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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

From Fr Montgomery
I awoke this morning at the Church and sat on the stone bench saying my morning prayers under a tree in the clear sunlight on a bright, clear late summer/early autumn morning and everything seems new. And possible. And full of hope and God’s grace. 

Part of that is having been, as Jesus often was, “apart” for a while with my wife “to pray” and to visit, as we said, the “lonely-in-lockdown”. We drove quite a bit and though we drove through states encountering a higher rate of infection than CT, we were cautious about everything – only visited friends who have been in lockdown and stayed at home completely, were never without our masks on outside their homes or within 6 feet of anyone. AND, we have not been in a place experiencing infection rates higher than CT for more than 14 days at this point and we both are experiencing no symptoms. Just to set your minds at rest that we will not be putting you at risk tomorrow. Diane is not with me and I will be 20 feet or more from all worshippers as usual at all times. We continue to be cautious in this that all may worship and be well. 

I want to thank all of you for all you did in my absence to be the worshipping community that is Christ Church. Particularly, I want to thank Debbie Ross, Treasurer, for keeping the “Business” of the Church going and Alan Singewald for keeping care for the buildings. Joyce Generoso for helping to lead worship and Jamie Kircher for not only helping to lead worship but also for being such a leader in so many ways as Senior Warden! And for others who did things of which I may not be aware! Additionally, thanks to Mo Pam Strobel for being "on call" pastorally. Though, she tells me she was not called. I hope that means you are all well! Please let me know if you are not and need care. 

If you emailed or called while I was gone it is likely that I missed it as I was not checking those as I noted in my last communication. If there is something that you would like me to know or to which you would like a reply, please call or email again now. 

I look forward to re-connecting with you and invite you, if you would like, to set up a time to meet (either in person as you are comfortable) or by Zoom or Telephone to catch up or re-connect. Simply e-mail me and we will find a way! 

Until then, I look forward to seeing you in Church, as you are comfortable, or online as we will be resuming digital streaming in the usual manner – details below, as I remain,



in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

ZOOM
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Telephone
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


ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie, Stamford; St. Andrew’s, Stamford; St. Francis’, Stamford; those involved in the ministry of education for Christian formation in parishes; church school and youth group directors, teachers, and mentors; for adult education leaders.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Church
of Papua New Guinea, and its Primate, The Most Revd Alan Migi.


VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in memory of Jack Hughes and with prayers for all church families separated due to the pandemic.  We pray for strength and vigilance.

ATTENTION WOMEN'S GROUP:  Members of the Women's Group and all ladies of the Parish:  there will be a Women's Group meeting on September 27.  Stay tuned! Details to follow!!  Our thoughts and prayers go with Ryan Helwig as he leaves for college at SUNY  Maritime College in New York City.  He has been a faithful acolyte at Christ Church for many years.  


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 12:1-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the Passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Psalm 149
Cantate Domino

1 Hallelujah!
Sing to the Lord a new song; *
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.

2 Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *
let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise his Name in the dance; *
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people *
and adorns the poor with victory.

5 Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *
let them be joyful on their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be in their throat *
and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7 To wreak vengeance on the nations *
and punishment on the peoples;

8 To bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles with links of iron;

9 To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *
this is glory for all his faithful people.
Hallelujah!

The Second Lesson
Romans 13:8-14

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

The Gospel
Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

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