Christ the King Episcopal Church - Normal, Illinois
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Christ the King Community Preschool

Episcopal Diocese of Springfield

The Bishop of Springfield's Diary


Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!  Rev.19:6b                                                                                                       

The Right Reverend Daniel H. Martins, Bishop
Rev. Dr. Desmond C. Francis, Rector
1210 South Fell Ave.
Normal, IL. 61761
(309) 454-4903

Our Mission:

To become joyful disciples of Jesus Christ and to make joyful disciples of all people through Stewardship, Worship, Education, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Service, and Fellowship.

Weekly Mission at Christ the King

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

CTK Preschool and Extended Day Care


6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Worship and Study

Choir Practice


9:00 am

10:15 am

11:30 am

5:30 pm

Adult Sunday School

Children's Sunday School/Church (2nd & 3rd Sundays)
Worship w/ Holy Communion

Coffee & Fellowship (after Worship)

Ministry of Intercession

Thought for the Week

Most of us; if not, all of us live between fear and faith. Correct?
Daily, we face the fears:
of want,
of pain or of disappointment [why do bad things happen to good people or why do
good things happen to bad people...and we fret],
of sin or failure
and, of death.

The challenge is, "how to eliminate our fear (s) and replace them with
faith in God who cares and who provides and who dependable for every things
essential for life and for living?" The answer is always, Move to faith by
letting Jesus Christ come to us, touch us and speak His Word to us. And, when
we receive Jesus's presence, peace and power; and touch and His Word, we
eliminate all our fears and replace them with faith with achieves - we become
God's miraculous and missionary community.

Blessing and Joys,

Desmond C. Francis+
Rector, CTK Paris

Our Weekly Discipleship Reflection.
Our theme is, Becoming Like Jesus by Being with Jesus' Word/Teaching/Life.

First, our Scripture:

Matthew 15:22ff, "A Canaanite [non-Jew] woman came out and started shouting, 'Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.' But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him saying, 'Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.' Jesus answered, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and knelt before him, saying, 'Lord, help me!'

Second, our Thought:
If the Canaanite woman teaches us any thing at all; she teaches us that when it comes to receiving from God all that God has for us; we have to be direct, straightforward, persistent, persevering, daring, bold, fearless and manifest a out-of-the box kind of attitude and faith in God that God is able to cross all barriers and boundaries to reward high expectations. When we pray, let us be bold and fearless in our asking God to do for us more than we ask, more than we need and more than we expect. Scripture promises that God rewards all who diligently seek Him.

Third, our Prayers:
Great, gracious and glorious God our father; teach us daily by the power of the Holy Spirit in us and with us and through us
that the more bold we are in asking you to meet all our needs; you are more delighted to reward our bold asking and our
fearless expectations. This is the prayer we offer in the strong and in the matchless Name of Jesus Christ; our Lord,
our Savior and our coming King.

Fourth, reflect on this thought:

How big is your God? Can the God you worship do for you more than you ask, more than you need and more than you can expect? Does your faith in God need to be stretched a little bit or a lot more?


Blessings and Joy to you in the Strong Name of the Trinity. 

Desmond C. Francis+
Rector, CTK Parish 

Directions to our church: Christ the King Church is near Advocate BroMenn Hospital, located between the campuses of ISU and IWU. From the North, take I-55 to Veterans Parkway South (Exit #167) and go south for 2.7 miles; turn right onto Vernon Avenue and go west for 1.8 miles; turn left onto Fell Avenue; the church is .4 miles south on the left on the corner of Highland and Fell.

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