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!
MEMORIALS: To the glory of God and in loving memory of Helen Burton by her daughter Barbara.
ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER: Good Shepherd, Shelton; St. Paul’s, Shelton; St. Alban’s, Simsbury; The Cathedral’s ministry in Hartford and beyond; the Cathedral Chapter; and honorary canons of the Cathedral
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.
Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat, etc.)
Single Serve Cereals
Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard cans)
Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Single Serve Chips/Popcorn
The Prelude Spirit Of The Living God Daniel Iverson
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355
The Opening Hymn M674 See The Morning Sun
The people stand if able, the Celebrant then continues
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Gloria: Hymn S280 Powell
The Celebrant says to the people.
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The people sit.
A Reading from the Book of Genesis 29:15-28Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “This is not done in our country–giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; * make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, * and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; * let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; * continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, * his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, * O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God; * his judgments prevail in all the world.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, * the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham, * the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, * an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, “To you will I give the land of Canaan * to be your allotted inheritance.”
A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans 8:26-39
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn M707 Hymn Of Promise
1st and 2nd before
3rd after the Gospel
Then, all standing if able, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Another parable Jesus put before the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
After the Gospel, the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The people sit.
The Sermon The Reverend Laura V. Queen
Then, all standing if able, the Celebrant continues with
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Silence may follow. All kneel if able.
The Prayer Hymn M572 Pass It OnThe Prayers of the People BCP, 387
The Leader and People pray responsively
Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
That we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; for Good Shepherd, Shelton; St. Paul’s, Shelton; St. Alban’s, Simsbury; The Cathedral’s ministry in Hartford and beyond; the Cathedral Chapter; and honorary canons of the Cathedral
That your Name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop;
Ian and Laura, our own Bishops; and Pat and Laura, our Priests.
We also pray for Don, for Ned, and all those discerning a call to ordained ministry.
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble,
That they may be delivered from their distress.
Give to the departed eternal rest; especially Helen
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, especially… (prayer list is read)
(We respond by repeating the names raised by the intercessor in prayer.)
The People may add their own petitions.
The Leader and People pray in unison.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Intercessor continues.
We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.
Silence may be kept.
Intercessor and People
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Celebrant concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.
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 The Reverend Laura V. Queen
Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,
an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
The Offertory Anthem At The Name Of Jesus Ralph Vaughan Williams
Trombone soloist: Ryan Helwig
The Holy Communion
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer B Book of Common Prayer, Page 367
The people remain standing if able. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, 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.
For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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 Book of Common Prayer, Page 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
A period of silence is kept.
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Hymn S 163 Powell The Book of Common Prayer, Page 364 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.)
After Communion, the Celebrant says
Let us pray.
Celebrant and People Book of Common Prayer, Page 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.
All stand if able.
The Closing Hymn 677 God Moves In A Mysterious Way
The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them with these words
Deacon: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Postlude Adagio Maestoso G. F. Handel
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!
2 Emerson Street ▪ East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855
The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274, email@example.com
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Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, email@example.com
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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.
Book of Common Prayer, Page 855
JULY 30, 2017: THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Minister of Music: Betty Belcher Altar Guild: Ginny Deering and Marsha Dunn
Usher: Peter Hughes
Lector: Eric Mordoff
Intercessor: George Helwig
Chalicist: Laura Demms
Presider: The Reverend Laura V. Queen
CHRIST CHURCH EAST NORWALK
Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit
Christ Episcopal Church
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, July 30, 2017