Christ Church East Norwalk Baptism


Ordinary People Extraordinary Spirit

Christ Episcopal Church


The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Baptism of Tommy McCarthy

Sunday, August 13, 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:  Flowers near the altar are given to the Glory of God, in honor of the baptism of Tommy McCarthy.  The Vigil light burns this week in loving memory of Phil Marzolf by Barbara Marzolf.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Trinity, Southport; Grace Church, Stafford Springs; Church of Christ the Healer, Stamford; Church musicians: organists; choirs and choir directors; bands; community chorister programs; parish committees on liturgy, music, and worship; and the Commission on Music and Liturgy of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

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
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


Once again, the Norwalk Public School Mentor Program is collecting school supplies for Norwalk Students. Donations of Backpacks, paper, pencils, etc. can be left in the basket by the Altar. Thank you so much for your generosity!


Cornerstone Community Church is inviting all kids from Pre-K to 6th Grade to join in their Vacation Bible School ~ “Hero Central” ~ this week, August 14-18.

For more information, or to sign up, visit Prelude Meditation on “Brother James’ Air” arr. L. Smith

Holy Baptism

The Liturgy of the Word Book of Common Prayer, 299

The Opening Hymn 376

Joyful, Joyful 

Joyful, Joyful

The people standing if able, the Celebrant says:

Celebrant:  Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

People: Glory to God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Celebrant: There is one Body and one Spirit;

People: There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant: One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People: One God and Father of all.


The people stand if able, the Celebrant then continues

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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 Genesis 37:1-4,12-28

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron. He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”–that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 105:1-6,16-22,45b

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.

16 Then he called for a famine in the land *   and destroyed the supply of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, *   Joseph, who was sold as a slave.   18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *   his neck they put in an iron collar.

19 Until his prediction came to pass, *   the word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him; *   the ruler of the peoples set him free.

21 He set him as a master over his household,   as a ruler over all his possessions,

22 To instruct his princes according to his will   and to teach his elders wisdom.

45 Hallelujah! 

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans 10:5-15

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.  All stand if able.

The Sequence Hymn 383

Fairest Lord Jesus

1st and 2nd verses before .   3rd after the Gospel

Fairest Lord Jesus

Then, all standing as able, the Deacon reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 14:22-33

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The people sit.

The Sermon Canon Pat

Silence may follow.  Then, standing as able, all continue with singing of the Baptismal Hymn.

Baptismal Hymn M2252

Come Be Baptized

Come Be Baptized Come Be Baptized2

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

The Celebrant says

The Candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Tommy’s Parents and Godparents say

We present Tommy McCarthy to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Celebrant asks the parents and godparents

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child

you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help this child

to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infant

Question: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces

of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you renounce the evil powers of this world

which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you

from the love of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Question: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer: I do.

Question: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer: I do.

Question: Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Answer: I do.

After Tommy has been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support Tommy in his life in Christ?

People: We will!

Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant BCP, 304

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.


Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People: I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People: I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates BCP, 305

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for Tommy who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

A Person appointed leads the following petitions

Leader: Deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Open him heart to your grace and truth.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Keep him in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Teach him to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Send him into the world in witness to your love.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Let us now pray for all who are troubled in body, mind or spirit, especially:

Leader: And let us pray for our own congregation:

People: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector 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 Celebrant says

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death

of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his

resurrection and look for him to come again in glory;

who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Over the Water BCP, 306

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying

The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.

Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.

Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage

in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus

received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy

Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death

and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are

buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection.

Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.

Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his

fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in

the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your

Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and

born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus

Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and

glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Baptism

Tommy is presented by name to the Celebrant, who then pours water upon him, saying:

Tommy, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Then the Priest places a hand on the child’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross saying:

Tommy, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever.  Amen.

The celebrant continues

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised him to the new life of grace. Sustain him, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give him an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.  Amen.

The Celebrant then says

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Celebrant and People

Tommy, we receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

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 Canon Pat

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

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

The Offertory M314

I Come to The Garden Alone

I Come To The Garden Alone

The Doxology

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer B BCP, 367

The people remain standing if able. The Celebrant 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 in Jesus Christ our Lord you have received us as your sons and daughters, made us citizens of your kingdom, and given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

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 S129 Powell


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 Hymn S163 Powell

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.)

Communion Music

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 Blessing

All stand if able.

The Closing Hymn 420

When In Our Music

When In Our Music

The Deacon dismisses them with these words

Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The Postlude Holy Ground Christopher Beatty


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The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller,

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


Minister of Music: Betty Belcher

Altar Guild: Barbara Judson and Laura Demms

Usher: Laura Demms

Verger: Marsha Dunn

Lector: Barbara Judson

Intercessor: George Helwig

Presider: The Reverend Canon Patricia M. Coller

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