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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



 
  • Pastoral Needs: Call Fr Montgomery if you simply want to talk during this time! Best times are Wednesday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-12....but call when you need to! 917-470-9623
  • Pledges/Donations: Mail is collected daily at the Church Office so please, if you are able, keep current with your pledge. OR click HERE to make a donation safely via PayPal
  • Digital Reality: Remember that Coffee Hour is broadcast on FaceBook. Share, and remember it is in public.
Dear friends and members of Christ Church,
Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. 

There is very little to report this week. The Virus seems to trending in the correct direction. Toward better health. That said, we will not be able to "Re-open" as a state or as a church in "one go". As a group that gathered for Coffee Hour on Zoom last Sunday discussed, "First Steps" to re-opening (no singing, no communion, no bathrooms, no coffee hour, no seniors or other high risk attendance, registration in advance, etc., etc..........did not strike any one as appetizing and sounded much, much poorer a worship experience than the (flawed but) rich digital experience we have been having together these last 2 months. The Bishop and National Church leadership are helping us with guidance that will be adapted to our local setting and congregation. Thank you all for your faithfulness and calm patience in a trying time. 


Given that the best way to engage each other at this time is visually and aurally on Zoom -- if you don't have a camera for your computer, please get one! They are cheap and can be delivered to your door. If you don't know what to order, I'll help you. Email me with the model of your computer and I'll send you the information of what to order and from where.

Additionally, if you don't have a computer or Tablet device, let me know. Some parishioners have spare/old ones that could be re-purposed and loaded for you to use just for church! No one should not participate because you don't have the equipment. EVERYone is welcome and can join in with the right stuff in their hands!



Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. 


See you "in" church.....and HAPPY EASTER!

in Christ,
Fr Ian Montgomery
 
Easter Service and Coffee Hour 10 am,

ZOOM
To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to: https://zoom.us/j/460978476
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
YouTube  Click HERE to access the Church website and navigate to YouTube to watch it on your TV -- you could combine this with dialing in on your telephone for Coffee Hour for a full experience if you can't manage ZOOM on the computer or other device. 

 
All Meetings and Activities on campus have been postponed or canceled until further notice. All members are asked to NOT to come to the church building. Only officers who need to carry on the business of the church will be coming to it and they should be left alone in as sanitized an environment as possible. 
 
ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Mark’s, New Britain; St. Mark’s, New Canaan; Christ Church, New Haven; parish prayer groups; intercessory prayer chains; healing prayer groups, and parish and community Bible studies.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, Primate.


VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for all the mothers of the world.

"All that I am, or ever hope to be I owe to my Mother".

                                    - Abraham Lincoln


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

 

The First Lesson
Acts 7:55-60

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout, all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me,
O Lord, O God of truth.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."

The Second Lesson
1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner”,

and

“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;

once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.


The Gospel
John 14:1-14

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

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