Christ Church Connection Update

Dear friends,

I loved last Sunday’s celebration of Holy Eucharist. I didn’t know what to expect and so the (copious) tears surprised me. Sharing communion with so many of you, even with tiny little communion cups carried to homes like sparks of sacred light in lunch bags, felt like ice water in the desert. I’ve heard from many of you who were also moved by the experience, whether joining us live on Zoom, or having communion around your table.

It was also a delight to have some of our children lead us in song and prayer. Before the pandemic, we decided to begin having a monthly family friendly service at 10:00 a.m. in response to requests from parents with young children. While we never imagined it would commence online, we will continue this practice throughout the year on the second Sunday of the month. It won’t always be communion if we are worshiping online, but we will join together to nurture – and be nurtured by – the next generation.

Our next Communion celebration will be Sunday, August 9th. It will also be for children of all ages! Look for more info to come, but please go ahead and email Jen if you would like to have a blessing bag delivered to you.

In the meantime: reach out to one another, wear a mask, carry a fan, and be compassionate – to others – and to yourselves.

Blessings and love to each and every,

Communion online tomorrow. Pick up today!

Join us Online for Holy Eucharist!

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


Dear ones,
Tomorrow we will be having one live service offered online via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. Teddy’s prelude will start a few minutes before the hour as we’re all getting settled. A recording of the service will be available for viewing on YouTube later in the day.
Pick up your “blessing bag” with consecrated bread and wine TODAY, Saturday, July 11th in the church parking lot. I will be there handing out blessings and blessing bags! If you need the sacrament delivered, please call the church by Noon today. Don’t be shy. See details below.
It has been a long time since we celebrated communion together. This one promises to be memorable, joyous, and most certainly will have a glitch or two. All family meals do. At least the ones I cook. Or attend. One more thing: if you haven’t gotten to pick up the sacrament, please still join us for worship! The bulletin has a prayer of spiritual communion for that purpose.
Be compassionate with yourself and one another. There is more grace than any of us know. I look forward to seeing you around the table.
Click here to read details in preparing for online celebration of Holy Eucharist on July 12th!

Sunday, July 12, 2020


10:00 a.m. Celebration of Holy Eucharist: A Family Service for Children of All Ages
Live on Zoom and available for viewing later on YouTube.

There will be NO Children’s Chapel, NO 5:00 service.

No Bible Study until further notice.

Third Sunday after Pentecost

“His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me…”

Dear Christ Church family,

Many have talked about this being a ‘kairos moment’ in our collective lives, and I agree.

As many know, the ancient Greeks had two words for time: ‘chronos’ and ‘kairos’. Chronos refers to sequential time…as in chronological time…the livestream starts at 10:00. Kairos is something different entirely. It’s often said to be a time of crisis and opportunity that calls for decision, conversion or action. A time when the Spirit is hovering…waiting.

Bishop Mariann reflected on her time at the Interfaith Prayer service last Sunday in this week’s Diocesan Newsletter:

“…Now is an opportunity to address long-standing wounds and fissures, and the current manifestations of our nation’s deepest sin. As Rev. Barber spoke, I felt the familiar sense of being summoned by God to show up and do my part. There are so many reasons why I feel unprepared and inadequate for this moment. But how I feel could not be more irrelevant. The summons–the call–is to show up, take my place among others, and make my offering. I can do that, and so can you.

“No matter who we are or where we come from; no matter what we know or what we have to learn; no matter what we need to take on or let go, there is a place for us now, an offering we can make to change our nation for the better.

If this is, indeed, a kairos moment, pregnant with the possibilities of God, we all want to show up. We don’t want to miss this moment.”

I know that we will show up, do what is ours to do in this time, in this kairos… movement.

blessings and love to each,


Read Bishop Mariann’s reflection entitled “Summoned to the Moment” here.

Staff News, Compline, and more

Farewell to Madi!

Dear friends one and all,

For the past four years, we have been blessed with our Youth Minister Madison Chase. She has not only touched the lives of our youth, but graced all of us with her presence and leadership. As most of you know, she has been phasing out her work with us as she is working full time as a social worker at a hospital and that is more than enough ministry for one human being! Madi will end her time with us on May 31. We send her off with all our love and boundless gratitude for her.

Although it’s not the same as the big party we’d usually throw, we’ll have a special goodbye liturgy next week at the Pentecost Service, and a time of recognition at a virtual coffee hour. Please consider sending her a thank you note (you might even include a little gift if you know what I mean) in care of the church, 4001 Franklin St, Kensington, MD 20895. She has served Christ Church in countless ways – we give thanks for her gifts and presence among us, and we will miss her enormously. 

As Madi would say: Peace, Love & Jesus,


P.S. There are many important announcements this week, click the READ MORE button below to learn more.

New Christ Church Worship Opportunity: Compline

Please join us for Zoom Compline on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:30 pm. This simple, ancient liturgy is a peaceful way to close the day with 15-20 minutes of prayers, psalms, and a short scripture reading. Also called Night Prayer, it can be said in community or alone.

The order of service will be provided for you on zoom or you can follow along in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 127). To say on your own, Mission St. Clare has a beautiful version with chant or includes the New Zealand Prayer Book service.


Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear beloved community,

As the school year seems to never end (or has ended far too soon),

as virtual graduations abound,

as we wait for Phase 2* with bated breath,

as we revel in the warm Spring air,

as we ache for those out of work, those ill, those who mourn, and those who have died,

as we seek to make sense of our lives and these times,

perhaps it would be good to stop for a moment, exhale, relish the gift of having this moment, and trust that in spite of all, and because of all,

we abide in the One in whom we live, and move and have our being.

And give thanks.

I find this prayer from A NZ Book of Prayer helpful. You might recognize the first part!

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,

the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

God our life, be with us through this day, whether it brings joy or sorrow. Help us when evening comes to recall one benefit, one moment of grace for which to give you thanks.


Don’t stop believin’… washin’ those hands… or wearin’ that mask.

with blessings, love, and buckets of compassion, 


PS. Our neighbors need us. See announcements below for ways to support Arcola Elementary; our homeless neighbors in DC through Street Sense; local businesses in Kensington; and the Mid-County United Ministries Mobile Food Bank. If YOU need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the me.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

Dear beloved community,
This Sunday will be our 9th while safely at home during the pandemic. I’ve never run a marathon, (ok, or a 5K, except once with Girls on the Run. My 8 yr old goddaughter left me in the dust.) but I now feel like we’re all in the midst of one. It’s requiring patience, compassion, creativity and care from all of us. And sometimes it’s all overwhelming. The Way of Love seems ever more important as we navigate the coming weeks and months.
The Bishop and her team has put together a very helpful statement outlining a phased way forward for the church based on the recommendations of local health authorities and our sacred commitment to keep one another both safe and step by step able to worship and serve in closer proximity. Hence it’s name: Toward the Future with Caution and Hope. I commend it to you as well as the many other resources in this and other Christ Church Connections! Do fill out the survey so that we may serve you and support one another. Do let me know how you are faring. Do send us your prayer requests.
As this time in our lives goes on, please be gentle and compassionate not only with others but with yourself. And to all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, coaches, teachers, aunties, friends – all who nurture us with motherly care, happy mother’s day to you.
May God bless you and keep you. I miss you and love you,