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We hope that you will join this community of faith as we together celebrate this Easter Season. All liturgies will be live-streamed. Please join us! You belong here.

Second Sunday of Easter – April 11 at 10:30 AM with music beginning at 10:15

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Please click HERE for the worship leaflet for Easter Sunday at 10:30 AM with music at 10:15 AM

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER – Saturday, April 3 at 8:00 PM

This is the night. . . we light a fire and set ablaze the Paschal Candle, light of Christ, thanks be to God. . . This is the night. . . we hear ancient stories of salvation, creation, passage through the sea and creation of God’s people, come to the waters, dry bones come back to life, God gathers the people, the lame, the oppressed, the outcast, and brings them home. . . This is the night. . . when we renew the promises of Baptism, with God’s help. . . This is the night. . . we are told the story of Christ rising triumphant from the grave! . . . in remembrance we do what Christ has done, take, bless, break, share, Christ made known in the breaking of the bread. . . This is the night . . . Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Please click HERE for the worship leaflet for The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 PM

MAUNDY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 1 – LIVESTREAM AT 7:00 PM

HOLY EUCHARIST WITH THE WASHING OF THE FEET

Tonight, we begin the Triduum (Three Days) when we look at the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Paschal Mystery, as if through a jeweler’s magnifying glass, up close, to come to know even more deeply the power and gift of the cross. We focus this night on Jesus’ mandate to love. . . demonstrated by his washing the feet of his disciples and commanding them to do the same in remembrance of him. How will you show loving-kindness tonight to everyone, especially those whom you struggle to love, and then every other day and night for the rest of you life?

Please click HERE for the worship leaflet:

NIGHT WATCH – Thursday, April 1 at 8:30 PM

with Compline at 10:50 PM

We keep watch with Jesus and pray through the night, as Jesus asked his disciples to do with him in the Garden. This will be silent prayer concluding with the praying of Compline at 10:50 PM, after with we will adjourn to our homes until we gather at 7:00 PM on Good Friday for the Solemn Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross.

Please click HERE for the Order of Compline

Join Bud Hart at Noon to pray the Stations of the Cross.

We keep vigil on this Good Friday by walking the Way of the Cross with Jesus.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 2 at 7:00 PM – Solemn Liturgy with Passion and Veneration of the Cross

Please join in this live-streamed service that is the primary liturgy of Good Friday.

The Triduum continues with the primary liturgy of Good Friday that takes place at 7:00 PM. In it we will hear the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, will pray for the world in the Solemn Collects, and will Venerate the Cross. “We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.”

Please click HERE for the worship leaflet for Good Friday at 7:00 PM

Here is the Video of the Crosses made by parishioners for Good Friday liturgy and the Veneration of the Cross

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PLEASE HELP! – Dottie Baker’s Son, Buddy

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Dottie Baker has been a long-standing member of St. Christopher’s and is beloved. Many of the children of the church walk in faith because of her teaching. Now, she needs our help!

I hope everyone will respond generously to the Go Fund Me appeal for her son, Buddy. He has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and needs unbelievably expensive treatments. Dottie received some good news this week. Enough has been raised so that he can have his first treatment soon. Now we need to continue to contribute so that he can receive the other two scheduled treatments. You are amazing and Dottie and her son are so grateful.

FYI – the parish itself is helping Dottie who has given her life in loving service to this parish and its children. The Outreach Committee has given some of its budgeted fund, I have contributed out of the Rector’s Discretionary Fund that you so generously contribute to on the first Sunday of every month (Oh wait! That’s today!) and our bishop, +Bishop Daniel Gutierrez has also made a contribution from his Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. I thought you should know. Thanks to all of you too! Let’s keep going!

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A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God

Our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry has asked all of us to pray for all who are mourning due to the coronavirus, keeping in mind that we have crossed a major threshold with over 200,000 people having died because of it. In addition, we are keenly aware of the pain and anger that is being experienced across the country by African Americans and other people following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Rayshard Brooks and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, among many others over the years. Included is a link of the Presiding Bishop praying A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God. We were asked to continue to pray this prayer from Pentecost Sunday through the first Sunday in September but since the virus is still with us, we are choosing to continue praying this prayer until we return to a time when we can gather together for in-person worship. “This prayer – crafted by a team of Lutheran and Episcopal prayer leaders in light of the COVID pandemic – is meant to unite us in common prayer and revive us for common mission, wherever and however we may be gathered.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry praying the prayer: https://www.facebook.com/episcopalian/videos/2609858725901243/

God of all power and love,
we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn,
break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Whoever you are or for whatever reason that you are looking at this website, we want you to know that in the Episcopal Church and particularly from the people of St. Christopher’s you will receive the Welcome of Christ.

As all of us are aware, COVID-19 is radically reshaping how that “Welcome of Christ” looks during this time of national and global crisis. I never thought that I would ever write that perhaps the clearest way to show Christ’s love and welcome is to distance ourselves from sisters and brothers in order to protect them and those they love from a novel virus that has overtaken our world. Yet, that is what we are being advised by national health officials to do. This is a time like none other.

As we gathered at the beginning of the pandemic, the scripture reading on March 15 2020 included the passage from Romans 5:1-11. It is good to continue to recall it:

“Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . . and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

This is indeed a time of suffering but it is in this time of darkness that we can see the light of hope. It is already happening with people caring for one another, sacrificing our wants and needs for the common good. Who would have ever thought that we would fast from gathering for Holy Eucharist during the entire season of Lent, during the Triduum and the celebration of Easter, for Pentecost and all of the Sundays after and now we are heading into the holy season of Advent with Christmas and Epiphany soon to follow. We have had to find ways to remain connected to community worship. We are grateful for the professional camera so that we can continue to do live-streaming. It is not the same as “being there,” but at least we do feel like we are joined together because we pray together even though we are apart. We are grateful for Zoom so that the women can celebrate Morning Prayer every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Compline every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. We are continuing to conduct parish meetings through Zoom and connect by phone and email and any other way that we can while keeping socially distanced so that people remain safe. Who would have ever thought that we would celebrate the holiest days of our liturgical year, not physically present in the church, but through the wonders of live-streaming over the internet, and that we would have people join in the prayer from all across the country and in even larger numbers than celebrated in previous years. We have a lot for which to be grateful.

Let’s continue to keep one another safe until the time comes that we can gather in person. May we pray for one another, for the community, our country, and the world. We said early on, “We can get through this together.” We have gotten fatigued, but that saying is still true. As we begin the season of Advent, let us recommit to one another.

We are being encouraged again to self-isolate and if ill to self-quarantine in order to “flatten the curve” and slow the progression of the virus. In our isolation, we perhaps are becoming more connected with others and more unified. The virus is no longer just in New York City as it was in the early days, but it has spread across the country. Let’s consider the nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line for people who are sick and dying. Let’s continue to think of others and while we cannot gather in common places, we can continue to connect with other people by phone or through electronic means. I invite you to pray for one another. If you think of someone, please consider that a nudge of the Spirit and give them a call. Follow the guidelines that are being set forth, but if you are able to help another with groceries or other needs, it could be a blessing. I understand some grocery stores are also delivering or packaging food so that it can just be picked up when you arrive.

The most important thing to do for one another, however, is to pray. Please know that each of you and all of you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

May this be a time of grace and unity and may we use it to learn how to more deeply love and offer our lives in service to the common good.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus, and may the blessing of God rest upon you this day and always.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz, Rector
(Most call me Pastor Mary Ann)
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Because we want everyone to be included, St. Christopher’s is so happy to be able to provide a hearing loop to those who wear hearing aids. Just switch your hearing aid to ‘T’ to access the loop. If you do not wear a hearing aid and wish to have the benefit of the loop, you may ask the ushers and they will give you a headset to use.

And now, the sound system has been connected to a professional live-streaming camera so that we may have high quality sound and picture when live-streaming our services.

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Upcoming Events

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP EVERY FIRST SATURDAY – 10 AM

A group has been started here at St. Christopher’s with leaders trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group is now meeting the FIRST Saturday of EVERY month. It is intended be a group that will support anyone who is caring for a person who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other memory issue. This is a group where you will receive materials to help you learn more about the disease and how to care your loved ones. Please spread the word if you know someone who might need a group like this. It is open to caregivers throughout the area. Come and receive a little care for yourself and leave feeling encouraged and supported.

DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE DESIRE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, THE ALZHEIMER’S GROUP WILL NOT MEET AGAIN IN PERSON UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. PLANS ARE BEING MADE, HOWEVER, TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEETINGS. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

YOU WILL BE HELD IN OUR PRAYER AND PLEASE CONTACT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S IF YOU HAVE A PASTORAL EMERGENCY. rector@stchrisoxford.org or 610-932-8134

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News Flash!

How fun it was to celebrate COOKIE WALK – CHRISTMAS IN JULY! The vestry enjoyed packaging the cookies and delivering them to parishioners. Thanks to Zach Slaughter for putting together this great video for us so that we get to see our parish family! We hope you enjoyed the cookies and that you know how much you are loved! Enjoy this feast for your eyes!

“Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; [for] he is holy” (Psalm 99:5, NIV).

In-Person Parish Worship is suspended UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND POSSIBLY LONGER due to precautions taken to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 in hopes that in doing so we can slow the spread of this virus that has been declared a global pandemic.

In addition, all parish events, rehearsals, meetings, and gatherings are canceled until further notice. We will be following the advice of +Bishop Gutierrez and the Diocese of Pennsylvania, government officials, health officials, and “common sense” as Dr. Fauci recently encouraged us.

We hope that you will be able to use part of this time of self-isolation in prayer for those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit. May we love one another by protecting each other’s health and that of our families by doing all that we can to think first of how our actions affect the common good. And may we not be overcome by fear but be blessed by God’s grace and peace and live in Christ’s love even though we cannot now gather together.

FRIENDS FOLK CLUB

The Friends Folk Club will have no concerts this summer or fall. The earliest that we will resume is the Annual Charlie Zahm Christmas Concert in December. Stay tuned! Keep your fingers crossed!

What a wonderful concert that will be with family and friends together again!

OTHER

While we have canceled live events, the parish is still working and striving to “spread the Good News of Christ’s Love.” Many parishioners have been involved in making and distributing masks so that other may stay safe and in compliance with the state regulations to wear masks when shopping for groceries or other essentials. The vestry continues its work. During this time, the members are making calls to all parishioners in order to remain connected and to see if there are any needs. We know that parishioners are serving other parishioners, even as they as practicing social distancing. We continue to grow strong in faith, hope, and love during this time and continue in prayer and works of mercy. If you need anything from the rector or from the vestry, please do not hesitate to ask.

Contact Us

We look forward to the time when health officials clear us to once again hold services following the suspension of them due to COVID-19. When we return to having services again, we invite you to come worship on Sunday Morning at one of our two Holy Communion services:

8:30 a.m. is a quieter and more reflective celebration of Holy Communion. At the 10:30 a.m.  liturgy, we worship in prayer and song. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship and we sing hymns and songs using both traditional and contemporary resources. The choir and musicians add beauty and spirit and liturgical ministers of all ages serve in various capacities throughout the liturgy. The full and active participation of all who gather is important, including our children and youth. All are welcome in this place.

At 9:30 each week, we offer Christian Formation and Education between the services. Episcopal 101 is for adults and youth who want to grow in their faith and fulfill their baptismal promises of being “faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.”

Join us for Fellowship Time after the services

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

116 Lancaster Pike

Oxford, PA 19363

email: stchris@stchrisoxford.org

Telephone: 610-932-8134

Rector: Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz

Email: rector@stchrisoxford.org

Phone: 502-489-1337

Parish Administrator: Mary Clark Admin@stchrisoxford.org