5 September 2019


Christ Church is an Episcopal parish in the Anglican-Catholic tradition.  

God in Christ calls us to personal transformation through the beauty and holiness of our liturgy, service to the city, and witness to the world.    


A Message from the Rector

Dear friends in Christ,

Most days when I walk down Broadway towards the Green, I come across an earnest pair of Jehovah's Witnesses with a kiosk with tracts--and a sign that changes, asking a provocative question that tugs at the heartstrings of our contemporary lives.

Today it was something like, "Will suffering end?"  Yesterday it was along the lines of "How can I get along with my family more?"  You can imagine the sorts of others.

Sometimes folks stop at the kiosk and look about.  Sometimes they talk to the Witnesses there.  I always wonder what they think about me when I walk by in my collar; in truth, I imagine they don't notice or think very much about it at all.

I disagree with the Witnesses about a great number of things.  I don't like simplistic answers to complex questions--I think they can be damaging and dangerous.  I believe I know God best in the revelation of Jesus Christ, the words of Scripture that point to Jesus, the Word of God, and the tradition of the Church catholic.  

Nonetheless I admire the willingness of these Witnesses to stand out on the street and offer themselves for conversation--to take the time and risk discomfort to proclaim in the very streets of the city themselves what they believe. 

What we say we believe--that God made us, loves us, and comes to be with us in the person of Jesus Christ--that not even death can stop the great love of God--that all people are beloved of God--these things, the distillation of the Creeds, the faith of the Church--are astonishing and revolutionary.  They are literally earth shattering.  I am loved that much?!  By the Creator of the Universe?!  What awe, wonder, and joy!  And out of that place I can afford to love others wastefully and with abandon.

That's life-changing information.  Meeting Jesus is a life-changing experience. 

I don't know what the Jehovah's Witnesses are telling, but I know what story we have to tell.  And it's a story that hurting people are longing to hear.  

This program year we'll focus on what the Gospel has to say about the suffering of the world--about the suffering of the city of New Haven.  We'll try on a few new practices--like our Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence on Friday, September 13 (Eve of Holy Cross).  And I'll keep asking us as a community to think about how we are sharing the story of God's love.

Maybe we're not called to stand on a street corner.  (Or maybe we are?!)  But we can certainly share our faith, authentically and honestly, when asked.  We can work to live in the discomfort of the questions--offering hope instead of easy answers, faithfulness instead of dogmatic tropes.  We can pray and praise and give thanks to God.  And we can tell the city and her residents that they are loved.

How are you today sharing what you know about God's love?  Are you sharing it with word and deed?  What will you try this week, this month, to tell someone that she or he is loved?  Where will you go outside the walls of our own community?  While you're there, what will you do to proclaim the love of God revealed to you through Jesus Christ?

It's time for us to reclaim evangelism.  I'm tired of leaving it up to folks with tired tropes and simple answers that fail.  Evangelism is just telling people that they--and we--are beloved of God.  That's all.  It's Good News indeed.

How will we share it together?

Yours in the Good News of Jesus Christ,

Shrine on Elm Street at site of a fatal shooting; flyers announce Eve of Holy Cross Vigil for victims of gun violence at Christ Church.


Service Schedule

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rector will preach all masses.

Click here for the readings for this Sunday.

Click here for recordings of past sermons.


Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m.

Low Mass (Chapel)
8:00 a.m.

Mass with Hymns (Rite II)
9:00 a.m.

Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. 


Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Monday-Friday
8:45 a.m. Saturday 

Evening Prayer
5:15 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.

Low Mass
5:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. 
12:15 p.m. Mon., Wed. & Fri. 



Feasts and Fasts


Eve of Holy Cross Vigil for victims of gun violence,
Friday, September 13, 6:00 pm

Evensong & Benediction for the Fourth Sunday of the Month, followed by a cookout, Sunday, September 22, 5:00pm 

Three Choirs Evensong and Benediction for the 
Eve of St Michael and All Angels, September 29, 5:00pm


Prayer List


Thanksgiving: For healing for David Crombie; For Patrick Keyser's having recently been ordained to the Diaconate

For those who are ill or have immediate needs: Nicholas Lindholm;  John Coughlin; Frank D'Amico; Monica Welch; Sharon; Kim; Rick Fowler; Pat Shelley; Bob Stone; Neil and Marianna; Kermit Westerberg; Margaret Smith; Bentley Layton; Fr. Bob and Carolyn Deming

For the Recently Departed:  Charmian Smith;  Margaret DiMaria Rossano; Janet Lawlor; Jim Rogers; Lois Dangerfield; John Lake



Vestment Repair Day for the Choir Saturday, September 7, 8:45am: Join the Choirmaster and Rector for a morning of repairing and laundering vestments as we prepare to welcome new and returning members of our choirs this fall. Meet by the Font after Morning Prayer.

Children's Formation: Church School resumes on Sunday, September 8. Please contact Angela Shelley for more information.

Cookout for Children and Families for the Feast of Saint Matthew: Saturday, September 21, from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Come for a special liturgy for children and families followed by a cookout in the garden. All children and families are invited for this time of celebration, learning, feasting, and fellowship. For more information, please contact Angela Shelley.

Evensong and Benediction with Cookout: On Sunday, September 22, at 5pm, come to Evensong and Benediction at 5pm and stay for a cookout to welcome newcomers to Christ Church.

Concert with Choirs of Trinity College Cambridge this Monday, September 9, at 7:30pm, Trinity Church on the Green (Temple St).  Free and open to the public.

Volunteers for Coffee Hour:  Following the 11:00am Solemn High Mass each Sunday parishioners enjoy fellowship thanks to the generous support of volunteers who bring and put out a spread of refreshments and clean up afterwards. We need volunteers this fall ; please  click here  to sign up for a Sunday. Email  Liz Larson  directly with questions.

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Parking for Mass: All weekend long and after 5:00pm on weekdays, our lot at 90 Broadway is available for parishioners attending mass, the daily office, or volunteering.  During the week Monday through Friday from 7am-5pm the lot is reserved.