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

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

No In-Person Church On Sunday. Online Only at 9 am.

From Fr Montgomery
 
Dear Friends and Members of Christ Church

As Norwalk continues in the Red Zone -- with the average number of infections per day climbing (though the silver lining is the actual number last week was down slightly on the week before) we continue to ZOOM only tomorrow. 
 
Leaflet and Scripture Insert with Hymns are available from the Church Website. Click HERE.  

In case you have missed church last week... 




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


in Christ,
Fr Montgomery

ZOOM
To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460978476?pwd=TElXYVlla1dsUVhRRkljVEhCNUNyQT09

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 and then this passcode: 454048

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Paul’s, Windham; Grace Church, Windsor; St. James’, Winsted; All Saints’, Wolcott; Ministries with older adults; the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Daughters of the King.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Anglican Communion of Japan and its new primate, Archbishop Luke Ken-ichi Muto. 

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The flowers near the Altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Pat Johnson, by the Ross family. 


VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in loving memory of Fr. Frank Wismer, Andy Kish, Phil Marzolf, Ray Durant, Guy Miller and all departed veterans. 

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.

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN:  A check for $210.00 was sent to the Open Door Shelter for Thanksgiving dinner from the Women's Group and the Altar Guild.  Thank you all for your generosity.  


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
Judges 4:1-7

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly twenty years.

At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.’”

Psalm 123
Ad te levavi oculos meos

1 To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.

2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *
until he show us his mercy.

4 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,

5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

The Epistle
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

The Gospel
Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus said, “It is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

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