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Christ Church 4th and 5th graders enjoyed a special time together during the GAP45 overnight retreat at Mt. Lebanon last weekend. The opening lesson and worship session at the hilltop campfire site was incredibly beautiful and moving. The next day, students started the day with morning prayer, followed by an adventure that challenged many of them: the zipline!
What a positive group of young people! It was powerful to see them cheer each other on as they suited up and climbed that imposing tower, with its winding stairs and open platform at the top. Some decided it was too much and walked back down, proud to have tried and even come so far. Others paused before deciding to let go and enjoy the ride. Everyone cheered for their friends, telling them they could do it.
One sweet boy became afraid and walked back down the stairs after getting to the top. Yet he asked if he could try it again. Not only did he make it to the top, but this time he leaned forward and zipped his way down the line! It was amazing to watch the transformation.
The GAP45 retreat is for many kids their first overnight retreat on location with their peers. We celebrate the leaps of faith these young people are making as they grow in the wisdom and stature of the Lord. Thank you for giving them your own support, encouragement, and prayer.
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Rounding the corner of my first year at Christ Church, what a joy it has been to watch young people grow! One thing I’ve learned in the past year is that so much changes. There’s a lot I can organize, but not much I can really control. And this has been a beautiful thing. I see signs of God’s loving work in places where I can only ask for His help, go on with my business, and watch what happens next. This Sunday, we welcome two guest speakers for a seminar on anxiety in teens and how to help them welcome God’s healing and peace. This will be a practical and soulful look at the reality of control versus rest , and I hope many of you can join us. If unhappiness and stress among young people seems endemic to Collin County, come hear the gospel! Christians believe in a God whose love confronts our priorities, and who offers freely the peace of His own great heart. Will we accept this priceless invitation? I look forward to seeing what the Lord still has up His sleeves for this youth group, and for your sons and daughters. Thank you for helping them be here with us!
Can I just share that I love it when I get to have one-on-one time with your kiddos on Sunday mornings?—even if it's because we are addressing a problem together!
Here is why…and it happens every time: God shows up.
Yesterday one of our younger students was having a hard time in Sunday School class so his teacher brought him to me. I start digging into the issue, and I pray. This little guy is young enough to be boldly honest about his feelings. He didn’t want to be at church because he wanted to stay home and play Xbox. Hence the resistance and challenging attitude to his teachers in class, which brought him to me.
But here is the beautiful part: We had an amazing conversation about God. This boy opened up and shared some stories of healing in his family and I got to help him see how that was God’s hand. God let me remind him that He is always with him. That we come to church to worship Him and give Him thanks for these very instances. That we are his church family and we are all here to support him and help teach him, including his wonderful Sunday School teachers. That it is okay to ask questions because we are seeking Him. That it is okay to talk about his conflicting desires on a Sunday morning because God is big enough.
He let me pray over him before returning to class. As I walked away I hoped that he felt God’s love in this place. I am thankful for his family who brings him here so he can continue to grow in his faith.
And I learned about myself too. I was reminded of how much I sometimes desire what the world has to offer instead of turning to Him first. Approval, fulfillment, affirmation.
"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 6:6-7
From the domestication of fire and the invention of the wheel, to air travel and the creation of the Internet, human beings have achieved remarkable things. Yet in spite of all of our advancements and accomplishments, Easter forces us to come to terms with our limitations. We are not all-powerful. We are not all-knowing. Though we try to deny it, we are all running a losing race with time. We daily feel the effects of sin and death on our bodies, families, and communities. The discovery of our brokenness, however, is the very way we enter into a life of worship, wonder, and overwhelming joy! Easter celebrates the power of God that triumphs over our weakness and inabilities. It displays divine love towards needy creation. It exalts God’s great victory over sin and death in the resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. When we focus fully on the wonder of God’s power to accomplish the impossible, we join our hearts with the Psalmist and say, “The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:23-24). Today is a day of great rejoicing. We join with the Church in heaven and earth and say “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death!” Easter turns us away from the despair of our limitations and invites us to celebrate God’s miraculous intervention. Let us follow the risen Christ as his faithful disciples. As the great Anglican hymnist Charles Wesley put it, Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! This, indeed, is cause for great joy!
It happens at this time every year – at least for the last 36. I am moved to thanks and reflection on God’s enormous grace in bringing my wife, Cinde, into my life and then, as Jesus Himself said, joining us together as one (Mark 10:8, 9). On May 31, 1980, we established a covenant through which God forged a union. I wish I could say that it has been 36 years of unfailing marital bliss; but I am not that easy to live with! I have been known to quip that it’s a minor miracle that Cinde has put up with me all these years. It’s really not a joke, though; we have each recognized our dependence on a constant infusion of God’s love in order to live in a fashion that is consistent with the oneness that God created at our wedding. Perhaps coincidentally, for the last several years the Circle of Two marriage class has occurred almost simultaneously with our anniversary—as it did last weekend. Maybe that’s not the dream many would have for a romantic anniversary. But, taking that time to review our own priorities while building into the lives of other couples has indeed been a blessing for us. Based on the evidence of Scripture, marriage is supremely valued by God. He established it at the very beginning of creation (Gen. 1 & 2). The Bible also ends with a wedding – Jesus as the groom, and we, the Church, as the bride (Rev. 19:6-9, 21:1-22:21). The prophets of the Old Testament often refer to God’s relationship with his people in marital terms. And, it is significant that Jesus’s first miracle takes place at a wedding (John 2:1-11). The list could go on. But the point of it all is that God takes marriage very seriously. It is intricately tied up with His cosmic plan. It is representative of His desire for us to live in community. And it is even designed to reveal truths about Himself: our Triune God Who is an eternal community of love. I encourage you to mark your calendar now for a marriage seminar that Christ Church will offer next fall, October 28 & 29. Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove will lead us in an examination of marriage and enrich our understanding of God’s design. I hope you’ll avail yourself of the wisdom they have to share and save the date.
When tears are spent, and then art left alone
With ghosts of blessings gone, Think thou are taken from the cross, and laid
In Jesus’ burial shade Take Moses’ rod, the rod of prayer, and call
Out of the rocky wall The fount of holy blood; and lift on high
Thy groveling soul that feels so desolate and dry. John Keble (1792-1866) Though life certainly has countless blessings and joys, we also find ourselves at times in seasons of great pain, despair, and grief. As you read the words to this classic poem, perhaps you can relate? You may be in a season where your tears are spent and the blessings of life are but a distant memory. If you find yourself in this place, take the second part of this poem to heart and enter into a time of prayerful waiting. Join your heart with the Psalmist who cries out, “In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness” (Ps. 31:1). In many ways, Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. We have walked the painful road to Calvary and have seen the suffering of the cross, yet the joy and triumph of Easter still awaits us. Much of our lives is spent in this place of waiting, where we have seen the love of God shown on the cross and know a day is coming when all will finally be made right. But in the time in-between, we wait. We must remember that waiting is not the same thing as inactivity. You may find yourself filled with anxiety and fear. Your thoughts may rush to the pain of broken relationships or lost loved ones. Yet this brokenness must not leave us paralyzed in our fear, shame, or doubt. It is precisely in these moments that God wants you to cry out to him in prayer, trusting in his love and gracious care for you. Your faith may feel feeble and weak, yet today find comfort in our Lord who was no stranger to pain, isolation, or death. As you meet the Lord today in the chill of the tomb, have faith that you will also meet him tomorrow in the joy of the resurrection.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the desperate cry of David in Psalm 22. These same words are the final words of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s gospel account as he cries out with a loud voice from the cross. Alone, betrayed, deserted, abandoned. The skies pitch black; an earthquake. What terror the disciples must have felt? Their own pleas to God are not recorded, but surely on their lips: “Where are you God?” “What on earth are you doing?” “Why have you abandoned us?” All words, all cries, all pleas, all prayers met with the same response. Utter, absolute silence. Have you ever been in this place? Crying out to God in desperation? “Where are you, God?” “Why are you silent?” “Why have you left me alone?” “God, do something; please help me!” Begging, groaning, grieving, pleading, sighing. “God, why have you forsaken me?” Most of us have had seasons of suffering and loss beyond what we thought we could bear. There have been moments of wailing in agony over a devastating event, the death of a loved one, the death of a relationship. And perhaps for us, too, our desperate cries were met with silence. Every year it is hard to hear Psalm 22 as it is read at the Maundy Thursday service. God, how could they do this to the one who is Love? How could we? For we, too, had a hand in the suffering and torture and excruciatingly painful death of the one we call Savior and Lord. But Good Friday reminds us that the one who is fully God stood for us and with us. We are not alone. We have not been abandoned. Today, on this day we call Good Friday, we stand before the Cross which stands at the center of all history. The cross, which was the instrument of suffering, torture, and death for Jesus, is for us the instrument of our rescue, our salvation. Today we wait at the foot of the cross. We wait hopefully, expectantly, as we remember the final words of Psalm 22: “Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” It is finished.
Our reflections and meditations on the True Vine over the last month have hopefully brought you to a place of deeper appreciation and devotion to the Lord. As Jesus relates this metaphor, He is actually opening up His heart and asking us to look inside—inviting us to see the love and purposes He has for us and His desire to have an intimate relationship with us.
Never forget that Jesus wants nothing more than to win our love. He does it by showing us how much He loves us! He states it right there at the end: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus’s self-sacrifice (He knows it is coming) comes out of His love for us. In love, He pays the ransom to free us from sin. When we love in response, it is not because of any pure devotion of our own, but because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Scripture gives us many examples of how we respond to the love and faithfulness of God. Consider Psalm 116. The psalmist begins by declaring his love for the Lord, honestly stating the reason: because God has heard his pleas for rescue and has answered them. God, in His faithfulness, has protected him because He loves him. As the psalm continues, the writer seeks the proper response, asking, “How shall I repay the Lord for all the good things he has done for me?” There is ultimately only one course of action:
Motivated by God’s love and faithfulness, he loves God in gratitude. In his gratefulness, he gives God thanks and praise. His thanks and praise are made public, as he recounts God’s works of salvation before others. God has shown us that this is the type of sacrifice He wants most (Ps. 50:7-14). It is no wonder that Holy Communion is actually called Eucharist (meaning Thanksgiving) because in it we give God a “sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.”
By faithfully loving us He has won our love. What better way is there to show our love for him than to praise Him before others?
Welcome to Holy Week. What an opportunity we have to slow down and tune into the life of Jesus.
When was the last time you sat down and just read Jesus' words? A few years ago some friends and I decided to read aloud together all four gospels during Holy Week. Yes, we were all single and none of us had children. But it was still easy to think, "There's no way I can afford this," or to measure our time purely in terms of what's "productive."
We did it anyway. And I can remember few times in my life more intimate or moving, simply reading aloud to one another for hours the words and deeds of Jesus. They are so direct, so astonishingly alive. They comfort, they heal; they rebuke and sting! There is so much Christ said and did (and says and does) which strikes us to the heart. These are the moments that shape us into lovers of God.
Can we find time for leisurely love of the Lord? Sit alone this week with a few chapters from Matthew? Join a Holy Week service? Fast a meal? Sit in silence? Step back? We have a whole week to re-awaken, to breathe deeply the freshness and power of the gospel. Take advantage of it as you are able!
This week's schedule encourages students, too, to join the church in meditating on Jesus' life and death before we get to Easter.
We'd also love for them to join in getting to know our new Rector-elect, Fr. Paul! God is at work among us, y'all. Taylor and I feel so glad to be a part of it!
When we read the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation we encounter the story of God’s unceasing faithfulness to his people. Time and time again God’s people find themselves in need of saving, and each time God comes to their rescue: slavery in Egypt, David vs. Goliath, exiled in Babylon. The list could go on and on. This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and in this celebration we encounter another key moment where God’s people are crying out for salvation. Hosanna literally means “save us.” So when we hear God’s people crying out, they aren’t simply singing songs of praise or thanksgiving, but are joining their voices with the psalmist who in Psalm 118 cries, “Save us, we pray, O Lord!” In Jesus’ day, God’s people lived under the rule and oppression of the Roman Empire. When they thought of their need for salvation, what first came to mind was their need to be saved from the Romans. For this reason, when the crowds welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, they thought they were welcoming the revolutionary King who would overthrow Rome and set them free. Jesus is without question a revolutionary King who comes to save us, but his revolution is not against a nation or state. It is against our true oppressor: death. To truly set us free, God’s rescue mission must go to the very root of our bondage. He knew in the ancient world that there was a bondage far deeper than Roman oppression, and He knows in our world today that there is a bondage far deeper than financial struggle, relational brokenness, or substance abuse. These challenges are symptoms of a much deeper ailment. Jesus’ triumphal entry is ultimately his triumph over sin and death. He is the King who comes to die and rise again, defeating death once and for all as he does. When we see Jesus as he truly is, and when we see our own brokenness and need, we should rush to join our voices with the crowd and say afresh, “Hosanna, God save us!”