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Bells rang and choristers sang, with Ross Petot on piano, Sunday at Mary Ann Morse, bringing holiday cheer to the residents there. Thanks to Kim and Ross Petot and all of the Bell Choir for their good work and generous offering of time and talent!



We gather again on Wednesday at 6:15 for Advent meditations in the nave. Give yourself the gift of breathing space this holy season, pondering together what can wait-and what cannot. A pot of soup will await on the kitchen stove to serve either before or after the meditation.



Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
This is an especially rich weekend for choral singing by a number of us CLC singers! I know that we'd be thrilled to have members and friends of our congregation attend and enjoy our outside-of-church music making!
Boston Cecilia (John Whitlock) EL ESPÍRITU NAVIDEÑO: The Spirit of Christmas http://www.bostoncecilia.org/christmas-concert-2019, Friday, Dec 13 at 8 pm Church of the Advent in Boston and Sunday, Dec 15 at 3 pm at All Saints Church in Brookline.
Chorus Pro Musica (Kim Petot, Mary Wolf) CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chorus-pro-musica-boston-candlelight-christmas-at-old-south-tickets-65121370773?aff=CpMWebsite?aff=CpMWebsite Friday, Dec 13 at 8 pm Old South Church in Boston.
  Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus (Tom Berryman, Hilding Hedberg) WASSAIL: A Saengerfest Christmas with Southern Rail                                        https://saengerfest.org/tickets/, Saturday, Dec 14 at 4 pm Casey Theater Regis College in Weston. The bluegrass band Southern Rail adds some "twang" to our program of American music or arrangements by American composers. I am especially pleased to be leading two brand new pieces, commissioned by the Saengerfest for this event: "The Gloucestershire Wassail" arranged by Jerry Noble is roaring opener with a dynamite piano part. George Emlen, long-time music director of Revels arranged three carols, Joy to the World, Sister Mary and the Twelve Days of Christmas for men's chorus and bluegrass band.
Here are three concerts you can attend where you will know folks on the stage!   Hope to see you...
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Youth and Families of Christ Lutheran!

This past Sunday a few of us stayed after church to: learn how to use a sewing machine; continue to practice using a machine; how to make crepes and eat them; how exciting fallen icicle chunks appear to be! (Well, at least more exciting than snow that is too crusty to build a fort with.) It was a good time.

So is it possible to fit in another event this month, perhaps during the break? Let me know ASAP if you are away for the whole vacation week and we'll look at other options-maybe New Year's Day we could do excursions, games, more cooking, more serving. I need your ideas! What sounds like good fun, good work, and you could invite a friend to?

Thank you very much, and happy Advent to you all!  Yr. Yo. & Fam. Coord. Gail W-R

Adult Formation
ADULT FORUM

In the adult forum, after a lively presentation from Rolf and Celeste Larson about their three-week stint assisting at the Yakima Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania, we return to our series on hard biblical texts, looking at Job 36:1-23: "Biblical Frenemies." (If Pr. Bourret is unable to be present, it will be a self-directed discussion, with prompts printed on the white board.) Join us at 9:00 in the Memorial Room.

                                     
CLC BOOK GROUP January 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Set in suburban Shaker Heights, Ohio, this novel explores the relationships between the comfortable, established Richardson family and a mother-daughter duo who rent a house from them. The pending adoption of a Chinese-American baby pits the two leading characters against one another and exposes the delusion of a post-racial America.

A provocative novel that helps you think differently about humanity and the current state of affairs in the U.S.


There is no CLC@the Movies this busy month. Join us in January on the third Sunday of the month.
                                     
BIBLE STUDY

 We invite you to join with us this Thursday morning  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
 
On Sunday some of CLC's best bakers - could you be among them? - will offer homemade breads and cookies for sale, with proceeds benefiting the minibus fund. Taste the wares of your talented friends, and inch the wheels of the bus a bit closer to El Paso.

Bakers and wrappers will meet Saturday, Dec. 14. Contact Celeste
Larson at racslarson@verizon.net if you are willing to help. 

                                             
Looking Ahead
Wass-Ale, CLC's annual tradition of singing Advent and Christmas songs, both sacred and secular, in a public place, is upon us! Invite friends and family to this joy-filled event on Wednesday, December 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Morse Tavern, just around the corner on East Central Street.

Live musicians will accompany the singing, music will be provided, and all are welcome to order what they choose from the menu. Do come!


                                                 

            Adult Forum, December 29 - Relax and reflect on this quiet Sunday after Christmas. Bring a favorite poem or poems to share, something that stirs your soul or sparks your imagination.




                                                    
On Sunday, December 15,  we celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Third Sunday in Advent
December 15, 2019  

A note of joyful expectation marks today's worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God's reign. We wait with patience for the coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice at his presence among us this day: in word and holy supper, in church and in our homes, in silent reflection and in works of justice and love. We pray that God would open our eyes and ears to the wonders of Christ's advent among us.

            First Reading                          Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Isa 35: 1-10                       Ps 146: 5-10                 James 5: 7-10                       Matt 11:2-11
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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