Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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 9,16,23 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.

We will not be live streaming on FaceBook or Zoom during the rest of August. If you are at a distance and/or do not feel comfortable worshipping in person yet (a position that is cautious and which I fully support!), you have a great opportunity to become a liturgical explorer on Sunday mornings.

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:

2) Canterbury Cathedral Livestream Sunday 12Noon:

3) Christ Church, Greenwich, Sunday Livestream 10 am

4) St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia -- a super high church with lovely music:
Livestream Sunday 10 am: 

5) Or browse the ECCT listings of online opportunities if none of these work out for you:
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 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 or by cell phone: 203-278-302. 

When I return
The Vestry and I had a discussion last evening and here are some highlights I'd like to share with you. In fact, they are the notes from our time together. They acknowledge both excitement and hope and also, an awareness of anxiety or even anger shared by some in this time. Working together with Christ as our guide. We cannot fail! Here are some notes that show what I and the Vestry will be thinking about and planning toward during the next month and for the Fall. Join us! 

Sent to the Vestry earlier this evening:

So, here are my notes:

1. Worship for the rest of August
Morning Prayer with lay leadership
9/9 - Jamie
9/16 - Joyce
9/23 - Joyce
9/30 - Jamie

2. Next Vestry meeting — tentatively scheduled for Monday Sep 14 at 6pm in Joyce’s yard

3. We will plan, beginning in the fall, to use the SPH for  a social room equipping it with a dining table (already in hand from our children) arm chairs and sofas and coffee tables for movie watching (if St. Saviour’s has not already given them away) And we will plan program accordingly for those comfortable coming together in a safe way early in the Fall as Diocesan guidelines allow. I have emailed the wardens of both parishes (and Joyce who said she had access to a truck). 

4. We were all (as were worshippers at Church 2 weeks ago who were consulted in a congregational conversation after Mass) in favor of exploring using the Parish Hall Building as a Church Nursery School with a (tentative) opening date of January 1. The first steps are for us all to talk to people we know in early childhood education and begun to cast around for someone to advise us. I will do this with the SSOG Nursery School Directors now (in concept) as I leave and follow up when I return after they open their school year. 

The benefits are huge as is the need and demand in the community. This (the consensus was) feels right. 

5. We acknowledged that some parishioners, though little has been expressed directly to Fr Montgomery, have been feeling discontentment (for lack of a better word) in recent weeks/months. Much of this is natural during Covidtide and is being experienced by every church everywhere and by every person everywhere. Small things in normal times seem bigger during Covidtide. Nonetheless real…..but bigger.  Fr Montgomery noted that he would not engage in triangulation by talking about people and their issues further, however would contact names given to him and invite them into conversation for when he returns from vacation. Surely, all Christians of goodwill can get beyond the changes and chances of this world, or, to quote the collect last Sunday, can so pass through things temporal that they lose not the things eternal. 

6. Fr Montgomery acknowledged that there was a consensus emerging amongst the Vestry that did not hinge on control by individuals and hinged on collective ownership and vision. And that it was good! 

This is Montgomery, Signing off…….see you all in September! I will not be checking email and will give Jamie my double-secret family only email which will be the only one on my phone in case of emergency! 

in Christ,

Fr M.

WOMEN'S GROUP:  There will be a Women's Group meeting after the 9:00 am service August 16.  Depending on the weather, it will be outside or in the church building.  In either case, social distancing will be practiced.  All the ladies of the church are invited.  If you can't make it to the 9:00 am service, come at 10:00 for the meeting.  See you there!!

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Peter’s, South Windsor; Epiphany, Southbury; St. Paul’s, Southington; Liturgical assistants serving in parishes: lectors, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, lay evangelists, and vergers.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for All Saints Church in Beirut, Lebanon, which was damaged by the catastrophic explosion and all the victims of the explosion.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week with prayers for all those who are working to restore power to victims of Hurricane Isaias.

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
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’“ So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” —that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.

16 Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.

19 Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.

21 He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,

22 To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.

45 Hallelujah!

The Second Lesson
Romans 10:5-15

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The Gospel
Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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