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Tomorrow evening will be the first of our Lenten mid-week gatherings. A pot of soup will be on the stove by 6:15, and at 6:45 we'll gather in the nave for Prayer Around the Cross, a contemplative service of Scripture and silence, song and prayer. Make time to join with your siblings in Christ for accompaniment on our journey to the cross and empty tomb.

We're pleased to announce that we have hired a new Administrative Assistant. Gigi Agbasi brings a wealth of expertise in technology and communications, and lives close by in Natick Center. In addition to assuming the regular duties of the office, she will be helping re-design our website, a long-anticipated project. Be sure to welcome her!

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
David Cherwien's setting of Herbert Brokering's hymn text "There are children at the door" speaks especially to the worldwide crises of immigration. The CLC Choir will sing this beautiful anthem on Sunday, March 8, Lent II for Offertory Music. Cherwien serves as Cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where he leads a significant music ministry. Herbert Brokering (1926-2009) was a pastor, poet and hymn writer. His most well known hymns, "Earth and all stars" and "Thine the amen" are in Evangelical Lutheran Worship.
There are children at the door, thousands, millions, many more, 
and my Jesus makes me think, "Take them eat and take them drink." 
Jesus, Jesus I will go, when the heart is high and low.
 
There are beggars at the gate, waiting long and waiting late,
and my Jesus makes me say, "Take them coat upon their way."
 
There are lonely at the tree, resting there to talk to me,
and my Jesus makes me stay, with him, till the end of day.
 
There are weary at my side, washed ashore in angry tide,
and my Jesus makes me go where the storm and waters blow.

                                    -Herbert Brokering, 1977 Reprinted under One License A-730815

Adult Formation
 


  ADULT FORUM


In the Adult Forum we continue discussion of the document on worship practices,
The Use of the Means of Grace, Section Two on "Holy Baptism and the Assembly."
You are encouraged to download the entire document here:





Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00.
                        
CLC Book Group  

How to be an Anti-Racist 
Ibram X Kendi, Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.


CLC@the Movies 

          Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, March 22, 4:00 p.m. Comfort food potluck.
                        
BIBLE STUDY

  Bible Study with Pastor Rich Hurst continues this week at its regularly scheduled time:  Thursday at 9:45 a.m.,  gathering first in the Memorial Room for coffee and snacks.  Discussion beginning promptly at 10:00. All are welcome. 

Call to Action
After a whirlwind weekend that rounded out the season of Epiphany, we've come to a quieter time, befitting Lent's austerity. Please use this slower pace to devote yourself to renewal of devotion and spirit. You are encouraged to make space for prayer, especially Wednesday evening corporate prayer at CLC.


Coronavirus Response

News of the spread of COVID-19, a Coronavirus, has dominated the news in the past week or two. As it is a new virus, much about it is as yet unknown, and knowledge and recommendations are based largely on similar viruses, about which more is known.

As cases of COVID-19 begin to spread in the US, and understanding develops, it is wise to exercise precautions, while avoiding alarmism. Common-sense practices are the best defense: wash hands frequently, using soap and warm water, rubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds; cover coughs and sneeze into an elbow; and if you are sick and experiencing respiratory symptoms, stay home.

At CLC, we will provide ample bottles of hand sanitizer in the narthex, and, during the month of March (as we monitor the course of the virus and its spread, and pay attention to experts' recommendations), we will offer Communion by intinction (dipping the bread into the chalice) and individual glasses.
Over the next few weeks we'll watch and listen and decide whether to continue to modify our Communion practice. Thank you for your understanding.
               

Looking Ahead


Wonder and Wisdom returns on Sunday, March 29, from 5:00-7:00. We'll be looking toward the Easter Vigil, so invite a neighbor, a grandchild, or a grandparent, and enjoy this mash-up of worship at the dinner table and cross-generational faith formation.





                                                    
On Sunday, March 8,  we celebrate the Second  Sunday in Lent.  Pastora Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020  

During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today's gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God's love for all the world.

            First Reading                          Psalm                         Second Reading                     Gospel
            Gen 12: 1 - 4a                          Ps121                        Roms 4: 1 - 5, 13-17            John 3: 1 - 17
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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