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Our new "church chairs" arrived today! Thank you to everyone who made contributions, helped unload, and who will help remove pews after worship on Sunday! We'll dedicate them on Reformation Sunday, when several of our musical ensembles will offer music for the festival and make use of the flexibility the chairs offer.
Our thanks again to all who contributed so generously to this project, one of the ways that we are "continually being made new" for the sake of the gospel.
Remember to wear red on the 27th, in remembrance of the Holy Spirit who animates our Life in Christ and ignites renewal.
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

The CLC Choir continues its series of selections from Heinrich Schütz' "Becker Psalter" singing a setting of Psalm 121 on Sunday, October 20. This choral work replaces the typical congregation/cantor Antiphonal and Psalm tone we often use.

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) preceded Bach by exactly 100 years and is one of the most important composers of the 17th Century. He served as Cantor (Music Director) for the City of Dresden.

The "Becker Psalter," published in 1602, contains metrical settings of the Psalms, including Luther's famous hymn "Ein Feste Burg," "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" (Psalm 46). The CLC Choir has been using a new edition by Alice Parker of the Schütz "Becker Psalter" with fresh English translations of the original German texts.
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Youth and Family sorts!

As of Sunday morning we have completed 20 child-sized quilts for the detained children in El Paso!
Now that we're creating these gifts alongside other members of the congregation who know how to build them, the quilts are stacking up more quickly. This is now an intergenerational quilt-a-palooza at Christ Lutheran, and we're inviting folks outside our doors to come in and help, too. Fabric donations needed!
Btw--Patricia Bianco thinks we can assemble 100 quilts before the minibus leaves for Cristo Rey Lutheran-what do you think?

I'll be contacting you this week to set up a meeting to discuss that and what worthwhile-plus-fun events/tasks you'd like to take on this fall! Pumpkin carving again? Hiking? A lock-in Veterans Day weekend Sunday? Invite another youth group in the area?

Thank you all very much!  Yo. & Fam. Coordinator Gail W-R
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

There will be a "DIY" adult forum on Sunday morning. Join your fellows in the Memorial Room at 9:00 to discuss some wrap-up questions (printed on the white board) regarding a Lutheran approach to understanding Scripture. The following week, we'll begin to delve into some of the more difficult passages.


Members of a local sustainability book group are joining with members of CLC this month to read Paul Greenberg's acclaimed book Four Fish, recommended by Pastor Bourret. Overfishing has decimated wild fish stock and farmed fish bring with them issues of pollution and contamination. What is our response?

 Join your Natick and Metrowest neighbors for a lively discussion of this last frontier of "wild food".

Wednesday evening, October 16, 7:00 p.m. (note the earlier starting time)


Parents and teens may gain insight into the pressures of adolescence when viewing  Eighth Grade , the October selection for CLC@the Movies.

Earning a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was viewed by suburban teens who agreed with its truthfulness about their own lived experience.   Although rated R for some language and sexual material, the teens agreed that there was nothing in the film they hadn't already heard.

Join us on Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m. for the film screening, followed by a potluck meal featuring memorable cafeteria food. No time to cook? Come anyway!

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
Homilist Linda Harkte
Two special worship services are on the near horizon! On October 27 we'll celebrate our continual re-formation with the blessing of our new church chairs.

On All Saints Sunday, November 3, at 5:00 p.m. we will offer a service of Evening Prayer (Vespers) focused on immigration. Our homilist will be Linda Hartke (pictured), a daughter of St. John Lutheran Church in Sudbury. Linda currently services on the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies and the Board of Directors of Thrivent's Northeast (Maine to DC) Member Network.  She served as President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service from 2010-2018, and Executive Director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001-2010.
To honor the theme of the evening, music from the Americas will be featured.   As is our custom, a simple meal and conversation with the preacher will follow the service. Thanks to a Thrivent grant, there will be no charge for the meal. A freewill offering to offset other expenses will be received.
Please do plan to come ; invite folks who might be interested in the topic, or simply appreciate good worship; and "share" the event on your Facebook. (You can find the event on Christ Lutheran Church's Facebook.)                                                                          

Looking Ahead

Wonder and Wisdom returns on Sunday, October 27 at 5:00. We'll enjoy some cross-generational Reformation fun, share a simple meal, and worship around the table, incorporating some camp songs into the gathering. Bring a grandparent, a grandchild, a kid from your home or a child from the neighborhood. We'll wrap up around 7:00.

Be sure to stay for coffee hour after worship this Sunday, Oct. 20, when Fiona Ripp will give us a glimpse of her transformative visit to Gambia this summer
The parish hall is abuzz as we make quilts for migrant families in El Paso, TX. 

On Sunday, October 20,  we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship.  The Rev. John Stendahl   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
October 20, 2019  

Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of the Christ of the gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Wrestle with the word. Remember your baptism again and again. Come regularly to Christ's table. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
            Gen 32:22-31                            Ps 121                     2 Tim 3:14-4.5                      Luke 18:1-8
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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