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Sunday Follow Up & Wednesday Bible Study
Sunday Follow Up & Wednesday Bible Study
 
From Fr Montgomery

Sunday Follow Up
Though we had fewer people physically present this morning (travel, house guests, holiday weekend, concerns about re-surgence of the virus in the U.S. and being cautious so it doesn’t happen here!) we had at least one “new” returnee (Laura Demms……welcome home Laura!), 6 who joined in via Zoom during the hour, and 31 who viewed via FacBook. Thanks to a great new T.V. we have purchased to make the blended worship experience even better, we in the church were able to see Paul, for example, even from the pew, and we had a post service discussion about the sin of Anger/Rage and how we can turn from anger and rage and toward joy and thankfulness thanks to Paul’s great follow up question after the service. We also checked in with Zoomers Nancy Pratt and with all the folks in the church. FaceBookers checked in and shared the peace via messaging and two joined “coffee hour” via Zoom after. We are blessed at Christ Church that we are actually reaching MORE people via our blended worship approach both in and from the church than we were before the Pandemic started – roughly 35/week before and roughly double that now through FB, Zoom, YouTube and, now, Deo Gratias, in person worship again! All are doing well! Thanks in particular to Joyce Generoso who served as Usher and Reader!
 
Toward the end of "Coffee Hour"

Wednesday Bible Study on Zoom and Teleconfernce
One of the advantages of my new work now at St. Savriour’s, Old Greenwich AND CCEN is that 1) I have double the time each week to devote to “church” and can therefore offer more opportunities for fellowship and worship – even better when offered to folks from both churches collaboratively so we can meet new people, share ideas, have (possibly) twice the folks at something we do for twice the fun.
 
So – if you fancy taking a mid-week Lunch break and breaking the bread of the word together on Zoom (or by dialing in) – 12:05pm Wednesday. All are invited. Invite your friends. We will read and discuss the Gospel for next Sunday. I’ll invite folks from SSOG as well. Here is the login/dial-in and the text of the gospel is below:
 
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Next Sunday’s Gospel passage:
The Parable of the Sower
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears,[a] let him hear.”
 
The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[a] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
 
 
 
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