Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VIII, No. 10
- CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VIII, No. 10
6 October 2007
1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar
2. New Sterling Silver Pendants
3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
4. "Christian with a Twist"
5. Adam's Last Word
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1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar!
The new Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary is out!
The new Church Year starts with the first Sunday in
Advent, December 2, 2007. Chi Rho Press annual
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary for 2007-2008 is
back from the printer and ready to ship.
The NEW 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary
Year A is now on the Chi Rho Press Web site. You may
view it and order it at this link:
The 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells
for $11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
The Lectionary in the Liturgical Calendar is from the
Revised Common Lectionary, widely used as the
ecumenical consensus on readings for each Sunday and
holy day in the three-year cycle of the church year.
Our Liturgical Calendar is packed with useful
information for planning worship and preaching in
the local church. It is intended for use by pastors,
musicians, altar guilds, teachers, theological students,
and anyone using the Church Year as a basis for worship
or education. The Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound
so it can lie flat for easy use, in the popular 8 ½" x
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: A Heading that identifies the day in the
church year (for example, the first Sunday of Advent)
with alternative descriptions where appropriate.
The Revised Common Lectionary readings, including
a brief summary of each reading. (These are intended
as only a very brief overview to identify general
themes as an aid to worship planning. We do not
represent them as anything approaching a thorough
The First Reading is usually from the Hebrew Testament,
but there are exceptions, such as the use of readings
from Acts during the Easter season. These are sometimes
selected thematically to fit the Liturgical Calendar,
but often are simply being read through key passages
over a series of weeks. This is followed by a Response,
usually a Psalm. The Epistle Reading is next, like the
Hebrew Testament Reading typically a series of key
passages from the same book being read over a number
of weeks. Finally the Gospel Reading follows the story
of Jesus through the Christmas and Easter cycles, plus
the teachings of Jesus the rest of the year.
Next is a section called "Worship Planning." This
includes suggestions for decorations or symbols for
special seasons, such as Advent wreaths; the
liturgical color for the day; etc.
Rev. Witt has added lots of Notes in the Worship
Planning section, which serve to explain in more
detail information about the time of the church
year, provide resources for further study and
information, and develop liturgical themes to make
your worship experience more rich and meaningful.
Then comes a section called "Special Events," which
includes any special events occurring that day or that
week that you may wish to commemorate, such as World
AIDS Day, and some special occasions for celebrations
of diversity, such as celebration days for specific
cultures (e.g., Cinco de Mayo) and special days for
the GLBT community (e.g., a day of remembrance for
As a special added section, we have included
alternative readings for the five Sundays of
Pride-Tide (June) prepared by the Rev. Gordon
McCoy. The five sets of readings for Pride-Tide
may be used at any time in the year that the faith
community celebrates LGBT Pride. The standard
Revised Common Lectionary readings are included
for the five Sundays in June as well.
The 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar will be a helpful
aid for anyone involved in planning worship, as well
as a useful resource for all who want to know more
about the Church year and the rich liturgical life
of the Church Universal. We think you will like
this Liturgical Calendar.
Order the 2008 Calendar today at this new link:
The 2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells for
$11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
2. Sterling Silver Pendants
We totally sold out of our first two orders of Sterling
Silver MCC crosses and logos! Our silver smith is
working now to create a new order for us. They will
be ready soon! Order now, but be patient! Real
craftsmanship sometimes takes time.
A Gay jewelry artist has cast the traditional MCC
Chi Rho cross and the newer MCC logo in Solid
Sterling Silver for Chi Rho Press.
The traditional MCC Cross with the overlapped Greek
letters Chi and Rho in the center (a traditional
monogram for Christ, being the first letters in the
Greek word Christos) and the Greek letters Alpha and
Omega on the cross bar (the first and last letters
in the Greek alphabet, signifying the Jesus is the
Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end).
On the reverse of the cross is the dove of the Holy
Spirit. The Solid Sterling Silver crosses are 13/16
inches wide and 1 inch tall, and sell for $19.95 each,
plus shipping and handling. Six or more are $14.95
each, plus shipping and handling. Chains are extra.
The new MCC logo on a round pendant with the flame
of the Holy Spirit intersecting the stylized globe.
The Solid Sterling Silver MCC logos are 7/8 inch in
diameter, and sell for $24.95 each, plus shipping
and handling. Six or more are $18.95 each, plus
shipping and handling. Chains are extra.
We also have 24 inch chains in polished steel for
$2.50 each and in Solid Sterling Silver for $10.00
each, plus shipping and handling.
Please see and order your MCC Crosses or MCC Logos
at this link:
3. May We Suggest Stained Glass?
We have on our Web site eight photos of stained glass
windows made by resident stained glass craftsperson,
Adam DeBaugh. Adam specializes in windows and also
created the small pieces that Chi Rho Press sells.
The stained glass pieces made especially for Chi Rho
Press are the basic cross ($12.00), the gay/lesbian
rainbow flag ($18.00), the red stained glass AIDS
ribbon ($7.50), the rainbow cross ($18.00), and the
rainbow star of David ($18.00). See them at
Contact him at Adam@... for further
information and to discuss commissions for larger
Please visit the Chi Rho Press Web site and take a
look at the stained glass windows and buy some of
the smaller pieces that are readily available.
4. "Christian with a Twist"
Here is a selection from our book of reflections,
"Christian with a Twist: Reflections on Scripture
that are a bit more inclusive, a bit more relevant,
and with a bit of a bite," by the late William Gaston.
"Christian with a Twist" is available for $19.95 each,
$14.95 each for six or more copies, plus shipping and
handling. You can read more about it and order it at
As the subtitle suggests, Bill's writing has a bit
of a bite, and we believe you will enjoy his sharp,
but loving take on Scripture, life, and faith.
Here is a selection entitled "Blood Songs" from the
Ordinary Time section of "Christian with a Twist."
Please read John 6:53-57
When I first turned to this passage I thought, "Oh,
I do not want to go there!" But then I remembered
a conversation I overheard among friends in which
they were wondering aloud why some people objected
to singing "blood songs" in church. I did not enter
into the conversation the show was about to begin
and God will sometimes use anything to shut me up.
I needed to save my input and superior understanding
as to just why people object until I had some time
to think it through.
It so happens that I quite merrily sing blood songs
these days. They are some of our most rousing hymns
and I probably show my age by wishing we sang the
old standards more often. I do not mind saying,
"The body and blood of Jesus," when I serve communion
either. Sometimes though, I feel called to say, "The
gifts from Christ's table," or "the bread of life and
the cup of salvation." A little softer and gentler,
I want to say what people can hear, but only Jesus
knows that. So I go with my feelings. Such a
feeling one time motivated me to nudge a friend
during one of the "blood songs" and say, "If we
heard indigenous people in a dark jungle singing
these words we would call them barbarians."
And these words of Jesus would sound as cannibalistic
as the ancient Aztecs to somebody who did not know
that they were from the gospel. And they can perhaps
be stumbling blocks for people on a certain part of
their spiritual path.
Some people seem to have no trouble with these things.
They take the Bible and Christian beliefs as they
find them on faith, I guess they say. I am not
like that. Someone said to me once, "You question
everything, don't you?" It was meant as a compliment,
and yes I do.
I take my beliefs apart and look at them long and
hard. Usually I then find personal value in them
and pack them back in the spiritual tool box that
helps me face life.
But if I find them to be excess baggage or overly
cumbersome weight, I toss them at least for awhile.
Sometimes Jesus brings them back to me and I will
reconsider and accept them anew, but I can always
say, "Yes," if somebody asks me, "Did you pack this
yourself and keep watch over it?" If they ask if
anyone gave me anything to carry, I can say, "Only
Jesus, and he is my friend and is traveling with me."
5. Adam's Last Word
Our annual Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary is
Please order now at
Shipping and Handling Tip: This tip will be
especially important if you are ordering one or
two Liturgical Calendars!
When you are ordering from the Chi Rho Press Web
site, be sure to tell us your preferred shipping
method. The way the shopping cart is set up, the
shipping method defaults to United Parcel Service.
This is NOT the most economical way to ship for
orders under seven pounds. If you want the most
inexpensive shipping (within the United States)
it is usually best to pick USPS (United States
Postal Service Domestic Parcel Post) for packages
weighing under seven pounds. UPS (United Parcel
Service) Ground is more economical for packages
heavier than seven pounds. The shopping cart will
tell you how much your order weighs in the box right
next to your order amount and price. There is a link
there to change your shipping method as well.
When I order one copy of the Liturgical Calendar and
allow the default UPS Ground shipping method, the
shipping cost is almost as much as the book, $10.11!
But if I change the shipping method to USPS Parcel
Post shipping is only $6.28, and it is $6.46 for USPS
Be smart shoppers and choose your shipping options
carefully to avoid paying too much!
I really encourage you all to become Guardian Angels
of Chi Rho Press. This will help us a lot as we
prepare our next books for publication. Just $150
for a year will make you an important participant in
Gracia y paz,
Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
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