Thursday, May 17, 2012

News & Readings May 20-27

News & Readings

Sunday
20-May
Early Service – 7:45am


Celebration Service – 9:00am


Traditional Service – 11:00am
Wednesday
22-May
Bible Study – 4-5pm, Mid Week Eucharist 5-6pm


Choir Practice – 6:30pm


Brownie Troop Meeting 6-7:30pm
Thursday
23-May
Choir practice- 7:00pm
Sunday
27-May
Early Service – 8:00am


Community Eucharist Service– 10:00am





Next Week is Pentecost! Wear Red!
Daughters of the King will be providing hospitality to share after our new 10am Eucharist .
**Celebrate the Birthday of the Church!**
Important Notice:
Outdoor Service Change:
Please note the outdoor service has been changed to
June 10th at 10:00am and not June 3rd as previously announced.

New Art Initiative
We are excited to be starting a new creative way to get people involved at Christ Church. We will start decorating the church with artwork that represents the seasons of the church. This will be an ongoing project and will always be changing throughout the year. Everyone can participate. This will give all our creative folks another way to add to the service through artwork and the children another way to participate as well.
We will be celebrating Pentecost on May 27th. Pentecost is the birthday of the church and a celebration! We would love artwork that represents this! It can be any size and can use an medium. Please drop it off at the church so it can be hung up before the service on May 27th. Or you can bring in any of the next few Sundays to add to the artwork that will already be there.
If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Diefenbacher - jgjd1024@aol.com
The Bishop’s Ball
Norfolk Marriott-June 9, 2012
6.30pm-11:30pm Dinner at 7:00pm
Tickets - $60.00
The Southern Virginia Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) will host its first Bishop’s Ball
Info: David Flores, 757 466 1991
        
      ASCENSION
Christ led his chosen from Jerusalem
To Olivet, and there he said to them:

“All sovereignty in heaven and on earth
Is given unto me in exaltation.
Thus go and make disciples of each nation,
Baptízing them, through waters of rebirth,
In Father, Son, and Spirit, every one.
Admonish all and teach them to attend
To everything that you have been commanded.
Remember: I will never leave you stranded,
For I am always with you to the end.”

He lifted up his hands in benediction,
And there before their eyes was raised in flight
Upon a cloud that stole him from their sight.
As they were gazing up in sad affliction,
Two angels dressed in white beside them pressed:
“O men of Galilee, forlorn eleven,
Why do you stand here, looking up, and yearn?
This Jesus who has left you will return
Just as you saw him going up to heaven.”

O Christ, have mercy on us standing here,
For we are orphans, Lord, till you appear!

Scholarships
The Elise Holladay and Ridley Foundation
Additional information and applications are available from Gary/Office. Forms must be filled out with transcripts and letters of reference by April 30 & June 30 2012 for the coming year.                                                                                         


Dear Church Family,

As we work to redefine ourselves as a church, we are also attempting to create a new worship service that will be meaningful to everyone.  As you may have heard, this new service will begin at 10:00am, and will eliminate the 9:00am and 11:00am services.  While many aspects of our church life are impacted, one of primary concern to me particularly is when the Christian Education hour would occur. As a group we have decided our Christian Education hour will begin at 9:00am and end at approximately 9:50-55am, so we can all get together to worship at the 10:00 service.  For parents who will bring their children for Christian Education, there will be appropriate Christian Ed. for them as well.  No worrying about standing around for an hour or so.  As the Christian Ed. hour will begin at 9:00am and the worship service will end at 11:00am, there will be no alteration of time spent from what we currently experience now as “9:00’rs”.  This new arrangement will begin with the coming of the 2012-2013 school year.

There has been a lot of work that has gone into creating a new service for all, and there is still more work to be done.  While understandably there has been concern and some apprehension over how this service will look, there has also been a lot of reaching out and understanding.  I am confident we will, can, and are coming up with a worship service that will be meaningful and enriching to all who will avail themselves of it.  Give it a try. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain in the life of Christ. What could be better than that? Come one, come all.

Your Brother In Christ,

Ray Locke
Children’s and Youth Ministries Coordinator
Christ Episcopal Church, Smithfield,VA
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Isle of Wight Community Comes Together at St. Luke’s
June 16-17 Heritage Day at St. Luke’s – June 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Main Street Baptist Gospel Choir Concert at St. Luke’s – June 17 at 3:00 pm

Come to St. Luke’s and experience it’s early history and that of the broader community of Isle of Wight.  Christ Episcopal Church will highlight our own historical path that led us from St. Luke’s to the old rectangular building we now call our church.  Volunteers are needed to introduce others to our place of worship.  A great time to invite new members to our church.  Please speak with Gary if you would like to help!
Box lunches will be for sale at noon for $8.00.   

 

Reading May 20 9am

Reader:  A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:15-17,21-26) Two disciples are put forward as candidates to take Judas’ place among the apostles. The lot is cast for Matthias.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

People: Open our ears to hear your Word

During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, "Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.

Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection."

They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, "You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way." They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.



Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

People: Open our ears to hear your Word


Readings May 20 7.45 & 11am

+The First Lesson: Two disciples are put forward as candidates to take Judas’ place among the apostles. The lot is cast for Matthias.

A Reading from Acts [1:15-17,21-26]

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus-- for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-- one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                          
People: Thanks be to God



Psalm 1  Page 585 , BCP

Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!



Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.



They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.



It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.



Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.



For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.







+The Second Lesson: The disciples are told to have confidence that their prayers are being heard by God. Those who know God's Son inherit eternal life

A Reading from I John [5:9-13]



If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.



Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                          

People: Thanks be to God

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celtic Service


Celtic Service
at
Christ Church
Saturday May 12 6:00pm

News & Readings May 13-20


News & Announcements
   Saturday May 12th Celtic Service ~ 6pm
Sunday
13-May
Early Service – 7:45am


Celebration Service – 9:00am


Traditional Service – 11:00am
Monday
14-May
Finance Meeting -
Tuesday
15-May
Vestry Meeting - 7:00
Wednesday
16-May
Bible Study – 4-5pm, Mid Week Eucharist 5-6pm


Choir Practice – 6:30pm


Brownie Troop Meeting 6-7:30pm
Thursday
17-May
Choir practice- 7:00pm
Saturday
19-May
Prayer Shawl Meeting 10:00am
Sunday
20-May
Early Service – 7:45am


Celebration Service – 9:00am


Traditional Service – 11:00am

 
Mother’s Day Prayer
 

Loving God, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.


~ Amen

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God Judy Cutler in loving memory of her mother, Helen Henna and in honor of all mothers.



Scholarships
The Elise Holladay and Ridley Foundation
Additional information and applications are available from Gary/Office. Forms must be filled out with transcripts and letters of reference by April 30 & June 30 2012 for the coming year.


Many of you have made our Sundays more enjoyable by providing snacks and goodies after services. We are looking for volunteers who can provide hospitality throughout the year, please see sign-up sheet for a Sunday that would suit you, or contact Deborah at the office. ~ Many Thanks


The Isle of Wight Community Comes Together at St. Luke’s
June 16-17 Heritage Day at St. Luke’s – June 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Main Street Baptist Gospel Choir Concert at St. Luke’s – June 17 at 3:00 pm
Come to St. Luke’s and experience it’s early history and that of the broader community of Isle of Wight. Christ Episcopal Church will highlight our own historical path that led us from St. Luke’s to the old rectangular building we now call our church. Volunteers are needed to introduce others to our place of worship. A great time to invite new members to our church. Please speak with Gary if you would like to help!
Box lunches will be for sale at noon for $8.00.


Reading May 13 9am

Reader:  A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:44-48) While Peter is speaking to the Gentiles, the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they begin speaking in tongues and praising God. His response is to have them baptized

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

People: Open our ears to hear your Word



While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.



Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

People: Open our ears to hear your Word



Readings May 13 7.45 & 11am

+The First Lesson: While Peter is speaking to the Gentiles, the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they begin speaking in tongues and praising God. His response is to have them baptized

A Reading from Acts [10:44-48]

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.



Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                          

People: Thanks be to God

Psalm 98  Page 727, BCP



Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.



With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.



The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.



He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to

the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.



Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.



Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.



With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the LORD.



Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.



Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
when he comes to judge the earth.



In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.



+The Second Lesson: We are able to show our love for the Lord by keeping his commandments. Those who believe that Jesus is the Christ are counted as offspring of God.

A Reading from I John [5:1-6]

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.



Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                          

 People: Thanks be to God


Thursday, May 3, 2012

News & Readings May 6-13




News & Announcements

Sunday
6-May
Early Service – 7:45am


Celebration Service – 9:00am


Traditional Service – 11:00am
Tuesday
8-May
Daughters of the King meeting - 7:30pm
Wednesday
9-May
Bible Study – 4-5pm, Mid Week Eucharist 5-6pm


Choir Practice – 6:30pm
Thursday
10-May
Choir practice- 7:00pm
Saturday
12-May
Celtic Service – 6pm
Sunday
13-May
Early Service – 7:45am


Celebration Service – 9:00am


Traditional Service – 11:00am



The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by Cal & Shirley Warfield in loving memory of their son Calvin Warfield III’s birthday and in loving memory of Rea Epps.
Christ Episcopal Church will host another evening
Celtic worship service
on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 6pm You are invited for an evening of quiet reflective music and creative liturgy in the intimate candlelit church. Special musical guests will participate, and there will be familiar hymnody for all to sing. Laying on of hands in healing will be available at the conclusion of the service

Scholarships
The Elise Holladay and Ridley Foundation
Additional information and applications are available from Gary/Office. Forms must be filled out with transcripts and letters of reference by April 30 & June 30 2012 for the coming year. 

The Isle of Wight Community Comes Together at St. Luke’s
June 16-17 Heritage Day at St. Luke’s – June 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Main Street Baptist Gospel Choir Concert at St. Luke’s – June 17 at 3:00 pm

Come to St. Luke’s and experience it’s early history and that of the broader community of Isle of Wight.  Christ Episcopal Church will highlight our own historical path that led us from St. Luke’s to the old rectangular building we now call our church.  Volunteers are needed to introduce others to our place of Worship.  A great time to invite new members to our church.
Box lunches will be for sale at noon for $8.00.

Reading May 6 9am
Reader:  A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (8:26-40)Philip converts and baptizes a servant of the queen of Ethiopia. The salvation offered through the gospel of Christ is freely available to all people.
Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church
People: Open our ears to hear your Word

Later God's angel spoke to Philip: "At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza." He got up and went. He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit told Philip, "Climb into the chariot." Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, "Do you understand what you're reading?"
He answered, "How can I without some help?" and invited Philip into the chariot with him. The passage he was reading was this:

As a sheep led to slaughter,
and quiet as a lamb being sheared,
He was silent, saying nothing.
He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial.
But who now can count his kin
since he's been taken from the earth?
The eunuch said, "Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?" Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him.
As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, "Here's water. Why can't I be baptized?" He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be.
Philip showed up in Azotus and continued north, preaching the Message in all the villages along that route until he arrived at Caesarea

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church
People: Open our ears to hear your Word

Readings May 6 7.45 & 11am
+The First Lesson: Philip converts and baptizes a servant of the queen of Ethiopia. The salvation offered through the gospel of Christ is freely available to all people.
A Reading from Acts [8:26-40]
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and join it." So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth."
The eunuch asked Philip, "About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?" He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                           People: Thanks be to God




Psalm 22:24-30  Page 612, BCP
My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.

For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.

To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.

My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

+The Second Lesson: Through Jesus we learn of the love of God. Those who seek to abide in the Lord must emulate his forbearance and forgiveness.

A Reading from I John [4:7-21]
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                           
People: Thanks be to God