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Sunday, December 31, 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!

CYCLE OF PRAYER: St. Mark’s, Bridgeport; St. Mark’s, Bridgewater; St. John’s, Bristol; For soup kitchens and food pantries

VIGIL LIGHT: The Vigil Light burns this week in anticipation of the bright hope of the New Year.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: There will be two services: 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

THE GIVING TREE: Thanks to all who contributed to the Giving Tree. The lap blankets have been delivered to Autumn Lake and Nancy Pratt has taken the children’s clothing and toys to the Children’s Connection.

BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is January 16, at 7:30. The book selection is The Whole Town’s Talking by Fanny Flagg. The selection for the February 20, meeting is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Please contact Debbie Ross at for more details.

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. Barbara wants everyone to know how much Wolfpit School appreciates your generosity. Most of the items you have donated provide breakfast for needy children. Items may be left in the basket near the pulpit.

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

AUTUMN LAKE: The Christ Church Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long at Autumn Lake on December 27, was greatly appreciated by the 25 residents who participated. Thank you Ryan and Daniel Helwig! The residents really enjoyed seeing the young people participate in the service.

A BIG THANK YOU to Mother Laura Queen who has graciously filled in as our supply priest several times over the past few months. This Sunday, December 31 will be her last scheduled Sunday for a while. Please make plans to join us Sunday morning as we say “see you soon”. We will welcome our new supply priest on January 7, Fr. Joe Parish, who will be with until we find our permanent Missional Priest.

CHRIST CHURCH LADIES’ BRUNCH – JANUARY 7, 2018: There will be a brunch for all the women of the church at Shorehaven Country Club immediately after the 10:00 AM church service. The cost is $15.00 per person. Please reserve a spot with Bunny Zamm, (203) 853-3004. Make checks payable to Christ Church.

Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ruth and Lou Lovallo
Usher: Ed Zamm
Lector: George Helwig
Intercessor: Ginny Deering
Presider: The Reverend Laura Queen

The Prelude I Wonder As I Wander American Folk Carol

The Opening Hymn 109                        The First Nowell              vs 1-4

Hymn 109 The First Nowell

The people standing if able, the Celebrant says

Celebrant Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

The Celebrant then continues

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 Gloria: s278


Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us pray.

The Celebrant then adds

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

The people sit.

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 61:10-62:3

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.

The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory;

and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

Psalm 147:13-21 Laudate Dominum

13 Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; * praise your God, O Zion;

14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; * he has blessed your children within you.

15 He has established peace on your borders; * he satisfies you with the finest wheat.

16 He sends out his command to the earth, * and his word runs very swiftly.

17 He gives snow like wool; * he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.

18 He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; * who can stand against his cold?

19 He sends forth his word and melts them; * he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.

20 He declares his word to Jacob, * his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

21 He has not done so to any other nation; * to them he has not revealed his judgments. Hallelujah!

A Reading from the Book of Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

The Sequence Hymn 110      The Snow Lay on the Ground   

1st and 2nd before
3rd and 4th after the Gospel
ymn 110      The Snow Lay on the Ground

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 John 1:1-18

People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people sit.

The Sermon                                  The Reverend Laura Queen


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.

Prayer Hymn:112            In the Bleak Mid-Winter                      V, 1 – 3 -4

Hymn:112            In the Bleak Mid-Winter

The Prayers of the People

The Leader and People pray responsively

Come let us adore Christ, the Lord. Let us pray “Glorious Lord, grant us your peace”

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: Make joyful our hearts.

Strengthen your church with humility and faith that we might triumph over the power of evil.

Glorious Lord, grant us your peace

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: you abhor neither the simple nor the lowly.

Shine you light on all the world that the nations may look upon your truth and find their salvation.

Glorious Lord, grant us your peace

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: may all of creation burst forth in songs of praise.

May all the works of your hand glorify you.

Glorious Lord, grant us your peace

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: summon the people to yourself.

May all of the distractions and heartaches of our lives fade away in the joy of your presence.

Glorious Lord, grant us your peace

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: you love us so deeply. Grant us your healing grace to sinners, to the poor, to those in need of love. Open your arms to the sick and the lonely.

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 continues.

Christ the Lord, we humbly adore you: all glory be given to you. You blessed our earthly bodies with your birth, and promise to raise us to new life by your death and resurrection.

Glorious Lord, grant us your peace.

The Intercessor and people pray 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.

The Intercessor continues.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Intercessor and People continue

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.

The Celebrant:

Blessed are you, O people of God, for the one of peace has visited you and has redeemed your sins!

May the God who dwells among you overshadow you with holiness, forgive your wrongs, and

protect you as a shepherd protects his sheep.

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 Offering The Reverend Laura Queen

Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

The Offertory Anthem A Festive Madrigal Dave and Jean Perry

Quickly arise to greet the morn,

Christmas Bells are ringing.

Out of the night a child is born

Come and rejoice with singing.

Fa la la la la

Wake up the day in dance and song;

Joyous tidings bringing.

Radiant breaks the Christmas dawn.

Come and rejoice with singing.

Fa – la la la la

Darkness and shadows fade away,

Birds overhead are winging.

Hope for the world is born today.

Come and rejoice with singing.

Fa – la la la la

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 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                          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 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              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.)

The Communion Hymn 107             Good Christian Friends Rejoice

Hymn 107             Good Christian Friends Rejoice

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People                   BCP, 366

Almighty and everliving God,

we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries

that we are living members of the Body of your Son,

and heirs of your eternal kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out

to do the work you have given us to do,

to love and serve you

as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory, now and for ever.

The Blessing

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, may bless the people.

The Amen

The Amen

All stand if able.

The Recessional Hymn 93                            Angels From The Realms of Glory
Hymn 93 Angels From The Realms of Glory

Deacon Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

People: I

The Postlude Christmas Medley Stickles


2 Emerson Street   East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855 203.866.7442


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




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