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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From Fr Montgomery
 
Dear Friends and Members of Christ Church

From Matthew’s gospel tomorrow…
But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sad′ducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

Love God. Love your Neighbor. The Rest is commentary. For some commentary. Come to Church! Like, for example, is the real problem that we actually DO love our neighbors as ourselves not that we don't. Let's unravel that one. And perhaps in unraveling that knot, find a way into being able to receive and feel the love which God has for us. 

In case you have missed church last week... 
Here are some links to the service and sermon.

Full Service 18 October 2020
Sermon 18 October 2020


See you in Church or on Zoom or by FaceBook tomorrow! 


in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

ZOOM
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ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for All Saint’s, West Cornwall; St. James’s, West Hartford; St. John’s, West Hartford; Diocesan Episcopal Church Women, Diocesan Altar Guild; local ECW chapters and parish altar guilds.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil and its Primate, Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in memory of Mark Zamm, by his parents.

N.B. -- The Number of positive tests per 100,0000 which is the key number the Governor and Bishop seem to be  watching as I understand...which, three weeks ago, was under 1 and two weeks ago was around 2, was around 3 on Tuesday. This is concerning. To give some perspective, in the Diocese of North Carolina, if this number reaches 6.5, all in person worship must cease -- indoors and out. So, at this point, unless numbers improve, we must say that all on campus meetings apart from Sunday worship are cancelled until the numbers improve and stay improved. 

But......if they improve dramatically and immediately and stay improved.....

WOMEN'S GROUP:  The next Women's Group meeting will HOPEFULLY be November 8, after the 9:00 AM service or at 9:45 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.  Plans are in progress for a Christmas Brunch on December 13.  Details to follow.   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
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Domine, refugium

1 Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.

3 You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."

4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.

13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.

14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

16 Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.

17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

The Epistle
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

The Gospel
Matthew 22:34-46

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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