Christ Church, Lucketts

Episcopal

the little church with a BIG heart

Welcome

We are pleased you have decided to check out our web site and learn more about our fun, vibrant Episcopal church community. Our congregation worships in an historic board and batten structure in a pastoral setting just ten minutes north of Leesburg, Virginia, near the beautiful Potomac River. Our church is small and we appreciate the special gift that our size brings to persons who seek out a feeling of belonging, of not being lost in a crowd. We offer a feeling of extended family. At Christ Church everyone is part of the in crowd.

Notes & News

Ash Wednesday at Christ Church

There will be two opportunities to receive ashes Wednesday February 26th.  Following Morning Prayer at 10am there will be the simple imposition of ashes for those that wish them.  The…

Morning Prayer this Sunday

The wonderful worship leader Betty Hutchison will lead us in Morning Prayer this Sunday, February 23rd.  Join us for Betty’s always well thought out and interesting messages.  Sunday 9:30am.

Lent and Easter at CCL

For a small parish we usually have a lot going on.  Lent and Easter are no different.  Here’s a rundown of things coming up for this important season: Shrove Tuesday…

Notes from the LPL–Monastic Life

Monday morning,  as I made my way to St. Anselm’s Benedictine Abbey in Washington DC for two days of retreat and planning with the abbot  for a weekend I am running for them later in the spring, I began to wonder, again,  why I never went to the monastery for good.  I have been a student of Benedictine monastic life (and now Buddhist monastic life) for some 45 years and have had a strong contemplative heart for that amount of time as well.  Why wasn’t I ever called to the monastery?  Why aren’t I a monk.

Then I began to reflect on our rather chaotic yet still meaningful, Morning Prayer service  in Church House yesterday because there was no heat in the church, and I realized THAT is why I am not a monk.  What that service represented, in content and form, is what I am called to.

Sunday was vintage Christ Church, Lucketts.  No panic, no renting of garments.  We just said ‘let’s go next door;  we can make it work.’  Then we stuffed 30 people into the dining room, hallway and part of the parlor, had our usual beautiful service with feast of a coffee hour thanks to Linda and Tim which followed, and in the end we were no worse than if we worshiped in a cathedral.  Christ Church, yesterday proved the church is the people, not the building.

That being said, as those who know me well will attest, I do believe monastic life can teach us a lot and can offer us tools for our life with Christ.  The simplicity, the balanced life, the ordered life, can be something we have too, that we can use to get closer to Jesus as we try to follow him.

Most people think monks all take poverty, chastity and obedience for their vows.  But Benedictine vows are stability, obedience and conversion of life. We can find value from these vows even as lay people.

Stability for a monk or nun is staying in place.  It is a promise to live the rest of their lives in the monastery they join and to follow the Rule of St. Benedict for life.  For us, that stability can be broader.  For us it can be stability in our faith, in our commitment to our church community, the commitment to our family.

Obedience is usually seen as something negative.  We, as Americans, naturally say ‘don’t tell me what to do.’  But obedience for the monastic is obedience to Christ and obedience to the rule and the abbot.  It is a freeing concept, actually.  For us this could be obedience to our Christian way of life. You often hear me say at Christ Church we wish to make our religion our lifestyle;  this is what I mean.  To do that we must be obedient to Jesus and what he asks us to do as we follow him.

And Conversion of life ( my favorite) just means, as I said in my message Sunday, things change.  We must be able to remain obedient and stable in a world that changes constantly.  Conversion means we see value in that change, we see growth in change, we see Jesus in change.

Becoming a monk or nun  may not be for any of us a long-term goal.  But monastic life’s principles can be.  Anything that gets us closer to Jesus is worth adopting and the silence, simplicity, stability, obedience and conversion can be beneficial to all not just those behind the cloistered walls.

Peace and all good,

Kurt+

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