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Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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CYCLE OF PRAYER: Trinity, Hartford; St. Peter’s, Hebron; St. James’, Higganum; All Saints’, Ivoryton; Collaborative ministries and Ministry Networks; ECCT Regions and Region Missionaries

FLOWERS: Please see the list of memorial flowers for Easter.

VIGIL LIGHT: The vigil light burns this week in loving memory of Marjorie Hughes by her family.

REFRESHMENTS: There is a new sign-up sheet in the Guild Room for coffee hour refreshments. Please consider contributing to the after-church gathering. Nothing fancy or elaborate is needed–just something like cookies or cheese and crackers.

VESTRY NOTES: The Vestry is requesting volunteer help from parishioners who have an extra hour or two here and there to assist with any or all aspects of parish administration and projects. One example is helping to put up the banners on the lawn by the church. If you have some time and talent to volunteer please contact George or Liz. “Many hands make light work.” Thank you. The senior wardens are George Helwig, 203-354-0724, geohelwig@gmail.com and Liz Conti, 203-515-7778, lizconti@rocketmail.com.

EASTER BASKET RAFFLE!: Congratulations to Laura Demms who won the Easter Basket raffle!

WOMEN’S GROUP: The next Women’s Group will be April 8, to plan for the May Fair and other Spring events discussed at the March 4, meeting.

BOOK BUNCH: The next book club meeting will be April 17, at 7:30, in the Guild Room. The book selection is The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.

MAY FAIR: Will be May 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and May 6, from Noon to 3:00 PM. Please start gathering your contributions for the tag sale and clean clothing sale. There is storage space available at the church on the stage. The chairman of the tag/clothing sale would appreciate your contributions by April 27. Contact Alan Singewald (203-984-3457) for pick-up service. Please no heavy furniture! Please no books or Christmas items!!

MAY FAIR: Now that the Lenten Season is behind us and we are celebrating Easter, let’s start gearing up for The May Fair! There are so many ways each parishioner can contribute time/talent to make this Fair a success! See the wish list below. Please contact Bunny Zamm at 203-853-3004 or edzamm@gmail.com if you can help.

WISH LIST FOR MAY FAIR:
1. Help setting up May 2, 3, and 4 from 8:30 til 1 and from 6 to 8 (for those who work during the day.) Any amount of time you can spare will be appreciated.
2. Workers at the Fair, May 5 and 6. Part-time or full-time. (1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours? Whatever you can spare.)
3. An angel to supply lunch for the workers on May 5.
4. Thanks to the Angel who donated a smart TV for the auction items!
5. Help on May 6, after 3 PM–to break down the Fair and clean up both rooms.

YOGA FUSION CLASS: a blend of Yoga and Pilates is offered in the large parish hall on Wed. evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM. The class is $10 suggested donation. The next session will start Wednesday, April 4, continuing every Wednesday through May 30, with the exception of May 2. Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a water bottle. All levels are welcome. Call or email Joyce Generoso, the instructor, with any questions or concerns.
Cell 203-984-3050: Email: Jageneroso@aol.com.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN: The Altar Guild collects pocket change year round to help feed the needy in our community. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place at all times. Thank you. Sarah French

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

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THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:
Organist: Betty Belcher
Ushers: Joyce Generoso and Barbara Felter
Reader: Bunny Zamm
Intercessor: Jennifer Gormley
Altar Guild: All Altar Guild Members
Presider: The Rev. Joe Parrish

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Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 25: 6 – 9
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.

Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 118: 1 – 2, 14 – 24

Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it

The Epistle
1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 11

Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain.
3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Ce’phas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them–though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

The Gospel

Mark 16:1-8
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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