2 Kings 2:1-12
Last Sunday after The Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

CYCLE OF PRAYER:  All Saint’s, East Hartford; Christ & the Epiphany, East Haven; St. John’s, East Windsor; The Haitian Ministry Network; Haitian ministry in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

MEMORIALS:  The flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of my parents, Irene and John McCue by Ruth and Lou Lovallo and family.

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.  The following meeting will be March 4, to plan for the Spring events discussed at the February 11, meeting

SHROVE TUESDAY:  There will be a pancake supper February 13, starting at 6:00 PM in the Small Parish Hall.

ASH WEDNESDAY:  On February 14, there will be an Imposition of Ashes service at 12:15 pm, and one at 7:00 pm. 

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY:  A Bible study group will begin February 18, for six sessions.  The class will start at 9:00 AM between the services.  It is a DVD based study. The topic is The Last Days of Jesus.

FEBRUARY 18, SERVICE:  There will be special memorial prayers for Bob Cole during the 10:00 AM service.

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

AUTUMN LAKE:  The monthly service with the Eucharist and hymns will be February 28, @10:30 AM.  Please meet in the lobby at 10:20.  See you there!

ALTAR GUILD MEETING:   There will be an Altar Guild meeting March 11, at 11 AM to plan for Holy Week and Easter services.

MAY FAIR:  The May Fair will be May 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and May 6, from Noon to 3:00 PM.  Please start gathering your contributions for the tag sale and clothing sale.   Starting the week of February 18, there will be storage space available at the church.  Contact Alan Singewald (203-984-3457) for pick up service.  Please no heavy furniture!  

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.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:
LOCALLY-

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

LENTEN LAUNDRY LOVE:
This year a group of parishes in the Southwest Region of the ECCT are Partnering with Open Door Shelter and Triangle Community Center to launch  a trial of Laundry Love, a national program to assist the homeless in our greater community. The first Wednesday of the month, beginning February 7th,  volunteers will host a Laundry Love session where we will pay for the washers and dryers participants use as they do their own wash; while also hosting them in an inviting, supportive environment. Volunteers can help by donating towards laundry soap, washers/dryers and food, or by signing up to host a shift (5 people for 2 hours) at the laundromat.  For more information, or to volunteer,  please contact Marsha Dunn.

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

AND BEYOND-
Greenfield Congregational Church  sponsors a program in which students attending the two Fairfield High Schools can volunteer in Appalachia for a week during the summer.  The students are bused to a location in the region where they help repair and rebuild homes for families in need.  Pastors David and Alida Ward work side by side with the kids.  Five of Barbara Marzolf’s grand kids participated and found it very rewarding.  The kids stay in local churches or schools.  But some of them can not afford air mattresses.  If anyone has an air mattress they no longer need, please consider donating to the program.  For more information, please contact Barbara at 203-853-1238.</span

THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:
Organist: Betty Belcher
Ushers:  Al Belcher and Lou Lovallo
Reader: Eric Mordoff
Intercessor: Bunny Zamm
Altar Guild:  Sarah French
Presider: The Rev. Joe Parrish

Old Testament Reading

2 Kings 2:1-12

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Psalm 50:1-6
Deus deorum

1 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.

3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.

4 He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.

5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.

The Epistle
2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel
Mark 9:2-9

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

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