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As we celebrated the Baptism of our Lord on Sunday, we rejoiced in receiving Brayden Kevin into the community of faith at Christ, Natick. The cool water poured over his head in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit startled him, but did not bring him to tears. Would that we all would be so awakened to the new life God has given us!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
This Sunday, January 20 The organ Prelude and Postlude will include excerpts from James Boeringer ' s " The Promised Land: Organ Settings from the Sacred Harp. " Boeringer (1930-2015) was a composer, organist, Director of the Moravian Music Foundation and my organ instructor at Susquehanna University. These short, diverse organ pieces are based on the hymns from the Sacred Harp, a 19th Century New England singing tradition.
 
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Adult Formation
Adult Forum


A technical glitch prevented us from going much further into our Walter Bruegemann series on the prophets, but we expect to have that corrected this week. Join us in the Memorial Room Sundays at 9:00! This week we'll spend time hearing "The Prophets as Uncredentialed Purveyors of Covenant." Sound provocative? It promises to be.




CLC Book Group

Next month's book selection, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, takes the story of Christina Olson, the model for Andrew Wyeth's iconic painting "Christina's World" and weaves it into a fictional account, exploring Olson's relationship with Wyeth as muse and inspiration and her life in small-town Cushing, Maine. Available in paperback. Come to our next gathering on Feb. 18, 7:30 pm.

CLC@the Movies

Sunday afternoon CLC at the Movies returns. We'll view "Intouchables," followed by a French bistro-themed pot-luck. Bring a friend!


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
Are you a Thrivent member? Everyone who has any Thrivent product--an insurance policy, an annuity, or mutual fund...anything at all--may apply for two Thrivent Action Team grants worth $250 every year. These may be used as seed money for a new undertaking, or virtually anything that we do as Christ's people, individually or as a congregation. These grants have supported our Evening Prayer series, the youth trip to Houston, and the quilt ministry, just to name a few.

We hope to receive grants to support Silent Movie Night, the Calumet retreat, and some new banners, and, later this year, a fundraiser to support the capital campaign for Family Promise's new center. Can you help? It's not hard to apply, and most requests are approved. Have another ministry idea? Find some partners and go for it!

It's not too soon to think about whom you'll invite to our next Silent Movie Night, Saturday, February 23 at 7:00. Rob Humphreville returns to accompany Charlie Chaplin's City Lights. More information available on our website: www.christnatick.org.

Looking Ahead
Set aside a couple of hours on Sunday, January 27, for "Wisdom and Wonder," an opportunity for to learn from one another, regardless of age or education, to grow in God's love for each and all of us, around a simple meal. We'll start at 5:00 and be on our way home by 7:00.

We'll hold our semi-annual meeting on Sunday, February 3, following worship. We'll receive financial reports from 2019, and approve a spending plan (budget) for the current year. Fear not: you'll be home in plenty of time to prepare your Super Bowl feast.
On Sunday, January 20th , we celebrate
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
,  9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
January 20, 2019   Second Sunday after the Epiphany

In Sunday's gospel, Jesus provides 175 gallons of wine for a newly married couple. Whatever for?! Come to worship and hear about God's good news in Christ.

First Reading       Psalm                  Second Reading            Gospel
Isaiah 62:1-5         Psalm 36:5-10      1 Corinthians 12:1-11     John 2:1-11
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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