The Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021

In Person Worship

Please review these Guidelines before attending worship at Christ Church.

  • Every Sunday at 8am the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Church.  The service includes 2 pre-recorded hymns, and lasts about 45 minutes. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
  • Every Sunday at 10am the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Church.  See below for detailed music information.  The service lasts about an hour.  Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
  • Sunday, May 2 at 5pm Eucharist will be celebrated in the Garden of Resurrection. The service will last about 30 minutes and will followed by a brief reception.  Please feel free to bring some beverages to share – we will provide plastic cups, soft drinks, and white wine.

Please check the e-blast Sunday and/or check the calendar on the parish website to make sure Mass-on-the-grass has not been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Worship Live-Stream, Sermons, Bible Study & Music Archives
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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson
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.

The Response
Psalm 22:24-30
Deus, Deus meus
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
“May your heart live for ever!”
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the Lord’S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

The Epistle
1 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.

The Gospel
John 15:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Music at 10am, this Sunday
Newly recorded hymns and anthems by our full choir: 

  • “Gloria in excelsis” (new recording)
  • “The strife is o’er” (new recording)
  • “Now the green blade riseth” (new recording)

The following music selections will be offered live by Jeffrey Hoffman, organist and choir director, and Jann Degnan, alto soloist, on Sunday morning:

  • Organ Prelude: 32. Chorale-prelude “Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn” (“Today God’s Son triumphs”) from das Orgel-Büchlein, BWV 630 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Alleluia verse, plainsong
  • Aria at the Offertory: Arioso: “Thanks be to God” (“Dank sei dir Gott”) by Siegfried Ochs (1858-1929),
  • formerly attributed to George Frideric Handel
  • Solo hymn during the Communion: “I need thee every hour”; Text: Annie S. Hawks (1835-1918); Music: Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
  • Organ voluntary: Chant de May (Song of May), Op. 53, No. 1 by Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Parish Prayer List

Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known).  We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: Father Matt (914.471.0260),  Deacon Katie Lawrence (914.589.1628), Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515) .  If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at:

Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Anne, Claudette, Ginny, Beverly, Barbara, Nicholas, Randy, Sonya, Mary, Ralph, Didi, Tom, Sammy, Patrick, Ryan, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Ellen, Alexia Grace, Alison, Greg, John, Emma, Hildy, Jason, Shay,  Cara, Stephanie, Robert, Susan, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Robert, Sherrie, Michelle, Karen, Lisa, Laurelyn, Rob, Drue, Rob, Bill, Andrea, Sue,  Lael, M & D, Sandy,  and Katie.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week:  Elaine A (April 25), Janet D (April 28), Jeanette J (April 28), Marge D (April 28), and John M (May 3).

And we give thanks for the Wedding Anniversary of Eileen P and David H (May 4).

We also give thanks for The Rev. Deacon Katie Lawrence on the 11th anniversary of her Ordination to Diaconate (May 2).

On Wednesday, April 28, we celebrated the 178th anniversary of the laying of the Christ Church Cornerstone.

We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason,  Nicholas, Sam, Jack, Helen, Mitchel, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.

We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President and Andrew our Governor.  Grant our nation peace and help us to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.

Our prayers are asked for all medical professionals and staff, for those working towards treatment and a cure for Covid-19, for all first responders and for all providing care during this pandemic, especially: Russ, Jordan, Anna, Nicholas, Amy, Kristine, Jaazmeen, Jennifer, Toni, Peter, Charles, Christine, Sean, Katie, Naima,  Sandra, Jim, Claire, Novelette, and Karis.

We remember and pray for the more than half-million Americans who have died from COVID-19, and we pray also for all who mourn.

We pray for all who have died.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen

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