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Survey Results 
 
A recent online survey sent out by the Worship, Music, and Visual Arts Committee has given a broad overview of people's response to Sunday Zoom worship. Well over 60% of folks returned the survey, providing the committee with a sense of how well current worship is sustaining people in their faith. Weekly Sunday attendance of 65-75 people is an encouraging sign of ongoing commitment to the life of this congregation.

Worship online reveals in new ways the giftedness of members of our community.
The varied and creative musical offerings prepared by Tom Berryman, Joan Ellersick, members of the choir and musicians received high marks on the survey. 

Although worship from home deprives us of the visual beauty of our nave with seasonal vestments, altar cloths and banners, Rolf Larson in concert with Tom Berryman has enhanced  the visual connection between scripture readings and music by contributing photography as well as identifying the work of artists to include in the online "Sunday bulletin". 

In addition several new voices have emerged as readers of the Sunday scripture lessons. You are invited to share your gifts in our weekly worship, whether as behind-the-scenes technology hosts or online readers or greeters or "Amen" speakers. Tell the pastor, Phil Roberts, or Joyce Simon about your interest.

Understandably, what is most missed by folks is congregational singing and Holy Communion. Tom has addressed the absence of singing by scheduling several Zoom singing events, including the Spiritual Sing offered this Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 pm. See the invitation sent via Constant Contact and plan to sit at home, singing at your heartiest with the musicians on screen.  
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Don't miss I'm Gonna Sing: an evening of spirituals in the African-American tradition this Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 pm.

"We shall overcome" is one of the most famous songs, from the civil rights movement and will be included on Thursday evening.  Inspired by the traditional spiritual, Charles Tindley wrote the gospel song "I'll overcome some day" in 1901 with the inscription "Ye shall overcome if ye faint not."  Pete Seeger and Joan Baez popularized "We shall overcome" in the 1960's.  Listen to NPR's The Inspiring Force of "We Shall Overcome" https://www.npr.org/2013/08/28/216482943/the-inspiring-force-of-we-shall-overcome

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
 
Come and with us on Thursday evening!
 
ZOOM details:
 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 1756 4751
Passcode: 839426
Youth and Families
Gail Weston-Roberts , Youth and Families Director
Early this year, friend-of-CLC member-Andy Carlson and recent Natick High School graduate Clay Napurano contacted Mary Avalos to inquire about using space at CLC to rehearse an original musical he had been working on for several years. And then the coronavirus hit.

Undeterred, however, Clay came up with an alternative idea to run rehearsals outside, following all of the protocols recommended by Gov. Baker and the CDC, got the go-ahead from our COVID task force and Finance and Property Committee, and got going. Most afternoons, although our building remains closed, you'll see perhaps a dozen cars in the parking lot, and a group of masked, physically distanced young people working on the production, titled, "Twelve Years and What Worth."


We are pleased to support this local group of young adults in such a creative endeavor!
Adult Formation
 
Book Group
 
In August the CLC Book Group returns to its regular format of reading one book together, this month's selection being the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, March, by Geraldine Brooks. A gifted writer of historical fiction, Brooks takes the absent father of Little Women
and follows him to the battlefields of the Civil War where he encounters challenges to his most cherished beliefs.  
 
Available in public libraries and your local, independent bookstores. The group meets on Monday, August 24, 2020, 7:30 pm. If you would like to be added to the book group's email list, contact Marianne Swenson, mswenson10@comcast.net
Call to Action
 
The CLC garden is lush! Drive by 113 Union Street and check it out, and if you can use some fresh produce (yellow squash, zucchini, and eggplant currently available), help yourself to some from the fridge Bruce Schnepper has placed outside-thanks, Bruce!-and leave a contribution. $2 is suggested, and will benefit people experiencing hunger.
Looking Ahead
CLC will offer our first in-person worship since mid-March, a service of Evening Prayer on Sunday, August 16, commencing at sundown. Attendance will be limited to 25 worshipers, in addition to worship leaders, and will require reservation. Prayers and music will be led from the sidewalk, with appropriately distanced chairs arranged inn the parking lot. Worshipers will be asked to sanitize their hands on arrival, and masks will be available for those who forget them. Socializing after the service should be brief and at a distance, and anyone experiencing symptoms of illness should, of course, stay home this time.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - 9th  Sunday after Pentecost
 
August 2, 2020, the Rev. Angel Marrero presiding

In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday, Jesus feeds the multitude with only a little bread. He is still doing this: come to worship, to hear this blessing and to eat the food that our Savior gives to us.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                   Isaiah 55:1-5           Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21             Romans 9:1-5                Matthew 14:13-21
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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