Welcome to Christ Lutheran e-news, a weekly electronic newsletter which highlights programs and activities of our congregation. Feel free to .

CLC, along with numerous other churches, encountered problems with Zoom worship this past Sunday. It was a real disappointment to miss hearing a prelude and postlude, chant the psalm and sing a hymn along with the cantor, hear a variety of voices, see a patchwork quilt of siblings at worship with us, and enjoy images selected to accompany the music. Zoom indicates that problems have been corrected, so we hope for the best this week!

In the meantime, go to the "Daily Reflections" on our website, www.christnatick.org , and hear the beautiful oboe pieces by that we missed on Sunday, played by  Jennifer Slowik.

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension. Leaders from the Central Massachusetts Conference if the New England Synod, along with rostered leaders from non-parish settings, have offered a service for us. You may access it on our Facebook or our website. 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Music for Sunday, May 24 features Anders Carlson as Cantor, leading the Psalm and joining Anna Carlson and Scott Carlson for "Children of the Heavenly Father."

Coming up on Thursday evening, June 4 at 7 pm is a Hymn Sing featuring songs from our CLC Land and Seasons tradition.  Be sure to join us for some great singing, playing and toe-tapping.
Adult Formation
Book Group:
Ne xt  month it's your choice once again! For its June 29 online gathering members can select either a fiction    or nonfiction book with an historical setting or narrow the focus to World War II. 

If you'd like to hear reviews of all those varied books, contact Marianne Swenson,  mswenson10@comcast.net .
Call to Action


We have received a request from Tiffany Spigarolo, chaplain at Metrowest Medical Center, to lend some spiritual and emotional support to the frontline workers at both campuses of the hospital, who have seen too many deaths firsthand, are regularly exposed to risk, and who nevertheless carry out their work with passion and dedication. 

The " Hall of Heroes " project, MetroWest Medical Center, is designed to create a colorful  welcoming space of joy, respite, encouragement, and appreciation for all the nurses, doctors, assistants, custodial staff, administrators, security staff, and so many others that are caring for our friends, neighbors, and family members during these challenging days. 

What  you can do:  
Use 8 ½ x 11" white or colored single sheet of paper. 
Option One: Create an image that shares uplifting & supportive thoughts and gratitude.
Option Two: Write a positive phrase or inspirational quote that can be easily read.    
        (Be sure to include name of original author, if known)
Write your first name & town on the  back  of your creation.  

The images can be dropped off at the hospital directly or can be mailed to 115 Lincoln Street Framingham MA 01702 Attn: Pastoral Care.

ITIN Bill Hearing TODAY, Tuesday, May 19th
We need your advocacy!


A request from Metrowest Immigration Solidarity Network:

There is a hearing TODAY on the "ITIN Bill," which will allow those who pay taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number to receive state benefits related to the pandemic. 

Please consider:

1. Reach out to your representative and senator and ask them to be co-sponsors. 
2. Submit Written Testimony, today through Friday at 5pm

There is a hearing on the bill, but it is not your typical hearing. There will not be anything that we can watch live. Instead, we will all be submitting written testimony via Google forms, and that the timeline for submission is  May 19, 9am - May 22, 5pm. We urge you to submit on May 19th,  in order to have the most impact. Here are templates and instructions shared by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute but you don't have to be an organization to submit; constituent testimony is also important!

Testimony:
We have prepared two template testimonies in order to enable you to all submit. 
  • One is a short testimony, designed for those with either low bandwidth or not a lot of experience submitting testimony. It is geared towards sharing one client/impacted individuals story. 
  • The other is longer, and has lots of opportunities to tailor it to your specific organization. 
  • Please author these testimonies on your organization's letterhead -- it will improve the testimony's effectiveness! 
The easiest way to use these templates is to go to "file > make a copy" and then you can edit your own google doc directly, or use the word versions of these testimonies and templates that you'll find attached to this email. 

Looking Ahead
 
Sunday, May 31 is Pentecost Sunday, and even though we will be worshiping virtually, let's mark the day and its significance, the life-giving, empowering presence of the Holy Spirit among us and in us, by wearing something red for all to see! Watch your mail for more on our celebration of this festival. 





Christ Lutheran Church will hold its Semi-annual Meeting (formerly called Annual Meeting, Part II) on Sunday, June 7, on Zoom, following virtual worship and coffee hour. At the meeting we'll receive reports from church leaders-these will be emailed in advance of the meeting-and elect members to the Congregation Council and Endowment Committee. If you need to have a hard copy of reports sent to you, please alert Pr. Bourret.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 24, 2020

The second reading for this coming Sunday likens evil to a roaring lion. So come to worship, and gather with Christ's community to receive strength to survive your ordeals. God promises us protection: we already have eternal life in Christ.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                    Acts 1:6-14               Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35       1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11               John 17:1-11                 
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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