Matthew 22: 34-46

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

MEMORIALS:

The flowers on the Altar and the chrysanthemums flanking the chancel steps are in celebration of the life of Mark Zamm

FAMILY FUN NIGHT:

The night was a great success! We had a roomful of kids with their parents, lots of treats and a Mr. Bungles provided Haloweeny-fun balloons for each kid to take home. Thanks to the Vestry who went all out for this first time event. Watch for more, and please let us know if you have any ideas.

WOMEN’S GROUP:

The Women’s Group is selling tickets for the Thanksgiving Basket to be raffled off November 19. The basket is on display in the Guild Room. The turkey and other perishable items will be added to the basket at that time.

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN:

The Altar Guild is collecting pocket change to purchase food to donate to Person to Person in November. Please help us make someone’s Thanksgiving truly thankful. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place. Thank you. Sarah French

BOOK BUNCH:

The next book club meeting is November 14, at 7:30. The book selection is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.

CHRISTMAS FAIR:

The Holiday Fair will be held at Christ Church on December 9 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In addition to an extensive holiday tag sale, Barbara Felter has hand-picked and organized at least 17 vendors to participate in the fair. She has also put together a Chinese Auction, featuring fabulous prizes ranging from a Henckels knife set to a movie pass gift packet to a ride on a steam train! She also has several great restaurant gift certificates.

The fair will also include a bake sale, from our great cooks in the Women’s Group. Baked goods can be delivered Friday night or Saturday morning before 9am. The Women’s Group is also sponsoring a raffle for a gift basket filled with delicious and imaginative items for a great Christmas celebration.

You are invited to help and participate! Barbara will need help on Friday, December 8 from 10am to 2pm and Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm. She especially needs help cleaning up. Please see Barbara or call her at 203-847-5237 to volunteer for one or more 2-hour blocks of time. Be sure to get yourself on the schedule soon! Donations of Christmas-themed items for the tag sale are appreciated. Please save your non-Christmas items till next year – storage space in the church is very limited.

SPOTLIGHT ON:

As a way for us to learn more about each other, we are highlighting Christ Church parishioners on our website. Learn more about our own Ed Zamm here

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

THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:

Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Ruth Lovallo
Ushers: Ed Zamm and Paul Mordoff
Lector: Ginny Deering
Intercessor: Barbara Judson
Presider: The Reverend Laura Queen

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Domine, refugium

1 Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.

3 You turn us back to the dust and say, *
“Go back, O child of earth.”

4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.

13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.

14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

16 Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.

17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us

GOSPEL:

Matthew 22:34-46

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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