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This coming Sunday the Appalachian liturgy, "Of the Land and Seasons," returns! Be sure to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor to "liturgy with a twang"!

Mid-week prayer for the Lenten journey to the cross and empty tomb continues each Wednesday, with soup available at 6:15 in the kitchen, and Prayer Around the Cross beginning at about 6:45 in the nave. The service includes Scripture and song, silence and reflection, and candle-lit prayers. Come and be nourished in body and spirit.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

The Christ Lutheran seasonal tradition of Land and Seasons continues on Sunday, March 15 at
10 am, with our observance of Lent III. The Land and Seasons liturgy was developed by Stephen Folkemer and Beth Folkemer at the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg PA in 1990, as part of the Town and Country Institute. The service features paraphrases of the communion liturgy set to traditional and newly composed tunes in a bluegrass style. For this Sunday, we'll be singing "What wondrous love is this," "I heard the voice of Jesus say," "Just a closer walk with thee," and a new text "Build a longer table" set to a traditional folk tune. 

Our instrumentalists will be playing such great tunes as "Star of County Down" and "West Wind." Liturgy with some twang! Don't want to wait until Sunday?   Listen Here !

Adult Formation


Our discussion of Baptism continues in the adult forum each Sunday at 9:00. This week we look at principles 23, 24, and 25 of The Use of the Means of Grace, Section Two, "Holy Baptism and the Christian Assembly": Baptism may occur before an imminent death; We baptize in the name of the triune God; and Baptism is a public sign. Download the entire document here:

                                                    CLC BOOK GROUP
Monday, March 16, 7:30 PM

In his memoir,  How to be an Antiracist,  Ibram X. Kendi asks the reader to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. Looking at racism as a kind of "metastatic cancer" in the body politic, Kendi traces racist ideas as he himself experiences advanced-stage cancer. The book is instructional, an honest, serious description of one man's struggle to confront his own racism.

       S unday, March 15, 4 pm
Born the grandson of slaves, Thurman became a "spiritual foundation" for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis.
In the mid-1930s, Thurman was the first Black American invited to meet Mohandas Gandhi who shared his strategy of non-violent resistance. When Thurman returned to America, his writings and speeches planted the early seeds for the non-violent Civil Rights Movement.
Thurman served as dean of Boston University's Marsh Chapel from 1953-1965. He was a gifted and prolific writer who authored more than 20 books and was celebrated as one of the great preachers of his era.
A potluck dinner follows the movie. Think mac and cheese, barbecue, cornbread, and other side dishes. No time to cook? Come anyway

 Bible Study with Pastor Rich Hurst continues this week at its regularly scheduled time:  Thursday at 9:45 a.m.,  gathering first in the Memorial Room for coffee and snacks.  Discussion beginning promptly at 10:00. All are welcome. 

Call to Action

We're still in need of someone to provide a pot of soup for tomorrow evening's Lenten mid-week gathering. Let Pastor Bourret know if you're able to have a crock-full hot and ready and in the kitchen by 6:15. Onion-free is preferred, but not required.


Fiona Ripp continues to collect clothing and textiles for a Savers fundraiser to benefit Starfish International, the international exchange program empowering girls in Gambia. Please bring any items you have to contribute to CLC this weekend. Here's a link with more information:  https://fundrive.savers.com/e/starfishinternationalexchange_1

Calling all knitters and crochet-ers:

The chaplain at Metrowest Medical Center, Tiffany Spigarolo, has requested prayer shawls, whether knitted or crocheted, to provide to patients at the hospital who are facing death. They should be of a size large enough to wrap around a person's shoulders.
Directions for crocheted shawls:

Even tied fleece blankets would be welcome! Of course, you are welcome to use a different pattern. If you can help, please speak with Pastor. Thanks!
Looking Ahead

On March 29, Wonder and Wisdom, the mash-up of cross-generational faith formation with worship around a simple meal, makes its return. Join us at 5:00 for a time to grow in wisdom and holy joy! We'll be looking ahead to the Easter Vigil, and burritos will be on the menu!

On Sunday, March 15  we celebrate the Third Sunday in Lent.  Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding. 
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020

In today's gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God's grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal-offering us the life-giving water of God's mercy and forgiveness.

            First Reading                          Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Exod 17:1-7                            Ps 95                        Rom 5:12-19                       John 4: 5 - 42
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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