11:00 p.m. Festival Eucharist (Service at St. Christopher’s)
December 25 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, said
Parish offices will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 and January 1 and 2.
The people of St. Christopher's Church welcome you to our community. We hope you will find spiritual nourishment and companionship with us as you seek a new church home.
St. Christopher's Church is an Episcopal Church in the world wide Anglican Communion. As Episcopalians we look to scripture, tradition, reason and experience as authority for our faith and worship. These provide a framework for understanding ourselves and our salvation and the way we are meant to live in relationship to God and one another. Our life of worship is centered in the Holy Eucharist, and we encourage all baptized persons to join in receiving communion.
St. Christopher's is located in the Colonial Heights area of Sullivan County. Our area is one of the fastest growing areas surrounding Kingsport.
Readings for Sunday, December 21, 2014
The First Reading 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
A Reading from the Second Book of Samuel.
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
The Second Reading Romans 16:25-27
A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Romans.
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
The Holy Gospel Luke 1:26-38
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Our Mission Statement
God calls St. Christopher's to put love into action by offering the Christ within us to one another by:
Participating in meaningful worship
Continuing to care for each other
Advancing spiritual enrichment
to the community by:
Bringing the Christ within us to others
Affirming and supporting individual and group ministries
Sharing our Anglican heritage and traditions
Working together for the health of our community
to the end that:
"every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."