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College students are moving into their dormitories and apartments, younger kids are outfitted with backpacks and pencils and calculators as classes resume, and those of us lucky enough to have gone on vacation are making our way home after the less-hurried pace-although more and more, that seems to be something of a myth!
That means that the pace at Christ Lutheran Church is quickening! September will be full: Natick Days on September 7, singing at MCI (women's prison) in Framingham on September 12, SeptemberFest on the 15 th , with a return to 10:00 am worship, the resumption of confirmation, adult forum, Sunday morning conversations for post-confirmands, and a brunch after worship in the "Land and Seasons" tradition; "Wonder and Wisdom" cross-generational worship and faith formation in the context of a meal on the 22 nd , and a Gospel-style liturgy on the 29 th with song leader, composer, conductor and author Nick Page.   The Stewardship Committee has also planned a series of cottage meetings for us to gather our thoughts, passions and aspirations about our life together. Be sure to RSVP when you receive your invitation!  
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

The Organ Postlude for Sunday, September 1 is an arrangement of "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from G. F. Handel's oratorio SOLOMON, 1749. In the biblical story (1 Kings 10:2 and 2 Chronicles 9), the Queen of Sheba (a medieval depiction is at left) travels to Jerusalem with a large retinue and gifts to test the wisdom of Solomon. The King was able to answer all of her difficult questions. The Queen was apparently impressed, "Your wisdom and prosperity far surpass the report I had heard."

This performance of this famous interlude from the oratorio is by Hansjörg Albrecht on the impressive organ at the Marktkirche in Halle, Germany. The video features some great shots of the church, the organ and even a commemorative of Martin Luther.

G.F.Händel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Hansjörg Albrecht
G.F.Händel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Hansjörg Albrecht

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, CLC Youth and Families!

I can't believe it's almost September and yet... it is.
Here's an update: due to the few number of you available to go camping at Hammonassett with New England Lutheran Youth, we will not be going this September.

However, I would love to get together to plan invitations to our nearer Lutheran groups to do a service project that would be volunteer hours and also...enjoyable! Combined with socializing, fun, food, etc., of course. 

I bet a barbecue with youth and parents (!!) in early September would be a good way to re-launch the new year, talk about what events you feel drawn to create and plan. Lisa Eck will be sending a Doodle poll around so you can indicate when you're available and not.

Also, post-confirmation Conversationalists: would meeting after the service, instead of at 9:00am, work better for you or no? So around 11:15 during coffee hour? Do tell.
Okay-I'll be in touch soon, so you are forewarned.  Peace out! -Gail W-R, Youth & Family Coord.

Adult Formation
Please forward to Pr. Bourret any thoughts as to topics/Bible studies/books you're interested in pursuing once the Adult Forum resumes in September.
Book Group - Toni Morrson's first novel, The Bluest Eye, is next month's selection. Gather with us to explore this Nobel laureate's writing on Monday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. 
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

Both Natick Days and SeptemberFest are right around the corner! Thanks to those who've signed up to staff our booth on the Common, or provide a breakfast dish for the brunch.

Please contact Dave Ripp if you can lend 90 minutes or so to be the public face of CLC at Natick Days ( September 7, 9:00-3:00): it's fun and easy!

Looking Ahead

We're anticipating that a minibus from the City of Framingham will be available for us to bid on very soon! The Council has approved lending us the funds to be able to act when they become available, and we'll be reaching out to you to support this tangible sign of partnership with Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and its border ministry in El Paso.

On Sunday, September 1 , we celebrate the Twelve Sunday after Pentecost ,  9:30 a.m. worship.  Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Twelve Sunday After Pentecost
September 1, 2019  

Invited and inviting-that is the nature of the church. By God's grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be more inviting still.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
             Prov 25:6-7                              Ps 112                   Heb 13:1-8, 15-16                  Luke 14:1, 7-14
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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