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Christ Lutheran Church members, friends and visitors enjoyed a rousing start to our program year with the "Of the Land and Seasons" liturgy accompanied by a band with fiddle, guitar, bass, accordion, and flute.
  • Young folks, with support from young at heart folks, worked on child-sized quilts to send to El Paso for the migrant children who sojourn at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey after being released from ICE detention. (We'll continue at Wonder and Wisdom this week.)
  • The adult forum was back at it, beginning a mini-series on understanding Scripture through a Lutheran lens.
  • Quiche and bagels and fruit and juices and coffee and kuchen and more abounded at a lovely brunch to which so many contributed. Special thanks to Celeste Larson for coordinating both setup and cleanup!
Cottage meetings are underway! Please respond to your host, and if you can't make the gathering to which you've been invited, let her or him know, and we'll find another date for you to gather with your fellows and imagine together where God is leading this congregation.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

Many thanks to our Land and Seasons players and the CLC Choir for leading the music for SeptemberFest this past Sunday!
For this Sunday, September 22, the CLC Choir will be singing Richard Dirksen's (1921-2003) "Jubilate Deo," a setting of Psalm 100 ("O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands").   Dirksen was Organist and Choirmaster at the Washington National Cathedral.

The Organ Postlude is an arrangement of Edward Elgar's (1857-1934) "Nimrod" from "The Enigma Variations." For a performance on the Washington National Cathedral organ, click below. 

Rafael Ferreyra plays Elgar´s
Rafael Ferreyra plays Elgar´s "Nimrod" at Washington Nat. Cath.

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Thanks for showing up this past Sunday for the first semester onset of Confirmation and Sunday Morning Conversations! And thank you for gearing up to assemble comforters for the detained children in El Paso. We have just a few weeks to finish as many 'quilts' as we can to ride in the mini-bus down to Texas, so we need dates and times when you can engineer theses textiles-cut, iron, tie, even sew. :)

And of course we need to meet to talk about what you'd like to do this year as a Group. I hear lock-in, hiking, retreats...maybe re-painting the Youth Room? Reimagining it a bit so it's more conducive to fellow-ship-ing?

I will, somehow, master issuing a poll to get your availability outside of Sunday morning. Looking at Saturday and Sunday afternoons especially.  And consider, please, whether you have any friends who'd like to jump in on this because they'd like to help asylum-seeking families, or they just like creative arts.

I'll be emailing you this week about specific tasks that will make this happen: gathering donated fabrics, thread, maybe sewing machines?, needles, shears and floss, etc. And then I will telephone you if I don't hear back, because I love the sound of your voices!

God's peace and sanity be with you all! -Your Youth & Family Coord, Gail W-R
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

The Sunday forum continues its consideration of how Lutherans understand the authority of Scripture, this in anticipation of looking at some of the more difficult stories and passages in the Bible a bit later in the season. Join us at 9:00 in the Memorial Room!

                                                    BOOK GROUP

Join us on Monday, September 23, at 7:30 pm to discuss Nobel-prize winning Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye.

Bible Study

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

Call to Action
Whom will you invite to Wonder and Wisdom this Sunday at 5:00? Come and be amazed at the spiritual insights someone of a different generation may offer. We'll also enjoy some make-your-own tacos (well, assemble-your-own tacos) and celebrate Holy Communion around the dinner table. We'll finish up around 7:00, in time for everyone to get to bed at a reasonable hour on a school or work night.

Friday, 09/20/2019, 7:30 pm:  May We Forever Stand : Massachusetts Commemorates 400 Years of Black Resiliency at Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA. The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans set foot in Jamestown, Va. On Sept. 20, 2019, people of faith will gather to honor ancestors, commemorate 400 years of black resiliency and pray for an end to systemic and racial injustice.

Looking Ahead

Be sure to let your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers know about the gospel-style liturgy coming up on Sunday, September 29, with Nick Page coming to lead us in song!

On Sunday, September 22 , we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship.  Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 22, 2019  

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. "Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all." Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing-we are nothing. By God's gracious favor we have everything we need.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
             Amos 8:4-7                              Ps 113                      1 Tim 2:1-7                          Luke 16:1-13
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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