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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A great day for our Strawberry Fest! Thanks to everyone who came out and to the vendors, entertainers, worker bees (including our wonderful parking attendants) and Christ Church Lucketts family for a FANTASTIC DAY! Til next year . . .
An hour before sunrise.
Strawberry Fest will be here soon! June 1st
Christ Church Lucketts
Hope to see you there!
Five weeks until Strawberry Fest!! June 1, 12:00-4:00. Yummy Strawberry Shortcake, entertainment, hot dogs/brats, face painting, balloon figures, juggling, etc. please join us!
[04/28/19] Strawberry Fest is 5 weeks away!
The Lord is Risen Indeed!
Our Holy Week Schedule:
Join us in church this Thursday at 7pm for a unique Maundy Thursday service where we will sit around a table in church to re-enact the Last Supper. We ask that those attending bring a SMALL dish of something to share.Not a Eucharist or a Seder, this new service will give us all an opportunity experience what we know Jesus and the disciples experienced in the breaking of bread and sharing the cup. We will also offer people an opportunity to wash another person's hands at the table before the meal (this is optional) to simulate Jesus' washing of the disciples feet.Then after the service and discussion we will strip the altar and return the church to its normal look to prepare for Good Friday. We will do this part of the program in silence and depart the church in silence.
On Good Friday the church will be open from noon to 3pm for silent prayer and reflection. Every hour on the hour we will read the Passion Narrative. Then at 6pm we will join with other churches in downtown Leesburg for a Stations of the Cross walk around Leesburg. We will assemble at the Presbyterian Church at 6pm, then proceed on a one mile walk to various other churches and cemeteries in the town. Christ Church will be responsible for the Sixth Station of the walk at the Town Hall green at approximately 7:15pm. The Vigil culminates at the United Methodist church down the street from the Town Hall.Join us for some or all of these important Holy Week services.
Easter Eucharist will be celebrated 9:30 am with our friend Gail Epes presiding. Join us for this the most important service of the church year.You are encouraged to come early for Sunday service in order to find a seat and a parking spot available.
Service Sunday at Loudoun Hunger Relief!
The Sacred Nature of Baseball
by: Kurt Aschermann, Lay Pastoral Leader at Christ Church, Lucketts.
Anyone who knows me even a little knows there are three main holidays each year of my life: Easter, of course, Christmas is a given and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. While the first two feed my spiritual soul directly, the third one-the real start of the baseball season- feeds my understanding of the sacred.
I know…stay with me here…
Many years ago my son and I took a road trip to Chicago to attend a big baseball card show (he was really into collecting) and attend games on both the ‘south side’ of Chicago, where the White Sox played (the team that first drafted me out of high school, coincidentally) and the ‘north side’ where my beloved Cubs played (the team that drafted me and signed me after my third year of college). Our four day trip (might have been five) was perfect in so many ways. First it was a father son thing-baseball has a way of bonding fathers and sons; that in itself makes it sacred. But it held something else that has stayed with us both over these many years: a basically secular exercise-attending baseball games-that turned very sacred, very quickly, and stayed that way. We were in sync that trip; we thought alike, talked about stuff going on in both of our lives; we used baseball as a backdrop to expressing love in new ways, stronger ways, more fulfilling ways. It wasn’t anything specific that did this. It just happened.
That trip taught me that a sacred event doesn’t have to be in church or a monastery or while walking in the woods, though all of those places are venues for spiritual events. A spiritual event, something sacred that happens to us can happen anytime, anywhere.
Oh there are the big ones that we expect like Easter or candle light Christmas Eve. But can we find them in the mundane? Are they there at the grocery store or while preparing lunch for our kids in the morning? Is God at the ballgame?
Because I think the answer to those questions is yes, my trip with my son was a powerful reminder, to me, of God’s presence and God’s love. I experienced God’s love in my son’s love and the love I had and have for him.
Our trip to Chicago culminated in a final Sunday afternoon game at Wrigley Field. Now I’m not going to use this space to wax poetic (anyone that knows me also knows I don’t do poetic too good (sic)) about the so-called ‘friendly confines’ but I am going to tell you if there is a ballpark in the world that more people have waxed poetic about than Wrigley Field I don’t know what it is. Wrigley is old; second oldest in baseball. And it is beautifully restored so that when you walk up the tunnel, as Kurt and I did that Sunday afternoon in June, and walk toward your seats (we had box seats thanks to the CEO of Allstate) you literally go back in time. As we emerged from the tunnel and looked at the iconic scoreboard, I remember, like it was yesterday, we looked at each other and smiled a smile of knowing, knowing that we were about to ‘do church’ in a whole different way.
And we did. Perfect weather, all baseball from the minute we left the hotel to the final pitch, love between father and son magnified like I never remember it before or since. The Cubs even won, something they weren’t used to doing in those days.
Kurt and I had a spiritual experience that day not because of what we were doing, but how we were doing it. We were alive to the experience, we were completely tuned in to each other, we were, in short, open to God’s presence in the simple act of attending a baseball game together.
That, to me is the definition of a sacred journey: when how you feel makes what you are doing while you are feeling it irrelevant.
Many have written about the sacred nature of baseball. But for me had Kurt been interested in bird watching and that five day trip had revolved around seeing winged creatures it still would have been sacred no matter what because we had opened ourselves to the perfection of God’s way without over-thinking it, or even articulating it. We just did it.
Our sacred experiences-something the Celts call ‘thin spaces’-are everywhere if we are intentional in looking for them. They are in the smile of a child, the simple act of opening a door for an older person, they are in the homeless and food-insecure people Christ Church will feed this weekend during our Service Weekend. The things we do become sacred when we make them sacred, when we are present to them fully, completely, with all of us. That’s what Kurt and I did that weekend…we opened ourselves to the glorious nature of God’s gift of life to us in the form of a baseball game.
I will be watching my Cubs today at 4pm and rooting for an Opening Day win. But today will bring back a spiritual memory for me that is as powerful as anytime I’ve prayed and felt God present. Today I will relive Opening Day as I relive Easter and Christmas. And God will be there.
The Rev. Mark Jefferson, Visiting Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary, will be the guest preacher at Christ Church on March 10th . We will celebrate Morning Prayer using our Christ Church prayer books and be treated to one of the church's great preachers celebrating with us.
Mark Andrew Jefferson earned a B.A. in Political Science from Norfolk State University (NSU) concentrating in Public Administration. While at NSU, he served as the President of the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha, received the Vince Lombardi Most Outstanding Football Athlete Award, and was named a Coca-Cola Academic All-American.Upon graduating from Norfolk State, he entered the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree. During his time at Candler, he served as President of the Black Student Caucus while pursuing academic an academic concentration in homiletics and earning a certificate in Black Church Studies. He was awarded the W. E. B. Du Bois Noomo Award by the Black Church Studies Program at Candler in 2012. He is currently at Emory finishing his Ph.D. in religion. He was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration. He is a doctoral candidate who will be defending his dissertation examining the influence of W. E. B. Du Bois and the idea of the “Talented Tenth” upon the preaching imagination of African American homiletics. In 2017, Jefferson was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.While pursuing his Ph.D. degree, he has been active as a teacher. He co-facilitated a preaching conference for lay pastors in the Bahamas that was featured in The Nassau Guardian. His areas of academic interest include African American preaching traditions, Hip Hop culture, and the future of theological education. He currently serves as Visiting Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), in Alexandria, Virginia. He also serves as Associate Director of the Deep Calls to Deep preaching program, an initiative supported by a Lilly grant to cultivate embodied preaching. He is also a presence on social media blogging extensively with posts being featured on Urban Cusp and The Root.
How do you know spring is on its way? Our 1,000 daffodils are starting to pop out of the ground.
Stay warm, friends.
Our original parish Bible (from 1869) has returned from the bindery, ready for another 150 years.
From September 11, 2002, here is the bulletin for an Evensong service in observance of 9/11.
We've just received these photographs from Cat-Tail Run Hand Bookbinding - they are in the midst of a restoration of Christ Church Lucketts' original parish Bible from 1868. The Bible will return this fall as we begin our celebration of the church's 150th anniversary.
The 17th America’s 9/11 Ride this afternoon in front of the church.
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Bishop Johnston Announces His Retirement
This year, we are celebrating Christ Church Lucketts’ 150th birthday. These beautiful two-quart stoneware crocks, made by Westerwald Pottery, will be available on Sunday. The cost is $35 each and all proceeds go to the church.
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Please join us today as we pray for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as he undergoes surgery for prostate cancer.
"Strengthen your servant Michael, O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to usefulness in your world with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen (BCP, p. 459)
The Video of the Week is Up
christchurchlucketts.org Here’s this week’s video on the Feast of Pentecost May 20— https://christchurchlucketts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Pentecost-video.mp4
Our Bible, given to the church 2 years after it opened in 1868, is safely in the hands of professionals who will restore it in time for our 150th anniversary in the fall.
The Video of the Week is up -
christchurchlucketts.org Check out the weekly video about this coming Sunday’s Communion service. Turn up the volume; sound isn’t exactly from Cecile B. Demille… https://christchurchlucketts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/aprl-29-video.mp4
christchurchlucketts.org Video of the week – Jesus as Shepherd https://christchurchlucketts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CCL-ap-22-video.mp4 Kurt gets over to the neighbor’s farm for this week’s video preview. Posted on April 18, 2018April 18, 2018 by cclwebPosted in News and Announcements, Reflections & Sermons
We’d love to see your photos of our daffodils. Please put them in the comments.
What's going on during those days before Easter?
Following the lead of young people in our diocese and across the nation, we support those who take part in the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on March 24.
If members of your youth communities or others are planning to go, please let us know. We are eager to hear how our youth are responding and want to support them by connecting congregations that are planning to participate. Please fill out this form so that we can learn about your participation or support and connect you to others in the Diocese.
One thousand daffodils are starting to peek out of the ground along our wrought iron fence, but they’re already in full bloom on our new coffee mugs. See you Sunday.
Christ Church Lucketts's cover photo
[02/17/18] Services have been canceled for tomorrow, Feb 18 due to weather concerns.
Five boxes from Lithuania arrived today; our new handmade Christ Church Lucketts candle houses were inside. If you ordered one, please pick it up on Sunday.
[02/08/18] We'll have the annual meeting this Sunday after service. Hope to see you there!
[02/07/18] Bible Study has been CANCELED today due to the weather.
Late last year we discovered a damaged old pew in the church’s barn. Rather than just recycle it, we asked the Strong Oaks Woodshop in Front Royal to use the pew wood to create Bible stands.
[01/29/18] Please remember, Annual Meeting + Potluck next Sunday after shortened service.
[01/27/18] Tomorrow - No Sunday School. There will be a potluck for Father Stephen.
[01/25/18] This Sunday, January 28, will be Father Stephen's last day with us. We will have a special service and liturgy, followed by a potluck to celebrate Father Stephen's Ministry with us. Please bring a dish to share.
[01/12/18] Church services will begin as normal at 9:30 this Sunday, January 14. However, the Church House is off limits. Also, the bathroom in the church does not have water, so plan accordingly. Sunday School will not meet.
[12/30/17] Please join us this Sunday, December 31 for a brief service of scripture and carols followed by a potluck brunch in the Church House.
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