Christ Episcopal Church   

Organized 1740
4 Weller’s Bridge Road

P.O. Box 4
Roxbury, Connecticut 06783

Church Office (860) 355-3695
Email
 christchurchroxbury@gmail.com

Services held every Sunday 9:00 am
In person and online via ZOOM




Worship during the Coronavirus?
The health and well-being of our congregation is most important to us. We are continuing to protect the most vulnerable amongst us by masking and maintaining social distancing in our worship space. 

For more information, check out the Covid-19 tab on the Episcopal Church of Connecticut website at
Episcopal Church of Connecticut.

In addition, we highly recommend the CDC website for keeping yourself informed and for the resources they provide. In particular, check out this link on some pointers for coping with the stress of the Coronavirus disease. 
CDC-Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Christ Church is continuing to utilize the ZOOM platform for our services, in addition to meeting in person.  during this time of social distancing.
Find the link for this week's service in the "Upcoming Services" tab.



Worship & Parish Life
Worship servces at Christ Church at 9:00 AM every Sunday. We are currently in transition as our Missional Priest in Charge,  Rev. Sherry Hardwick Thomas, recently retired. We utilize supply priests for Holy Eucharist when available and our Lay Minister Team for Morning Prayer as needed.

We have an active devoted altar guild that works to maintain the altar, fair linens, candles and sanctuary light. The altar guild hosts a well attended town-wide annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday.


Our parish is looking forward to more community activities as Covid-19 restrictions ease!
 
Roxbury, Connecticut is a town of rare beauty – hills and open meadows, farms and long vistas. Specimen trees grow along the winding country roads.
Roxbury is populated by authors, actors, artists, farmers and business people forming a diverse cultural mix. The region’s schools are top notch. Minor Library is exceptional and an active Senior Center offers a multitude of programs to residents of all ages. The Roxbury Land Trust controls 3,000 acres dedicated to preserving the rural quality of the town. Roxbury is easily accessible to all the major centers in Connecticut as well as New York City.

Christ Church, located at a crossroad in the town center, is a gem. Carpenter Gothic with fine stained glass windows, a bell tower, and a first class organ. Once inside, the atmosphere is warm, quiet, spiritual - a place for reflection. It enfolds a parish of friends with the celebration of the Eucharist at our center, enhanced by music, preaching and prayer. We welcome and encourage each member- young and old - to share their individual gifts
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Ephiphany 2 at Christ Church



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Christ Episcopal Church
Roxbury, Connecticut
 
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
The Office of Morning Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer     Page 75
 
Ringing of the Bells
 
At ten minutes before the hour, the altar candles are lit to signal the traditional beginning of silent prayer and preparation for the liturgy, as aided by an organ prelude.  Worshipers are reminded that cellular phones and other electronic devices should be silenced.
 
Prelude
 
The Church Air of
Alessandro Stradella
 
 
Welcome: Judy Martinez, Lay Minister
 
Please Stand
 
Opening Hymn
 
What Star is This?
Tune: Puer nobis                                             Hymn  124  Verses 1, 2 & 3
 
 
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People:  And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.
 
Officiant:  Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
 
Silence may be kept. Please kneel if possible or sit.
 
 
Officiant and People together,                                                   Book of Common Prayer Page 79
 
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
 
The Absolution
Officiant:
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in
eternal life.  Amen.
 
Please Stand
Officiant:  Lord, open our lips.
People:  And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit* as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
 
Officiant:  The Lord has shown forth his glory.
ResponseCome let us adore him.
 
Jubilate         In Unison                Psalm 100                Book of Common Prayer Page 82
 
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
  serve the Lord with gladness
  and come before his presence with a song.
 
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
  he himself has made us, and we are his;
  we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
 
 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
  give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
 
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
  and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Psalm 36:5-10         In Unison       Dixit injustus

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O Lord.

7 How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.

10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.

The First Reading is from the Book of Isaiah           62:1-5                       Read by Elaine Curley
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
 
Lector:  The Word of the Lord
Response:  Thanks be to God.
                                                           
The First Song of Isaiah    In Unison             Ecce, Deus  Isaiah 12:2-6      Led by Elaine Curley
 
Surely, it is God who saves me; *
   I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
   and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
   from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
   Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
   see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
   and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
 for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.
 
The Second Reading is from the Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians                           12:1-11
Read by Elaine Curley
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
 
Lector:  The Word of the Lord
Response:  Thanks be to God.
      Officiant:
Please Stand
 
Hymn
 
The People Who in Darkness Walked
Tune: Perry             Hymn 125 Verses 3 & 4
 
The Third Reading  is from the Book of John 2:1-11             Read by Judy Martinez, Lay Minister
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Officiant:  The Word of the Lord
Response:  Thanks be to God.
 
 
The Apostles’ Creed                   In Unison, Please Stand                    Book of Common Prayer Page 96
 Led by Judy Martinez, Lay Minister
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
   creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
   He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
   was crucified, died, and was buried.
   He descended to the dead.
   On the third day he rose again.
   He ascended into heaven,
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
   the holy catholic Church,
   the communion of saints,
   the forgiveness of sins,
   the resurrection of the body,
   and the life everlasting.  Amen.
Officiant:  The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:  And also with you.
 
Please greet each other warmly but distantly.          Announcements
 
Officiant:  Meg Mongin, Lay Minister, 
The Prayers                                                                     Book of Common Prayer Page 97
Officiant:      The Lord be with you.
People:        And also with you.
Officiant:      Let us pray. 
 
The congregation may stand or kneel.
 
Officiant and People
Our Father, who art in heaven,
   hallowed be thy Name,           
   thy kingdom come,                 
   thy will be done,            
   on earth as it is in heaven.           
Give us this day our daily bread.       
And forgive us our trespasses, 
   as we forgive those                   
   who trespass against us.             
And lead us not into temptation,      
   but deliver us from evil.            
For thine is the kingdom,        
   and the power, and the glory,            
   for ever and ever.  Amen.         
 
Suffrages B                                                                      Book of Common Prayer Page 98
V.    Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.   Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.    Day by day we bless you;
R.   We praise your Name for ever.
V.    Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.   Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.    Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.   For we put our trust in you.
V.    In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.   And we shall never hope in vain.
 
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Collect for Guidance  In Unison
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being:  We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.
 
A Prayer for Mission   In Unison
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near:  Grant that people
everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the
nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh;
and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus
Christ our Lord.  Amen.
 
The Prayers of the People VI     Book of Common Prayer Page 392
Led by Meg Mongin, Lay Minister
The Congregation will read the passages in bold print.
The Congregation may stand, sit or kneel as you prefer.
 
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.  For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who
are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
 
Gracious God, we pray for those for whom prayers have been requested: Carolyn, Deb, Jennifer, Mary, Stephen, Michael, Ed, Barbara, Gail, and Elaine. Alison, Danielle, Bronwyn, Denise, Jeffrey, Margo, Kevin, Jim, James, Brian, Jim, Robert, Pedro, Hayden, Ryan, Tyler, Eva, Ana Lucia, Mark, Virginia, Ryan, Dan, Ronda, John, Arthur, Rose, Ray, Alice, Ann, Renée and Gatot.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the
needy.


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
 
For all bishops and other ministers, especially the laity who serve the Gospel in word and deed;
For all who serve God in his Church.
 
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
Silence

Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.
 
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
 
Silence
 
O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
                                                                                                                                 
We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.
 
Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
We pray for the souls of over 5,500,000 people in the world and over 871,000 people in the United States who have died of Covid 19. We pray for the safety and well being of our children and your blessing for the medical personnel who desperately need your strength and comfort. We also ask that you bestow great wisdom and skill to researchers who are battling the virus on our behalf.
 
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
 
Silence
 
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.
 
A Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty   In Unison
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.

                                                                 - Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p.765
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom         In Unison
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them:

Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.


Officiant:  Let us bless the Lord.
Response:  Thanks be to God.
 
Hymn
Please Stand
 
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Tune: St. Denio                                                        Hymn 423  Verses 1 & 4
 
 
Officiant:   
The Blessing
As we go on our way, may the Lord Jesus Christ go with us.  
May he be near us to defend us;
 may he go before us to show us the way;
 behind us to encourage us;
beside us to befriend us; 
above us to watch over us;
and within us to give us peace.  
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
God forevermore.  Amen.  –Based on a 10th century blessing
 
 
Postlude
 
God, Thy Great Goodness Reacheth Far
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
 
Ringing of the Bells – Greg Cava
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements
 
Coffee Hour has been discontinued for now.
 
Next Sunday, January 23rd, will be a service of Morning Prayer at 9:00am
 
 
The Annual Meeting of Christ Church
Sunday, January 23rd, via ZOOM at 10:30am
following the service of Morning Prayer at 9:00am.
The link will be sent out via email.
If you need to participate via phone, please tell Dona Murphy or Meg Mongin.
 
Sad to say that our Christmas decorations are gone.
Thank you to the team of elves who made it happen!
 
We have some time between now and Lent to enjoy some flowers again.
If you would like to remember a loved one or celebrate an occasion
The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex or
call Millie Snowden at 203-266-7404.
 
Want to Join the Team at the Red Doors?
Now that we have our covid precautions down to a science,
we could use a few volunteers for Stephen Durr, Anissa Roy and Stephen Page to mentor.
Interested? Please speak to them after the service.
 
 
The Right Reverend Ian Douglas                      
Bishop   Episcopal Church of Connecticut
The Right Reverend Laura J. Ahrens  
Bishop Suffragan  Episcopal Church of Connecticut
 
Participants in Today’s Service
Music Director and Organist: Mr. Gregory J. Cava
Lay Ministers: Lisa Judy Martinez and Meg Mongin
Lector:  Elaine Curley
Ushers:  Anissa Roy, Stephen Durr, and Stephen Page
Technical Support:  Lisa Martland, Meg Mongin, Dona Murphy
Chandeliere : Mike Snowden
 
Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from
One License, License No. A-733800 and Gregory J. Cava
 
Christ Episcopal Church,
4 Wellers Bridge Rd, PO Box 4,   Roxbury CT  06783-0004
Office phone 860-355-3695  Email: christchurchroxbury@gmail.com  Website: christchurchroxbury.net
Sr. Warden:  Peter Hurlbut  860-354-0872            Jr. Warden:  Dona Murphy 860-354-6760