Christ Church tradition this year. 

Paige Gunther

Save the Date

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

Christmas Greens

Parishioners may make donations towards Christmas altar decorations in memory of loved ones or in honor of or thanksgiving for family, friends, special occasions, etc. Please use envelopes placed in the pews during Advent, giving name(s) or other information or mail to Altar Guild, Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Names will be included in the Christmas service bulletins. Donations must be received on or before Sunday, December 17.

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered on Sunday, January 7th. We will have a Baptism clinic on Saturday, January 6th at 1:00 p.m. for all those wishing to be baptized. All persons desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, please make an appointment with Father Trevor on or before January 1.

Cub & Boy Scout Request

The boys have been invited back to sing Christmas Carols at the HARBOR TERRACE ADULT HOME on Henderson Ave. on Sunday December 17th. As many of you may know Deacon Novella leads a monthly Sunday service there. The boys are going to be collecting and wrapping hats, scarfs and gloves for the residents and will be bringing them when they sing. There will be a bucket in the windowsill outside the parish office for collection for the next three Sundays. While you are Christmas shopping for your loved ones would you be so kind as to pick up a new hat, scarf or gloves for the boys to share and wrap. Thank you as always for your continued support of our Pack and Troop and their endeavors.

Thank you,

Elizabeth

Stewardship

Special thanks to our Stewardship Committee, Barnett Shepherd, Elizabeth Gattullo, Nikki Johns, Marshall Green, Anne Devlin, Hueldine Webb, and Beth McLean. 

Please remember to bring your Stewardship cards to church this Sunday, December 10 for presentation.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who baked, brought, sold, bought, and otherwise supported the Baked Goods Table at the St. Nick's Fair on Saturday!  Special thanks to Joyce Rowan, Valerie Quinlan, and Linda Reiersen.  This was our most successful baked goods sale ever!  

Janet Schneider

Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent is December 10th. Throughout the season our liturgical color will be blue. Why Blue and Not Purple: The deep blue of Advent is meant to inspire in us the hope of faith, and to encourage us to keep watch for the promised light of Christ to break over the horizon, changing night into day, darkness into light, and filling our lives and our world with a holy and righteous splendor. Purple is used in Lent and meant to inspire penitence. Furthermore, purple has a penitential nature to it, inviting introspection and repentance on behalf of the believer. Either can be used, but more and more Churches have gravitated towards blue to distinguish Advent from Lent. Advent tells us Christ is near; Christmas tells us Christ is here! Joy! Joy! Joy!

Bible Study of Romans

Bible Study on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans
TONIGHT from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please join us and read Romans 1:1-17. 

To call into the conference, please dial
1-605-475-4120 and use access code 9467742.

Bulletin Board Postings

We are in the process of revamping the bulletin boards in the Parish House. In the future all notices to be placed on the board must be placed in the basket outside the parish office or given to Judy Davis who will then place them on the appropriate bulletin board. Please refrain from placing flyers on the boards unless approved by Judy Davis or Fr. Trevor.

Richmond Choral

In the spirit of the holiday season, Richmond Choral Society is pleased to present, "Holiday with Brass", Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m., St Clare's Church, 110 Nelson Avenue, S.I., NY, 10308.

General Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students with ID $10, children under 12 years of age are free.

Featuring
Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham,
Glory to God by Alan Hovhaness, holiday favorites plus RCS's traditional carol sing-along.

Please support your fellow parishioners and choir members, Hal, Linda and Nancy Reiersen, by attending this concert and enjoying a festive choral celebration of the holiday season.

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, Elizabeth Anne Foley, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas,Gerald Pieroni, Mo. Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Henrietta Smith, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 

Please pray for Karen, who is in hospice care, for her daughters, for her sister, Randy, who will be taking on the girls, and their family, as they spend these last days with Karen. Remembering their loss, grief and pain, may their souls be comforted, and find peace. May the Lord look on Karen, lying in great weakness, and comfort her with the promise of life everlasting. 

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Ginny Spadaro (14), Oscar Hazelwood (15), Amy Mazziotti (15).  We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this week:  Joseph & Theresa Gilman (13).

We pray for the repose of the souls of Albert D. Thompson, Adelaide E. Thompson, Joseph C. Thompson, Marcel Ambroggi, William Franz and Pandora Doe in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.   We pray for the repose of the soul of Jonathan Portin.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of  Western North Carolina and The Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin.

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