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Online Worship and Daily Reflections

We are now well into a second month of online worship, and have pretty well established a pattern: the service is significantly shorter than in-person worship, in part because we aren't able to celebrate Holy Communion, and in part by design. Worshiping via Zoom is, of necessity, less interactive, and our attention spans suffer when we are less engaged. We do, however, continue to tweak the format. Look for a third verse of the hymn this week.

We hope 
that yo u are making use of the daily reflections posted on our  website, under "Community Connections during the Corona Virus Pandemic," and that you're enjoying them. (Go to:  http://www.christnatick.org/community-connection/ )

For another opportunity for corporate prayer, consider joining in with Calumet's weekly offering of Holden Evening Prayer, via Facebook Live, Wednesdays at 7:30. (You can also view them there after the fact.)
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
How Can I Keep From Singing

Miguel Cervantes  said, 

"Quien canta sus males espanta."

"One who sings scares away their woes."  

How Can I Keep From Singing, on Thursday, May 7 offers an evening of hymn singing featuring our own singers and players leading hymns virtually via ZOOM! Organ, guitars, flute, viola, marimba, accordion.   Join us on May 7 at 7:30 pm for singing and come early at 7:15 pm for socializing!

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Time: May 7, 2020 07:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Music for Sunday, May 10 features Anna Carlson as Cantor, leading the Psalm and the hymn "For the beauty of the earth."  Guest marimbist, Desiree Glazier-Nazro will offer the Prelude, Postlude and accompany the hymn.  Desiree played last November for our Evening Prayer service and promises some Bach for the Prelude.  Really, how many churches will include a marimba player this Sunday?  
Adult Formation
The CLC Book Group will meet (virtually, of course) on Monday, May 18 at 7:30. Rather than discuss a single book, participants are invited to conversation about books on their shelves written by authors outside the United States. If you'd like to be a part of it, contact Marianne Swenson:   MSwenson10@Comcast.net  .

In the May Reporter the ELCA process for developing social statements was introduced. We now have the chance to weigh in on a draft statement on the church and civic engagement-never more timely than now! 

To download the draft, click  here:  

Public comment is welcome now!
Call to Action
Can You Help?

This past Saturday Canasta Solidaria (Solidarity Breadbasket), a project of MISN/MWC provided groceries and $25 gift cards to 250 families in Framingham , 89 families in Milford , and 25 families in Lynn. Once again there were more families in need than MISN was able to serve. The next distribution takes place on Saturday, May 16.

To prepare for the next distribution, Liz Garrigan-Byerly is looking for the following:
  • Trucks & strong backs: we are regularly purchasing over 2,500 pounds of food, which our cars and minivans can't sustain. We are looking for folks who have trucks and would be willing to drive food from Needham to Framingham. We also need help loading & unloading 50lb bags & boxes.
  • SUVs/Minivans: we need these to help move bagged groceries on the morning of distribution.
  • Deliverers: We are delivering groceries to families under quarantine and may need to expand this in the future. Email Liz@mwc-casa.org if you can help.

You can donate to the feeding program through the following ways: Checks can be made to MWC-Casa with "Covid 19" in memo line and mailed to PO Box 409, Framingham, MA 01704. Or you can donate online at:   http://fnd.us/e1dlN3?ref=sh_3800Wc 

Assist with Zoom Worship?

We're grateful to Phil Roberts, who has been serving each Sunday as host of Zoom worship, making sure that folks are muted and un-muted as appropriate, putting the spotlight on whoever is leading, and sending us into break-out rooms for coffee hour. Would you be willing to serve in that capacity? It's not difficult, and Phil is happy to train. Contact Pr. Bourret if you'd be willing to give it a go.

Janice Laakko began the card ministry many years ago as a companion project to the visitation ministry instituted following the death of her husband, Roger. Many CLC members and friends have been cheered by these lovely cards with their encouraging and inspirational messages. As Janice steps away, we are hopeful that this ministry of Christian connection, established long before we ever heard of COVID-19, can continue under new leadership. Contact Pr. Bourret if you're willing to consider it. Again, Janice is most willing to offer guidance.
Looking Ahead
As the date for easing statewide social distancing measures approaches, we have begun to think about what a return to corporate worship and other church activities might look like. Their shape will depend on guidance from the governor's office as well as counsel from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical authorities, which is to say, we will err on the side of health and safety. 

No decisions can yet be made, but we are certain of this much: a return to in-person worship will be graduated, and some form of online worship will continue, at least for the short term, and perhaps for good.

One of the activities that we may be able to do safely before most others is a spring clean-up of the grounds. As you saw in the May Reporter, the gardens are blooming! 

Watch for a date and details later this month.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020

The second reading for this coming Sunday likens us all to newborn infants who need the milk that only God can provide. Come to worship, and together we will receive the Spirit of the Risen Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                   Acts 7:55-60               Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16              1 Peter 2:2-10                     John 14:1-14                     
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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