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Holy Week begins Sunday. Do make space in your busy lives to immerse yourself in these days that are central to our faith. On Sunday we join the crowds who hailed King Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem and hear the Passion reading from St. Luke.

On Sunday worshipers will be invited to choose a small stone, whose shape or texture, weight or color speaks of a weight they carry, and to keep the stone until Good Friday, when they may place it at the foot of the cross.
CLC walkers raised a combined total of $11,404 for Family Promise last weekend, earning recognition as the second highest fundraising team behind the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland. Thank you to all of you for your generosity. 

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
For Palm Sunday, April 14 the CLC Choir will be singing Henry Mollicone's setting of "When I survey the wondrous cross" for the Offertory Music.
The Organ Postlude is "Litanies" (1937) by French composer and organist, Jehan Alain (1911-40). Inscribed on the score "When, in its distress, the Christian soul can find no more words to invoke God's mercy, it repeats endlessly the same litany....for reason has reached its limit; only faith can take one further..." A skilled motorcyclist, Alain joined the motorized division of the French army and, on a reconnaissance mission in 1940 engaged in a firefight with German troops and was killed. Alain's sister and organ virtuoso Marie-Claire Alain performs "Litainies" below: 

Marie-Claire Alain plays Litanies by Jehan Alain
Marie-Claire Alain plays Litanies by Jehan Alain

The Bell Choir will be playing prelude music, "Chimings of Great Joy" by Dan Edwards in the Parish Hall.
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello there, Christ Lutheran Youth and Families and all!

A big Reminder to ALL Christ Lutherans:  bring your checkbook this Sunday if you haven't yet made a donation to the Youth Lenten appeal!

A big Thank You to the Youth who've spoken up and raked in donations for the  Hoops & Homework after-school program in Framingham. Another big Thank You to everyone who has already given those donations!  This Sunday--Palm Sunday--will be the last appeal to the congregation, and then we'll count the blessings and report out the total on Easter Sunday. Youth, please text me SOON if you're willing to make the  final reminder announcement this Sunday, and hold the envelope and look expectant and hopeful.

VIGIL SKIT--we need to  make a time for creation and rehearsal! Given that Holy Week is also Spring Break, I'll be texting and calling you about weekday, day times for getting together and creating this, so  WATCH OUT for my number on your cell phones.  And thank you most kindly! 

Your Yo. & Fam. Coord. Gail W-R
Adult Formation
Adult Forum

In the Adult Forum this week we conclude our Faith on the Move series on immigration, with "Now You Shall See What I Shall Do" (Exodus 5:1-6:7). Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00, and take heart in how God continues to set people free.

CLC Book Group

Exit West by Mohsen Hamid tells the story of a young couple whose courtship plays out as their country is lurching toward civil war. As they flee the violence through special portals to Mykonos, London, and San Francisco they struggle with the changes migration brings to their lives. Magical realism and dystopian scenes combine to make this one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The book group will gather on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.

Bible Study

There will be no Bible Study this week.
Call to Action

It's time to get our property prepared for Easter and the coming season. Please come this Saturday to tidy up the gardens and grounds. Please come when you can, beginning at 8:30 am, and leave when you must. Bring your garden tools and gloves. Refreshments will be provided.

We'll need some help moving pews to accommodate plans for worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning. Pews will be removed to make space for foot-washing, as well as the piano to accompany the 8:45 service on Easter morning, and be returned for the 11:00 service on Easter morning. Please lend a hand!
Looking Ahead
On May 11- Pastor Bourret and Rolf Larson will join a group from the New England Synod AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protections, Advocacy Representation and Opportunities) team in a Border Immersion hosted by Christo Rey Lutheran Church in El Paso, Texas, meeting with Border Agents, immigration lawyers, visiting a detention center, a hospitality house for migrants, and an immigration court, and touring colonias (rural settlements) in El Paso and, possibly, Juarez, Mexico. We are asked to bring hospitality items for the migrants.

While we may bring some items in our luggage, space will be very limited, so gifts cards for the following items would be most welcome:
  • individual hygiene supplies, a reusable water bottle, laundry detergent are all greatly needed
  • large zip-lock bags to put the supplies in
  • new underwear - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 10-12 for girls and boys, women size 4 & 5, men size small and medium
  • new socks - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 8-9.5, adults size 4-9 
  • disposable plates, cups and silverware to feed refugees staying at local hotels
  • toilet paper and paper towels for congregations providing hospitality

Kara Hart and Cynthia Stroschein combined pleasing colors to create this quilt for Lutheran World Relief. 

On Sunday, April 14th , we celebrate Palm Sunday ,  9:00 a.m. Adult Forum, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
April 14, 2019   Palm Sunday

Oftentimes, to grasp the fullness of something significant, we have to look at both sides. So it is that to approach the meaning of Christ, we have to say two things: Jesus and Christ; human and divine; death and resurrection; bread and body. This Sunday celebrates these two sides: we begin by praising Christ with the song of the angels, and we go on to shout "Crucify him!" Come to join us as we fit both truths into one service.

First Reading        Psalm                   Second Reading        Gospel
Isaiah 50:4-9a        Psalm 31:9-16       Philippians 2:5-11        Luke 22:14--23:56 
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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