Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him 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,

I hope that during this week you have been able to connect with friends and family in ways that have been a blessing for you even if not the ways that you would have (ideally) liked to do in a non COVID world. 

I look forward to being with you via Zoom and via the Church FaceBook Page this Sunday for the First Sunday of Advent. We will be experiencing, tech permitting, some of the great Advent hymns and will re-introduce simple service music (Mass Setting). This from the Hymnal 1982, the Kyrie, Sanctus & Benedictus qui Venit, and Agnus Dei by Healy Willan and sung by a small quartet and congregation of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, PA a few years ago. The New Advent Service Leaflet and Sunday's Hymn & Scripture Insert can be accessed HERE on the Website. 

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. Paul’s, Woodbury; St. John the Evangelist, Yalesville; Grace Church, Yantic; the health and well-being of persons employed by The Episcopal Church; the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Church of Korea and its new primate, Archbishop Peter Kyongho Lee. 

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week with prayers for a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

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.  They are looking for responses by December 1st.

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: Barbara Judson

The First Lesson

Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence--

as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil--

to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.

You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.

But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.

We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.

We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;

for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.


 80:1-7, 16-18

Qui regis Israel

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

The Epistle

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Gospel

Mark 13:24-37

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,

and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

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