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Christ Episcopal Church

EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT

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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 28, 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!


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


The Prelude               I Need Thee Every Hour            arr. by Robert Hughes

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

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

The Opening Hymn             436         Lift Up Your Heads

The Opening Hymn 436 Lift Up Your Heads

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.

Gloria

The Celebrant says to the people.

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

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 Lessons

The people sit.

A Reading from the Book of 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.”

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

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.

A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the 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.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn                        438 Tell Out My Soul
1st -2nd before
3rd – 4th after the Gospel

438 Tell Out My Soul

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 Mark 1:21-28

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people sit.

The Sermon       The Reverend 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              246 In Bethlehem

246 In Bethlehem

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

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 and 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 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.

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

Offertory Do This In Remembrance of Me           John Purifoy

Soloist: Jackie Muha

This is my body which is broken for you

Do this now in remembrance of me.

This is my blood, which is poured out for you

Do this now in remembrance of me.

Where I am going you can no longer follow,

A new commandment I now give.

Love one another just as I always loved you.

In remembrance, Do this in remembrance of me.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give.

Not as the world do I give unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled or be afraid.

I will give my peace unto you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

The Doxology

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 in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son 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                  S128 Mathias

The Sanctus

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 giventhanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for youand 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 BCP, 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 BCP, 364

A period of silence is kept.

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

The Agnus Dei               S165 Mathias

Agnus Dei

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.)

Communion Hymn              My God Thy Table

 My God Thy Table

The Choral Amen

The Amen

All stand if able.

The Closing Hymn 536             Servants of God

536             Servants of God

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 From Thy Throne on High Christoph von Gluck


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 28, 2018: THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

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

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