Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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On Sunday, we will all be worshipping, at the invitation of the Bishop of Connecticut and the Dean of the Cathedral with the Diocese at the Cathedral via this link:

Sunday Link for Worship at the Cathedral

We will return to worship from Christ church on the 2nd Sunday of Christmas. May God bless you and yours in this time and bring you the comfort and joy of Jesus Christ!

Fr M. 

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Mark’s, Bridgeport; St. Mark’s, Bridgewater; Good Shepherd, Bristol/Plainville; for soup kitchens and food pantries, and all ministries that feed those who go without.
A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY:  So as we come towards the end of this year, to Christmas and the New Year, my prayer is that God strengthens all of us to love one another, to love our neighbours and to carry the love of Christ into a world that more and more shows its need of the news of Salvation, of repentance, of change.

May God give you - in whatever circumstances you are - a wonderful Christmas. A Christmas in which you know his love. And may He protect you and guard you, and us, in unity and hope, in this coming year.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for all ministries that feed those who go without.

Christ Church Parish Family in loving memory of Father Perry Miller, Father Arthur Bello, Father Tom Waring, Father Esty Denkinger, Father Don Burr and Father Frank Wismer.
In memory of all those departed dear friends I met and worked with as the first parish secretary, for 14 years, from 1955 to 1969, by Evelyne and Wally Bates.
In loving memory of Arthur & Elizabeth Bibby, Harry & Dora Coombs, Patricia Johnson, James & Mary Coombs, George & Bertha Despres, Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Ross, Frank Ross Sr., Carl & Rosemary Nevidjon, and Sonja Frinder. Given by the Ross Family.
In loving memory of Harry & Dora Coombs and Frank Ross Sr, given by their children and grandchildren.
In loving memory of Christopher W. French, Hal and Mary Quackenboss, Mary Lucas Quackenboss Fedric, Dr. Robert Mayes Fedric, Robert Mayes Fedric, Jr., and Bill and Thelma French by Sarah and Emily French-McQueen and Catherine French-Putvinski.
In loving memory of Jack and Marjorie Hughes, given by Nancy, Bill, Jason, and Melissa Pratt.
In loving memory of Bob Judson, family members and friends by Barbara Judson.

In loving memory of Yvonne Sokol, by her mother, Jamie Kircher.
Christ Church Parish Family in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Sims; Frank, Natalie, Ruth, Frank, Sr. and Adele Sturdevant; and in memory of Agnes and Daniel Maybin, Rebecca Blackman, Allan Stockman and Elizabeth Shepherd, Kate, Ferdinand and Dorothea Kimmich, Minnie and Charles Paul.  Helen Adams, Mabel Allen, Mae Ashbrook, Alice Benson, Harriet Broadway, John Burr, Sr., Joan Chase, Dora Coombs, Julia Cromwell, John Dwyer, Annie Flaherty, Ethel Mansfield, Helen Roberts, Barbara Raila, Minnie Quick, Edward and Bess Robinson, Elizabeth Knapp, Laura Jennings, Cora Keeler, Adeline Wilson, Elinor Riley, Marge Owens, Lillian Mackeever, George and Mildred Webb, Susan Jayne, Jessie Judd, Harold Franson, Ella Franson, Fran Slausen, Edna Stocking, Thursa Barnum, Madeline Guyer, Marge and Jack Hughes, Peter Hughes, Ginny MacLachlan, Bob and Roberta Albertson, Phil Marzolf, Joan Bloom, Honey Kish, Matilda Fasano, Laurel Martin, Mary Ste. Marie, Rosemary Nevidjon, Dolly Sims, Phyllis Hoyt, Betty Wargo, Dorothy Wetmore and Augie Winters

MESSAGE FROM BUNNY:  Dear Christ Church Family:  The food drive was a huge success.  The food went to Person to Person, a local organization that will help feed 20,000 people in this area.  Yes, 20,000 people are in need.  Our Savior said, "Feed my sheep," and our Christ Church Family helped do that!  Bless you all for your generosity!   
LADIES - Please call and check in on each other!!! Although our doors are closed, our hearts are open.

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 and Barbara Judson

The First Lesson
Isaiah 61:10-62:3

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.

The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;

and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Psalm 147 or 147:13-21
Laudate Dominum

[1 Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!

2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; *
he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted *
and binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars *
and calls them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; *
there is no limit to his wisdom.

6 The Lord lifts up the lowly, *
but casts the wicked to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; *
make music to our God upon the harp.

8 He covers the heavens with clouds *
and prepares rain for the earth;

9 He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
and green plants to serve mankind.

10 He provides food for flocks and herds *
and for the young ravens when they cry.

11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;

12 But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, *
in those who await his gracious favor.]

13 Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; *
praise your God, O Zion;

14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; *
he has blessed your children within you.

15 He has established peace on your borders; *
he satisfies you with the finest wheat.

16 He sends out his command to the earth, *
and his word runs very swiftly.

17 He gives snow like wool; *
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.

18 He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; *
who can stand against his cold?

19 He sends forth his word and melts them; *
he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.

20 He declares his word to Jacob, *
his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

21 He has not done so to any other nation; *
to them he has not revealed his judgments.

The Epistle
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Gospel
John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

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