Christ Church, Presbyterian

Welcome to the CCP website!

Christ Church, Presbyterian, worships each Sunday at 4:00pm on the lower level of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT. All are welcome.

Click here for a preview of Sunday’s worship.

If you have questions, we can be reached in the following ways…

Phone: (802) 862-1898
General Email: secretary@christchurchburlington.org
Rev. Michael Brown: pastor@christchurchburlington.org

Mailing Address:
Christ Church, Presbyterian
PO Box 574
Burlington, VT 05402-0574

Somewhere beyond belief, our hearts know…

We’re a warm family of Christians who welcome you to our community of faith, no matter what your background. Some of us grew up in a church; some of us had never explored our spiritual life; most of us are somewhere in between. Together we seek to discern who Christ is and what He offers and asks of us. We’re people in mission, trying to make a difference through our inclusive, healing life together and our variety of work within the wider community and the world. We welcome everyone to our work and worship, celebrating the diversity of human beings God has created.

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Easter Feast

Like last year, our Easter evening celebration, will begin at 4:00pm with an Easter Feast incorporated into the service. Reminder: One important difference about this year’s Easter service is that it will be Mike’s last Sunday with us as our pastor!

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/05/2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location
CCP at Cathedral Church of St. Paul

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Easter “Sunrise” Service

Easter (April 5) begins with a “Sunrise” service at 7:00am in Battery Park, offered jointly with members of First United Methodist Church.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/05/2015
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Location
Battery Park

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Good Friday

Good Friday (April 3). Services begin at 6:00pm in our space at St. Paul’s. Mike Brown will lead us as we walk with Jesus through his final hours.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/03/2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location
CCP at Cathedral Church of St. Paul

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Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday (April 2) John Steele and Moira Mulligan have generously offered to host us in their home. The new venue should be particularly meaningful since, according to tradition, on the night off his arrest Jesus gathered with his disciples to share a meal in the upper room of a house. As in the past, the event will include a worship service, Agape Meal, foot washing ritual and time for fellowship. Mike Brown and Janet Patterson are heading up the planning, so please stay tuned for details on how you can help.
Mark your calendars, and make plans now to join your CCP community at John and Moira’s on April 2 at. at 6:00pm.
Call for directions – (802) 862-1898.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/02/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
CCP at Cathedral Church of St. Paul

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March 8, 2015

Mike Brown
by Mike Brown
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Weeds of the Kingdom

Mark 4: 30-32
Pliny the Elder, from Natural History
Thich Nhat Hanh, “Waking Up”

Yesterday I traveled with Elinore, our new Clerk of Session, to Windham, New Hampshire to attend the better part of the meeting of the Presbytery of Northern New England. It was Elinore’s first such appearance, and possibly last, for all I know, since there was nothing controversial or contentious at all on the docket. And what’s the fun in that? During the little piece of the meeting where some kind folks said some nice things on the occasion of the approval of my retirement, I tried ever so stealthily to refer obliquely to years past when the floor of presbytery could be practically a battle royal, but no one really rose to the bait. Ah well. Continue Reading →

March 1, 2015

Mike Brown
by Mike Brown
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Picking It Up

Readings: from Anne Frank: A Diary of a Young Girl from Dudley Clendinen, “The Good Short Life”
Mark 8: 34-38

You’ve just heard a set of readings that might be described as glimpses of futures foreclosed. A teenaged girl writes from a hidden attic in Amsterdam, knowing or not knowing at some level that her young life is not going to unfold as she might imagine, her dreams of “becoming what I’d like to be” cut off by the terrible fate suffered by so many. What is the value of her life? A man writes of “Lou,” as he has come to call the disease that is killing him, and writes also of the gift of wonderful friends who each do what they can to help ease his pain and make his foreshortened future a celebration of life—and yet he is so painfully aware that the future in store does not seem to be much of one at all. What is the value of his life? Continue Reading →

March 1, 2015

Mike Brown
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Seeing

Mark 1: 9-15
Other Readings
Mark 2: 1-12

Yesterday I sang again at the Vermont Respite House, along with John Owen and several others of the Noyana Singers. And as I did so I was reminded of the story Sue Brooks told about doing the same thing at some point, and about how on that day the Noyana group was in the room of a dying woman who had above her bed a picture of a beautiful young woman—almost certainly it was a youthful picture of the woman herself, many years before. Sue spoke about how they sang a song we’ve done often, one by Libby Roderick entitled “How Could Anyone Ever Tell You”:

How could anyone ever tell you
You are anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You are less than whole?…

Sue spoke of how, as she looked at the woman lying in the bed, that woman became the woman in the picture. Continue Reading →

February 21, 2015

Mike Brown
by Mike Brown
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Risking Touch

February 15, 2015

Mark 1: 40-45

Other Reading

What is it that, for love nor money, you wouldn’t touch? Couldn’t bring yourself to come into physical contact with? I won’t ask you to share this, but you know. We all have something like that, I’m sure, whatever it is, and although we might have a different “it,” or several “its” more likely, we share the human response of revulsion to some things. Icky, disgusting, gross, nasty, hideous, repulsive, and so on.

And we come up with ways to keep at arms’ length those things we don’t want to touch. If we lived in first-century Palestine, one of those things might be an illness and a disease known in English translation as leprosy. Actually—and you may very well Continue Reading →

February 7, 2015

Mike Brown
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Casting Out

Deuteronomy 18: 15-22
Other readings
Mark 1: 21-28

There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing. (GK Chesterton)
You’re short on ears and long on mouth. (John Wayne)

But this prophet will come from among “your own people.” This prophet will not be a stranger with a new perspective or one with expertise that does not already reside within the community. “Your own people” suggests a more difficult prophet to hear—one who is familiar, who is known, who sees us in our daily lives and who is perhaps easy to ignore because we see her or him every day, too. Or at least we think we do. Continue Reading →

February 7, 2015

Christ Church
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Hearing Voices

John 1: 43-51
Other Reading
I Samuel 3: 1-10

It’s just a dog. That’s true, no less true than that I am just a man, and you are just who you are. Yet as Amity and I have just last night witnessed our good boy Max’s time of leaving our companionship in this life, there’s more to it than that, as anyone knows who has ever had a dog. Think unconditional love and unbounded optimism. Think undiminished gratitude and unflagging loyalty. Think uncomplicated needs and unqualified contentment. What’s that clever aphorism? Continue Reading →