Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

From Fr Montgomery

Dear Friends and Members of Christ Church,

From Matthew’s gospel tomorrow…
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
So we encounter yet another parable that makes the Kingdom of God tough to get into. Tough to be a part of. At the beginning of the summer – earlier in Matthew’s gospel the lessons were easy. The analogies obvious. We felt Jesus was talking to us and we, as the folks in society who had a rough time were being welcomed in. And so he was. And so we were. And here, later in Matthew’s book……he is still talking to us. And he is raising the bar. Many are called. Few are chosen. The good news we are all called. The tough news few are chosen. Let’s explore that tomorrow in Church and online! 

Distance does not have to mean dis-connected
Meanwhile, I thought I might reflect for a moment on COVID and the restrictions we feel or maybe don’t feel. And I will speak for myself. As someone who encounters people in high risk demographics (folks over 65, e.g.) every week at Church, I feel a particular responsibility when I am with them and when I not to keep them safe through my choices. I choose to wear a mask. Everywhere. All the time. Whenever I am within 20 feet of anyone out of doors and whenever I am in a building not my home. I choose not to gather in big crowds or eat indoors outside my home  except in rare very safe contexts. While at Church, I do not come within 6 feet of anyone and when I come within 20 feet of anyone, I have a mask on. On the one hand our usual activities that we could be planning together this Autumn are limited. And they should be. We should not be coming together in groups because when we offer an “all come” we cannot be sure where all have been and what choices they have been making before they arrived. On the other hand, we can continue the fellowship of Sunday’s service and post-service interaction by small distanced interactions and via the telephone or Zoom! 

I invite any who would like to be in contact with me to email and set up a time to meet in a safe and distanced way or to Zoom or have a phone call. I am available all day most Saturdays and frequently can be on Friday afternoons or Monday mornings. And if you have ideas of how larger groups might interact appropriately, please begin to think and share those thoughts both for the time being and when, God and Science willing, when it is safe to resume what we might think of as normal social interaction! 

In case you missed Church last week, here are some links:
Full Service 4 October 2020
Sermon 4 October 2020

in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

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ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. John’s, Vernon; St. Paul’s, Wallingford; St. John’s, Washington; youth and youth ministries; J2A, Confirm Not Conform, and all other confirmation classes and other programs that challenge youth to grow in their faith & discipleship.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Church of Australia and its Primate, Archbishop Geoffrey Smith.

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The flowers near the Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jack and Marjorie Hughes, by Nancy Hughes Pratt, Bill Pratt, Jason Pratt, and Melissa Pratt.  

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for all those in the path of Hurricane Delta.  

WOMEN'S GROUP:  The next Women's Group meeting will 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:  Debbie Ross

The First Lesson
Exodus 32:1-14

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, and of you, I will make a great nation.”

But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Confitemini Domino, Et fecerunt vitulum

1 Hallelujah!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

2 Who can declare the mighty acts of the Lord *
or show forth all his praise?

3 Happy are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right!

4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help;

5 That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance.

6 We have sinned as our forebears did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.

19 Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image;

20 And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.

21 They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt,

22 Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea.

23 So he would have destroyed them,
had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.

The Second Lesson
Philippians 4:1-9

My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The Gospel
Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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