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This Wednesday at 7:00 pm we'll sing songs of hope and good cheer, "wass-ale-ing" at the Morse Tavern (85 E. Central Street, Natick). Singers, friends, and instrumentalists are all welcome!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Music for Advent IV, Sunday, December 23 features soprano, Gail Weston-Roberts singing music by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1178), the Sybil of the Rhine. Hildegard was Abbess of a Benedictine monastery, a composer, journalist, scientist, philosopher and advisor to rulers. Gail will be singing " O Frondens " as the First Lesson. For a fine recording by the men ' s singing group Chanticleer, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGXXrUvNzec
For the early, 4:30 pm service on Christmas Eve, CLC members musicians Ross and Max Petot and guest musicians will form a jazz trio and lead the music. A fine jazz slant on familiar carols.
At 9:30 pm join CLC players and singers for CarolFest featuring congregational carols, choral and instrumental music.
At 10 pm our Festival Service features the CLC Choir and players leading the liturgy, carol and hymn singing.
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family News
Greetings from Youthful & Familial Considerations staff!

Our sincere thanks to Lana Peta, who guided 18 of us through mindful breathing after service on Sunday. At least one of us nearly fell asleep during the exercise, so I consider that evidence of successful reduction of stress! As the words for God, Yahweh and Allah, also mean 'breath,' perhaps that paying attention to our own breathing is more Spirit-filled than we might expect.

After we built and consumed submarine sandwiches for lunch, we painted, cut, and taped triangles of newspaper to form stars for an Advent mural, its caption "Do not be afraid" a reminder of the great, good news from Luke. Tidings of great joy!

I encourage youth and families and ALL to come and see, play and sing, tomorrow evening at Morse Tavern. It's not only a fun singalong, it appears to be an eye-opener for the folks in building every year!  Good stuff. At 7:00pm, 85 E. Central, Natick. 

And thank you, parents and non-parents, youth and non-youths, for being you and being here: we make a New Thing, a congregation when... we congregate!  -Gail W-R
Adult Formation

Adult Forum

Seminarian Sharon Ward concludes her three-week series on Advent hymnody. Join us at 9:00 in the Memorial Room, and see and experience how hymns can be a foundation for devotional practice!

CLC Book Group

Tara Westover never saw the inside of a classroom until she was 17. Raised by a religious fanatic of a father as a survivalist, she slept with a can of peaches under her head so she could escape to the hills when the apocalypse came. This memoir makes for engrossing and some say "harrowing" reading. We'll meet on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 pm.

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

It's all hands on deck (the hall) for the greening of the church, following worship on Sunday. We'll put up the tree--Thanks, Audrey Colson!--and trim it with chrismons (symbols of Jesus) and other beautiful, handmade ornaments, and adorn the rooms with greenery and wreaths in preparation for our Christmas celebrations. We'll also move out some pews to make ready for the jazz trio playing on Christmas Eve.

The memorial service for Dorothy Whitlock with be Saturday, December 29, at noon. If you are able to help with the luncheon afterward (set up, prepare food, serve, or clean up), please contact Celeste Larson.
Looking Ahead

Christmas is just a week away! 
When will you worship?  Whom will you bring?

At CLC there will be a kid-friendly jazz service of Holy Communion at 4:30 on Christmas Eve, and Carol Fest at 9:30, with a festival service of Holy Communion beginning at 10:00.

We also worship at 10:00 Christmas morning, a simple service of Holy Communion.

We're exploring January dates for a gathering of newcomers interested in membership at Christ Lutheran Church. Watch for a date and details!
On Sunday, December 23rd , we celebrate The Fourth Sunday of Advent ,  9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship.

On Monday,  December 24, we celebrate Christmas Eve 4:30 p.m.  Jazz Service of Holy Communion with Candlelight,  9:30 p.m.  CarolFest, followed immediately by Festive Service of Holy  Communion with Candlelight.
On Tuesday, December 25, we celebrate Christmas Day, 10:00 a.m.  Service of Holy Communion.

Pastor  Rebecca Bourret  preaching and presiding at all services.

On the First Sunday of Christmas, Pr. John Stendahl will preach and preside.
Note: Next week there will be NO e-news, as church staff celebrate with their families.
December 30,  2018, First Sunday of Christmas

This Sunday we hear Luke's story of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple, which the boy Jesus refers to as his Father's house. Come to worship with us, where we meet Jesus in his Father's house.

First Reading                 Psalm              Second Reading          Gospel
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26      Psalm 148        Colossians 3:12-17       Luke 2:41-52 
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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