O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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
St. John’s, Vernon; St. Paul’s, Wallingford; St. John’s, Washington. For all companion and service animals, all livestock and wild animals, great and small.
The flowers on the Altar are given in memory of Marjorie Hughes by her children and grandchildren and in memory of Arthur D. Durner given by the Durner family.
The vigil light burns in memory of Alan Burr given by Lorraine Burr and in memory of Mark Zamm by his parents.
DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF STILL BEING ACCEPTED
The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, whose goal is to “Heal a Hurting World” is collecting donations for hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and the world. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, has asked all Episcopalians to consider donating to the fund. Last week we took up a special collection to help. If you were not able to participate in that collection, you can still donate directly at their website. The ER&D offers ongoing support to affected areas, and can always use our help.
Read more about their efforts to help in the midst of this devastating hurricane season in the most current report from the Fund, here.
WOMEN’S GROUP OCTOBER 1
The Women’s Group will meet this Sunday October 1, after the 10:00 am service.
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
The Next book club meeting is October 17, at 7:30. The book selection is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.comfor more details.
Donations of new or nearly new Christmas items are now being accepted for the upcoming Christmas Fair.Please save your non-Christmas items till next year – storage space in the church is very limited. For more information, please contact Barbara Felter.
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
THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP
Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ruth Lovallo
Ushers: Anita Hughes
Lector: Eric Mordoff
Intercessor: Tina Soleng
Presider: The Reverend Kathleen Berkowe
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 17:1-7
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
1 Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3 That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us, *
we will not hide from their children.
4 We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
and the wonderful works he has done.
12 He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
he made the waters stand up like walls.
14 He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15 He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16 He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death–
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.