Short Service and Sermons for March 22nd and March 29th
The Rector's Message to all
REGARDING THE CORONA VIRUS AND OUR LIFE TOGETHER
This is the letter I just send to our Parishioners:
Friends -- we are evolving and life is changing at a record pace. The church at the local level is no exception.
want to keep everyone informed what we are doing for the next two weeks.
First, all Roman Catholic parishes in New York and New Jersey have been ordered closed. The Episcopal Diocese of Newark has ordered all parishes closed east of Dover, New Jersey, which is 3/4 of the
The Diocese of New York (us) highly recommended closing parishes indefinitely.
Since I had made that decision I learned that one of the two Corona Virus deaths in New York State occurred right here in Suffern which means it is right here in our backyard.
light of this and on the advice of nearly all of the Clergy in the Diocese of New York, I am shutting down Christ Church's building for indefinitely, starting tomorrow morning. We will not have
worship services until I have a chance to re-evaluate where we are with the Worldwide Pandemic.
a concession, I will be offering members of the Parish Communion as follows: On Tuesday morning between 10 am and Noon, I will administer Communion by appointment on the front steps of the Church. It will be outdoor, weather permitting, so the risk of infection is diminished. I will be using
sanitizer before each person is communicated.
You can make an appointment at 845-357-1615 x 12 for this or next Tuesday morning. At that time, you can drive up to the front of the Church and call the office to inform me you are here. You then
can stay in your automobile and I will administer the host through the window or you can park and come to the steps where you will receive communion.
us not allowed to meet in our buildings, nor is the Adult Bible Class allowed to meet until we are released from the "stay at home" command.
The Thrift Shoppes will be closed.
The Feeding Ministry will continue each day serving bag lunches which will be distributed through the kitchen door.
know this may seem severe, and it is, but in my lifetime we never have had anything so virulent and lethal strike our country or for that matter, the world. I believe that this is in the best
interests of everyone -- parishioners, volunteers and guests.
will update our response following the two week period as I have outlined above. I hope and pray that we will have some good news in that period that will allow me to relax some of these precautions,
but no one honestly can know what will happen in the next weeks.
Most of all, please feel free to call us or email us. I encourage all in the parish to use the telephone to check in on each other.
The greatest gift you can give to all of us is regular and profound prayer, not only for each other but all of the people in the world who are wrestling with this just as we are.
May our Blessed Lord protect you and free you from fear. As the ancient Jewish Blessing reminds us: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you, the Lord lift up
his countenance upon you and grant you peace. Amen.
The Rev. Dale L. Cranston
Christ Church has a long and significant position in the development and growth of Western Rockland County. Change always accompanies every town or village and Suffern is no exception. Once, a
rather wealthy, exclusive village, it is now highly diverse, with cultures and lifestyles of every imaginable possibility. For a church not to meet the needs of a changing community would assure
decline. We do this in perfectly magnificent buildings, in the heart of Suffern where it could be easy to overlook the needs of those who are still suffering.
With new and flourishing ministries, Christ Church has seen enormous growth in the last ten years. Having declined for years, Christ Church now is solid, happy and expanding its ministries. We are as
diverse as Suffern is. On any given Sunday you will find infants, 90 year olds, African Americans, Asians, Hispanic, physically challenged and mentally challenged People, Lesbian and Gay People. We
range from politically very conservative to very, very liberal. We come here because of the enormous love, the outreach and dynamic preaching of the Word of God, always related to how we live our
lives in a highly complicated and diverse setting. Our ministries speak for our inclusivity and give credence to the idea that God calls all of us out of love to live in harmony. And that we do that
very, very well. One third of our Congregation comes from New Jersey and two thirds from New York.
In addition to traditional Episcopal Worship, one of the high points of the year is our Holocaust Remembrance Sunday, celebrated in November at the approximate time of Krystalnacht. We have been
fortunate to have members of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, NJ worship with us and we have been blessed by having survivors and of the Holocaust and their children worship with us and
share their experiences. If we forget to remember, the tragedy of hatred will continue.
If you seek a warm, friendly, diverse congregation that is deeply involved in outreach at many levels, please come and visit us. We worship in traditional Episcopal Church style, have magnificent
Tiffany windows, a huge plant and a very upbeat, joyous, worshiping experience in an old-world building.
Please do know above all else, that God loves you.
The Rev. Dale L. Cranston, Rector