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Christ Episcopal Church


The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Baptism of Gemma Rose Thomas

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A few housekeeping notes before worship begins:

Please consider entering the sanctuary in silence, reverence, and in preparation for worship.

Please turn off your cellular telephones as you enjoy the prelude! Thank You.

ALL are invited to worship in this place, including young children and their occasional noise;

so, if your child needs to stretch their legs, we have a long aisle and a few steps just for such things.

IF (and only IF) YOU would prefer—Christ Church does offer childcare during worship.

If you think your child might benefit from having a book available to them, they are located on book racks in the narthex (at the front doors) and the Gathering Place (out the side door, to the right of the pulpit).

A wheelchair accessible, all-gender restroom (also equipped with infant changing table) is located out the side door

(to the right of the pulpit) and then to your left.

Gluten free hosts are available upon request.

Small amplification devices, with individual earphones, are available in the narthex (at the front doors).

Please consult an usher for answers to other questions you may have.

There’s a place for Everyone at Christ Episcopal Church. Welcome home!

MEMORIAL:  Flowers near the altar are given to the Glory of God, in honor of the baptism of Gemma Rose Thomas.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  St. Peter’s, South Windsor; Epiphany, Southbury; St. Paul’s, Southington; Liturgical assistants serving in parishes: lectors, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, lay evangelists, and vergers

BACKPACK CLUBS: You too may join the CT Food Bank in its regular support of Backpack Clubs in the Norwalk Public Schools. Barbara Felter as the point person.  Items may be left in the basket near the pulpit or presented in the same at the offertory.

Items needed:

Juice Boxes
Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat, etc.)
Single Serve Cereals
Fruit Snacks
Fruit Cups
Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard cans)
Granola Bars
Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Single Serve Chips/Popcorn

The Prelude Gentle Shepherd Lead Us Rex Koury

Holy Baptism

The Liturgy of the Word Book of Common Prayer, 299

The Opening Hymn 470 There’s A Wideness

there's a wideness in God's mercy

The people standing if able, the Celebrant says

Celebrant Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

People Glory to God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Celebrant: There is one Body and one Spirit;

People: There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant: One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People: One God and Father of all.

The people stand if able, the Celebrant then continues

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Lessons

The people sit.

A Reading from the Book of Exodus 34:29-35

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him. The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.  

2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.  

3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.  

4 “O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”  

5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God   and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,   and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.  

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.  

8 “O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,   yet punished them for their evil deeds.”  

9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God   and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

A Reading from the Second Letter of Peter 1:13-

21I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, since I know that my death will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.  All stand if able.

The Sequence Hymn M660 God Is Here 1st and 2nd verses before

3rd and 4th after the Gospel

God Is Here

Then, all standing as able, the Deacon reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 9:28-36

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”–not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people sit.

The Sermon Canon Pat

Silence may follow.  Then, standing as able, all continue with singing of the Baptismal Hymn.

Baptismal Hymn M2252 Come Be Baptized

God Is Here Come Be Baptized

Come Be Baptized2

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

The Celebrant says

The Candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Gemma’s Parents and Godparents say

We present Gemma Rose Thomas to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Celebrant asks the parents and godparents

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child

you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help this child

to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infant

Question: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces

of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you renounce the evil powers of this world

which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you

from the love of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer: I do.

Question: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer: I do.

Question: Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Answer: I do.

After Gemma has been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support Gemma in her life in Christ?

People: We will!

Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant BCP, 304

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.


Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People: I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates BCP, 305

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for Gemma who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

A Person appointed leads the following petitions

Leader: Deliver her, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Open her heart to your grace and truth.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Fill her with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Keep her in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Teach her to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Send her into the world in witness to your love.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Bring her to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

The Celebrant says

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death

of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his

resurrection and look for him to come again in glory;

who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Over the Water BCP, 306

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.

Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.

Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage

in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus

received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy

Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death

and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are

buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection.

Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.

Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his

fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in

the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your

Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and

born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus

Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and

glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Baptism

Gemma is presented by name to the Celebrant, who then pours water upon her, saying

Gemma, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Then the Priest places a hand on the Gemma’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross saying

Gemma, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever.  Amen.

The celebrant continues

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised her to the new life of grace. Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give her an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.  Amen.


The Celebrant then says

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Celebrant and People

Gemma, we receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

The Peace BCP, 360

All stand if able.  The Celebrant says to the people

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.

Announcements ~ The Offertory Canon Pat

Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

The Offertory Majestic Splendor

Piano Soloist: Christopher Gong

The Doxology

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer B BCP, 367

The people remain standing if able. The Celebrant faces them and sings or says

The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People Our hearts are with the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere

to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Because in Jesus Christ our Lord you have received us as your sons and daughters, made us citizens of your kingdom, and given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and

Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever

sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

The Sanctus Hymn S129 Powell


The people stand or kneel if able.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love

which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling

of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the

prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your

Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from

the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy

to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error

into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it

or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or

place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took

bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and

gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body,

which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given

thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:

This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you

and for ALL for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink

it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you,

O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this

bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon

these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of

Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your

Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him,

being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time,

put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to

that heavenly country where, with all your saints,

we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and

daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all

creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

People and Celebrant BCP, 364

Our Father, who art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy Name,

   thy kingdom come,

   thy will be done,

      on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

  who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread BCP, 364

A period of silence is kept.

Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia! 

The Agnus Dei Hymn S163 Powell

Agnus Dei

Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

(The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people.)

Communion Music

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People BCP, 365

Eternal God, heavenly Father,

you have graciously accepted us

as living members

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,

and you have fed us with spiritual food

in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Send us now into the world in peace,

and grant us strength and courage

to love and serve you

with gladness and singleness of heart;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

All stand if able.

The Closing Hymn 423 Immortal, Invisible

Immortal Invisible

The Deacon dismisses them with these words

Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The Postlude March Pontificale William Stickles


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The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller,

Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274,

Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901,

The Vestry of Christ Church

Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166,

Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423,
Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449,
Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778,
Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244,
Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069,
Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237,
Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724,
Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478,
Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765,

What is the mission of the Church?

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.


Minister of Music: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ruth Lovallo
Usher: Tina Soleng
Verger: Marsha Dunn
Lector: Ginny Deering
Intercessor: Tina Soleng

Presider: The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller

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