Come join the men of Christ Church (all ages) on Saturday, September 20th, as we begin a new year. Come join us for an ongoing discussion of topics relevant to the men of Christ Church. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM.
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.”
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son 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 the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is Good Shepherd Sunday. We will be reading from the Gospel according to John: “I am the good shepherd”. We will also be welcoming young people to their first holy communion. Congratulations to Colin Huppman, Archie Cotter, Tommy Modesti and Lauren Adams. Congratulations as well to their proud families.
This Sunday we will also wish all of our mothers a happy Mother’s Day!
Come join us for our Holy Week and Easter services at Christ Church! Our Maundy Thursday liturgy at 6 PM includes the foot washing ceremony and is followed by our traditional meatloaf dinner. All are invited. There will be a watch at the altar of repose following the dinner. (There is a sign-up at the back of church.)
Our Good Friday liturgy begins at 12 noon and lasts until approximately 1:15 PM. Those wishing to stay for the traditional three hours are invited to remain for music and meditations on the Seven Last Words. Our Easter morning services are at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00. The choir will sing at our 9:00 and 11:00 services. (Note: there is no Saturday evening liturgy). There is an Easter Egg hunt for the children at 10:15 AM on Easter Sunday.
Please bring a flower to church and help with the “flowering of the cross”.
Alleluia. Christ is Risen!