Posted October 3, 2017:
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St Christopher,
It is with a very sad heart that I reach out to you all for prayers in the face of another horrific act of violence/massacre on so many people; this time at the concert in Las Vegas specifically attending the country music festival near the Mandalay Bay casino.
Please keep everyone in your prayers and I pray that no one has been directly affected by the loss of a loved one or friend, but, regardless this is a time of great morning again for our country ad particularly the Las Vegas community.
May these prayers offer comfort and something to hold onto.
Almighty God, when times are filled with tragedy, loss and terror we ask you to surround us with your protective and loving grace and healing and strength.
We ask your protection and strength and courage for all who have suffered from this tragedy and for those who have responded.
We give you thanks for the coming together of the friend, neighbor and stranger to rescue and comfort those who were injured and carried to safety; for all who extend hospitality to families pouring in and for all of the medical personal attending.
We ask you to give us all strength –Gospel Strong- as we try to make sense of so much violence in this world.
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen. Book of Common Prayer
Yours in Christ, Rev. Melissa E. Remington
Posted February 1, 2017:
Be not afraid!
After the Fellowship meal on Sunday, February 5, Lynn S. Clarke of the West Virginia Interfaith Ministry will discuss to the congregation and invited guests that ministry’s plan to safely settle refugees from war-torn areas in desperate need of placement. A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and laypersons, members have come together to help refugees in light of the crisis in Syria and other places around the world that has displaced millions of people.
The goal of the Feb. 5 program, beginning about noon at St. Christopher, is to educate people about about interfaith understanding, the ongoing refugee crisis and the process of refugee resettlement, volunteer opportunities available and the types of help needed.
Invite a friend to join us and please share this flyer: Be not afraid flyer
Posted January 18, 2017:
As we near Inauguration Day, here is a prayer that our church gives us to pray on that day and as often as we can:
For the President of the United States and all in Civil
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We
commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided
by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant
to the President of the United States, the Governor of this
State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom
and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the
love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful
of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Posted July 8, 2016:
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St Christopher,
Our hearts and spirits are saddened once again by horrible news of acts of violence now based on race and our men and women in blue. Our prayers go out to all of the victims, their family and friends and for us as grieving nation once again.
In response to these horrible tragedies may we continue to raise our awareness of the tragedy that racism causes EVERYONE.
Our Commission on Racism and Diversity is meeting Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Christopher Episcopal church to create a plan of response and ways of being more intentional in raising awareness about racism in our diocese and community and the fact it still exists. We all must do our part to eradicate this sin.
Please pray with me for racial harmony
“Creator of all people, in our amazing diversity of size, shape, color, and giftedness: guide us, by your grace, to recognize the beauty and fitness of all whom you have made in your own image. Give us gifts of humility and generosity of spirit to recognize in all people, the face of our Savior, Jesus, and to practice his commandment to “love one another,” toward the end of bringing harmony and peace among persons of all colors, origins, and abilities, for the sake of your Kingdom.” Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Posted June 13, 2016:
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St Christopher,
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the victims and families and friends of those who were slain in this horrific mass murder in Orlando on June 12. See the prayer below, posted here June 13th, and listen to Pastor Melissa’s June 19 sermon, “Engulfing hate with God’s Love,” on the Sermon’s tab of this website.
Let us Pray:
Most merciful God, surround those who are grieving with your love and your comfort. Work through us as a loving community to put an end to senseless violence.
May we not forget St Francis prayer:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Yours In Christ,
Reverend Melissa Remington