Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession 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
Dear Friends and Members of Christ Church,

From Matthew’s gospel tomorrow…
“Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's!" Easy to say. Tough to do. We'll explore that tomorrow!

Diocesan Convention
Meanwhile, though it took less time and money than usual (no hotel, no driving, etc.....) I'm pretty tired after four days and 15 hours of convention and YET -- VERY little time was wasted at this year's convention. And MUCH good was done. I even find myself being appointed to convene one of the follow - up groups addressing the enduring sins of racism in our country and in our church -- this came out of small group of five that Bishop Douglas and I were both in and is entitled "Owning the Sin". When we have a plan on how to proceed I'll invite you to be a part of it!

To whet your appetite and begin to think about how real the sin is....

Part of the sin that Connecticut Episcopalians need to own is that our first Bishop, Samuel Seabury, himself owned slaves and many of our churches were not only built with slave money and by slaves but their Vestries owned slaves as an asset of the parish as we own tractors or lawn mowers today. Bishop Seabury's grandson, Professor Samuel Seabury, while teaching at my alma mater, The General Seminary in NYC, wrote a book using scripture and natural law to defend the practice of black slavery in the 1860's. And what about the ways you and I have used the privilege of being white to distance ourselves from our fellow men and women who are our advantage. There is a great deal of sin -- corporate and personal to own. 

See you in Church or on Zoom or by FaceBook tomorrow! 

in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

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ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for Christ Church, Waterbury; St. John’s, Waterbury; Christ Church, Watertown; Young adults, young adult ministries and networks. The Episcopal Service Corps and the Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church. St. Hilda’s House, New Haven, Young Adult Episcopalians Ministry Network.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for The Episcopal Church of South Sudan and its Primate, the Most Rev. Justin Badi Arama.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for Episcopal Migration Ministries.

N.B. -- Due to a dramatic upward trend in COVID positive cases, we are being cautioned to be more not less cautious by the Governor and by the Bishop.....we will be watching the numbers and taking civic and church advice in the weeks to come. If the numbers remain in an upward trend, we will not be able to have any meetings in the church buildings.......Please remember that apart from worship, the Church buildings remain closed at all times to all but the Treasurer, the Wardens, and Alan (Buildings) in their necessary work for which we are all grateful! 

But......if they improve......
  The next Women's Group meeting will HOPEFULLY be November 8, at 10 AM in the Guild Room. Masks will be required, and the windows will be open -- so bundle up. Additionally, if you are feeling ill, please do not attend. Above all, be safe.  We will be discussing plans for the Christmas season.  If you have any Pennies for Heaven donations, please get them to Barbara Judson as soon as possible.  We want to send a check to the Open Door Shelter for Thanksgiving.  Please note:  All ladies of the church are welcome in the group at any time.

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:  Barbara Judson

The First Lesson
Exodus 33:12-23

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

Psalm 99
Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.

3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.

4 "O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."

5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.

9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

The Second Lesson
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

The Gospel
Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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