The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021

Today is the Sixth Sunday of Eastertide.
The Church celebrates the resurrection with a feast of fifty days. On Fridays in Eastertide special acts of discipline and self-denial commemorating the crucifixion of the Lord are not practiced. “Alleluia” is said or sung repeatedly during our liturgy. The Paschal Candle burns throughout Eastertide. The central Christian belief is that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. In our worship this is not a past or an abstract reality. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered and made present in our worship and in our common life. “Jesus Christ, yesterday and today, the Beginning and End, Alpha and Omega. His are all times and ages. To him be glory and dominion through all eternity.” “Easter” is the English language name for the Sunday of the Resurrection. In most languages, the given name is some form of the word “Passover.” Easter celebrates the “Passover” of Jesus from death to life.

Today is also Mother’s Day and Episcopal Charities Sunday.
Share your blessings on Mother’s Day with others who probably had a harder year than most. Episcopal Charities supports 62 feeding programs throughout the diocese, and as we know more people are going hungry during the pandemic than before.  You can make a donation to Episcopal Charities HERE or by texting SUNDAY to 91999. You’ll be brought to a secure donation form, where it will only take about a minute to make a real impact. Visit for more info.

Today’s In Person Worship

  • Every Sunday at 8am the Eucharist (Rite 1) is celebrated in the Church.  The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 323, and 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 (Rite 2) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.  See below for detailed music information.  The service lasts about an hour.  Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
  • Please review these Guidelines before attending worship at Christ Church.

Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives

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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson – 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.

The Response – Psalm 98 – Cantate Domino

1 Sing to the Lord a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
2 With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
3 The Lord has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 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.
5 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the Lord with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
8 Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.

The Epistle – 1 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.

The Gospel – John 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

Today’s Music
At the 8am and 10am services, the following recorded hymns and anthems will be offered by our full choir: 

Hymn-anthem: “Look there! the Christ our Brother comes” (“Joy to the heart”)

Hymn: “The Day of Resurrection, Earth tell it out abroad”

At the 10am Service the following music selections will be offered  live by Jeffrey Hoffman, organist and choir director, and mezzo-soprano Jann Degnan, our soloist, on Sunday morning:

Organ Prelude: Arioso in A from Cantata “Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe” (“I stand with a foot in the grave”), BWV 156 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), transcribed for organ solo by Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958)

At the Offertory, solo song: Ave Maria by Charles-François Gounod (1818-1893), based on a Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.

— from The Angelus  (Latin, 11th century), quoting Luke 1

At the Communion, solo song: 4. The Call from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joyes in love.

— George Herbert (1593–1633)

Organ voluntary:  7. Postlude in F, Op. 28 by Christian Cappelen (1845-1916)

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, Mike, 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:  John Manfredi (May 3), Grace Bodenmann (May 12), Linda Gerra (May 12), Annette Wiggins (May 12), Nicholas Mead (May 13), Kevin Alexander (May 14), Jack Kaufmann (May 14), Jabea Kisob (May 14) and Kate Zambelli (May 14).

And we give thanks for the Wedding Anniversary of Eileen Peluso and David Hoffer (May 4),

We also give thanks for The Rev. Deacon Katie Lawrence on the 11th anniversary of her Ordination to Diaconate (May 2), and for The Rev. Deacon Chisara Alimole on the 8th anniversary of her Ordination to the Diaconate (May 13).

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 those who have died, especially Bob Weeks on the 5th anniversary of his death (May 10).

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,

rest in peace.  Amen


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