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Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit

Christ Episcopal Church

EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT

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Epiphany Sunday

Sunday, January 7, 2018

 

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!

CYCLE OF PRAYER: Grace Church, Broad Brook; St. Paul’s, Brookfield; Trinity, Brooklyn For all immigrants, refugees and the ministries that serve them, especially IRIS – Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven

MEMORIALS: The flowers near the Altar are in memory of Mae Ashbrook by her daughters Lois Kelley and Shirley Byington.

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.

CHRIST CHURCH LADIES’ BRUNCH–JANUARY 7, 2018: There will be a brunch for all the women of the church at Shorehaven Country Club immediately after the 10:00 AM church service. The cost is $15.00 per person. Please reserve a spot with Bunny Zamm, (203) 853-3004. Make checks payable to Christ Church.

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

BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is January 16. The group will discuss The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. The selection for the February 20, meeting is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.

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 Good King Wenceslas John Mason Neale

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355

The Opening Hymn 119                             As with Gladness

Hymn 119 As with Gladness

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 Kyrie:

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.

The Celebrant says to the people.

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; 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 Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice,

because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Deus, judicium

1 Give the King your justice, O God, * and your righteousness to the King’s Son;

2 That he may rule your people righteously * and the poor with justice;

3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, * and the little hills bring righteousness.

4 He shall defend the needy among the people; * he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.

5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, * from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, * like showers that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; * there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, * and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.

11 All kings shall bow down before him, * and all the nations do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, * and the oppressed who has no helper.

13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; * he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, * and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 3:1-12

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

All stand if able.

The Sequence Hymn 124                         What Star is This
1st and 2nd before  3rd and 4th after the Gospel

Hymn 124  What Star is This

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 2:1-12

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people sit.

The Sermon The Rev. Joe Parrish

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
Ginny Deering & Paul Mordoff

Once In Royal David’s City

Once in royal David s city,

stood a lowly cattle shed

Where a mother laid her Baby,

in a manger for His bed

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,

who is God and Lord of all

And His shelter was a stable,

and His cradle was a stall

With the poor, and mean, and lowly,

lived on earth our Savior holy.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,

he would honor and obey

Love and watch the lowly maiden,

in whose gentle arms He lay

Christian children all must be,

mild, obedient, good as He.

The 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; Grace Church, Broad Brook; St. Paul’s, Brookfield; Trinity, Brooklyn. For all immigrants, refugees and the ministries that serve them, especially IRIS – Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven

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 Joe, our Priest.

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.

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.

Intercessor & People 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 sis.

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.

Celebrant: May our ever-faithful God, who is patient with you, forgive you your sins, enrich you in every way as you wait for the day of Christ’s coming, and strengthen you to the end.

All: Amen.

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 Rev. Joe Parrish

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

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

Hymn at the Offertory 128               We Three Kings
128 We Three Kings

The Doxology

All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee

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 God 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 you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

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

Celebrant and People

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

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 Book of Common Prayer, Page 364

A period of silence is kept.

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

The Angus Dei

O Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world

Have mercy upon us

O Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world

Have mercy upon us

O Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world

Grant us Thy peace

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.

The Blessing

The Amen

All stand if able.

The Closing Hymn 127                 Earth has Many a Noble City
Hymn 127                 Earth has Many a Noble City

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 Fur Elise Beethoven

THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!

2 Emerson Street   East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855 203.866.7442

www.christchurcheastnorwalk.org

@ChristChurchEN

Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274, music@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901, churchschool@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

The Vestry of Christ Church

Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166, mdunn@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423, dbieling@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, gdeering@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778, lconti@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244, npratt@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069, jmuha@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, bfelter@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724, lhelwig@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, kharris@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, pmordoff@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

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

January 7, 2018: THE EPIPHANY

Musicians: David McCarthy & Paul Mordoff

Altar Guild: Barbara Judson & Laura Demms Ushers: Ed Zamm

Lector: Eric Mordoff Intercessor: Tina Soleng Presider: The Reverend Joe Parrish

 

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