Christ Church Lucketts

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Thank you Christ Church community for welcoming my son, husband, and I to your congregation. You all are just lovely!
Please join us for a Lenten Reflection on Praying, Giving, and Forgiving. This three-hour event includes contemplative prayer, readings, music, journaling, and sharing our Lenten journey. Led by our own Susan Pullin, graduate of Shalem Institute's Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, 2011. 8:45 am coffee 9:00 program start 12:00 program finish
From Kurt, our Lay Pastoral Leader: Sometimes the presence of the Holy Spirit is more evident than other times. I mean, the Holy Spirit is always with us, but sometimes you can feel the presence of something special, of a more sacred way, if you will. Yesterday at Christ Church was one of those days. It started with the presence of our priest. Yesterday that was Gail Epes. Her presence--never mind the Holy Spirit--is calming, spiritual, strong. When Gail celebrates you feel as if Jesus just simply tapped her harder than the rest of us and said to her 'go, and make disciples of all...' for that is surely what she does when she celebrates with us. When she looks us in the eye, calls us by name and says 'George, this is the body of Christ,' you know He is there, you feel the special nourishment that only comes from the Eucharist. It included the music. The Ecumenical Choir yesterday was glorious. With blended voices, under the direction of the wonderful Betty Hutchison, 'Seek and You Shall Find' made us all stop and listen. We listened to the music. And we listened to what Christ Church exists for: the presence of Jesus in every heart and mind and body of every person in the room. The music reminded us that this Jesus Way that we are seeking to understand, is often presented to us in a simple melody. This presence was manifested in our response to my challenge to donate 100 books for children who don't have any. One person asked me during the week, "How do you know you can get that many books from so small a congregation?" I responded "Done deal; we'll have way more than 100." And, of course, as usual, CCL responded. Why? Because somebody (in this case many kids and a great organization) needed us. As I said - done deal. The presence of the Holy Spirit was with me too yesterday. You all know I don't write out my Messages. And, as I have told some, I swear it is true that sometime during the week my message comes to me; just shows up in my brain. And writes itself. The main body of my message was a simple one to construct. I knew I wanted to remind all of the last four weeks, that taken as a whole could be seen as a path for us, too. Jesus' baptism, the start of his ministry, can be a reminder to us that we can renew our baptismal covenant as often as we want, and start our own ministry over and over if we want. The key is to be reminded we ALL have a ministry. The wedding at Cana, the first miracle, helped us realize we all do miracles everyday. Heck, we were witnessing one that morning when 200 books showed up in response to a request for 100. Not a miracle? I beg to differ. A beautiful miracle. And then Jesus announcing to his friends and the people that 'I am who God says I am' turns for us into a reaffirmation of being who God says WE are...that our intentionally saying to God and others 'I am who you say I am' helps us along the way, this Jesus Way. But when we do these things-renew our baptismal covenant of our ministry, continue to do miracles, and continue to say we are who God intended us to be - we change the world. And when we change the world, really change the world grounded in love, what is going to happen? People are going to want to throw us off the cliff. While I had my notes ready to preach, it wasn't until Sunday morning that it occurred to me-so I could add it to my notes for the message-that what Jesus wants of us is to be cliff dwellers. He calls us to welcome the discomfort that comes from following him. After all, we are here, we exist, to change the world, to say to the world we aren't what YOU say we are. We are what HE says we are. But nothing left us with the presence more yesterday than when we sang the Christ Church anthem, the song in every one of our services, sung every single week, communion and Morning Prayer alike: 'Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place...' When Betty struck the chords for Surely the Presence and I looked out at all the faces with their eyes closed singing the words they know by heart, I lost it. I couldn't sing. I couldn't see. I can't see now as I write this. After the service Gail told me she had the same problem. She was so overwhelmed by the presence of the spirit in the church she worried she would not be able to say the final blessing. Christ Church has become a place where Jesus resides in us as community and in each of us individually in a more powerful way than any of us thought possible. And we are beginning to bring our message to more people who we know benefit from being with others who seek to understand His call and respond to it. (Yesterday we had 42 people…double what we had a year ago at this time.) Let us each dedicate ourselves to seeking this presence every day, all day, in everything we do. Let us be cliff dwellers. I love you all, Kurt
NO CHURCH 1/13/19 Due to the snow (and our Sr. Warden telling us Route 15 is like an ice rink) we have decided to not have church today. So please be careful and we'll see you next week. Also as a reminder Morning Prayer and Bible Study resume Wednesday starting at 10am and next Sunday we will have Communion with the Rev. Tom Prinz celebrating with us. Kurt will be posting a short Morning Prayer service on the web site sometime this morning, that can be prayed alone or with your family so you can still have church! Be safe.
To our Christ Church Family: We don’t have to tell you snow is coming–in some places it’s already here. There are conflicting reports on the amount we can expect so as of right now church is ON for tomorrow but that might change. Tomorrow morning before 8:30am we will send another email and post an announcement on the web site on a final determination about having church or not. If we decide that we are able to have church please use every caution if you decide to attend. Those of you in places you shouldn’t venture out from— DON’T! If Church is cancelled, look to the web site under Kurt’s News and Notes (middle of the home page). There he will post a simple morning prayer service we can all do at our leisure (great for families to do together) as well as part of his Message on the Baptism of Our Lord. Let’s hope we see you tomorrow. The Vestry

The Little Church with a BIG heart

Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church in Lucketts, Virgnia. We worship together in an historic chapel built just after the Civil War about 5 miles north of Leesburg on Route 15.

Mission: Appreciating our roots; Serving our community; Moving forward in faith.

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[05/30/20]   Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Strawberry Festival is cancelled for 2020***

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[05/11/20]   So sad to report that Strawberry Fest is cancelled for June 6th☹️. We may try something in the fall if we can. Hope to see ALL of you next year!

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CHRIST CHURCH MORNING PRAYER
Sunday, March 22
9:30 am on line
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Meeting ID: 790-872-135

Our Lay Pastoral Leader Kurt Aschermann will lead from the Book of Common Prayer and provide the message.
You may follow along with a BCP if you wish but it is not necessary to participate
This Morning Prayer will last about 30 minutes--why not invite someone you know to join us?
Please Note: this is a one way call; only the LPL can be heard during the call.
Please mute your phone or computer when you sign into the church service to eliminate the background noise.

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Daily Mid-day Prayer - if you would like to pray Mid-day prayer each day, join us on Zoom...starting March 18th at 12noon. To join click
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The entire service will last about 10 minutes and include a reflection by our Lay Pastoral Leader each day
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[03/16/20]   Please read “The Plus Side of Quarantine” by our Lay Pastoral Leader, Kurt Aschermann. Click on the link below!

[03/16/20]   The Plus Side of Quarantine
Nobody can find anything good about people getting sick and dying. Nobody and no way. But the measures being taken to control, slow down and prevent the virus can be a positive outcome from this terrible disease.
We can use this time of isolation to learn to slow down and do nothing.
If you go to Barnes & Noble or a pharmacy, where the magazine racks still exist, you will find a variety of issues dedicated to everything from the Civil War to sports to cigar smoking. But no shelf has more variety than the so-called ‘self-help’ rack, where magazines teaching us to slow down and be mindful are. Heck, there is even a magazine called Mindfulness. Now you would think that with all these tools, all this information, the world would have slowed down and smelled the flowers a long time ago. Instead the world speeds up and runs to the nursery to buy more flowers.
The art of slowing down and doing nothing isn’t that difficult and, frankly as a subscriber to some of those magazines that all say the same thing over and over again, I can tell you slowing down and doing less is done when we - wait for it - slow down and do less. Truth is you can sit still and not do anything. Not watch tv, not read a book, not order something on Amazon. It is possible to just sit. (It’s also possible to reorder our lives so we don’t have to buy books, tv’s and everything Amazon sells, but we’ll leave that to another self-help article, leading to magazines, books and seminars).

Sitting and doing nothing isn’t in our DNA. Not just American DNA, btw, but the world’s DNA. However, with a little effort and taking the time to increase the amount of time we sit doing nothing, we can become ‘nothing-doers.’ The world—you know, the people without the right DNA—calls the formal practice meditation. We call it just sitting and doing nothing.
The Taoists call this wu wei, ‘doing non-doing’ and while it would be good to explore this concept in theological complexity, let’s just leave it at this: do nothing a couple times during your day. You can learn by just one or two times a day, sitting still in a quiet place and finding comfort in your chair without doing anything else at the same time. Not reading your phone, not drinking coffee, not watching Oprah. Just sitting.
In our ‘just sitting exercise’ you also don’t have to worry about meditation cushions, finding the proper posture (though sitting upright with hands on the thighs would be good), or burning incense. You simply have to sit quietly in one place without sound. You can close your eyes if you want, though you don’t have to. You can rest your hands as mentioned above or cross them in your lap. The key to learning to ‘sit’ is to just start sitting! Don’t worry about all the magazines and books that spend ridiculous amounts of words teaching you to be a yogi sitting on a high mountain. We’re learning to sit quietly; not trying to solve the world’s problems.
If you commit to this exercise, I promise you will find some peace of mind that didn’t exist before. This simple form of meditation works. It works because it’s simple. After all, when you learn to ride a bike, you don’t head out on your two-wheel racing bike on day one? You start with training wheels. Sitting and doing nothing is meditation on training wheels.

Now, each time you sit, increase the amount of time you do so. Start with one minute. I mean it - one minute. Sit in silence for one minute. Then make it two, three, etc. If you can start with five, do it. The important thing is to just continually increase the amount of time you sit doing nothing.

You will find the amount of time will increase and the amount of peace of mind will add up over time. If you keep at it, you will find you miss your time in silence. That is when you know you have made this simple exercise a part of your life. Heck, someday you might buy one of those magazines and learn to meditate so you can go to a high mountain and solve the world’s problems.
This awful virus is just that - awful. But our isolation can be turned to good if we make use of the required separation from the rest of the world. Learning to just sit can be an ancillary benefit to a terrible time in all of our lives.

Kurt Aschermann
Lay Pastoral Leader
Christ Church, Lucketts, Virgina
617-962-6220

13 Liberty St. nw
Leesburg, VA 20176
[email protected]

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The little church with a BIG heart

Christ Church, Lucketts (Episcopal)

Worship Services are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

ALL are welcome.

During the school year, school-age children may attend Sunday School in the Church House. They will leave together during the service and return to celebrate communion with their families.

Nursery Care is available for children ages 3 months through 5 years from 9:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Church House once a month. Please check the calendar for specific dates.

Please hang out with us after service for snacks and coffee. We’d love to get to know you.

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14861 Newvalley Church Rd
Leesburg, VA
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We are an Episcopal Church, but you don't have to be an Episcopalian to join us. We are affilated with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia with our diocesan headquarters in Richmond, VA. Sunday morning worship service is at 9:30 with church school provided.

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Sunday 09:30 - 10:30
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