Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit
Christ Episcopal Church
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 22, 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!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm
The whole family is invited for a movie night at Christ Church in the small parish hall for a spooky (kid-friendly) movie, popcorn and fun. All are welcome, invite your friends!
MEMORIALS: The flowers on the Altar are given in loving memory of Frank Ross, Sr. by the Ross family.
VIGIL LIGHT: The vigil light burns in memory of the victims of fires and hurricanes
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: Holy Spirit, West Haven; St. Paul’s, Westbrook; Emmanuel, Weston; Diocesan Episcopal Church Women Diocesan Altar Guild; local ECW chapters and parish altar guilds
FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The whole family is invited for a movie night at Christ Church next
Friday, October 27, join us at 7:00 pm in the small parish hall for a spooky (kid-friendly) movie, popcorn and fun. All are welcome, invite your friends!
BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NORWALK MENTOR PROGRAM: Once again, your gifts of backpacks and other back-to-school supplies are welcome in the basket at the altar. You may know, the Norwalk Mentor Program is directed by our own Nancy Pratt and matches folks willing to spend an hour each week with individual students of the Norwalk Public Schools. Do you have an hour to spare? If so, please connect with Nancy Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Juice Boxes 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
The Prelude Air from Water Music G.F. Handel
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355
The Opening Hymn 408 Sing Praise to God
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.
The Celebrant says to the people. The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
The people sit.
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
A Reading from the Book of Exodus 33:12-23
Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.” The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit
1 The Lord is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
4 “O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8 “O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 1:1-10Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn 576 God is Love 1stand 2nd before
3rd after the Gospel
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 22:15-22
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
After the Gospel, the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The people sit.
The Sermon The Rev. Mark Glidden
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.
The Prayer Hymn 683 O For a Closer Walk With God
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 Holy Spirit, West Haven; St. Paul’s, Westbrook; Emmanuel, Weston; Diocesan Episcopal Church Women Diocesan Altar Guild; local ECW chapters and parish altar guilds
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 Mark, 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 Frank Ross Sr.
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.
Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all good ness, and by the power of the holy spirit keep you in eternal life’
The Peace BCP, 360
The Celebrant says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.
The Offertory The Rev. Mark Glidden
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 Jesus, Savior Hugh Livingston
Jesus, Savior, Master of all.
Gentle Jesus, Hear now our call.
Fill us with your love, Teach us today.
Jesus, Savior, Show us your way.
You left heaven for us,
You know the fears we face,
You died on Calvary for us, you’ve given us your grace.
We’ll go where you lead us.
We would be like you.
Your blood on Calvary freed us, To start our lives anew.
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 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!
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 M2185 For One Great Peace
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 Closing Hymn 595 God of Grace
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 Suite Goethique. L. Boellmann
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!
2 Emerson Street ▪ East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855
Betty Belcher, Minister of Music, 203.846.1274, email@example.com
Bridget Pritchard, Church School, 203.838.4901, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vestry of Christ Church
Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166, email@example.com
Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, email@example.com
Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244, email@example.com
Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, email@example.com
Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, email@example.com
Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, firstname.lastname@example.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
OCTOBER 22, 2017: THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Minister of Music: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ginny Deering and Marsha Dunn
Usher: Al Belcher and Anita Hughes
Lector: George Helwig
Intercessor: Paul Mordoff
Presider: The Reverend Mark Glidden