Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Worship Online Only - Sunday at 9 am.

From Fr Montgomery
Dear Friends and Members of Christ Church,

Blue Christmas? For those of us who regularly (or irregularly) feel a bit blue during the Holiday Season – that period from Thanksgiving through Epiphany when we may well feel pressure to feel jolly and sometimes jolly just doesn’t come (I include myself in this group a bit this year though I have moments of real jollity too!) an opportunity has been offered by a friend and colleague to join him and his church and his companion church in London in a “Blue Christmas” service of Evensong and prayer next Sunday (6 December) at 1pm EST/6pm GMT. It will be via ZOOM Webinar. Click on the photo below for a video of Fr John Beddingfield, Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, East 88th Street, Manhattan describing the service and inviting us into the season along with his church’s companion parish St. Stephen’s, Rochester Row, London. 

Here is a link to the place on the  CHT Website with a further description and the Zoom Link. Maybe we can have our own Zoom and then link to it together. I’ll check that out. The COVID-tide version of taking a bus on a Church Field Trip. 

In case you have missed church last week... 
Here is a link to the Full Service.
Here is a link to the Sermon Only.

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

in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to:

To view only via the Face book page Click HERE and scroll to Video section or go to:

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. Thomas’, Bethel; Christ Church, Bethlehem; Old St. Andrew’s, Bloomfield; Ministries to the homeless; for parishes that offer a temporary or permanent shelter; for Chapel on the Green, New Haven; Church by the Pond, Hartford; and all Ecclesia ministries; for the ministry of the Midnight Runs.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Communion's Director for Gender Justice, Mandy Marshall. 

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for this time of expectant waiting in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER MEMORIALS:  The Altar Guild is now taking memorial donations for Christmas flowers. Email Debbie Ross at  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 THE SENIOR WARDEN:  The annual pledge letters have been sent out to all parishioners.  Please let the Senior Warden (Jamie at 203-247-2561) or the Treasurer (Debbie at 203-219-9054) know if you have not received yours.  

WOMEN’S GROUP:  We are starting a Holiday Canned Goods Drive and will be collecting hearty canned soups, peanut butter and jelly.  Please drop off your donations by Sun, Dec 13th to one of these locations: 
  1. Jamie's home - 50 Barbara Drive, Norwalk, CT (near Stew Leonard’s) 
  2. Bunny's home - 18 Lorena Street, East Norwalk, CT 
NOTE: If you need someone to pick up your donation, please call Kim Harris (203) 919-2478 and leave a message. 

MESSAGE FROM BUNNY:  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

The First Lesson
Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her

that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,

that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;

lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;

say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”

See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;

his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,

and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Benedixisti, Domine

1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.

8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.

9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

The Epistle
2 Peter 3:8-15a

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.


The Gospel
Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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