Feb 21

Just As I Am

Ruth BeresfordFaith

You have seen the news that Billy Graham has died Wednesday, February 21 at the age of 99. I never went to a revival or saw one on TV, but if you were paying attention at all in the last half of the 20th century, you knew Billy Graham was an influential evangelist for Jesus Christ, and not more

Feb 14

Lenten Poetry

Ruth BeresfordLent

Did you know that one of the great poets of the 20th century, W. H. Auden, served on the committee for the translation of the Psalms in the revision of The Book of Common Prayer? I did not know that until I started my preparation for our sermon series on the Psalms this Lent. As I' more

Feb 07

Valentine Ashes

Ruth BeresfordLent

Next Wednesday we will experience the collision of two calendars, two cycles of marking time. Now that the Super Bowl is won, the secular cycle moves toward the celebration of love with Valentine's Day. All that Valentine's chocolate, the greeting cards, and social media posts will more

Jan 31

For the Sake of the Children

Ruth BeresfordFaith

I was not yet seven years old in 1968 when the world seemed to twist into unrest. I have a memory of a protest in Indianapolis following the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And those who are my elders will remember the international events of uproar - the million more

Jan 24

Come to the Chapel

Ruth BeresfordWorship

We are blessed to have two lovely spaces for formal worship, that is, services of prayer or sacraments where people gather in the name of Jesus Christ to worship God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I'd like to tell you a little about the Chapel of the Christ Child. When prospective more

Jan 03

Christmas Resolutions

Ann UrinoskiChristmas

New Year's Day has passed, and we are reaching the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Our season of Christmas is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the Three Kings, or Magi, arriving to visit the baby Jesus. While the Shepherds were called by an angel, the more

Dec 27

Keep Christmas 

Ruth BeresfordChristmas

When do you put Christmas away? Many folks decorated their homes just after Thanksgiving, and the tree looks a little tired now. Some people wait for Green Show and decorate in early December, while others get their trees up just in time for Christmas Eve. I guess the take-down time depends more

Dec 20

The World Needs Christmas

Ruth BeresfordFaith

We are approaching the end of Advent. This year your preaching team heard an Advent message about the apocalypse - the end of the world as we know it - described in scripture with all sorts of natural and human cataclysms and crises, like earthquakes, wars, and family betrayal. In the same more

Dec 20

Letty Downs Musician in Residence Program 2018

Bruce BarberMusic

We are so very excited that the Christ Church Choir will be the Musicians in Residence at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from August 14-25, 2018! This will be the first pilgrimage for the choir as a whole to England. Additionally, spaces for up to 45 companion pilgrims are more

Dec 13

Praying for the Family

Ruth BeresfordPrayer

"Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family." Why should we pray for our congregation? We are meant to be Christian together. Jesus called the disciples to work and live together to spread the news about God's kingdom come, more