During this time of Coronavirus and social distancing, we are not conducting any face to face worship at St. Christopher’s. Please join us at 10 am on Sundays on Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/stchristophersfairborn/
Our Tuesday healing service is by conference call. Dial 425-436-6364. When asked for an Access Code, enter 370157
What follows is a description of our worship when we are able to meet again, face-to-face.
Christian formation happens over weeks and years as we hear the stories of faith, sing the hymns, pray the prayers. It is our experience that as we are regularly bathed in the Christian traditions, and break bread together, we grow closer to one another and to God in Christ. The old saying is true, “As we worship, so we believe.”
We worship using The Book of Common Prayer. Our Sunday worship is The Holy Eucharist. Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” It includes readings of scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, sermon, hymns, prayers of the people, and Holy Communion.
Every Tuesday a small group gathers at noon to pray for people who are ill or struggling. We anoint with oil and lay hands on those who wish to seek wholeness and healing in their lives. We also celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
People who are uncertain and question faith are just as welcome as folk who are secure in their convictions. For we know that a crisis or “dark night of the soul” can happen to any of us. Sometimes we can sing with full voice and at others we can only hum or listen as others carry us along.
So join us for worship at St. Christopher’s! There’s always room for you.
Need a Helping Hand?
Struggling with something? Feeling overwhelmed or burdened with guilt or resentment? Having a difficult time forgiving? Struggling with questions of faith?
We offer confession, counseling, support, and referrals for folk who may have specialized requirements.
Contact the church to make an appointment with the priest. He is wanting to hear your story. No membership requirements. Just call.
The following words are used in our marriage service:
“Will you have this person to be your spouse; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her/him as long as you both shall live?”
Answer: “I will.”
Please note that it’s not the Hollywood answer, “I do.” The question is not about how you feel toward your spouse on your wedding day, but how you will treat him/her in the future. “Love” is a verb. It is about acting toward the other with love, comfort, honor, and fidelity “as long as you both shall live.”
If you are contemplating or planning a wedding, then congratulations!
If you would like to know more about our understanding of Christian marriage and are interested in having your marriage blessed at St. Christopher’s, please contact the church to make an appointment with the priest.
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 507) It is the expectation that Christians will be buried from the church. There may be circumstances where a funeral will be conducted at a funeral home, but those should be rare.
In the case that a person is dying, please call the priest who will make every effort to anoint the person with what is commonly called “Last Rites.” When a death occurs, please contact the church and the priest immediately. Scheduling of a funeral involves coordination with the availability of the church, the family, the priest, the funeral home, and the cemetery.
St. Christopher’s does not require that anyone desiring Christian burial be a member of this congregation.