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April 5th, 2019 by Chad Gurley

With the arrival of spring and the advent of Easter, a favorite memory came to mind… When four years old, my son, Luke, loved to imitate me as I worked in the yard. He observed how I toiled over establishing a bed of roses and other flowering plants and trees. Among my various tools, he… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Chad Gurley

December 21st, 2018 by Chad Gurley

Psalm 33:20-21 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. I am sure that “waiting” has always been a difficult thing to do; however, today in a world of instantaneous-ness, it can be excruciating. Waiting for the train,… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Chad Gurley

December 12th, 2018 by Chad Gurley

Psalm 96:11-12 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice. When the grass is dry and no longer green and the trees are brown and bare,… Read More

Advent Reflection – December 17th

December 17th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

December 17th Chad Gurley Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of… Read More

Advent Reflection – December 7th

December 7th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

December 7th Chad Gurley For Joseph and Mary, the circumstances of Jesus’s birth—in a stable—were far from ideal, but worse was to come as the family was forced to flee the country.  It’s no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the… Read More

Leadership Council’s Statement re: Immigrants and Refugees

February 10th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

In these turbulent times in our national life, as the Leadership Council of Christ Church, we invite you to join us in redoubling our efforts to live and practice the gospel of redemptive love as taught and modeled by Jesus Christ. Our current cycle of Gospel lessons recounts Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. Beginning… Read More

New Volunteer Opportunities at El Nido

February 7th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

El Nido is expanding quickly, meeting the needs of so many mothers with babies and young children in Washington Heights, providing them hope for a future! Because of our growth, we need your help, and there are countless ways you can get involved and volunteer. Here are a few: Teach English. Most of our El… Read More

Advent Reflection – Twenty-Fifth Day of Advent

December 21st, 2016 by Chad Gurley

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Scroll down for to view the hymn and listen to the audio. Chad Gurley “Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth…” Once upon a life when I was an… Read More

Advent Reflection – Ninth Day of Advent

December 5th, 2016 by Chad Gurley

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed Scroll down for to view the hymn and listen to the audio. “He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth, love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth…” My family lived in the Arkansas delta where Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas all meet the great Mississippi… Read More

Advent Reflection – Sixth Day of Advent

December 2nd, 2016 by Chad Gurley

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus Scroll down for to view the hymn and listen to the audio. One of my favorite movies is the German film from Tom Tykwer, “Run Lola Run,” released in 1998. Almost a music video, the film invites us into a certain 20 minutes in the lives of the main characters, Lola and… Read More