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EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 24, 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 given to the Glory of God, in memory of Dora and Harry Coombs, by their children.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Christ Church, Trumbull; Grace Church, Trumbull; Trinity, Trumbull; Youth and youth ministries; J2A, Confirm Not Conform, and all other confirmation classes and other programs that challenge youth to grow in their faith & discipleship

SPECIAL HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTION:

This morning we are taking up a special collection for the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund to assist those affected by the devastating hurricanes this season. Please see the insert for more details. Loose offerings can be placed in the blue envelopes, and checks should be clearly marked “hurricane relief”. Thank you for your generous support.

WOMEN’S GROUP MEETING:  Next Sunday, October 1 after the 10:00 am service.

BACKPACK CLUBS: You too may join the CT Food Bank in its regular support of Backpack Clubs in the Norwalk Public Schools. Barbara Felter is 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
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

BOOK BUNCH: 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.com for more details. 

The Prelude Variation on “Hyfrydol” arr. by L. Smith

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355

A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress - 2

The people stand if 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.

Gloria

The Celebrant says to the people.

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

The Lessons

The people sit.

A Reading from the Book of Exodus 16:2-15The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him–what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’” In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.  

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.  

3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.  

5 Remember the marvels he has done,
*   his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,  

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.  

37 He led out his people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.  

38 Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.  

39 He spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.  

40 They asked, and quails appeared, *
and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.  

41 He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.  

42 For God remembered his holy word *
and Abraham his servant.

43 So he led forth his people with gladness, *
his chosen with shouts of joy.  

44 He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others’toil,  

45 That they might keep his statutes *
and observe his laws. Hallelujah! 

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 1:21-30

To me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well–since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow. 

All stand if able.

The Sequence Hymn 404

We Will Extol You

1stand 2nd before
3rd after the Gospel

We Will Extol You

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 Matthew 20:1-16

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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.

Hymn M92 For The Beauty Of The Earth

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, Trumbull; Grace Church, Trumbull; Trinity, Trumbull; Youth and youth ministries; J2A, Confirm Not Conform, and all other confirmation classes and other programs that challenge youth to grow in their faith & discipleship

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; especially Dora and Harry

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.

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.

The Celebrant concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.

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

The Offertory Hymn Let Us Exalt His Name Together Stuart Daurmann

1. At all times I will bless Him;

   His praise shall be in my mouth

   My soul makes its boast in the Lord.

   The humble man will hear of Him,

   The afflicted will be glad,

   And join with me to magnify the Lord

Chorus:

Let Us Exalt His Name together, forever,

I sought the Lord. He heard me and delivered me from my fears.

Let us exalt Hi Name together, forever,

Oh sing His praises, magnify the Lord.

2. The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear His name.

    To save them and deliver them from harm.

    Though lions roar with hunger we lack for no good thing.

    No wonder then we praise Him with our song.

Chorus

3. Come children, now and hear me.

    If you would see long life.

   Just keep your lips from wickedness and lies.

   Do good and turn from evil, seek peace instead of strife

   Love righteousness and God will hear your cry.

Chorus

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.

For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in 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 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! 

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 314                                         Humbly I Adore Thee

Humbly I Adore Thee

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.

The Blessing

The Amen

Amen

 

All stand if able.

The Closing Hymn 690                               Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehova

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehova

 

he 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 Choral Song Samuel Wesley

THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE.  WELCOME HOME!

  2 Emerson Street East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855
203.866.7442

www.christchurcheastnorwalk.org

@ChristChurchEN

Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274, music@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901, churchschool@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

The Vestry of Christ Church

Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166, mdunn@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423, dbieling@christchurcheastnorwalk.orgGinny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, gdeering@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778, lconti@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244, npratt@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069, jmuha@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, bfelter@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724, lhelwig@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, kharris@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, pmordoff@christchurcheastnorwalk.org

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

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017: THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Minister of Music: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ginny Deering and Marsha Dunn

Usher: Lou Lovallo and Al Belcher

Lector: Paul Mordoff

Intercessor: George Helwig
Presider: The Reverend Laura V. Queen

 

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