Today we turn the calendar and begin another liturgical year. What will this year of our Lord bring into our lives? How will the presence of Christ be made known in a world that longs to feel a loving touch, to hear a word of kindness, to experience forgiveness and grace? Christ has come in history as a babe in Bethlehem, comes to us in mystery as we hear the Word and share in Sacramental life, and Christ comes in glory as the church offers the welcome of Christ to those who are seeking a place to be and belong. Come just as you are and find what you seek at St. Christopher’s.
End of the Liturgical Year – Cycle B
People commented on this homily. – Readings on End Times – Eschatology
All Saints Day – Liturgy of Remembrance – Read the Names of People who had died
On this great feast of Pentecost – WE’RE BACK – INPERSON for worship. This is the first time we will celebrate Holy Communion together since March 8, 2020. We will gather outside for this 10:30 a.m. liturgy and we will continue to livestream the service for any who may not be able to attend in-person. We hope all parishioners and anyone looking for a place where you can worship God and know that you belong will come this and every Sunday, either in-person or online. We will still be wearing masks and distancing to protect children, youth, and others who are not vaccinated. We want to make sure that everyone can feel and be safe as we gather on this special feast. If you are able, wear red.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
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!
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 bless you, because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.”
We vigil of this Good Friday and walk with Jesus his Way of the Cross. Join Bud Hart in praying the Stations of the Cross.
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.
Today is Passion (Palm) Sunday when we will proclaim the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. This record of the passion of Jesus is the starkest account of the death of Jesus. In it we hear Jesus cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” What we have to remember is that Jesus would have also been intending to pray the rest of Psalm 22 which turns to praise and proclaims that in the midst of the assembly the suffering one will praise God so that generations yet to be born may know the saving power of God. We are those generations and we proclaim this word today for the many more who will follow after us. Listen well and give praise to the God of our salvation.
Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 21, 2021 Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz, Rector St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Oxford, PA
This homily was prepared for the diocese and taped on March 18. Andrew Mertz died that day.
First Sunday after Epiphany – January 10, 2021
Second Sunday after Christmas – January 3, 2021
First Sunday after Christmas – December 27, 2020
Christmas Day – 2020
Christmas Eve – 2020
COOKIE WALK – CHRISTMAS IN JULY – THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMILE
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST WORSHIP BULLETIN:
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST WORSHIP BULLETIN:
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST WORSHIP BULLETIN:
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Second Sunday after Pentecost Worship Bulletin, June 14, 2020 – National Cathedral https://cathedral.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2-Pente-061420_FINAL_COMM.pdf
TRINITY SUNDAY WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:72af4ac5-6a5b-4e54-a2a3-9f5e90b6d40b
PENTECOST SUNDAY WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:392c03c6-6659-4e92-8b5a-0aa5f32affb0
Prayer for the Presence of the Spirit Among the People of God
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:a0f49eb4-cf81-4110-98d8-23860a5d33a5
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:a89cfc6c-25a3-40d4-98ea-70f4a50ad26f
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Afe50c4ae-4cb8-4c36-974e-09ffcf0c0608
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Ae4ecc238-020a-4969-a81a-04a8052fe4a5
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP BULLETIN: https://www.dropbox.com/t/lMMfrPmEZ4Df0UkH
Night Watch – Maundy Thursday into Good Friday ending with Compline
Maundy Thursday – April 9, 2020 – 7:00 PM
Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020 – 7:00 PM
5 Lent A – March 29, 2020 – St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Making Eucharistic Bread (with Ken Mertz)