The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Worship Online Only - Sunday at 9 am.
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See you in Church or on Zoom or by Facebook on Sunday!
On Christmas Eve there will be two opportunities for worship.
1) In person with me and the people of Old Greenwich at their Drive-in Mass at Saint Saviour's Church - 350 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich (a short 15 minute drive from East Norwalk) complete with sound transmitted to your car radio and a 20' Movie Screen amplifying the outdoor Altar under a tent. You will also be able to join this service via Zoom if you like!
2) Live Zoom from Christ Church at 7pm with Carols as usual -- much the same format as our Sunday services have taken.
Next Sunday we will worship, virtually, at the Bishop's invitation with people from all over the Diocese "at" our Cathedral in Hartford. Details to follow!
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To dial in and listen (and be able to speak) during coffee hour, dial this number: +1 646 558 8656 and then put in this Meeting ID: 460 978 476 and then this passcode: 454048
ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER: Pray for Calvary St. George’s, Bridgeport; St. Luke/St. Paul, Bridgeport; St. John’s, Bridgeport; the children of the world, the Bishops’ Fund for Children, and all ECCT ministries for children at risk.
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: Pray for The Anglican Indigenous Network, the Anglican Communion Environment Network and the Anglican Alliance.
VIGIL LIGHT: The vigil light burns this week for all children of the world who are at risk.
THE CHRISTMAS FLOWERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE GLORY OF GOD BY THOSE LISTED:
Christ Church Parish Family in loving memory of Father Perry Miller, Father Arthur Bello, Father Tom Waring, Father Esty Denkinger, Father Don Burr and Father Frank Wismer.
In memory of all those departed dear friends I met and worked with as the first parish secretary, for 14 years, from 1955 to 1969, by Evelyne and Wally Bates.
In loving memory of Arthur & Elizabeth Bibby, Harry & Dora Coombs, Patricia Johnson, James & Mary Coombs, George & Bertha Despres, Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Ross, Frank Ross Sr., Carl & Rosemary Nevidjon, and Sonja Frinder. Given by the Ross Family.
In loving memory of Harry & Dora Coombs and Frank Ross Sr, given by their children and grandchildren.
In loving memory of Christopher W. French, Hal and Mary Quackenboss, Mary Lucas Quackenboss Fedric, Dr. Robert Mayes Fedric, Robert Mayes Fedric, Jr., and Bill and Thelma French by Sarah and Emily French-McQueen and Catherine French-Putvinski.
In loving memory of Jack and Marjorie Hughes, given by Nancy, Bill, Jason and Melissa Pratt.
In loving memory of Bob Judson, family members and friends by Barbara Judson.
Christ Church Parish Family in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Sims; Frank, Natalie, Ruth, Frank, Sr. and Adele Sturdevant; and in memory of Agnes and Daniel Maybin, Rebecca Blackman, Allan Stockman and Elizabeth Shepherd, Kate, Ferdinand and Dorothea Kimmich, Minnie and Charles Paul. Helen Adams, Mabel Allen, Mae Ashbrook, Alice Benson, Harriet Broadway, John Burr, Sr., Joan Chase, Dora Coombs, Julia Cromwell, John Dwyer, Annie Flaherty, Ethel Mansfield, Helen Roberts, Barbara Raila, Minnie Quick, Edward and Bess Robinson, Elizabeth Knapp, Laura Jennings, Cora Keeler, Adeline Wilson, Elinor Riley, Marge Owens, Lillian Mackeever, George and Mildred Webb, Susan Jayne, Jessie Judd, Harold Franson, Ella Franson, Fran Slausen, Edna Stocking, Thursa Barnum, Madeline Guyer, Marge and Jack Hughes, Peter Hughes, Ginny MacLachlan, Bob and Roberta Albertson, Phil Marzolf, Joan Bloom, Honey Kish, Matilda Fasano, Laurel Martin, Mary Ste. Marie, Rosemary Nevidjon, Dolly Sims, Phyllis Hoyt, Betty Wargo, Dorothy Wetmore and Augie Winters
MESSAGE FROM BUNNY: Dear Christ Church Family: The food drive was a huge success. The food went to Person to Person, a local organization that will help feed 20,000 people in this area. Yes, 20,000 people are in need. Our Savior said, "Feed my sheep," and our Christ Church Family helped do that! Bless you all for your generosity!
LADIES - Please call and check in on each other!!! Although our doors are closed, our hearts are open.
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Joyce Generoso is hosting a ZOOM Yoga Fusion class on Wednesday nights. Please contact her for details!
Joyce: Cell 203-984-3050
The First Lesson
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, "See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent." Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you."
But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
1 Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
19 You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior
and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21 My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
22 No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
23 I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25 I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
26 He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith-- to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.