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Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit

Christ Episcopal Church


The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 11, 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!

FLOWERS:  In loving memory of Brian James West from his family.  He lives on in our hearts forever.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in thanksgiving for the renewal of our spirit during this Lenten season.

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.

VESTRY NOTES:  The Vestry meets every month to discuss issues and events in the Parish.  The next meeting will be March 12, at 7:00 PM.  Please contact a Vestry member with your comments and ideas.  They are always welcome.  The senior wardens are George Helwig, 203-354-0724, and Liz Conti, 203-515-7778,

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL:  A group from Christ Church is planning to go to the 2 PM performance of Norwalk High School’s production of The Addams Family on April 28.  Cost is $15.00.  Checks should be made payable to Christ Church and given to Bunny Zamm.  Deadline to reserve a seat is March 22, as we want to buy a block of tickets.  We will meet at the church at 1:30 and carpool.

WOMEN’S GROUP:  The next Women’s Group will be April 8, to plan for the May Fair and other Spring events discussed at the March 4, meeting.

SECURITY COMMITTEE:  The Security Committee held a meeting on March 4.  The group toured the church, identifying electrical panels, building access, fire pull stations etc.  The next meeting of the Security Committee will be March 25, at 11:30, to discuss our findings.

WELCOMING COMMITTEE:  There will be a meeting of the welcoming committee, Lisa Helwig, Director, on March 15, at 7:30 PM.  The committee is updating our parish directory. The committee is also planning to reach out to newcomers and our former parishioners.

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

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY:  A Bible study group began February 18, for six sessions.  The class will start at 8:45 AM each Sunday.  It is a DVD based study.  Each unit is complete within itself so you can come to any or all meetings.  The topic is The Last Days of Jesus.

BOOK BUNCH:  The next book club meeting will be March 20.  The book selection is The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  The following meeting is scheduled for April 17.  The book selection is The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.  Please contact Debbie Ross at for more details.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT:  Friday March 23, in the small parish hall.  More details will follow.

AUTUMN LAKE:  The monthly service with the Eucharist and hymns will be March 28, @10:30 AM.  We will bring palm crosses for the residents.  Please meet in the lobby at 10:20.  See you there!

FLOWER MEMORIALS FOR EASTER 2017:  The Altar Guild is now taking memorial donations for Easter Flowers.  Please complete the form which can be found in the Gathering Place at church.  Or  send an email by March 28  (see email address below) with your name and the memorial message as you would like it printed in the Easter bulletin.  Help us make the Church even more beautiful than last Easter.  If you have any questions, please email Sarah French at Thank you.                                                        

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  The Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar Service will be March 29, at 7 PM.  Mother Laura Queen will be our celebrant.

GOOD FRIDAY:   March 30,  there will be two services with the Stations of the Cross–one at 12 PM and one at 7:30 PM.  Mother Laura Queen will lead us for the Stations of the Cross service at Noon.  There will be music at the 7:30 PM service.  The leader for that service will be Fr. Joe Parrish.

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 clean clothing sale. There is storage space available at the church on the stage.  Contact Alan Singewald (203-984-3457) for pick up service.  Please no heavy furniture!  Please no books!!


1.Help setting up May 1, 2, 3, 4 from 9 til 1 (additional evening hours on Thursday night for those of you who work during the day)
2.Workers at the Fair, May 5 and 6. Part-time or full-time
3.An angel to supply lunch for the workers on May 5.
4.An angel to donate a new smart T.V. (small) for the raffle.
5.Help on May 6, after 3 PM–to break down the Fair and clean up both rooms.
Please contact Bunny Zamm at 203-853-3004 or if you can help.

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:  Current classes will run until the end of February.


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

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:

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

Prelude: A Lenten Meditation John Rasley

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

The Liturgy of the Word Book of Common Prayer, Page 355

Processional Hymn 145              Now Quit Your Care and Anxious Fear                                 V 1-2-3

Now Quit Your Care


Kyrie  Franz Schubert  from the Deutsche Messe


Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Collect of the Day

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

All sit.

The First Reading Numbers 21:4-9

A Reading from the book of Numbers.

From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Remain seated.

The Psalm

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22        Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *

and his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands; *

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *

they were afflicted because of their sins.

18 They abhorred all manner of food *

and drew near to death’s door.

19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *

and he delivered them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word and healed them *

and saved them from the grave.

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *

and the wonders he does for his children.

22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

The Second Reading Ephesians 2:1-10

A Reading from Ephesians

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ– by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God– not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

All stand.

Sequence Hymn  152                 Kind Maker of the World, O Hear  

V. 1-2  Before the reading

 V. 4-5  After the reading

Kind Maker of the World O Hear

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The Holy Gospel John 3:14-21

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon: Fr. Joe Parrish

All stand.

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:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

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 and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He 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  #467                 Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love   V. 1- 2- 3

Sing My Soul His Wondrous Love

Prayers of the People

The Leader and People pray responsively

Leader:   Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

People:   That we all may be one.

Leader:   Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; St. Barnabas’, Greenwich; Christ Church, Guilford; St. John’s, Guilford; The Connecticut Episcopal Clergy Association (ConnECA), clergy peer groups, and the Clergy Family Assistance Program

People:   That your Name may be glorified by all people.

Leader:   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, and all those discerning a call to ordained ministry.

People:   That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

Leader:   We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

People:    That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Leader:   Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

People:    That our works may find favor in your sight.

Leader:   Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

People:   That they may be delivered from their distress.

Leader:   Give to the departed eternal rest.

People:    Let light perpetual shine upon them.

Leader:   We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

People:    May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.


Leader:     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.

We pray together:

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 Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy

hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with

hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy

upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm

and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to

everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All stand if able.

The Peace                  BCP Page 360

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:    And also with you.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of

the Lord.

Announcements ~ The Offertory

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

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

Holy Is God, The Lord Almighty W. A. Mozart

Holy, Holy is God the Lord Almighty

Who was, who is and who is to come.

O sing praise to the Lord, Almighty,

Who is to come.

Sing praise to God the Mighty Lord.

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A Book of Common Prayer, Page 361

Celebrant: 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.

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.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did not sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves alone, but for him who died for us and rose again. 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:

Sanctus # 130          Holy, Holy, Holy   Schubert

Holy Holy Holy   

The people stand or kneel if able. Then the Celebrant continues:

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

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 he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drinkit, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People:

Then the Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints

into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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, has taught us, we are bold to say,

Celebrant and People:

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.

Breaking of the Bread

A period of silence is kept.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.

The Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

The Celebrant says:

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.

All are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

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

The Communion Hymn 641         Jesu, Jesu

Jesu, Jesu

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 Benediction

Choral Amen:

Choral Amen

Recessional Hymn #623 O What Their Joy

O What their Joy and Their Glory

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.

Postlude: Andante Robert Schuman

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