A Rich Past and a Vibrant Future

Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, WI. We're glad you're here.

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We wish you a blessed epiphany!!

 

Weekly meditation:

 from the rev. anne seddon

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:17-18, 22-24, 30-32

Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord; you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

 

THOUGHT

The great feast of Epiphany revealed to us the wondrous news that Christ came to save the Gentiles too! In the above reading from Ephesians we are reminded that in order for this to happen we must change our lifestyle because as Paul says in 2 Cor 5:17: "If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come". We are new. We are different. It should be noticeable to the world!

 

As Jesus says, Paul says, and John says we are to love one another as Christ loves us. We are to stand out in the world by the evidence of our love! As I have pondered this lately, I have come to focus on the power of verse 32: "Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you".

 

A man in his 70s recently told me that for the last few years his Lenten discipline has been to be kind to people who annoy him. I found this to be quite profound. It is easy to write a check for disaster relief after a tornado or fire; it is hard to to love my spouse or child when his annoying habits get on my nerves. But we are called to do the latter as much (if not more) than the former. Forgiving the foibles and annoying habits or attitudes that grate on our nerves, being kind and patient with our family members and our fellow parishioners is a kind of love that is like the love of Jesus. It sees the other person as a beloved child of God and accepts them as they are. And in the process, it changes us slowly, profoundly and permanently from within.

 

It is not always the big acts that show Christ to the world. The seemingly smaller, more intimate, day-to-day acts of kindness build our strength to be Christians and make us beacons of His love to the world. When people see us acting this way rather than finding fault with each other, complaining  about each other's shortcomings, being short tempered with our spouse or children, or being judgmental of our priest or fellow parishioners, they will know that we are "new and different". Because Christ has made us so. We should stand out because of the depth of our love for each other; for the sheer amount of our "kindness, tenderheartedness and forgiveness" extended to others.

 

I am reminded of a question that was very popular in the 1970s. "If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"  I still reflect on this question from time to time and pray the answer is yeas.

 

QUESTION

 

How am I new and different because I am a new creation in Christ? What might I be like without Him in my life?

 

PRAYER

 

Everlasting Father, you sent your Son to redeem us and to teach us how to be fully human. We humbly pray that you will grant us the grace to see each other as you see us and to love each other as you love us so that we may be your light in an alienated nation. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

important reopening information:

 please read our august mask update:

Due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in La Crosse County and new recommendations to wear face masks indoors (even by vaccinated) people. Christ Episcopal church's Vestry voted to re-implement the requirement to wear face masks during services. Our goal is to protect every member and guest as best as possible. Thank you.

Sunday Services have resumed at both 8 AM and 10:30 AM.

Please continue to wear your masks, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing in the pew, and follow the direction of Ushers, Vestry, or Clergy for receiving communion, other worship activities, and fellowship. We want to keep everyone safe, and ensure that our worship together is a blessing!!      

        

We look forward to seeing your masked face soon!!

Also, please share your prayer requests with timleedonahue@gmail.com 

Just because we can't be together doesn't mean we can't pray together! 

 

Prayer for Sundays:

"In union, O Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. AMEN"

Online Devotional Resources Available 

Church Publishing Incorporated is making a PDF version of the Book of Common Prayer (online), and other free resources for devotional use.

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Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church

 

 

 

 

 

At Christ Episcopal Church, we are a congregation whose mission is to know Christ and to make Him known to others. We are a welcoming congregation. You may be a cradle Episcopalian, a non-believer or somewhere in between. We are an inclusive community which supports all lifestyle choices. We want to be your loving home where you are nourished and grow in God’s love. We want to accompany you on a journey which deepens your faith, grounds you spiritually and surrounds you with loving acceptance. When we share the peace of our Lord - we mean it! Children eagerly scamper to share the peace with parents in the choir, while acolytes light from the altar to greet family in the pews. Our peace may take a while longer than you’re used to as we warmly greet each other in Christ’s name.

We are located in the heart of downtown and actively partner with the Salvation Army, New Horizons Shelter (from abuse), United Campus Ministries and Coulee Council on Recovery to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and the greater La Crosse Community. We minister daily to those living on the margins of society seeking acceptance, spiritual guidance, financial assistance and hope in a world where they seek to find their place in God’s plan.

Hospitality, outreach, and education are all part of our mission within and beyond our congregation. We minister to our members and visitors alike. We bring Communion, blessings, anointing, guidance and counseling to members within our parish as well as those who cannot come to church due to age, illness, or disability. We honor those with special worship needs, certified service animals are welcome. We are committed to our children, seniors and all those in between.

  

       

                                                                                                Annual Blessing of the Pets (link to La Crosse Tribune Article)

 

Our church members include a broad cross section of society. La Crosse hosts two world class hospitals highly rated by the U.S. World News and Reports. We also host three colleges; vast recreational, hunting and fishing opportunities; plus a thriving art and music scene. All these are situated within two miles of our front door. Click here to learn more about our amazing city and community.

We are one of 19 parishes of the Diocese of Eau Claire. We’re members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, part of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America who reside and worship in North and Western counties of Wisconsin.

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