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Being Church in the COVID-19 Era:
It seems that we are learning more about being church in this strange new COVID-19 era!  As Holy Week appears on the horizon, our Worship, Music, and Visual Arts Committee has developed ways for us to enter into this sacred time, even as we must remain sequestered in our homes. 
 
Watch your inbox for an invitation to Zoom worship this Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. We plan to include an order of service for you to follow as well, and to post a video on our website.
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Had we been singing on Palm Sunday, the CLC Choir  would be offering Canadian composer, Welford Russell's  (1900-75) "Who is at my window, who?" as Communion  Music. Rus sell, by profession a surgeon, set this  traditional Scottish text that features a conversation  between Jesus and the Sinner, with Jesus inside the  house and the Sinner outside, seeking to come in. Likely,  the text is a sacred modification of an entirely secular text  between lovers, a lá "Who's that knocking at my door?"

Listen to this recording by the Montreal ensemble Mount Royal  Kantorei:

Who is at my window, who?
Go from my window, go.
Who calls there so like a stranger?
Go from my window, go.

Lord, I am here, a wretched mortal,
that for Thy mercy does cry and call
unto Thee, my Lord celestial.
See, who is at my window, who?

Remember thy sin and all thy smart
and all for thee what was my part.
Remember the spear that thurlit my heart,
and in at my door thou shalt go.

I ask no thing of thee, therefore,
but love for love to lay in store.
Give me thy heart, I ask no more.
And in at my door thou shalt go.
Who is at my window, who?
Go from my window, go.
Cry no more there like a stranger?
And in at my door thou shalt go.

One of my most favorite choral pieces!
Adult Formation
Adult Formation: Each weekday a reflection on the daily texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, consisting of a reading, questions for reflection (on your own, perhaps in a journal, with a partner, or as a family), suitable music, and a prayer is posted on our website,   www.christnatick.org. All are encouraged to make use of it! We aim to post by mid-afternoon each day. 

Do you know someone who might appreciate these devotions? Be sure to share them!

As we grow in familiarity and comfort with Zoom capabilities, we could offer a Zoom Bible study as well! Contact Pr. Bourret if you are interested.
Call to Action
We Need Your Footwashing Videos

We' re looking for a few good men, women, and children to send short videos depicting in-home footwashing. Any large bowl or dishpan will do for a vessel. We need just a few pairs of people. Please send them to Pastor Bourret by Sunday:   prbourret@gmail.com . Thanks! 





Family Promise Metrowest: Campaign for Hope

During these tough times for everyone, our most vulnerable families are those that Family Promise Metrowest serves. The walk was canceled and the fund raiser became the CAMPAIGN FOR HOPE.   FPM is currently helping 23 families both in shelter and in our transitional living and LIFE program (this is the one
The competition between the congregational teams goes on. Currently CLC Walkers are in 3rd place.  Thank you to those who have already donated.   Any donation will be greatly appreciated.   You can donate to the team at:


If you prefer, you can send a check made out to Family Promise Metrowest to:

Family Promise Metrowest
6 Mulligan St.
Natick, MA 01760

Please indicate that this is for the CLC Walkers so the church team gets credit. Thank you!

Neighbor to Neighbor

Again, last Saturday, Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network (MISN) distributed food to neighbors in need.  This time we provided groceries for 142 families in Framingham and Milford. These are families who may be reluctant or unable to access government help due to their immigration status. 

Food was donated by volunteers or purchased in bulk by MISN.  MISN is now planning to distribute food to neighbors on a regular basis, since there is a clear need as demonstrated by the response.  We recognize that in this unprecedented time there are many worthy organizations that deserve our support. If you would like to make a donation of food or money for the next MISN food distribution, contact Celeste and Rolf Larson at racslarson@verizon.net or donate directly to MISN online using this link:   http://fnd.us/e1dlN3?ref=sh_3800Wc
Looking Ahead
During Holy Week there will be special resources to mark this sacred time, even as one day seems much like another for folks who are self-quarantined. 

Watch for meditations on the Stations of the Cross, and reflections on the Great Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 5, 2020

To grasp something fully, we need to look at both sides. This coming Sunday is both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. We join in the joy of the palm procession, and we gather in sorrow at the foot of the cross. Come to sing both "Hosanna!" and "Lord, have mercy upon us."

            First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Ish 50 :4-9a                      Ps 31: 9-16                       Phl  2: 5-11                 Matt  26: 14- - 27:66
                   
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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