St. Nicolas will make his annual appearance to Christ Church children this Sunday, December 7th at the 10 AM service during the children’s sermon. St. Nicolas will tell the story of his own gift giving to the children of Myra (part of modern day Turkey). The historical St. Nicolas was born in the 3rd century AD. The modern day St. Nicolas makes his home right here in Delaware County. We are pleased to welcome him back to Christ Church.
Happy Thanksgiving! Come join us at 10:00 AM for our annual Thanksgiving day Eucharist. Special thanks to Ruth and Russ Pottier who decorated our altar with a beautiful cornucopia of harvest fruits and vegetables.
This is the Sunday we will be paying homage to all the saints. During the children’s sermon our young people will be processing in costume while we sing “I sing a song of the saints of God.”
I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew. And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess on the green: they were all of the saints of God and I mean, God helping, to be one too.
Collect for All Saints’ Day
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
From the Gospel for All Saints’ Day
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:1-12
Sunday, November 9th is the kick-off Sunday for our 2015 Every Member Canvass. That day, following the 10:00 AM service there will be a pot-luck luncheon in Musselman Hall.
Please bring a favorite dish – of your choosing. We have an oven where we can keep things warm if you bring it to the kitchen before the 10 AM service. If you have a story about this favorite dish, you can, if you like tell that story after we sit down.
The theme of our canvass this year is “Abundance: Stories of Gratitude for God’s Generous Hand.” Speakers at our services on November 9th and 16th will be telling their own stories of gratitude. Fran Johnson will speak on November 9th and Harry Hoyt will speak on the 16th. Stewardship packets will be passed out on November 16th and mailed to the rest of the parish on Monday, November 17th.
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Gospel for Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, `Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” – Matthew 18:21-35
We congratulate the following High School graduates: Benjamin Kellett, graduating from Ridley High School (Salutatorian); Matthew Sauselein, Ridley High School, Erin Shemeluk, Interboro High School (Valedictorian); Katelyn Patton, Tinicum, Emily Van Vladricken, W. C. Rustin High School (Honors).
We also congratulate the following College graduates: Gordon Buchan, Temple University, will continue his education; Jim Kellett, Drexel Law School; Jena King, Bloomsburg University, BS in Exercise Science and a Scholar Athlete, Tim Lovenguth, Delaware County Community College, will attend Eastern University (Youth Ministry); Christina Rasnake, Bloomsburg University, Masters in Exercise Science; Elaine Rasnake, Bloomsburg University (Deans List), BS in Music – Audio/Video recording.
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the Gospel for Trinity Sunday
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:16-20
We will be ringing bells and baptizing Reed Daniel Moyer this Sunday as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church. Come join us for the celebration of gifts of a Spirit-filled life! (Reed son of Daniel and Laurie Moyer; grandson of Bruce and Nancy Horne)
Collect for the Day of Pentecost
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From Gospel for Day of Pentecost
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” – John 20:19-23
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”