Mark 1:21-28

Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The

112th Annual Meeting

of
The Protestant Episcopal Ecclesiastical Society
of Christ Parish of East Norwalk
also known as
The Parish of Christ Episcopal Church
of East Norwalk, Connecticut

will take place on Sunday, February 4 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Vestry of Christ Church
requests that all parishioners attend.

Lunch will be provided by the Ladies of the Women’s Group.

CYCLE OF PRAYER: St. Alban’s, Danielson; Saint Luke’s, Darien; St. Paul’s, Darien; Ministry to, with, and for the deaf

VESTRY NOTES: The Vestry met at 7PM on Monday January 15th.  A New Slate of Officers and Vestry members was discussed and approved.  The date of February 4th 2018 at 11:30a.m was approved for our Annual Meeting.  A Bible study group is being planned for the Lenten season, more communication will follow.

MEMORIALS:  If you would like to have flowers placed near the Altar in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for someone or something, please contact Sarah French, email: sqifella@gmail.com.

REFRESHMENTS:
There is a new sign-up sheet in the Guild Room for coffee hour refreshments.  Please consider contributing to the after-church gathering.  Nothing fancy or elaborate is needed–just  something like cookies or cheese and crackers.

WOMEN’S GROUP:
The Women’s Group will meet February 11, at 11 AM.  Please come with ideas for Spring events, fundraisers etc.  

YOGA FUSION CLASS:  a blend of Yoga and Pilates is offered in the large parish hall on Wed. evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The class is $10 suggested donation.  Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a water bottle.  All levels are welcome. Call or email  Joyce Generoso, the instructor, with any questions or concerns.  Cell 203-984-3050: Email:  Jageneroso@aol.com.  Current classes will run until the end of February.

BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is February 20.   The selection for the meeting is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.  

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN:
The Altar Guild collects pocket change year round to help feed the needy in our community. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place at all times. Thank you.  Sarah French

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:  
Tired of any of your Christmas Decorations?  Plan to donate them to the Church Holiday Fair next year.  Contact Barbara Felter for information:  (203) 847-5237.

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

THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:
Organist: Betty Belcher
Ushers: Ginny Deering and Peter Hughes
Reader: George Helwig
Intercessor: Paul Mordoff
Altar Guild:  Ruth and Lou Lovallo
Presider: The Rev. Joe Parrish

Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”

Psalm 111
Confitebor tibi

1 Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.

3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures for ever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures for ever.

New Testament Reading
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. “Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

Gospel
Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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