Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit
Christ Episcopal Church
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
The Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 10, 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!
MEMORIAL: The flowers near the Altar are in thanksgiving for the hard work of all the members of the Parish who are helping to make the Holiday Fair a memorable event.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: Christ Church, Bethany; St. Thomas’, Bethel; Christ Church, Bethlehem; Old St. Andrew’s, Bloomfield; For the children of the world, the Bishops’ Fund for Children, and all ECCT ministries for children at risk.
ALTAR GUILD: The Altar Guild is now taking donations for Christmas Flower memorials. Donation forms are in the Gathering Place. Please fill out and return your form to the Church by December 17. Please print the message you would like used in the bulletin. You can also email your memorial message to Sarah French, email@example.com. Help us make the Church even more beautiful than last Christmas. Thank you.
THE GIVING TREE: The giving tree is set up in the Guild Room Please bring gifts of toys and clothes for the Children’s Connection (flyers with specific needs for the children are in the Guild Room) and Autumn Lake where cozy fleece lap robes are urgently needed. (Walmart has some very inexpensive ones.) Thanks for your generosity!
CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Holiday Fair was an amazing & fun-filled event! Many thanks to Barbara Felter and amazing team who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful success!
BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is December 12, at 7:30 pm. The book selection is The Martian by Andy Weir. The January selection is The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.
DECEMBER FAMILY FUN NIGHT: All aboard the CHRIST CHURCH EXPRESS! Join us Friday, December 15 at 6:00 for a Christmas-themed Family Fun Night! We will celebrate the season with a screening of Polar Express and lots of fun for the whole family.
COMMUNITY CAROLING WITH CCEN: Come Spread Christmas Cheer as we go caroling through our community. Meet at the Church Monday, December 18 at 5:00 pm. No special skill requires – you only need to love to sing!
CHRISTMAS EVE: There will be one morning service for the Fourth Sunday in Advent at 9:00 am. There will be a Christmas Eve Eucharist at 6:00 pm.
AUTUMN LAKE: Christ Church will sing Christmas Carols at Autumn Lake on December 27, at 10:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to join us for a special event. Please meet at 10:20 in the Lobby.
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.
Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat, etc.)
Single Serve Cereals
Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard cans)
Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Single Serve Chips/Popcorn
The Prelude Dedication Johannes Brahms
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355
Advent Acclamation: Prepare Ye the way Soloist: Jackie Muha
The Opening Hymn 66 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Lighting of the Advent Candle vs. 2 only
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: Hymn s91 Willam
The Celebrant says to the people.
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The people sit.
A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 40:1-11
“Comfort, O comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Benedixisti, Domine
1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
A Reading from the Second Letter of Peter 3:8-15a
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn 70 Herald Sound The Trumpet
1stand 2nd before3rd and 4th after the Gospel
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 1:1-8
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
After the Gospel, the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The people sit.
The Sermon The Rev. Laura V. Queen
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 M215 To a Maid Engaged to Joseph vs 1-2-3
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; for Christ Church, Bethany; St. Thomas’, Bethel; Christ Church, Bethlehem; Old St. Andrew’s, Bloomfield;
For the children of the world, the Bishops’ Fund for Children, and all ECCT ministries for children at risk.
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 Laura, 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 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.
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. Laura V. Queen
Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,
an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
Anthem at the Offertory O Come O Come Emanuel
Heather Tiefenthaler and Victoria Tiefenthaler ~ Soloists
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 him 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
The Sanctus Hymn S114 Willan
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 Agnus Dei Hymn S158 Willan
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.)
The Communion Hymn 11 Prepare Ye The Way
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.
All stand if able.
The Closing Hymn 65 Prepare Ye The Way
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 All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. by David Paxton
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!
2 Emerson Street ▪ East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855
Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901, email@example.com
The Vestry of Christ Church
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Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423, email@example.comGinny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778, email@example.com
Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069, email@example.com
Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724, email@example.com
Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, email@example.com
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
DECEMBER 3, 2017: THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Sarah French
Ushers: Anita Hughes & Lou Lovallo
Lector: Paul Mordoff
Intercessor: Ginny Deering
Presider: The Reverend Laura V. Queen