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Join your sisters and brothers in Christ as we anticipate the coming of our Lord and Savior. On Wednesday at 6:30, we begin with a simple meal (no charge), then share something of our lives of faith around the table, responding to an Advent Scripture, this week, with movement modeled by Lisa Eck. Give yourself and your family the gift of 90 minutes to nurture the hopeful spirit of Advent.
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Music for Advent III, Sunday, December 16 includes two of J.S. Bach ' s chorale preludes on the hymn " Savior of the nations, come, " ELW 263. The Prelude is a meditative setting, while the Postlude is brilliant. For outstanding performances of these two works, listen to the late John Scott perform them on the gallery organ at St. Thomas Church, NYC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gQ-7caubYk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq6PHDHguDw
 
For the Offertory Music, the CLC Choir will sing Peter Niedemann ' s setting of the hymn text " Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, " based on Psalm 24.
 
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family News
Greetings to Youth & Families & all!
 
As December is Adventual and we wait in the dark until Christmas Day, this Sunday, Dec. 16, is a good time to take the load off, as it were.
 
Not just youth and families but EVERYone is invited this time, as Lana Peta leads a 'guided meditation' in the peaceful, sunlit, All Saints room following the service. Should take about 30 minutes to experience this approach to letting go of some stress and taking hold of some Peace. Maybe you'll bring a Friend who'd like the sound of that?
 
Then we'll assemble some submarine sandwiches, chew and swallow quite a lot, and apply ourselves to an additional form of Peace-Making in the Kingdom (probably involving running, loud noises). An RSVP will help me with supplies, by the way!

Thank you, everyone! And Peace Be-Gail W-R, F&Y Coordinator
Adult Formation
Adult Forum

Seminarian Sharon leads the second of a three-week series on Advent hymnody. After reading the text and hearing the hymn--or hymns--we'll have some time to reflect on its meaning for us pilgrims and for the world at large. Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00!



CLC Book Group

Tara Westover never saw the inside of a classroom until she was 17. Raised by a religious fanatic of a father as a survivalist, she slept with a can of peaches under her head so she could escape to the hills when the apocalypse came. This memoir makes for engrossing and some say "harrowing" reading. We'll meet on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 pm.

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



Next Wednesday, December 19th we hold our annual "Wass-Ale" at the Morse Tavern, 85 East Central Street in Natick, beginning at 7:00. This is a great opportunity to invite friends to get acquainted with CLC folk in a non-threatening (and really fun, seasonal) setting. Whom will you bring? We order from the menu, individually.
The Natick Clergy Association holds its annual vigil around the opioid crisis this Sunday, December 16, at 7:00. At its conclusion, training to administer Narcan will be offered, and those trained will be able to take the medicine home. 
Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge for 2019. Those who make their offerings by envelope will be able to pick up their envelopes on Sunday.
Looking Ahead



In the midst of sending and receiving Christmas cards and wrapping gifts, partying with friends and planning Christmas dinner, let us hold fast to the heart of this celebration, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, God's coming to make a home among us, Emmanuel, God-with-Us.

Christ Lutheran Church will worship Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm, a family-friendly jazz service of Holy Communion, a CarolFest at 9:30 pm followed by a festival service of Holy Communion at 10:00 pm, and again on Christmas morning at 10:00 am, a simple Eucharistic service. Make time for one or more of these liturgies for yourself and your family, and think of a friend who might come with you.
On Sunday, December 16th , we celebrate The Third Sunday of Advent ,  9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship, Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding. 
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
December 16,  2018, Third Sunday of Advent

This coming Sunday we light three candles on the Advent wreath. While our society goes crazy with Christmas preparations and the northern hemisphere grows darker each day, we gather to hear John the Baptist urging us to accept God's good news.

First Reading             Psalm                 Second Reading      Gospel
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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