Ordinary People ✠ Extraordinary Spirit
Christ Episcopal Church
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, November 12, 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!
MEMORIALS: The flowers near the Altar are in memory of Fr. Frank Wismer, Andy Kish, Phil Marzolf, Ray Durant, Guy Miller and all departed veterans by the Christ Church Parish Family and in loving memory of Brian West by his family.
The Vigil Light burns this week in memory of Edna Terry and Margaret Gardiner by their loving family.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: The 233rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, meeting Nov. 17-18 in Greenwich, CT
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.
VETERANS’ SUNDAY: This morning we honor all Veterans with a special service at 10:00am. All are invited to stay after the service for the Annual Col. Frank Wismer Chili Cook-Off.
VESTRY MEETING: The vestry will meet tomorrow, November 13 7:00pm. All Parishioners are reminded that they can bring any concerns or questions to a vestry member, or are welcome to attend the meeting themselves.
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. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about our own Alan and Sharon Singewald.
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.
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 Song in the Morning Gilbert Martin
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
The Liturgy of the Word BCP, 355
The Opening Hymn 718 God of Our Fathers
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 Gloria: Hymn S278 Mathias
he Celebrant says to the people.
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The people sit.
A Reading from the Book of Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Long ago your ancestors–Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor–lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many.’ Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.Psalm 78:1-7 Attendite, popule
1 Hear my teaching, O my people; * incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; * I will declare the mysteries of ancient times. 3 That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, * we will not hide from their children. 4 We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, * and the wonderful works he has done. 5 He gave his decrees to Jacob and established a law for Israel, * which he commanded them to teach their children; 6 That the generations to come might know, and the children yet unborn; * that they in their turn might tell it to their children; 7 So that they might put their trust in God, * and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments;
A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 4:13-18We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
All stand if able.
The Sequence Hymn 608 Eternal Father
1stand 2nd before
3rd and 4th 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 25:1-13
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
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.
The Prayer Hymn M431
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 the 233rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, meeting Nov. 17-18 in Greenwich, CT
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;
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
All stand if able. The Celebrant says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.
Honoring Our Veterans
Ed Zamm, Peter Hughes, and Richard Olson
(Veterans, please stand as you are able when the song of your branch is sung.)
The Army Goes Rolling Along (Army)
Over hill, over dale
As we hit the dusty trail
And the army goes rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter march and right about,
And the Army goes rolling along.
Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hee!
In the field artillery
Shout out your numbers loud and strong
For where e’er you go. You will always know,
That the Army goes rolling along.
Marine Hymn (Marines)
From the halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country’s battle,
In the air on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean.
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Anchors Aweigh (Navy)
Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.
Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day .
Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam.
Until we meet once more.
Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.
The Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force)
Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high into the sun.
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder.
At ‘em boys, Give her the gun.
Flying men, guarding our nation’s borders,
We’ll be there, ever on course.
We live in fame, Or go down in flame.
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force.
Semper Paratus (Coast Guard)
So here’s the Coast Guard Marching song.
We sing on land or sea.
Through surf and storm and howling gale.
High shall our purpose be.
Semper Paratus is our guide.
Our fame, our glory, too.
To fight to save or fight to die.
Aye, Coast Guard, we are for you.
Celebrant: Governor of Nations, our Strength and Shield:
we give you thanks for the devotion and courage
of all those who have offered military service for this country:
For those who have fought for freedom;
for those who laid down their lives for others;
for those who have borne suffering of mind or of body;
for those who have brought their best gifts to times of need.
On our behalf they have entered into danger,
endured separation from those they love,
labored long hours, and borne hardship in war and in peacetime.
Lift up by your mighty Presence those who are now at war;
encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home;
guard those in any need or trouble;
hold safely in your hands all military families;
and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home;
Give to us, your people, grateful hearts
and a united will to honor these men and women
and hold them always in our love and our prayers;
until your world is perfected in peace through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Compiled by the Rev. Jennifer Phillips Veteran’s Day Prayer
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 God Bless America
Congregation joins in on chorus
The Doxology “All Good Gifts”
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 707 Take My Life
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.
All stand if able.
The Closing Hymn God of Every Nation
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 Allegretto G.H.Richolson
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE HERE. WELCOME HOME!
2 Emerson Street ▪ East Norwalk, Connecticut 06855
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
Marsha Dunn, Sr. Warden, 203.286.8166, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Bieling, Jr. Warden, 203.247.5423, email@example.com
Ginny Deering, Treasurer, 702.595.9449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Conti, Clerk, 203.515.7778, email@example.com
Nancy Pratt, (2018) 203.434.4244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Muha, (2018) 203.524.0069, email@example.com
Barbara Felter, (2019) 203.847.5237, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Helwig, (2019) 203.354.0724, email@example.com
Kim Harris, (2020) 203.919.2478, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Mordoff, (2020) 203.919.6765, 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
NOVEMBER 12, 2017: THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Organist: Betty Belcher
Altar Guild: Sarah French
Ushers: Barbara Mordoff
Lector: Jennifer Gormley
Intercessor: Tina Soleng
Presider: The Reverend Laura V. Queen