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Advent is upon us! This Sunday plan to come at 9:00 for a cross-generational wreath-making workshop. There will be plenty of greens on hand, and wire forms and a few candles available to purchase at a nominal cost. Lighting one more candle each successive week is a lovely way to observe the season at home. There are also several Advent calendars and devotionals provided by the Thursday morning Bible study group available to you.



This past Sunday a truly cross-generational group gathered for "Wonder and Wisdom"-shout out to the Ripp Ecks for both providing a great dinner and bringing lots of folk!-and we ended by making Christmas cards to send to families in ICE detention.



Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

We begin a new church year December 1 with the first Sunday in Advent. One of the great hymns of the season is "Wake, awake for night is flying" ELW 436, recalling Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish maidens at the wedding feast. Bach's Cantata 140, of the same name, includes a well-known setting of this famous hymn for tenors and strings. Bach arranged this cantata movement for organ solo, used as this Sunday's Prelude Music.

Click below for a setting of the original with an unusual visual interpretation.


Bach,
Bach, "Sleepers Wake" (Wachet auf) from Cantata 140 4. Zion hört


Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello there, Youth and Families!

Just a quick, pre-holiday reminder: there's still a little time left to build the child-sized quilts we're busing down to El Paso and the kind people of Cristo Rey.  I counted 61 finished quilts in the fellowship hall last week, and there are more that aren't in the building yet. So we could make that goal of 100 before the bus leaves! 

Are you available this weekend, Saturday afternoon or Sunday after church?  We can do some more assemblage, food, and a hike in the woods if you would like?  Bring friends! (And again, the time spent on the quilts counts as Volunteer Service hours, in case that helps.)

And save the date for the 2020 CALUMET retreat: Friday,
Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2.  Again, we're hoping we can get all CLC youth plus friends up there this time! That would be quite joyous.
Thank you all for your support and... for just being your selves. Corny and true. Peace be with you.  
                                                                                                   Your Youth & Fam. Coord., Gail W-R.

Adult Formation

ADULT FORUM

This Sunday adult forum attendees are invited to participate in the wreath-making workshop. Next Sunday we'll resume our discussion of hard biblical texts.


                                        
BIBLE STUDY

No Bible Study this Thursday, 11/28, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We invite you to join with us next week 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
Additional cards for families in detention are welcome! Why not make it a post-Thanksgiving dinner activity? Adults and kids can take part, whether or not there's a football game on. Greetings may be in English, but Spanish is most welcome. Or leave the greeting blank, and we can add it in later. This small gesture lets people know that they are not forgotten.

The Reporter will be published soon, with a listing of all of the Advent and Christmas observances here at Christ Lutheran Church. Make note of the dates and times of those in which you'll participate, and mark your calendars before they're too full.                                                          
 



Concerned about deportation of migrants? Are you inclined to do more than offer thoughts and prayers? CLC folk are invited to join Rolf Larson on a "Jericho Walk" on Thursday, December 5, at 8:00 a.m. at the Burlington ICE headquarters, and show solidarity with Bianca, who is in jeopardy of deportation. What's a Jericho walk? Here is a portion of a statement from Temple Shir Tikvah's website:
 
The Jericho Walk is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk and is open to people of all or no faiths. The Walk is not in response to, nor does it target, party politics. Rather, it is an expression of the certainty we draw from our various faith traditions: that deporting peaceful people is wrong and that separating families and uprooting peaceful and productive neighbors and friends harms many and helps no-one.
 
If you are interested in joining Rolf for this walk, please email: racslarson@verizon.net.
                                                        
 
Looking Ahead
Advent Mid-Week Meditation: WHAT CAN'T WAIT? Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:15-7:30; 4th date TBD.
 
"Advent is a season of waiting, but is the waiting what God wants of us? In preparation for the coming Messiah, we wonder together-what things can't wait? What demands our immediate attention? What requires our work and preparation? Is it the end of suffering, isolation, and fear? This Advent, we invite you to join us in imagining, prioritizing, and preparing. As we wait, what can't wait?" © A Sanctified Art
 
Participants will gather in an intimate setting in the church to reflect on Advent texts, visual art, poetry and music, to pray together for those things that can't wait and those things that can.
 
Gather in the church nave at 6:15. There will be a pot of soup on the stove for those who arrive before 6 or those who stay after 7:30.


                                                   

Our Family Promise host week begins December 8. Extra jewels in the crowns of those who offer their time and service during this busy season!


Also December 8: Sing with the Bell Choir at Mary Ann Morse at 2:00, and bring some cheer to folks who can't get out to enjoy seasonal festivities. Music will be provided.




ALSO on December 8: Please do come to the Open House at the parsonage-61 Fisher Street, here in Natick-any time between 5:00 and 8:00.  All  are welcome. (That means you. And your family. And your friends.)


 
                                                  

                                                    
On Sunday, December 1,,  we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - First Sunday in Advent
December 1, 2019  

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today's readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord's coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Isa 2:1-5                                  Ps 122                     Rom 13:11-14                      Matt 24:36-44
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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