The Third Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; 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
Two Pieces of Great News
1. Re-gathering in the Church during Phase II – which started this week
- 9AM Worship in the Church
- Those Over 65 or with complications are advised to continue to worship virtually – though the decision of course is yours. This advice comes from the Governor and the Bishop and is based on best medical standards and caution.
- We will continue to Zoom and Facebook to include those at home and far away who have joined us over the past months.
- For those who feel comfortable coming to church
- You can read the Bishop’s directions on our website.
- Only one door will be used – the West Doors and the Handicapped Ramp
- Masks must be worn by all on campus at all times over the mouth and nose
- All who come should do a self-evaluation. Here is a CDC tool to do that from the Mayo Clinic To help you do that, our ushers will have a forehead thermometer which can be safely used to determine whether you have a fever or not if you are in doubt.
- We will not be singing or using books
- We will offer Service Cards for all to take home and return with weekly
- We will be distanced by 6 feet in seating by family unit
- We will have Zoom style fellowship from our pews and with the folks on “TV”
2. Additional Appointment for Fr Montgomery. The Bishop has given me an opportunity to be of greater service in the Diocese and Christ Church opportunities for collaboration and cooperation and efficiency. The Vestry of St. Saviour’s, Old Greenwich has asked the Bishop to appoint me their, roughly, ¼ time priest in charge as well. As you know, I was called over a year ago to be the (roughly) quarter time priest in charge of Christ Church. Once you account for Christmas, Easter, Diocesan Convention, Diocesan Meetings, Vestry & Committee Meetings and Planning, that leaves time for planning my sermon, planning worship on Sunday, and about 4 hours a week of other work for Christ Church. That’s not a lot of time to grow with.
Though it has been nice only focusing on Christ Church, working roughly ¼ time was not going to last forever. It has been a luxury for me to give extra time and energy to Christ Church this past year. I think I will be able to give more than I would otherwise have been able to going forward and that we can realize real efficiencies and opportunities going forward as well.
What this will mean is that certain expenses will occur only once such as diocesan travel and my time will only be taken up only once on such things. Also, I will be able to be in CT more often and for longer periods of time – serving both churches and available more to the people of both. I shared this, in concept, with the CCEN Vestry a few weeks ago and it was greeted with such comment as “we could share a bookkeeper and a sexton, and maybe a musician and an administrator if we are sharing a priest – as long as we have our services at different times” and “we could do joint programs that as individual churches we might not have enough people for.” Quite right. Here is a video I made and shared with the Vestry last night and I share it with you.
Have no fear – no one has any intention of merging, closing or anything of the sort – quite the opposite – the Bishop and I are hoping this will be like two sticks that can sometimes stand together being stronger than one standing alone. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Email me. Call me. Ask me Sunday! I will be appointing 2 Vestry liaisons to join 2 from St. Saviour’s to talk about details going forward to make sure we don’t miss any details.
Here is the Video, See you Sunday, Zoom Details below!
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All Meetings and Activities on campus have been postponed or canceled until further notice. All members are asked to NOT to come to the church building. Only officers who need to carry on the business of the church will be coming to it and they should be left alone in as sanitized an environment as possible.
ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER: Pray for All Saints’, Oakville; St. Saviour’s, Old Greenwich; St. Ann’s, Old Lyme; Camp Washington: staff, board, counselors, and campers.
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: Pray for the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic and the frontline health staff caring for them. They are being remembered daily in the mother church of the Anglican Communion. Officials at Canterbury Cathedral began tolling “Harry” – the oldest bell in the cathedral – at 8 pm BST (7 pm GMT) every night since Maundy Thursday (9 April). It will continue daily until the threat from Covid-19 recedes.
ALTAR FLOWERS: The flowers near the Altar are in honor of all fathers.
VIGIL LIGHT: The vigil light burns this week in memory of fathers: Hal Quackenboss, Dr. B. Carson French, and Christopher French by Sarah, Emily, and Catherine French.
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Joyce: Cell 203-984-3050
The First Lesson
The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
nor anything like your works.
9 All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *
and glorify your Name.
10 For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
The Second Lesson
Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”