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Morning Prayer

All Saints’ Day

Sunday, November 5, 2017

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 flowers near the Altar and the vigil light are offered in loving memory of Mary Ste. Marie, Augie Winters, Arthur and Anna Mead, Alfred and Mabel Kaske, Captain Loy Renshaw and Mrs. Doris Renshaw, Natalie Sturdivant and Frank and Ruth Sturdivant, Agnes Maybin, Minnie Paul, Bob and Roberta Albertson, Frederick and Matilda Larson, Marion Magrath, and PFC John D. Magrath by friends and family.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  St. Matthew’s, Wilton; St. Paul’s, Windham; Grace Church, Windsor; Women’s ministries, Women’s Global Mission groups; Anglican Women’s Empowerment.

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN:  The Altar Guild is collecting pocket change to purchase food to donate to Person to Person in November.  Please help us make someone’s Thanksgiving truly thankful.  There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place.  Thank you.  Sarah French

VETERANS’ SUNDAY: Next Sunday we will honor all Veterans with a special service at 10:00am. All are invited to stay after the service for the Annual Col. Frank Wismer Chili Cook-Off. Break out your favorite chili recipe and see if it has what it takes to bring home a prize.

BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is November 14, at 7:30.  The book selection is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.  Please contact Debbie Ross at for more details.  

CHRISTMAS FAIR:  The Holiday Fair will be held at Christ Church on December 9 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  In addition to an extensive holiday tag sale, Barbara Felter has hand-picked and organized at least 17 vendors to participate in the fair.  She has also put together a Chinese Auction, featuring fabulous prizes ranging from a Henckels knife set to a movie pass gift packet to a ride on a steam train!  She also has several great restaurant gift certificates.

The fair will also include a bake sale, from our great cooks in the Women’s Group. Baked goods can be delivered Friday night or Saturday morning before 9am. The Women’s Group is also sponsoring a raffle for a gift basket filled with delicious and imaginative items for a great Christmas celebration.

You are invited to help and participate! Barbara will need help on Friday, December 8 from 10am to 2pm and Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm.  She especially needs help cleaning up. Please see Barbara or call her at 203-847-5237 to volunteer for one or more 2-hour blocks of time. Be sure to get yourself on the schedule soon!  Donations of Christmas-themed items for the tag sale are appreciated. Please save your non-Christmas items till next year – storage space in the church is very limited. 

SPOTLIGHT ON: As a way for us to learn more about each other, we are highlighting Christ Church parishioners on our website. Visit our  website and Facebook page to learn more about our own Ed Zamm.

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

Prelude:  Fantasy in a Minor J. S. Bach

Processional 287                               For All the Saints

HYMN 287 For All the Saints

HYMN 287 For All the Saints

Officiant:   We Give thanks to the Father, who has made us worthy to share in the inheritance

         of the saints in light

Confession of Sin BCP p. 79

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. 

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Invitatory and Psalter

All stand.

Officiant Lord, open our lips.

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

The Lord is glorious in his saints: Come, let us adore him.


Psalm 95:1-7    Venite BCP p. 82

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord*
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving*
and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,*
the great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth,*
and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it,*
and his hands formed the dry land.

 Come, let us bow down in worship,*
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

for he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,*
the flock under his care.

Oh that today, you would hear his voice.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.


The people are seated


A period of silence will follow each reading.

First Reading Revelation 7:9-17

The people remain seated.

I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Reader The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

Officiant and People

Glory to You

Glory to You

Second Reading 1 John 3:1-3

The people are seated.

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Reader The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.


The people stand as able

 Glory to God     Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,

    we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Gospel Reading Matthew 5:1-12

All stand as able

Reader: The Holy Gospel of the Lord According to Matthew

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Reader The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

The people are seated.


Apostles’ Creed BCP p. 96

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


The people stand or kneel.

Officiant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Officiant Let us pray.

Lord’s Prayer BCP p. 97

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.



Hymn 275           Hark The Sound of Holy Voices

Hymn 275           Hark The Sound of Holy Voices

All kneel

Suffrages BCP p. 97

V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.

V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one
communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son
Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those
ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love
you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Offertory             The Tallis Canon Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis was born in England in 1505 and died in 1585.  He was a very successful composer and Choir Director during the Renaissance Era.  He wrote many choral pieces while he was court musician to Henry the VIII and for a time was the Choir Director and Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. His music is sung often today, the Canon which you are hearing today,  being one of the most popular of his works.

All praise to you my God this day

For blessings that may come my way.

Keep me, O keep me King of Kings

Beneath your own Almighty wings.

Be with me Lord, and keep me strong.

To stand with those who do me wrong.

Teach me to live, a child of love,

With grace and strength sent from above.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above you heavenly host,

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


“All Good Gifts”

Prayers of the People

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; for St. Matthew’s, Wilton; St. Paul’s, Windham; Grace Church, Windsor; Women’s ministries, Women’s Global Mission groups; Anglican Women’s Empowerment 

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.

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.

The intercessor and people continue 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.

Prayer Hymn                                 293 I Sing a Song

Prayer Hymn 293 I Sing a Song

General Thanksgiving BCP p. 101

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.    2 Corinthians 13:14


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. 

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. 2 Corinthians 13:14


Recessional Hymn 238 Holy Feast Of Holy Angels

Hymn 238 Holy Feast Of Holy Angels

Postlude:        Choral Song   Samuel Wesley


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Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274,

Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901,

The Vestry of Christ Church

Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166,

Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423,

Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449,

Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778,

Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244,

Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069,

Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237,

Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724,

Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478,

Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765,

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


Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Barbara Judson and Laura Demms
Ushers: Anita Hughes and Lou Lovallo
Lector:  Tina Soleng
Intercessor:  Bunny Zamm



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