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Watch as Christ Lutheran Church Natick's Donated Minibus Lands in El Paso
The minibus has arrived in El Paso! After months and months of fundraising, months and months of transportation woes, and months and months of coronavirus delays, the bus left the CLC parking lot a week ago, and Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey is now in possession of the minibus, as well as all of the gifts that shipped inside it: do zens and dozens of pairs of shoes, lots and lots of jackets and sweaters, and about 125 child- sized, handmade quilts. 
The bus suffered a cracked rear window in transit, but otherwise made the trip with our incident. Once the window has been repaired, Pastora Rose Mary will get it registered in Texas, and it will be ready to roll!  
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Some continuing notes on the Spiritual Sing on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 pm.

We'll be singing "Wade in the Water" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" as partner songs:  they work well together sung simultaneously.  Harriet Tubman (d. 1913), an abolitionist famous for her work with the Underground Railroad used "Wade in the Water" to tell slaves to get into the water to avoid being seen and make it through. This is an example of a map song, where directions are coded into the lyrics. Tubman has been in the news in recent days thanks to would be presidential candidate Kanye West's rant that she "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people." The actual historical fact is that Tubman, known as the "Moses of her people," escaped slavery and returned some nineteen times to the South to help conduct many to freedom. The Alvin Ailey Dance Company used "Wade in the Water" as part of their production, "Revelations"    

Alvin Ailey Dance - Wade in the Water
Join us for Spiritual Sing: Songs from the African-American Tradition on Thursday, July 30 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) via ZOOM. 

This unique event is offered by a jazz trio and solo singers with an invitation for the listeners to sing a long!

O black and unknown bards of long ago, 
How came your lips to touch the sacred fire? 
How, in your darkness, did you come to know 
The power and beauty of the minstrel's lyre?
-James Weldon Johnson, 1922  
ZOOM details:
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Meeting ID: 849 1756 4751
Passcode: 839426
Adult Formation
Book Group
This month's book group selection isn't exactly one aimed at spiritual or intellectual g rowth , but perhaps for the occasional disengagement necessary for both! The group will be reading what some call "beach chair" books: something light or humorous. The next virtual get-together will be July 27 at 7:30. Contact Marianne Swenson for an invitation:  mswenson10@comcast.net
Call to Action
Due to the corona virus pandemic, Lutheran World Relief is in critical need of personal care kits. Instructions for putting kits together may be found here: https://lwr.org/ ai_file_subscribe/file/3731.  
Are you a Thrivent member? Consider applying for a Thrivent Action Team grant to purchase, say, a large quantity of towels. Ask other CLC members, friends, and family to contribute other items. We'll be hosting a LWR "Ingathering" in early September.  
Did you know? As 2020 census takers have begun their door-to-door work, made more dangerous due to the pandemic, only about 62% of American households have responded to the census by mail, online, or over the phone. Serve your neighbor, and help keep communities safe by responding now, if you haven't done so already.  
The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census, because an accurate count is critical in the just allocation of resources and political representation. Find resources at ELCA.org/resources/ advocacy#CivicEngagement.  
Looking Ahead

On Sunday, August 16 (weather permitting) CLC will offer an outdoor service of Evening Prayer. Attendance will be limited to 25, and COVID protocols will be observed.  
Watch for an invitation!   

READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - 8th  Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, 2020

The gospel reading for this coming Sunday includes six very brief parables about what Matthew calls "the kingdom of heaven." At worship, choose which picture of the mercy of God is most appealing to you, and at the Lord's Supper, take this treasure into yourself.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                  1 Kings 3:5-12           Psalm 119:129-136             Romans 8:26-39         Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy  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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