Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit
Christ Episcopal Church
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Sunday, February 11, 2018
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: All Saint’s, East Hartford; Christ & the Epiphany, East Haven; St. John’s, East Windsor; The Haitian Ministry Network; Haitian ministry in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. MEMORIALS: The flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of my parents, Irene and John McCue by Ruth and Lou Lovallo and family.
REFRESHMENTS: There is a new sign-up sheet in the Guild Room for coffee hour refreshments. Please consider contributing to the after-church gathering. Nothing fancy or elaborate is needed–just something like cookies or cheese and crackers. WOMEN’S GROUP: The Women’s Group will meet February 11, at 11 AM. Please come with ideas for Spring events, fundraisers etc. The following meeting will be March 4, to plan for the Spring events discussed at the February 11, meeting
SHROVE TUESDAY: There will be a pancake supper February 13, starting at 6:00 PM.
ASH WEDNESDAY: On February 14, there will be an Imposition of Ashes service at 12:15 pm, and one at 7:00 pm.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: A Bible study group will begin February 18, for six sessions. The class will start at 9:00 AM between the services. It is a DVD based study. The topic is The Last Days of Jesus.
FEBRUARY 18 SERVICE: There will be special memorial prayers for Bob Cole during the 10:00 AM service.
BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting is February 20. The selection for the meeting is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. The book selection for the meeting March 20 is The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.
AUTUMN LAKE: The monthly service with the Eucharist and hymns will be February 28, @10:30 AM. Please meet in the lobby at 10:20. See you there!
ALTAR GUILD MEETING: There will be an Altar Guild meeting March 11, at 11 AM to plan for Holy Week and Easter services.
MAY FAIR: The May Fair will be May 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and May 6, from Noon to 3:00 PM. Please start gathering your contributions for the tag sale and clothing sale. Starting the week of February 18, there will be storage space available at the church. Contact Alan Singewald (203-984-3457) for pick-up service. Please no heavy furniture!
YOGA FUSION CLASS: a blend of Yoga and Pilates is offered in the large parish hall on Wed. evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM. The class is $10 suggested donation. Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a water bottle. All levels are welcome. Call or email Joyce Generoso, the instructor, with any questions or concerns. Cell 203-984-3050: Email: Jageneroso@aol.com. Current classes will run until the end of February.
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES: LOCALLY- PENNIES FOR HEAVEN: The Altar Guild collects pocket change year-round to help feed the needy in our community. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place at all times. Thank you. Sarah French
LENTEN LAUNDRY LOVE: This year a group of parishes in the Southwest Region of the ECCT are Partnering with Open Door Shelter and Triangle Community Center to launch a trial of Laundry Love, a national program to assist the homeless in our greater community. The first Wednesday of the month, beginning February 7th, volunteers will host a Laundry Love session where we will pay for the washers and dryers participants use as they do their own wash; while also hosting them in an inviting, supportive environment. Volunteers can help by donating towards laundry soap, washers/dryers and food, or by signing up to host a shift (5 people for 2 hours) at the laundromat. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Marsha Dunn.
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
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
AND BEYOND- Greenfield Congregational Church sponsors a program in which students attending the two Fairfield High Schools can volunteer in Appalachia for a week during the summer. The students are bused to a location in the region where they help repair and rebuild homes for families in need. Pastors David and Alida Ward work side by side with the kids. Five of Barbara Marzolf’s grandkids participated and found it very rewarding. The kids stay in local churches or schools. But some of them cannot afford air mattresses. If anyone has an air mattress they no longer need, please consider donating to the program. For more information, please contact Barbara at 203-853-1238.
The Prelude Sheep May Safely Graze J. S. Bach
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
The Liturgy of the Word Book of Common Prayer
The Opening Hymn 460 Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
The people stand as able, the Celebrant then continues
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 Gloria S278 Mathias
The Celebrant says to the people.
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The people sit.
A Reading from the Second Book of Kings 2:1-12
When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”
Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 50:1-6 Deus deorum
1 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; * he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, * God reveals himself in glory.
3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; * before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
4 He calls the heavens and the earth from above * to witness the judgment of his people.
5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, * those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.”
6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; * for God himself is judge.
A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 4:3-6
Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn 619
Then, all standing as able, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 9:2-9
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
After the Gospel, the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The people sit.
The Sermon The Reverend Joe Parrish
Then, all standing as 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 558 Faith of Our Fathers
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; All Saint’s, East Hartford; Christ & the Epiphany, East Haven; St. John’s, East Windsor; The Haitian Ministry Network; Haitian ministry in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
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 Joe, our Priest.
We also pray for Don, 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 and 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.
~ The Offertory The Rev. Joe Parrish
Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,
an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
Offertory Gaudeamus Hodie Natalie Sleeth
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 God 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 in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
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 S128 Mathias
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 BCP, 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 BCP, 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 S165 Mathias
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.)
After Communion, the Celebrant says
Let us pray.
Celebrant and People BCP, 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.
The Choral Amen
The Closing Hymn 420 When in Our Music
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 Allegro Cesar Franck
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!
2 Emerson Street East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855 203.866.7442
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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George Helwig, Warden 203.354.0724, email@example.com
Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Pritchard, Clerk, email@example.com
Donald Bieling, (2019) 203.247.5423, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, email@example.com
Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, email@example.com
Jamie Kircher, (2021) 203.524.0069, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Soleng, (2021) 203.354.0724, 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
February 11, 2018: EPIPHANY LAST
Organist: Betty Belcher
Ushers: Al Belcher and Lou Lovallo
Reader: Eric Mordoff
Intercessor: Bunny Zamm
Altar Guild: Sarah French
Presider: The Rev. Joe Parrish