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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory 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.

From Fr Montgomery
On Sunday, August 23 and 30, we will continue with our 9 am service which will be the Order of Morning Prayer offered by Lay Leaders. Jamie Kircher (our faithful Senior Warden) and Joyce Generoso (a faithful member of the Vestry and leader in many ways) will be taking turns leading our worship.
Many, many churches offer worship on Sunday mornings digitally. I encourage you to visit them virtually. I give you a few links here to explore! Please take notes and give suggestions on things we might do differently here at Christ Church!
1) St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square Livestream 11 am Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/stmvnyc/

2) Canterbury Cathedral Livestream Sunday 12Noon: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/#eucharist

3) Christ Church, Greenwich, Sunday Livestream 10 am https://christchurchgreenwich.org/eucharist-livestream/

4) St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia -- a super high church with lovely music:
Livestream Sunday 10 am: https://www.youtube.com/c/SClementsChurchPhiladelphia/live 

5) Or browse the ECCT listings of online opportunities if none of these work out for you: https://www.episcopalct.org/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/ECCT_Service_5_6_2020.pdf
 
While I am gone
For regular church business that may arise (hard to think of much that would in Covidtide, but in case it does, contact Jamie Kircher, Senior Warden jamielkircher@gmail.com. In a pastoral emergency when you need a priest, my friend and seminary classmate, Mo. Pam Strobel lives just 20 minutes or so away and will be happy to respond to your needs. She can be reached either by email mailto:postrobel@yahoo.com


in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

 
WOMEN'S GROUP:  Bunny Zamm reports the Women’s Group had a highly successful meeting last Sunday.  Everyone was excited to see each other.  Julie Chelminski brought tomatoes from her garden.  Barbara Felter made decorative tissue boxes for all.  Another meeting is planned for September.  The date will be announced in a future edition of eNews.

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for Trinity, Southport; Grace Church, Stafford Springs; Church musicians: organists; choirs and choir directors; bands; community chorister programs; parish and diocesan committees on liturgy, music, and worship.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Church in Hong Kong, and its Primate, Archbishop Paul Kwong.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in honor of all Norwalk and Brien McMahon high school seniors who finally got to "walk!"

CHECK IT OUT!          
Joyce Generoso is hosting a ZOOM Yoga Fusion class on Wednesday nights.  Please contact her for details!
Joyce:  Cell 203-984-3050
ALTAR GUILD:  Debbie Ross
 

The First Lesson
Exodus 1:8-2:10

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Psalm 124
Nisi quia Dominus

1 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say;

2 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us;

3 Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us;

4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us;

5 Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us.

6 Blessed be the Lord! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

The Second Lesson
Romans 12:1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

The Gospel
Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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