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Today, we begin the week that we call HOLY. We walk with Jesus on his way to his cross . . . to his resurrection.

Come celebrate the good news of salvation.

The Episcopal Church extends the Welcome of Christ.

8:30 a.m. This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we begin with the Blessing of Palms. The Passion according to Luke is read today by a variety of voices. We hope you will begin this Holy Week with us.

Palm Sunday Procession with the Lincoln Concert Choir in 2017

10:30am  Palm Sunday continues. There will be the Palm Sunday Blessing of Palms with the Procession followed by the Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A reading of the Passion from the Gospel according to Luke will be proclaimed. Come begin this Holy Week with this glorious celebration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and enter into the depths of the story of our salvation in the coming week.

Coffee/Fellowship Hour follows the 10:30 Service.

There Are No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

2018 Concert

Lincoln University Concert Choir will be in Concert at 3:30 PM TODAY. Come hear a concert not to be missed.

Jesus washes the feet of his disciples

Maundy Thursday – April 18 – 7:00 PM

On this night we begin the Great Three Days when we remember the Passover of Christ from death to life. We begin with the celebration of Holy Communion with the Washing of the Feet. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and told them to wash each other’s feet in remembrance of him. We do this on this night to remind us that we walk in the footsteps of Jesus as we serve God’s people in the world. We celebrate Holy Communion on this most special night, remembering that Christ told us to take bread and bless it and break it and share it and when we did he would be with us. Following the service we will remain in prayer before the Eucharist until Midnight when we will close the Night Watch by praying Compline.

Good Friday – April 19 – Noon and 7:00 PM

Noon – Stations of the Cross

7:00 PM – The Liturgy of Good Friday with the Veneration of the Cross and reading of St. John’s Passion. Communion from the reserved sacrament will also be shared

This is the primary liturgy of Good Friday. It is the time when we remember the saving actions of Christ on the cross. It is a day of fasting and prayer that ends with the Veneration of the Cross. If you have never attended a Liturgy of Good Friday, this might be something you might like to consider.


Great Vigil of Easter-Saturday, April 20, 8:00 PM

We begin the night with the lighting of the New Fire, the blessing of the Paschal Candle, and the singing of the Exsultet.

The Great Vigil of Easter has Four Parts: The Lighting of the Fire, preparation of the Paschal Candle, and the singing of the Exsultet; Readings from the Old Testament telling the story of salvation followed by the ringing of bells, singing of the Gloria, and proclamation of the Easter Gospel; the third part is the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and finally we celebrate Holy Eucharist in the presence of the Risen Lord.

Easter Sunday! Alleluia! Alleluia! – April 21, 2019

On Easter Sunday, we have a joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection at both the 8:30 AM and the 10:30 AM liturgies. Music will fill the air as we sing that Jesus Christ is Risen Today. Alleluia! Children will unveil the Alleluia that has been buried throughout the season of Lent. Come celebrate this joyous day with other members of Christ’s body.

Easter at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 2018

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.

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What We Believe

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is a parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania of the Episcopal Church and part of the Anglican Communion. The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutierrez is the 16th bishop of the oldest diocese in the country. “We Are Revolutionary” is a statement defining our diocese. As the first diocese and place of the founding of the Episcopal Church and home of the first Presiding Bishop, Bishop White, this diocese has long been known for its leadership and witness. At St. Christopher’s, we continue to take seriously the mission to make disciples by spreading the good news of Christ’s love.  #Know Jesus. #Change the World.

What We Believe

Christ-Focused

“In him you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 368).

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.

The Bible

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 236).

It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end.

The Book of Common Prayer

“It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’ that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 9).

The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

Holy Baptism

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning ‘universal’], and apostolic Church.”

The Rite of Holy Baptism can be found on pp. 297-308 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Baptismal Covenant

“Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 292).

A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant opens with a question-and-answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith.

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? People: I will, with God’s help.

Holy Communion

“We thank you … for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 366).

It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means “thanksgiving”), the Mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, at St. Christopher’s, all of the baptized are welcome to receive the bread and wine and be in communion with God and each other.

The Catechism

“It is a commentary on the creeds, but is not meant to be a complete statement of belief and practices; rather, it is a point of departure for the teacher” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 844).

Offered in a question-and-answer format, the Catechism found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 845-862) helps teach the foundational truths of the Christian faith.

Music

Music in the Episcopal Church can be as diverse as its worship services. Although final authority over the music used in an Episcopal service is “the duty of every Member of the Clergy” (Title II: Canon 5), our hymnal draws all Episcopalians together musically in the same way that the Book of Common Prayer draws us together in prayer and liturgy.

Most recently revised in 1982, The Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church offers 720 hymns in addition to liturgical music. While some of the hymns date back to monastic chants, the hymnal offers more modern music as well. Additional hymnals including Wonder, Love and Praise,  which continues the hymnal’s expansive use of music from a variety of sources including more contemporary liturgical music, and Lift Every Voice and Sing II (LEVAS II) which contains music especially from the African American musical tradition.

The Hymnal 1982 retains the best of the past and sets forth many riches of our own time. [The Standing Commission on Church Music] looked for theological orthodoxy, poetic beauty, and integrity of meaning. At the same time, the Commission was especially concerned that the hymnody affirm ‘the participation of all in the Body of Christ the Church, while recognizing our diverse natures of children of God.’ … Texts and music which reflect the pluralistic nature of the Church have been included, affording the use of Native American, Afro-American, Hispanic, and Asian material –Preface, The Hymnal 1982, Church Pension Fund, 1985.

Donna Topping was the Organist for St. Christopher’s for decades. The last time that she played a liturgy here was Christmas, 2012. Early in 2013, she suffered an injury and has not been able to return to the organ bench. We still miss her and hearing her beautiful music and are happy to be able to share the last time that she shared her gifts of music on Christmas.

Listen to Donna Topping Play the Organ – Christmas 2012

The Sacraments

“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857).

Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:

  • Confirmation (the mature affirmation of our baptismal vows)
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession) If you want to celebrate this sacrament, just contact Pastor Mary Ann+ to arrange it. Remember this saying as a guide concerning reconciliation (Penance): “All may. None must. Some should.”
  • Matrimony (Christian marriage)
  • Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop)
  • Anointing of the Sick – “Unction” (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying)

These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us.

Source for some of this material: The Episcopal Church

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.

The Friends Folk Club Returns for their 2019 Season

The first concert of the Friends Folk Club 2019 Season will be on April 27 with the Ronstadt Brothers (Trio): Circle of Friends Concert Series – Saturday at 7:30 PM

https://www.facebook.com/michaelronstadt/videos/2193940184020592/

Check out their video on The Friend’s Folk Club Facebook Page

Charlie Zahm – Tribute to the Folk Music of the 60s and John Denver! Follow this link to the Facebook page to let us know you are coming.https://www.facebook.com/events/278704416178283/

Then on May 3, a favorite, Charlie Zahm will return to St. Christopher’s for a great spring concert. This will be a Tribute to the Folk Music of the 60s and John Denver! This Concert is on Friday at 7:30 PM.

You will start your spring off right with these two great concerts! You do not want to miss these outstanding performers.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and tickets are available at the door. Go to The Friends Folk Club on Facebook and like their page. Tell us that you are coming. We will have refreshments waiting and a good time promised for all.

A big thanks to Mary Louise Bove and The Friends Folk Club for sharing such talent with the community. What a great way to share an evening – good friends, great music!

SPREAD THE WORD!!!

SHOE DRIVE ENDS ON EASTER SUNDAY

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes..

Thank you to all who have brought shoes to the church for the Shoe Drive. Funds2Orgs will soon come collect them for distribution to small businesses in developing countries. We collected 54 bags! That is an amazing amount for us. We especially want to thank those who worked so hard to wrap and bag the shoes. Your generosity was inspiring. Many people will be helped because of it.

Contact Us

Join us on Sunday Morning for our 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, for all ages, between the services.

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