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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Worship Online Only - Sunday at 9 am.
 

To access the Bulletin, Click here
To access the Hymns and Readings, Click Here

See you in Church or on Zoom or by Facebook on Sunday!

On Christmas Eve there will be two opportunities for worship.

1) In person with me and  the people of Old Greenwich at their Drive-in Mass at Saint Saviour's Church - 350 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich (a short 15 minute drive from East Norwalk) complete with sound transmitted to your car radio and a 20' Movie Screen amplifying the outdoor Altar under a tent. You will also be able to join this service via Zoom if you like! 

2) Live Zoom from Christ Church at 7pm with Carols as usual -- much the same format as our Sunday services have taken.

Fr. M.



ZOOM
To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460978476?pwd=TElXYVlla1dsUVhRRkljVEhCNUNyQT09

Facebook
To view only via the Face book page Click HERE and scroll to Video section or go to: https://www.facebook.com/christepiscopalchurch/

Telephone
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 and then this passcode: 454048

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Stephen’s, Bloomfield; St. George’s, Bolton; Trinity, Branford; Those who advocate at the local, state, national, or global level for the poor, the lonely, and the oppressed.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Episcopal Church of Sudan, and its Primate, Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo, who urges Christians not to “grow tired of praying for Sudan”.
  
VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for all who live with food insecurity daily.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER MEMORIALS:  The Altar Guild is now taking memorial donations for Christmas flowers. Email Debbie Ross at dross56@aol.com.  The deadline for inclusion in the Christmas bulletin is December 18.  Please include the wording of your memorial message and your donor message.  Please include a phone number in case there are questions. Donation checks should be made out to Christ Church Altar Guild. 

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: Barbara Judson
 

The First Lesson
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

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.

Psalm 126
In convertendo

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, *
"The Lord has done great things for them."

4 The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.

5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.

6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Epistle
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

The Gospel
John 1:6-8,19-28

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.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

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