May 30, 2021, is Trinity Sunday – First Sunday after Pentecost

Our Guidelines for Worship & Events have been updated, effective Friday, May 21, 2021

On the First Sunday after Pentecost the Church observes Trinity Sunday, a feast to celebrate God’s revelation of himself to us as the Trinity.  The feast is a favorite for many members of the Church, especially because of the wonderful hymns associated with this observance.  The feast seems to have arisen in Spain and France in the seventh and eighth centuries as a result of controversies concerning the nature of God.  The observance did not become universal in the Western Church until 1334.


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

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

The Response

Canticle 13

A Song of Praise   Benedictus es, Domine
Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The Epistle

Romans 8:12-17

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ– if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

The Gospel

John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


Today’s Music

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

Hymn in Procession: “O Love, how deep,  how broad, how high” (Agincourt hymn)
Words: Latin, 15th cent.; tr. Benjamin Webb (1819–1885), alt.
Music: DEO GRACIAS, English carol melody, also known as The Agincourt Hymn, Trinity College MS., 15th cent; Public Domain.; arr. Richard Proulx (1937-2010) and John Walker (b. 1941), after E. Power Biggs (1906-1977); second verse harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised, 1950; E. Power Biggs organ fanfares and harmonization copyright © 1947 by Mercury Music Corporation, a division of Carl Fischer, LLC.; Richard Proulx arrangement, copyright © 1985 by GIA Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved. Licensed under OneLicense.net A-713125.
John Walker arrangement copyright © John Walker. Used by kind permission from John Walker. Performed by Laurelyn Watson Chase, Jann Degnan, Jeffrey Hoffman, and Simon Cram, professional choristers; with members of the parish choir Jeff Bodenmann, John Hastings, and Margo Hastings; Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music. Recording, photography, and video production by Jeffrey Hoffman. This presentation copyright © 2021 by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church), Pelham, New York. All rights reserved.

Hymn in Procession: “Guide me, o thou Great Jehovah”
Words: William Williams (1717-1791); tr. Peter Williams (1722-1796), alt.
Music: CWM RHONDDA, John Hughes (1873-1932).
Words and music in the public domain.
Recorded live on May 23, 2021 at Christ Church in Pelham, New York.
Performed by Laurelyn Watson Chase, Jann Degnan, Jeffrey Hoffman, and Simon Cram, professional choristers;
with members of the parish choir Jeff Bodenmann, John Hastings, and Margo Hastings;
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music.
Recording, photography, and video production by Jeffrey Hoffman.
This presentation copyright © 2021 by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church), Pelham, New York.
All rights reserved.

At the 10am Service the following music selections will be offered  live by Jeffrey Hoffman, organist and choir director, and our soloist, soprano Laurelyn Watson Chase on Sunday morning:

Organ Prelude: Cantabile in F, Op. 41, No. 4 by Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
“Gloria tibi Trinitas” (Two Parts on a Rownd Time) by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

At the offertory, solo: 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes  from Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor), K. 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Laudate eum, omnes populi
Quoniam confirmata est
Super nos misericordia eius,
Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper.
Et in saecula saeculorum.
Amen.
—Psalm 116, Vulgate

O praise the Lord, all ye heathen: praise him, all ye nations.
For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
— Psalm 117,
Book of Common Prayer, 1662

This work is in the public domain.

Hymn (live solo) during communion: “Eternal Father, strong to save”

1 Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

2 O Christ, whose voice the waters heard
and hushed their raging at thy word,
who walkedst on the foaming deep,
and calm amid its rage didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

3 Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood
upon the chaos dark and rude,
and bid its angry tumult cease,
and give, for wild confusion, peace;
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

4 O Trinity of love and power,
thy children shield in danger’s hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe’er they go;
thus evermore shall rise to thee
glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Words: William Whiting (1825-1878), alt.
Music: MELITA, John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876)
Words and music in the public domain.

Organ Voluntary: Festival Toccata by Percy Fletcher (1879-1932)


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: marie@christchurchpelham.org.

Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Mike, Anne, Ginny, Beverly, Barbara, Mary, Ralph, Jed, Didi, Josephine,  Sammy, Ryan, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Alexia Grace, Alison, John, Emma, Hildy, Jason, Yen, Susan, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Sherrie, Michelle, James, 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:   Pamela Lent (May 24),  Bill Scherer (May 28),  Andrew Emery (June 1), Julie Hansen (June 2), Charlette Finch (June 4), Marie Main (June 5), and Peter Ruocco (June 5).

We give thanks for the 17th Wedding Anniversary of Fr. Matt and Nicole Mead (June 5).

And we  give thanks for Father Matt’s 6th Anniversary at Christ Church (May 26) and celebrating his first mass at Christ Church (May 31).

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.

We remember and pray for all Americans who have died from COVID-19, and we pray also for all who mourn.

We pray for those who have died, especially Edgar B (May 20).

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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