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Looking towards Earth Day

Fifty years ago, when the first Earth Day was organized on April 22, the central issue was the clean-up and preservation of land, air, and waterways from industrial toxins. About one in ten Americans participated in the event, which led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency within the year. 

In the intervening decades there have been both progress and setbacks, even as the planet faces an imminent threat due to climate disruption. This year's 50th anniversary event was to be the biggest yet, when COVID-19 struck. The virus has simultaneously quashed opportunities for large-scale public actions and renewed our awareness that we are intricately interconnected: what happens in one part of the globe affects life all around it. 

While we're sheltering in place, there are still meaningful ways to observe the day. For resources from Earth Day organizers, click here: https://www.earthday.ord/earth- day-2020/ 


Or simply don a mask and gloves, grab some recycled bags, and choose a spot to clean up in your own neighborhood. 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Earth Day Music Notes

Thinking about Earth Day, April 22, the Paul Winter Consort immediately comes to mind and their annual performance of Missa Gaia at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The performance actually takes place in the Fall each year around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and features incredible music making in a truly magnificent space. 

For a sampler of this event, here is  their "trailer" of "A Celebration of Creation:"
  

Adult Formation

BOOK GROUP

The CLC Book Group convened virtually this week to discuss How to Be an Anti-Racist

The next meeting on May 18 will have an international focus. Each member will select their own book to review, whether fiction or non-fiction; the one criterion is that the book's author be from outside the United States.

 If you're interested in participating, contact Marianne Swenson: mswenson10@comcast.net .

BIBLE STUDY

Interested in an online Bible study? Please contact Pr. Bourret ( pastor.bourret@christnatick.org ) or
Pr. Richard Hurst:
revrhurst@aol.com .
Call to Action
Here is How You Can Help

Have you been using the daily reflections posted on our website? If you'd haven't, check them out: go to our website, www.christnatick.org, and look for the violet "Community Connection" button. Watch your inbox for a very brief survey regarding the reflections, and please complete it. It'll help guide us in what we offer on the website.

There are countless requests for assistance during this pandemic, the majority of which are no doubt worthy of your time, effort, and support. We offer for your consideration a few involving our partners:

MISN supports migrant workers in Metrowest, many of whom are ineligible for federal aid. 


Ascentria Care Alliance operates several programs and facilities caring for elders and people with disabilities, and is facing revenue shortfalls and challenges obtaining adequate PPEs for vulnerable staff. Thanks to those who have already contributed face masks!

If you'd like to sew some, but need fabric, there are cotton fabrics at CLC left over from the El Paso quit project. Contact Pr. Bourret if you'd like to access them. Contact Jeff Kinney if you are able to provide some masks: jkinney@ascentria.org , or 508-655-6426.

Our national church body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is also receiving funds to assist our most vulnerable sister congregations. You may donate here: https://community.elca.org/advanced-donation-form/covid-19-response-fund?_ga=2.129957509.849406702.1587410314-1499855479.1586861336
Looking Ahead

Christ Lutheran Church will continue to offer Sunday worship via Zoom, with music beginning shortly before 10:00. Feel free to extend a welcome to friends and family, passing along the invitation to join the "meeting." It will also be available on our website.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020

On this coming Sunday, we hear about three thousand people who were baptized and about two disciples who were surprised to discover that they were eating a meal with the Risen Christ. Come to worship: celebrate your baptism, and join us at a meal with Christ.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                Acts 2:14a, 36-41         Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19              1 Peter 1:17-23                   Luke 24:13-35                     
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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