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On Sunday evening at 5:00 we gather for Evening Prayer: Immigration.

Our homilist will be Linda Hartke, a daughter of St. John, Sudbury, alumna of Smith College, and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Chet Atkins. She worked for Church World Service (in New York and Phnom Penh), chaired the World AIDS Campaign and Amnesty International USA, served as President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service from 2010-2018, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies. She is a passionate advocate for justice for refugees, migrants   and all who face discrimination, stigma or disadvantage.

Friends will join the CLC Choir in songs from the Americas, and, as has been our practice, a simple supper and conversation with the preacher will follow the liturgy. There is no charge for the event. A freewill offering will be received to offset expenses, with any surplus designated for the purchase of a minibus for Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey for its ministry with migrants on the El Paso/Juarez border.

Chairs - A big thank-you to all those who made possible the installation of the chairs in the nave: 
  • those who unloaded the boxes, opened them, and carried them into the parish hall
  • those who unbolted and moved the pews to the narthex
  • those who scraped and cleaned the floors in the nave
  • those who removed the pews from the narthex
  • those who moved the chairs into our worship space and arranged them
  Ross and Kim Petot, Dorothy and Jim Nail, Sammie Nichols, Patricia Bianco Carol Virshbo, Alan Avalos, Gail Weston-Roberts,  Bruce Schnepper, Tom Berryman, Phil Roberts, Audrey Colson, John Eck, Joyce Simon, Richard and Ani Thompson, Norman Bolles and friend.
Not to be overlooked: those who contributed money toward the purchase of the chairs. You are blessed to be a blessing.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
We celebrate All Saints this coming Sunday, November 3 at the morning service. The organ Prelude and Postlude feature movements from Felix Mendelssohn's Sonata in F Minor. A performance by organist Stephen Tharp is can be heard by clicking here:

Stephen Tharp plays Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1
Stephen Tharp plays Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1

In the afternoon, at 5 pm, the CLC Choir, guests and instrumentalists will offer music from the America's for the Evening Prayer Service. Of particular note is the Kyrie from Glenn McClure's St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass. Here is a performance by the Massachusetts All-State Chorus:        

Kyrie - 2013 Massachusetts All-State Chorus
Kyrie - 2013 Massachusetts All-State Chorus


Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator

Hello, CLC Youth and Parentage!

I organized our creator-space in the fellowship hall yesterday, so how about a creative event this Saturday, morning or afternoon? We now have finished 27 quilts in the building-yaaay!

Now is a good time to decide how many children's quilts you want to build to stuff into the minibus before it leaves for El Paso. So I'll be Calling you about meeting times and Saturday. 

Thank ye kindly, families! Gail W-R
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

This month we look at some of the more difficult stories and passages in Scripture, bearing in mind some of the principles that guide Lutherans in interpreting Scripture. On Sunday we'll consider Revelation 13. Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00 for some engaging conversation!

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

This Sunday we observe All Saints Sunday.   Please bring a photo of a loved one  who has died since last All Saints Day to place on our narthex table in remembrance.

Do be sure to invite neighbors , friends, family and co-workers to Evening Prayer on Sunday at 5:00. The issue is one of concern to many, especially people of faith, and the service promises to be both enlightening and inspirational. Worshipers will have the opportunity to support the minibus fund drive as well.

Pledges and time & talent forms: need we say more? Yes, we do: thank you!!

November 2, 2019, 6:00-10:00 pm, Sheraton Framingham Hotel

Enjoy food and drink tastings from area restaurants and breweries, an extensive silent auction, a live auction with special guest auctioneer Jason Rossi of WEEI-FM and WAAF-FM, and musical entertainment throughout the evening. We will also celebrate the granting of the annual Cindy Lombardo Volunteer Award and the first annual Family Promise Metrowest Legacy Award. Bring your friends and help us celebrate another year of serving Metrowest families in need. Visit the website, www.familypromisemetrowest.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

Looking Ahead

On November 17 and 24 Christ Lutheran Church will host a consignment sale of SERRV fair trade items in the Parish Hall.  You may pay for items by cash or check.  10% of all sales will be donated to the El Paso minibus fund.   In addition, we will host an online sale for one week. 20% of online sales will be donated to the minibus fund.


On Sunday, November 3,  we celebrate the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
November 3, 2019  

In holy baptism God makes saints out of sinners. In holy communion God forgives the sins of all the saints. In the assembly today we give thanks for all the saints "who from their labors rest," who have fought the good fight, who have gained the crown. In the same breath we petition our God for the strength to hear and to heed the admonitions of the Lord Jesus in today's gospel. Recalling that we have been sealed by the Spirit and sustained by the Savior's body and blood, we keep on keeping on as God gives us breath, to the praise of God's glory.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
          Dan 7:1-3, 15-18                        Ps 149                       Eph 1:11 - 23                       Luke 6:20 - 31
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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