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Christ Lutheran Church began Holy Week with a bang, and a blare, and a shout--lots of them!--in a Palm Sunday parade that led into a reading of the Passion according to St. Luke.

The remainder of our Holy Week schedule is as follows:

Maundy Thursday: pot-luck supper at 6:00 (beverages provided), and worship at 7:30, with absolution, Holy Communion, foot-washing, and stripping of the altar.
Good Friday: improvisation on the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 (brief devotions for personal use provided), followed by worship at 7:30, including the reading of the Passion according to St. John and veneration of the cross.

Great Vigil of Easter: We gather in semi-darkness at 8:00 p.m. to light the new fire of Easter, hear salvation stories from the Hebrew Scriptures, renew our baptismal covenant, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. This is always a lively and memorable worship, well worth keeping the kids up late; a paschal party follows in the parish hall.

On Easter Sunday we hold festive services at 8:45 and 11:00, with piano and accordion at the early liturgy and organ, choir and strings at 11:00, and lots of bell-ringing at both. An Easter egg hunt for the little ones will be held at 10:00. Bring baskets!

Our thanks to Norman and Kay Bolles for delivering and spreading mulch, and to Cathy Gallagher and crew for their labors sprucing up the church grounds, making ready for this week's holy days!

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Holy Week and Easter features a rich and varied repertoire of music for our singers and instrumentalists.
For Maundy Thursday, the Organ Prelude is Olivier Messiaen's "Le Banquet Celeste" (1928). On the printed score, Messiaen quotes Jesus in John 6:56 "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in them." For a recording of Messiaen himself playing this beautiful piece, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTyvgKdlIZc
The Bell Choir will be playing a setting of Vaughan Williams' "Come Down, O Love Divine" (ELW 804) arranged by Bill Ingram during the Foot Washing ceremony. For the Offertory Music, the CLC Choir will be singing a setting of the Twelfth Century Bernard of Clairvaux text "Jesu, dulcis memoria," ELW 754.
Our music offers substantial contrast for the two Easter Sunday services at Christ Lutheran. The 8:45 am service features a folk style liturgy and hymns led by accordion (Frank Miller) and piano. Frank has just had his accordion refurbished and it sound fabulous! Peter Miller will play Morning Song by Cornelius Gurlitt. For a recording go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq4zdiR4V1I
The 11 am (note the later time from our usual Sunday schedule) service offers a more formal liturgy led by the CLC Choir, soloists, string trio (Kathy Sheperd and colleagues), flute (Anne Weaver) and organ. Johannes Gallus'(1550-91) "Haec est dies" ("This is the day") is a work from the Reformation era we plan to perform with choir and strings for the Prelude. The service will conclude musically with Marcel Dupre's arrangement of Bach's Sinfonia from Cantata 29. Here are two performances of this exciting piece: Wendy Carlos' famous synthesized "Switched-On Bach" version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz9hUPTjnI0 and a more "stately" performance on the magnificent organ at St. Clothilde in Paris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKXlzI0pKO4  
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Youth and Families and all!

It being Holy Week and school vacation, we are partially up to many things. 
Most importantly, yesterday we learned how to make spinach and feta cheese  omelettes. Oh yes-and we started composing the Ezekiel skit for the VIGIL this Saturday! Which begins at 8:00pm, as usual. We need to finish the skit plan; it's looking like we can get some things done  tomorrow, Wednesday 3:30pm to 6:00pm, but we probably  need an hour or 2 on Saturday. I'll survey everybody's availability TODAY.

And Wednesday we expect to take a hike at the Broadmoor preserve, assuming we have the right ratio of drivers to hikers. Friends and even parents invited. (I'm calling everybody today....) If that doesn't work out, we can hike Coolidge Woods from the church grounds. Some of us know our way around in there. ;)

Lastly, we'll be announcing what funds we achieved from the donations drive for Hoops & Homework on Easter morning, most appropriately!  So here's a link to the site for anyone who wants to give directly, online:  https://www.events.org/HAHMA01/donation.aspx?o=843&fund=Hoops%20and%20Homework&appeal=Donations 

If folks donate this way, I have a request: please enter "Christ Lutheran Youth Group" on the optional line for "Company" on your mailing address. That way they'll know why they're receiving your kind donation: because our congregation has wonderful Youth! And generously-donating Adults!  And if you could drop me a quick email to let me know the amount so we can add it to our total, that'd be greatly encouraging, though not required. :)

Thank you, all, here on the Lenten road to the opened tomb and the angel-gardeners leaning on their spades with terrifying, wonderful news-Your Int. Youth & Fam. Coord. Gail W-R

Adult Formation
Adult Forum

There will be no adult forum this Sunday or next.

CLC Book Group

Exit West by Mohsen Hamid 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. The book group will gather on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.

Bible Study

Fortuitously, the text for this week, Maundy Thursday, is that of the Last Supper!

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

It's time for making last-minute invitations to friends and family for Holy Week worship. Gather, pilgrims!

An old-fashioned potluck will precede the Maundy Thursday worship. Bring your favorite casserole, side, salad, or dessert and simply enjoy the company of the CLC faith community. Beverages will be provided.

Pastor Bourret, Rolf Larson, and about a dozen others from the New England Synod will travel to El Paso Texas early next month for a week-long border immersion. We have been asked to gather items for the migrants, preferably in the form of gift cards, so that we can purchase the items there, rather than use limited space in our luggage:

Gift cards for the following items would be most welcome:
  • 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

For several years CLC has served as host for Lutheran World Relief's spring "ingathering" of quilts, health kits, school kits, and more for distribution around the world, where people suffer from natural and human-made disasters. Our day this year will be Friday, May 17, from 11:00 am-4:00pm. The "usual suspects" who have historically been on hand to receive the boxes and load them on the truck are unavailable this year. Please speak with Pr. Bourret if you can lend a couple of hours to this worthwhile effort. (The effort is not very great. Check with Dorothy or Jim Nail or Karin Gustafson for the low-down.)
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 28, when we'll have the next episode of "Wonder and Wisdom." Youngsters and oldsters share a meal, highs and lows, worship at the table, wonder and wisdom, and a whole lot of fun. Come from 5:00-7:00, and bring your grands!

Note: we're looking for folks to provide a simple meal, preferably vegan. Speak with Pastor Bourret or Gail Weston-Roberts.

Child's quilt made by Darlene Colonna. Look for the Hungry Caterpillar!
On Thursday, April 18th, we celebrate  Maundy Thursday,   7:30 p.m. worship.
On Friday, April 19th, we celebrate Good Friday, 7:30 p.m. worship.
On Saturday, April 20th, we celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m. worship.
On Sunday, April 21st , we celebrate Easter Sunday ,  10:00 a.m. worship.
Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
April 21, 2019   Easter Sunday

What does it mean to be Christian? Christians are those who are enlivened by their faith that the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ can transform themselves and the world. Each Sunday we gather to praise the resurrection, but Easter is our annual blow-out celebration. This year we hear the gospel from Luke, we share the meal of the Lord, and we sing Alleluia over and over again.

First Reading        Psalm                        Second Reading              Gospel
Acts 10:34-43         Ps 118:1-2, 14-24       1 Corinthians 15:19-26        Luke 24:1-12
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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