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Living Out Our Oneness in Christ - from a Distance:

With so much of our usual togetherness upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are learning new ways to live out our oneness in Christ-from a distance. 
Pastor Bourret and Tom Berryman are posting daily reflections on our website, www.christnatick.org , musical selections and reflective questions and prayers based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
On Sunday, we were on "Facebook Live" for the first time, offering a sermon based on the Gospel reading and prayer. This week the intention is to be on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m.,  and include real time intercessory prayer as part of the mix. If we can work out the kinks, we will also post the meditation on our website for later viewing. You may be able to watch on Facebook, even if you don't have an account. Check out www.Facebook.com, and search for Christ Lutheran Church in the search bar. Our icon is a portion of stained glass in primary colors.
Pastor Bourret as well as Congregation Council members are striving to make phone calls to members during this challenging time. Are there other ways that we can help you to remain connected? Please let us know!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
It just a year ago that the fabulous Morehouse College Glee Club visited Natick and sang a  joint concert at Natick High School with the Natick High School Men's Chorus, the Boston Children's Chorus Men's Ensemble and concert hosts, the Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus. 

This outstanding glee club was due to visit Boston this year, but cancelled because of the CoVid 19 virus. So, here is a link to their performance of "I Can't Tarry" arranged by the Morehouse Music Director, David Morrow.

Morehouse College Glee Club - I Can't Tarry

It lifts my spirits and I hope it does the same for you!

Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Greetings, Youth & Families of Christ Lutheran

I hope   you all are  well thus far; Phil and I and our  daughters Lydia  and  Evelyn are still without fevers or coughs, for which we are most grateful.

I am praying for discernment-for discovery and understanding-- of what we can do still to supp o rt and uplift each other as we do without so many of our usual routines and doings. I'm guessing that even h igh school m ay be becoming an attractive memory now that it's absent! Well...it could happen.
I will be calling you all on the telephone this week: checking in with you and looking for your ideas about what we might still be able to do that interests you and inspires you. Could it include your friends? Presumably online...an Instagram account, a YouTube channel of our very own? I need your cleverness, youth-ers-please share some brilliance, either your own or borrowed (insert favorite smiley emoji here) !!!

Thank you, in advance, for your kind generosity, peoples, and beware of my cell number showing up on your smarter phones: 508 641 7342.

God's peace, along with the occasional burst of joy, be with you all!  

From Yr. Yo. & Fam. Coord.  Gail  W-R
Adult Formation
Adult Forum, Bible Study, Book Group, and CLC at the Movies are all, of course, suspended for the time being. One possibility for continuing to grow together is a virtual book group. There are countless possibilities! Is there someone who would be willing to convene a book group via Zoom, GoToMeeting, another online platform? What would your book suggestion be? Contact Pr. Bourret if you're able to take on this responsibility.
Call to Action
While all of us are feeling the effects of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, some of our neighbors are especially hard hit. As you are able, please consider how you may respond:  

Neighbor to Neighbor:
Last Saturday, Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network (MISN), located in Framingham, distributed food to neighbors in need.  Many of the neighbors work for small restaurants or construction companies that have closed. Some of them also used to get their meals from the restaurants where they worked.  We distributed milk, eggs, beans, rice, fruit and vegetables.  
Food was donated by restaurants and volunteers or purchased by MISN.  MISN is currently hoping to distribute food to neighbors again this coming Saturday, since they know of many local families in need without access to other resources.  If you would like to make a donation of food or money for the next distribution, contact Celeste and Rolf Larson at racslarson@verizon.net.

Migrants in Detention :
T he South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC, also known as Dilley Family Detention Center) is currently detaining 81 families who are plaintiffs in 6 different federal lawsuits (2 additional plaintiff families were recently transferred from STFRC to adult detention after the children turned 18). All but two of these families have been detained with their children for 5-7 months, just because they had the nerve to sue the government over unfair changes to the asylum process that have resulted in overwhelmingly high rates of negative credible fear decisions.

After so long in detention, these families have become sick, frustrated, and hopeless. They need your support more than ever to let them know they are appreciated and not alone. The Dilley Pro Bono Project therefore requests your help in the form of Spanish- or Portuguese-language letters expressing:

-your support for these plaintiffs
-your belief that they deserve justice
-your encouragement to fight for their own families and those that will come after them
-your best wishes/prayers/blessings for them
-your thanks for having the courage to stand up to a government doing everything it can to wear them down and get rid of them

Children are also welcome to send drawings. Unfortunately, due to STFRC rules, we cannot pass out any food or gifts of any kind, even stickers.

Please mail letters to:
Mackenzie Levy
c/o Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
1111 N Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212

Rolf Larson has helpfully drafted a sample letter:

Dear Families:

We are thinking of you as you bravely proceed with your lawsuit against the government to challenge its unfair changes to the asylum process. Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA stands with you as you continue your fight. 

You deserve justice! Those that come after you deserve justice!

Do not lose hope. We pray for your success. God has not abandoned you. God is with you.

Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.      Isaiah 26:4

Be still and know that I am God.      Psalm 46:10.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.   2 Corinthians 4:8

God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.      Psalm 46:1 

And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.1 Peter 5:10

We pray for your strength, hope and safety. We will be thinking of you; many are praying for you.

In Christ's peace,

Christ Lutheran Church
Natick, MA
Looking Ahead
Christ Lutheran Church's Worship, Music and Visual Arts (WMVA) Committee is working on ways that we may observe Holy Week and Easter, even as we are unable to gather together. 

Watch for ways that you may be asked to participate!
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020

The Bible readings this coming Sunday are for everyone who feels half dead, for everyone who sees death everywhere, as well as for everyone who is afraid to even think about death. Come to worship, to receive the breath of the Spirit, to hear the voice of Christ, to be fed at the table, and to celebrate the life God gives.

            First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
     Ezk 37:1-14                         Ps 130                        Rom 8: 6-11                    John 11: 1 - 45
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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