Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
MEMORIALS: The flowers near the Altar are in memory of the victims of the massacre at the Sutherland Springs, Texas, First Baptist Church.
VIGIL LIGHT: The Vigil Light burns this week in loving memory of Mary Lovallo by her son, Louis and daughter-in-law Ruthie.
SPOTLIGHT ON BARBARA JUDSON:Barbara and her husband, Bob, moved to Connecticut from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1963. In 1967 Barbara and Bob moved into their house on Ellen St. Thanks to their next door neighbors who were members, Barbara joined Christ Church. An active parishioner from the beginning, Barbara joined the Altar Guild and taught pre-school. Soon, she began Liturgical Assistant duties and joined the choir. We’ve been fortunate to enjoy her lovely voice each Sunday ever since. Check out the full story here.
WOMEN’S GROUP–LAST CHANCE TO BUY RAFFLE TICKETS!!:
The Women’s Group is selling tickets for the Thanksgiving Basket to be raffled off November 19. The basket is on display in the Guild Room. The turkey and other perishable items will be added to the basket at that time. There will be a bake sale by the women of the church. Be sure to stock up for your Thanksgiving feast!
ALTAR GUILD MEETING: November 19, right after the raffle drawing, the Altar Guild will have a short meeting in the Library to plan for our Christmas celebration.
AUTUMN LAKE: Christ Church will sing Thanksgiving hymns at Autumn Lake on November 22, at 10:30 AM. Everyone is encouraged to join us for a special event. Please meet at 10:20 in the Lobby.
PENNIES FOR HEAVEN: The Altar Guild is collecting pocket change to purchase food to donate to Person to Person. Please help us make someone’s Thanksgiving truly thankful. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place. This is your last chance to donate before we contribute to their Thanksgiving food drive. However, remember that we collect change all year round, and there will be a container in the Gathering Place at all times. Thank you. Sarah French
BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is December 12, at 7:30. The book selection is The Martian by Andy Weir. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.
THE GIVING TREE: The giving tree will be set up in the Guild Room on November 26. Please bring gifts of toys and clothes for the Children’s Connection (flyers with specific needs will be available next week) and Autumn Lake where cozy fleece lap robes are urgently needed. Thanks for your generosity!
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-themed tag sale, Barbara 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 bakers 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.
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
THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:
Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Sarah French
Ushers: Tina Soleng and Peter Hughes
Lector: Paul Mordoff
Intercessor: Barbara Judson
Presider: The Reverend Laura Queen
Old Testament Reading
The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly twenty years.
At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.’”
Ad te levavi oculos meos
1 To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *
until he show us his mercy.
4 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud
New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Jesus said, “It is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”