Christ Church East Norwalk eNews

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear friends and members of Christ Church,

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. 

This is the traditional greeting of Christians when they meet each other during Eastertide (you can see it illustrated in that great movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the brothers and cousins teach the Xenos (foreigner) fiancé, Ian Miller, to do respond “Halitos Aneste” to the Greeting “Xristos Aneste” and he says, “Halitosis A Nasty” much to the Greeks’ amusement. It is with this greeting that the 1979 Prayer Book gives us an option to begin the Holy Eucharist during this season. And so, in this first week of Easter, I say again: 

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. 

Winston Churchill, speaking in 1942 after years of defeats and hardship in the first years of the war and more recently a few very important victories which provided a glimmer of hope noted in a public speech: 

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”

In many ways we seem to be there. Lent is over, Christ is risen. The “curve” of new cases and death seems to be flattening and yet it is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. But, perhaps, as Churchill put it, it is the end of the beginning. 

Over the past month “at” Christ Church (we have never been more keenly aware that a congregation is not defined by brick and mortar) we have been trying to “carry on” as well as we can and as usually as possible while staying apart to stop the spread of this virus. We pivoted at a moment’s notice from services at Church to services from and in my home and your homes including others from and in their homes. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is leading by example, leaving his Cathedral empty, and celebrated Easter Morning Mass from his kitchen – to our kitchens via livestream. 

On the one hand, “Zoom” church or “Face Book” or “Your Tube” or “Telephone” is a poor substitute for being with those we love and in the same place at the same time. On the other hand, new comers and visitors are among us every week and people are lingering at “Coffee Hour” longer than usual! Thank you to Diane Montgomery who has been helping greatly to make this happen and to Debbie Ross who has been keeping the “Business” of being the Church going as our Treasurer. Thank you to George Helwig, Joyce Generoso, Debbie Ross, Jamie Kircher, and Bridgett Pritchard for delivering (observing social distancing) plants and the sacrament and palms to all the exterior of the homes on our communicants’ list or those who requested it to provide a tangible link in an intangible time amongst our homes which comprise the communal “site” of our congregation in diaspora. Thank you to Bunny Zamm for reaching out on the phone tirelessly to one and all and keeping us connected and aware of each other’s struggles. 

Over the next month, we will be continuing Sunday Worship in the same way and each person who needs help getting logged in to Zoom is invited to reach out to me or Diane who can help you. This Sunday, as Face Book proved unstable last Sunday, we will have a link on the Website to a Youtube Live Stream as well. 

Additionally, your Parish Priest, Wardens and Vestry Members, and others will be working on ways to provided fellowship and pastoral support in ways that are real even when we can’t be in the same room. We are beginning that, the Wardens and I, on a call tomorrow morning. 

Finally – Let me echo the Civil and Ecclesiastical Authorities. Let me be clear. We are not out of the woods yet. We don’t even see the end of the woods.  Though the curve seems to be flattening, we are not close to “business as usual” and we should all stay in our homes or in our yards unless we absolutely must leave them. THIS is how we combat the  virus. It means, if you can, go shopping and freeze things. Do that. If you can have things delivered, do that.  Do NOT go away from your home every day. Do NOT go to the Christ Church. It is not that these places are dangerous (though they will become so if many people go there) it is that by reducing contact to the absolute  minimum (in the case of the Church to Debbie, our Treasurer who is carrying on valiantly with the business end of things), we reduce to a minimum the chance of becoming infected or infecting things or people. When you go out, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. THIS is what we can do. 

See you and hear you in Church on Sunday as we continue to be the congregation of Christ Church East Norwalk – exactly where we are. 

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. 

See you "in" church.....and HAPPY EASTER!

in Christ,
Fr Ian Montgomery
Easter Service and Coffee Hour 10 am,
Though we have had some snags, using the Zoom and FaceBook platforms have provided us with incredible fellowship and worship opportunities. We have worshipped with choirs from across the world and across time and welcomed visitors and newcomers from across the region and the world as well as old-timers who have joined us from afar. 

We had a few connectivity problems this week, so I have made new links completely -- these are connected to the links on the website and the Facebook Page. Here they are for you. Use these, and not previous ones! 

To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to:

To view only via the Face book page Click HERE and scroll to Video section or go to:

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

Easter Flower & Plant Memorials  
The Flowers and Plants adorning our Church dispersed throughout
Norwalk and beyond are given in 
in loving memory of

Alfred Felter, Jr by his wife, Nina and David Brennan by their daughter, Alfred & Eileen Felter, Sr - by their daughter-in-law, Barbara Felter

Their Loved Ones - by Kim and Dave Harris

Mark & Pauline Zamm and Arnold & Matilda Fasano - by the Zamm Family

Loved Ones, Family, and Friends - by Barbara Judson,

Her parents, Hal and Mary Quackenboss and her husband, Christopher W. French, - by Sarah French, 

Elizabeth & Arthur Bibby, Dora & Harry Coombs, Mary & James Coombs, George & Bertha Despres, Pat Johnson, Sonja Frinder, Frank Ross Sr., Mr & Mrs. Antonio Ross, Rosemary & Carl Nevidjon.  - by The Ross Family

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 St. Andrew’s, Meriden; Christ Church, Middle Haddam; St. George’s, Middlebury; Holy Trinity, Middletown; clergy whose work is not in parishes; multi-vocational priests; the clergy of ECCT whose ministry is carried out in other countries or dioceses

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Church of Ireland: Archbishop Michael Jackson, the Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough, and Primate of Ireland.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for those who grieve the loss of their loved ones alone.

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: Email:


The First Lesson
Acts 2:14a,22-32

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover, my flesh will live in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

Psalm 16
Conserva me, Domine

1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,
my good above all other."

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.

3 But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the Lord always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The Second Lesson
1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Gospel
John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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