Special messages

Posted February 1, 2017:

Be not afraid!

Be not afraid pic

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
Authority

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,
Pastor Melissa

 

 

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