This is only a small sample of some of the sights around the Church compound on Saturday, June 08, 2019 - A beautiful day. Thanks to all for your hard work, and the beauty of great fellowship!

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 Trinity Sunday. The liturgical color is White.

There will be no Godly Play classes on Sunday, but both Rite 13
classes will meet this Sunday.

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

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!

Server Schedule

Sunday, June 16:

Altar Guild

Tina Colucci, Sheila Swigert, Shelly Gayford

8am Server Nancy Reiersen
8am Lector Nancy Reiersen
Ushers Connie Black, Sheila Hewitt, Evangelina Colucci
Lector Roxanne Ingoe
Epistoler Lisa Rhoades
Intercessor Roxanne Ingoe
Crucifer Brianna Cooper
LEM Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Jude Crewe, Angele Lindsay
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Catherine Barnett, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour Nicole Haylock

From the Rector's Desk

Father's Day

On this Sunday in which we celebrate the Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - The Holy Trinity, we give honor to our earthly fathers who have helped to groom us to be the men and women, the children we are today. Some have gone on to eternal glory; some act as though they are not even related to us; some are as attentive as our heavenly Father. Yet, through it all, I invite us to honor our earthly fathers.

What is expected of you who may be distant from your father? How can you, in light of your Christian Faith and the gift of Christian reconciliation, bring healing to your relationship on this Father's Day? Surprise him. Give him a call, a call to begin a process of healing no matter what has gone before. You may say, "Father Trevor+, I have tried this and every time we speak it ends up in a fight of words." I hear you, but I did not say it will be all resolved in one call. What I am suggesting is a new start. This call is to shower him with love and to begin healing. You say, "I cannot love him after what he has done to my mother and us!" I say, love him in spite of his failure. Mother Teresa was known to say, "Kill them with love!" in her book, Love: A Fruit Always in Season.

What I have expressed above is a worst-case situation that can be made better on this Father's Day. However, there are so many fathers and father figures who have raised families and communities. Let us also thank and appreciate them for all that they have done and continue to do, while they are still with us. And let us say a prayer of thanksgiving for those who are no longer with us in this earthly realm.

And, I am aware of a Father whose love is unconditional and who reaches us even when we are not so lovable. It is this Father - Almighty God the Creator - that I share with all on this Father's Day. The one to whom the hymn writer declares:

"Holy God, we praise thy Name, Lord of all, we bow before thee;
all on earth thy scepter claim, all in heaven above adore thee;
infinite thy vast domain, everlasting is thy reign." Hymnal 366 v.1

May we always look to God, the Father of us all and honor Him in song, in praise and in worship while we live and move and have our being. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to ALL!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector

Easter Sunday Sermon from Fr. Trevor+

Second Sunday of Easter Sermon from Fr. Trevor+

MEaLs

Memorial Fund for Alayne and Victoria Gilbert

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Johanna Gilbert's daughters, Alayne and Victoria Gilbert. If you would like to contribute, please Click Here.

Some Thoughts on the Hymns

Music is hugely prevalent in Christian worship and in Anglican worship in particular: It is often the first thing people hear as they enter the church and the last thing they hear as they depart back into the world. Of the several kinds of music one may hear in worship, perhaps one of the most significant is the hymn. I suggest this because the hymn, as it is generally utilized in the Anglican church, is the specific "property" of all who assemble in worship - unlike some other parts of worship, which are sung or recited only by certain individuals, the hymn belongs to clergy, choir, and congregation alike.

By the most inclusive definition, a hymn is simply a song, specifically composed to be an act of adoration or prayer. The English word "hymn" derives from the Greek "hymnos", which means "a song of praise". The practice of hymn singing in Western society goes back at least to the 7th century B.C. where our ancient Greek cultural forbears sang in praise to their deities.

More than just a colorful or aesthetic addendum to worship, one might say that Scripture urges us to utilize psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in worship and to encourage one another in our spiritual journeys: Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16. Hymn singing is part of what we do as a Christian community.

The earliest Christian hymns were often paraphrases or even direct quotes from Scripture, with the Psalms being particularly likely candidates for utilization as hymn texts. In certain branches of the post-Reformation, Protestant tradition, metrical paraphrases of the Psalms were the only hymns sung for many years.

The Church of today has inherited a vast body of hymnody, with texts dating back to the first century (or well before if we consider the Psalms), while new hymns are being written even today. Hymnal 1982 contains a plethora of material from the breadth of our own Anglican tradition, as well as the broader Protestant tradition, the Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions. The Lift Every Voice And Sing II hymnal contains material that derives from and speaks to the Church's African American roots.

The common thread running through this expansive wealth of material is that hymnodists write hymns to teach us spiritual truths, remind us of significant events in church history, but especially as a kind of sung prayer. This is the reason why so many clergy and ministers of music (admittedly, myself included!) are loath to "break up" hymns by leaving out verses - to do so would be a lot like reading a collect but omitting certain lines, or reciting the Lord's Prayer while deleting certain petitions. The result would not make a whole lot of sense and the practice might even be construed as disrespectful.

As you sing hymns in church, I invite you to really consider the text, and the music itself (a topic for perhaps another newsletter article) as a complete prayer, an act of worship to be offered up with joy, reverence, and understanding.

Wishing all of you peace, joy, and every blessing in Christ,

Anthony Mark Lamourt,

Organist and Choir Director

Bishop Shin's Visit

Next Sunday, June 23, The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin will be with us as part of his Episcopal Visitations. He will be celebrant and preacher for both the 8 am and 10 am services. Please invite friends and family to join us for worship as we welcome one of our Suffragan Bishops of the New York Diocese. Special envelopes will be distributed to support his discretionary fund. Please plan to give generously to this cause.

Christ Church Book Club

The third session of the Christ Church Book Club will be held on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Guild Room. The group will discuss Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language by David Crystal, 2011. In both a scholarly and entertaining manner, Crystal addresses these questions: How extensive has biblical influences been in shaping the character of modern English? Just how many expressions of biblical origin are part of present day idiom? and how many of these show the specific influence of the King James translation, 1611?

It is not necessary to read the book to participate in the discussion. A light supper will be served and we will "eat, drink, and be merry." Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the hall bulletin board.

Altar Guild Members Needed

The Altar Guild of Christ Church seeks additional volunteers to join its ranks. There are four teams (one for each Sunday of the month) which do cleaning, polishing and setting up for services (on either Friday or saturday morning, depending on the team) as well as clearing and washing up after Sunday services. Please see David Michael Wood, Altar Guild Directress, on Sunday or contact him at (718) 816-5831 or dmwood71@hotmail.com to become a part of the Altar Guild Ministry.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know spaghetto, confetto, and graffito are the singular forms of spaghetti, confetti, and graffiti?
  • Did you know chewing gum is banned in Singapore?
  • Did you know the average U.S. household has 300,000 things in it?
  • Did you know the 1939 novel Gadsby is the longest book ever published that doesn't contain the letter 'e'?
  • Did you know lobsters have clear blood?
  • Did you know Antarctica is covered in a sheet of ice that's 7,000 feet thick?
  • Did you know that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible was the first Bible printed in the United States (1782)?
  • Did you know that the KJV was the translation used by President Lincoln at his inauguration in 1861. The Lincoln Bible was then used to swear in President Obama in 2009.

Youth Sunday

Sunday June 30, 2019 is YOUTH SUNDAY. On this Sunday our youth will provide leadership in many areas in the liturgy and demonstrate their understanding of the scriptures through various creative means. Please be present to encourage and support our youth. Should you have any questions about Youth Sunday, please speak to Catherine Barnett or Lisa Rhoades.

Parish Update

There will be a parish update on Sunday June 30, 2019 immediately following the 10:00 am service. The meeting will be held in the auditorium and will cover among other things: Our Financial Status and upcoming projects to enhance our ministry life as a Community of Faith. Please make every effort to be present.

School Supplies

School supplies are needed for EES/EHS in Liberia

The Episcopal Elementary School and the Episcopal High School that Christ Church sponsors in Liberia is in need of school supplies for their students. So when you are shopping for our children's back to school supplies, please purchase some extra items to be sent to the EES & EHS School in Liberia.

Needed items are:

Pencils
Loose leaf paper
Notebooks (composition, one subject, 5 subject)
Pens
Crayons
Glue
Reading books for all ages

For more information, please contact Bill Sherman.

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

Please note: There will be Bible Discussion Forum this Sunday in the Vestry Room. All are welcomed.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Derek Alvez, Tyrone Babb, Fatu Barnes, The Rt. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Harvey Cohen, Ines Colbourne, Edward Craig, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Tea Rose Hill, Anne Johnson, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Eva McClary, Alissa McGinley, Brian MGlynn, Andrea McIntosh, Utopia Mennoh, Virginia Peel, Olivia Rey, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Joseph Speilman, Mary Thompson, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, The people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home, and the people of Sri Lanka.

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 the repose of the souls of Jeanne Frimere and Allison Elizabeth Bolesta. May their souls, and all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Romeo Zayzay (16), Eleanor Larimer (18), Annabelle Colucci (19), Nikki Johns (20), Elizabeth Gattullo (22).

We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week: Roxanne Ingoe and John Gerney (16), Richard and Yassah Zayzay (17).

We pray for Kirstin Swanson-Basso, now in the process as a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood.

We pray for The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche on sabbatical as he and Mrs. Dietsche explore historic buildings and places in Spain and Germany.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev'd Nicholas Okoh - Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for + Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and Diocesan Social Commission, St. Paul's Church, Chester, St. Paul's and Trinity Parish, Tivoli; Trinity Church, Fishkill; Holy Trinity Church (Inwood), Manhattan; St. Alban's Church, Staten Island.