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A Pastoral Message from Christ Church

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.                                                                                                           1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



The month of June is often a bit of a mixed bag for me. I delight at the warming weather and the prospect of extra time with family and friends. I also feel the full court press to wrap up the program year and complete a litany of projects before entering more fully into summer mode.


This June is particularly mixed for me and my family as we move closer to becoming permanent residents of the Garden State. So many loose ends to tie up: people to visit, last trips to favorite PA places to fit in, belongings to pack, moving logistics to organize…I wonder if, like me, you too feel a sense of dualism as we turn the calendar page to June.


Times such as this make me all the more grateful for the biblical witness in First Thessalonians. I am grateful for the timely three-fold reminder to rejoice, pray and give thanks.


Rejoice, pray and give thanks.


No matter how harried the day or overwhelming the to-do list, I trust that God is present in all things, willing the good in my life and the lives of those around me.


And so I will rejoice at the blessing my time in PA has been for me and for my family. I will pray for those I will no longer see on a daily basis. I will give thanks for the gift of those people and that place in my life’s journey.

I will rejoice in this new chapter of life God has prepared for me and my family in Sussex County. I will pray for this community and all those whose lives are touched by the ministry of Christ Church. I will give thanks for all of the connections, opportunities and possibilities this new call affords.


As you move through this transient month of June, I offer these three actions as guideposts. I invite us to be fully present in the setting God has placed us in that day. Tomorrow will come, but the unrepeatable gift of today is worth our full focus. 


Blessings and peace,


The Reverend Chris Streeter, Priest-in-Charge

Christ Episcopal Church, Newton NJ

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The Reverend Chris Streeter, Priest-in-Charge

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