Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursdays
11:00 AM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation

Monday through Friday
7:00 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Christ Church

Mailing address:
Christ Church New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-6100
Fax: 718-727-6101 
Email: Fr. Trevor R. Babb+
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. The liturgical color is green. The lessons will be 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20), Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, and John 1:43-51.

Godly Play and J2A will meet this week.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Prayer Group and African Bible Study on Wednesday nights will resume on January 17th.

Server Schedule

Sunday, January 14:

Altar Guild

Roxanne Ingoe, Christine Gross, Mary Larimer

Flower Guild

8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lectors  
Greeter
Ushers Roxanne Ingoe, Judy Davis, Ned Rogers
Lector Kristin Parrish
Epistoler Angela Lindsay
Intercessor Roxanne Ingoe
Crucifer Bill Sherman
Eucharistic Minister Victor Stanwick
Acolytes Cora Gross, Eva Gross
Verger Paul Smith
Counters  
Coffee Hour Hosts
Lessons 1 Sam 3:1-10
1 Cor 6:12-20
Ps 139 1-5, 12-17
Jn 1:43-57

Reflections From the Rector

Some Thoughts on
Romans 2: 17 - 3:8

Summary:
These verses tell part of the story of the dispersed Jews after captivity under a Greco-Roman influence. Jews, because of who they perceived themselves to be - they would not assimilate into any other culture, but kept close to their religious heritage as the chosen of God. They were unimpressed by the secular Empire of Rome because they looked forward to the day when The Messiah would establish the real kingdom that would restore the people of Israel to their rightful preeminent place among the nations. Paul is therefore taunting the Jews who seem to be living lives at odds with what they say and do.

Verses 17-24:
This is a taunt to the Jewish critic who was so judgmental of the Gentiles and their way of life. D. Stuart Briscoe writes, "Even more seriously, the superior view that the Jews had of themselves led often to an erroneous sense of their own importance. Professing to be more than they were, they overlooked the glaring inadequacies of their own performance and lived in self-induced blindness to their inconsistencies." The use of taunts shows the Jews attitude towards others. How are we complicit in this kind of behavior?

Verses 25-29:
Paul is here emphasizing an interior life which gives authenticity to one's actions. To insist on circumcision and disregard all other aspects of the law made the Jew no different from others who practiced circumcision without divine connotation. Paul therefore advocates a circumcision of the heart, a heart that is in tune with the precepts of God and His will for all humanity. Jeremiah 4:4.

At the end Paul makes the vivid comparison between ritual and reality. We can do all the right things in a service - bow, make the sign of the cross, genuflect, stand and kneel at the appropriate times - Yet all that does not make us a better Christian than the one who is not consumed by all that external stuff, but is more concerned about Micah 6:8; God does not need us to mutilate our flesh to serve Him. If circumcision is done for medical reasons or cultural reasons, then let it be. This is important for Jews whose religious history demands it. It is not a practice to be force or done by all. Circumcision of the heart is what matters to God!

Verses 3: 1-8:
To be uncircumcised does not diminish the faithfulness of God towards you. Therefore, it is faith in God that matters in the end. Paul although he is at pain to show that circumcision is important for the Jew, his point in his critique was to expose the sin of those who should know better because of their privileged position in relation to God's law and will as handed down through the ages beginning with Moses and the Prophets. That is why circumcision of the heart; the inward life is more important than an outward show of religious piety.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Memorial Service for Steve Gilbert

Steve Gilbert, husband of Johanna Gilbert and father to Alayne and Victoria Gilbert, passed away last week. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 14th at 3pm at Harmon Home for Funerals, located at 571 Forest Avenue. 

May his soul and those of all our dearly departed rest in eternal peace.

Godly Play Help Needed

Volunteers are greatly needed to serve as door people in our Godly Play classrooms. The door person welcomes the children into the class, assists as needed, and helps to sign children out to their parent or guardian. If you are interested in helping in this ministry, please see Chloe Lee or Father Trevor+.

Around the World in One Day: Celebrating Our Diversity

Christ Church New Brighton is a very diverse Parish. On Sunday, January 14th
after the 10am service in the Parish Hall Auditorium, we will be celebrating our
diversity by showcasing our ethnic foods via food tasting, and our many talents.
Wearing clothing of your culture/ethnicity is encouraged, but not required. You
may even speak about your clothing if you wish. Donations of food and/or talent
are still needed to make this a successful Parish Fellowship event. Contact Willie
or Connie Black.

Save the Date

Our new Rector,
The Rev. Trevor R. Babb's Institution
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

An Update on our Parish Administrator, Cathy Romano

We are delighted to report that our Parish Administrator, Cathy Romano, is now at home recuperating. Because of the nature of her surgery, she has been advised by her medical team that it will take about six (6) weeks for her recovery. All of us need Cathy to be fully healed and I strongly advised her to follow the doctor's orders. In the meantime, we are grateful for the assistance of Kelly Collins who is filling in in the office, and  for Paige Gunther who is assisting with the weekly updates. Please continue to pray for Cathy's fullest recovery.

Vestry Nomination Slate

The following persons have been presented to the Vestry for nomination to the Vestry at our 2018 Annual General Meeting to be held on January 28th:

Warden: William Sherman (term to expire in 2020).

Vestry: (terms to expire in 2021) Alleida Mitchell, Roxanne Ingoe, John Edwards, Sheila Hewitt.

To fill unexpired term of William Sherman:  (to expire in 2019) Robert Long.

"A New York Lamentation" at Christ Church

Bible Study of Romans

Online Bible Study Session 5, today, January 11, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Call 1 (605) 475 4120    Code: 9467742#  please read: Romans 3: 9-20

Session 6 , January 18th - Please read Romans 3: 21-29.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers:  Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Reggie Capeheart, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Bai David, Zee Dempster, Marlene Elia, Elizabeth Anne Foley, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Nick Lettiere, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas,Gerald Pieroni, Mo. Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Cathy Romano,  Henrietta Smith, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 

We pray for those celebrating their birthdays this week:  Willie Black III (14), Tina Colucci (14), Laura Kennedy (15), Jill Kelly (20).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Australia, and the Most Reverend Philip Leslie Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and the Church of the Resurrection, Manhattan.