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O ur deep thanks to everyone who gave their labors to offering meaningful worship during Holy Week and Easter! From sprucing up the space, inside and out, rehearsing music and preparing musicians, polishing pews and ironing paraments, rehearsing readings and preparing a shadow drama, and cooking and baking and serving, countless hours were generously offered. Now, breathe!

Gary Wolf hangs the tent for the Vigil readings.
Seminarian's first fire call?
Firefighters check the box: all was well. (The extinguishing of so many candles set off the alarm!)
This coming Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, Pastor John Stendahl returns to preach and preside while Pr. Bourret is on vacation. If an urgent pastoral concern arises, please contact Pr. Ángel Marrero: 617-467-7053. Pr. Bourret returns April 30.




Also this Sunday: Wonder and Wisdom (yes!). Folks from two to one hundred and two are invited to come from 5:00-7:00 for a simple supper and worship around the table, with multi-sensory Christian formation in the mix. Come and explore Jesus' resurrected life and what it can be for us! Thanks to Gail Weston-Roberts for her leadership this month!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
The Organ Prelude for the Sunday after Easter, April 28 is French composer Eugene Gigout's Scherzo in E Major

Paul Kayser plays
Paul Kayser plays "Scherzo" from Eugène Gigout
 
The Hymn of the Day, "O Sons and Daughters Let Us" ELW 386 complements the Gospel story of "doubting Thomas" and serves as the theme of the Organ Postlude, Healey Willan's chorale prelude on "O filii et filiae."
 
The CLC Choir will be singing "A Repeating Alleluia" by Calvin Hampton. F or the Harvard University Choir's performance watch the video below:
 
Calvin Hampton: A Repeating Alleluia
Calvin Hampton: A Repeating Alleluia

Happy Easter!
 
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Happy Easter, Youth and Familia!

Thank you so much for your participation in creating the shadow puppet Ezekiel reading for the Vigil. And my special thanks to two adults who helped edit the manner of telling the story, Phil Roberts and Lisa Chan. And thank you, Sharon Ward, for filming it, so the folks who sat behind the screen will be able to see it from the front, and we can document the puppeteers and sound-effects personnel's great work on this powerful scripture. The prophet's speech and the Spirit's movement bring that which was dead to life, indeed!

Coming up: Gail, that is I, will be presiding over this Sunday's Wonder & Wisdom supper church at 5:00pm, as Pastor is on vacation. Yikes! I have official permission from Bishop Hazelwood, so the pressure is ON.  I am coming up with intriguing elements to include, a la the kazoos and birthday cake at the January gathering, but not telling what they are yet. But I will. So I hope you can come! We'll be under the tent we set up for the Vigil, so we'll make it interesting. :)

Hoops & Homework: when I get the final numbers I'll let everyone know what we managed to raise in donations, so stay tuned! And THANK you!! -Gail W-R
Adult Formation


There will be no Adult Forum this week while Pr. Bourret is away, and no Thursday morning Bible Study while Pr. Hurst is away. That should leave lots of time for reading! The next book group will be Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.

The selection is Exit West by Mohsen Hamid, which tells the story of a young couple whose courtship plays out as their country is lurching toward civil war. As they flee the violence through special portals to Mykonos, London, and San Francisco they struggle with the changes migration brings to their lives. Magical realism and dystopian scenes combine to make this one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.

Bible Study

There will be no Bible Study this week. 
Call to Action
Thanks to those who have made a contribution of gift cards to purchase supplies for migrant families and those who tend to them in El Paso. The best way to give is with a Target gift card. The items needed can be easily purchased there, and there are several stores in El Paso.
We'll be buying:
  • individual hygiene supplies, a reusable water bottle, laundry detergent are all greatly needed
  • large zip-lock bags to put the supplies in
  • new underwear - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 10-12 for girls and boys, women size 4 & 5, men size small and medium
  • new socks - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 8-9.5, adults size 4-9 
  • disposable plates, cups and silverware to feed refugees staying at local hotels
  • toilet paper and paper towels for congregations providing
  • individual hygiene supplies, a reusable water bottle, laundry detergent are all greatly needed
  • large zip-lock bags to put the supplies in
  • new underwear - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 10-12 for girls and boys, women size 4 & 5, men size small and medium
  • new socks - kids 2T & 4T, youth size 8-9.5, adults size 4-9 
  • disposable plates, cups and silverware to feed refugees staying at local hotels
  • toilet paper and paper towels for congregations providing hospitality

Looking Ahead
Pamela Bathen-White will host a gathering for newcomers to CLC on Saturday evening, May 4. If you have been a visitor to Christ Lutheran Church and are interested in becoming a member--or if you'd just like to get to know people a little better, consider yourself invited. Details are coming soon! For now, mark your calendar.

Those who decide to become members will be received during worship on Sunday, May 19.

On Friday, May 17, from 11-4, CLC will again serve as "Ingathering" site for all of those beautiful quilts that have been displayed in worship, and a whole lot more items for Lutheran World Relief, too! Please sign up to take a shift. The work is light!
Dorothy Nail created this quilt with its lively blocks of color.
On Sunday, April 28th , we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter ,  10:00 a.m. worship.  Pastor John Stendahl preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
April 28, 2019  Second Sunday of Easter

This coming Sunday is often called "low Sunday" because in many churches attendance is so low. Yet also this Sunday we want to experience the risen Christ. Come and rejoice with Thomas. Now in one another we can touch the wounds of Christ.

First Reading        Psalm                        Second Reading        Gospel
Acts 5:27-32           Psalm 118:14-29        Revelation 1:4-8         John 20:19-31 
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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