Parish offices will be closed December 24, 25, 26, and 27.
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 15, 2013
The First Reading Isaiah 35:1-10
A Reading from the Book of Isaiah.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The Second Reading James 5:7-10
A Reading from the Letter of James.
Be patient, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 11:2-1
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
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."