New Year’s and Feast of the Epiphany Schedule

Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day, Feast of the Holy Name 11am Holy Eucharist with music (one joint service) Friday, January 6, Feast of the Epiphany (with incense) 7:30pm Holy Eucharist with incense and music. There will be a dessert pot-luck afterward in the Parish Hall.   Regular service times resume on Sunday, January...

The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Dennis Bratcher, CRI/Voice, Institute To read this article please go to:  www.crivoice.org/cy12days.html Due to copyright requirements, for the online version of this article we can only provide the link, we are not allowed to print in...

Christmas Week and New Year’s Schedule

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve 4pm Child-friendly Holy Eucharist (children are invited to bring a crèche animal from home to place at the church crèche up front – and bring home again after!) 7:30pm Evening Prayer 10pm Special Music 10:30pm Christmas Eve Eucharist with choir (congregational candle-lighting) Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day 11am Rite I Holy Eucharist with music (one joint service) Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day, Feast of the Holy Name 11am Holy Eucharist with music (one joint service) Friday, January 6, Feast of the Epiphany (with incense) 7:30pm Holy Eucharist with incense and music. There will be a dessert pot-luck afterward in the Parish...

Two Families Reflect

The Fryling Family  by Brent and Jodi Fryling “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.” (Ps. 1:3) The first time our family came to Christ the Redeemer Church was just over a year ago. I distinctly remember the four of us walking into the sanctuary and Daniel our oldest son pulling me down to his height and whispering in my ear, “Dad this is a real church.” As we were enjoying the service that day it struck me that although our entire family had been going to church together for the last decade, this might have been the first time that we were worshipping in an actual traditional church building. Our sons Daniel and Isaac (now ages 10 and 11) had been born during a chapter of international work for our family and to them “church” meant a hotel conference room, a friend’s living room, or a school gym. They had never seen an actual altar, stained glass, or a preacher wearing anything but a sports coat and tie, or a polo shirt and jeans depending on which evangelical fellowship we were attending. Having recently moved back to the North Shore from work overseas, we felt we were beginning to put down roots but had an ongoing worry about how the boys would adjust, where they would find their place in this new life in America. I still remember Jodi sending me a picture of Daniel on his first day at school in North Beverly – he stood alone against a gym wall – watching friends greet one another after a summer away; he...

Festival of Christmas Lessons & Carols

by Dan McKinley Minister of Music/Organist & Choirmaster   Christmas Eve in the 15th century Gothic chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England: The organist finishes softly the prelude. A moment of silence occurs in the darkened, candlelit church. Then, in the back of the church, one boy soprano sings unaccompanied: “Once in royal David’s city / stood a lowly cattle shed / where a mother laid her baby / in a manger for his bed.” The choir of men and boys joins quietly on stanza 2, and the congregation adds its voice on the remainder of the hymn as the choir processes, ending in a swell of glorious sound. Thus begins the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols as it has for nearly a century.   If you can’t get to King’s this year, join us Sunday, December 18, at 5 p.m. for our Festival of Lessons & Carols, which also starts with “Once in royal David’s city,” sung by boy chorister Joey Powers. He has more advance warning than the King’s boy, who’s told only moments before singing that he’s “it,” and who also knows that millions are listening worldwide via the BBC. (You can hear King’s live at 10 a.m. EST Saturday, December 24 — and every Christmas Eve — online at BBC Radio 4, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06s9rzt. Further information about the service, including the program booklet which can be downloaded: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chapel-services/nine-lessons.html) (As of press time, neither of these websites had been updated with the 2016 information, but they should have it soon.)   Our festival follows closely the King’s liturgy, which began in 1918 just after the end...