June 18, 2020

  
 
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Third Sunday after Pentecost 
Fathers'  Day
June 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.


Join us on Facebook at 9 a.m. to watch our live service.   You can watch on our website as well.


Missed last Sunday's sermon, want to read it, or re-watch the service?  You can by clicking here.
       

COLLECT FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving ¬≠kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen   Please  click here  for this  week's readings.

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Summer Choose-A-Hymn  - only 4 weeks left available to hear your favorite hymn!
Organ Notes  - Spanish-Flamenco, Artists & Organs
Health Links  g un safety, domestic violence , and food support

       
INTERFAITH
SAVE THE DATE FOR AN INTERFAITH CONSERVATION ON RACE:  MY NEIGHBOR'S TABLE - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 at 6 p.m.

Needham's next interfaith potluck conversation on race, sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom, and co-sponsored by Christ Church and other faith communities, will be Wednesday, June 24 via Zoom, from 6-7:30pm, sign in at 5:45. The topic:   Unpacking Structural Racism: Explaining and Deconstructing White Privilege and Power. Click here to expand the image on the left and   here to register on Eventbrite.


WATCHPARTY
CHRIST CHURCH'S 1st WATCH PARTY! THURSDAY, JUNE 25 at 6:15PM
  
  Join other parishioners to  watch  the awarding-winning documentary 
13th,  an exploration of how a politically expedient loophole in the 13th  Amendment (1865) of the US Constitution ending chattel slavery conveniently paved the way  for Jim Crow, segregation, and the prison industrial complex.  This documentary is an important exploration of the legal underpinnings of racism. Join us for discussion following the viewing at around 8 p.m.
 
Further information is here, including instructions on how to watch together and a link to the film (which is free from Netflix) for those who would like to watch on their own. Please note the Zoom link will be sent in tomorrow's email.  Reviews  here .  
 
Another in an ongoing series of opportunities for the Parish to engage the holy work of unlearning the sin of racism.
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B-LOVE AT THE EPIPHANY SCHOOL: FEED KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES


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B-SAFE is a summer youth program for undeserved youth in Boston, run by St. Stephen's Parish in the South End. Traditionally, Christ Church prepares lunches for students in the program, but due to COVID-19, we will be preparing 50 "B-LOVE" grocery bags to feed students' families instead. 

Bags can be dropped off at Kathleen Kelley's house in Needham on or before July 13.

Learn more about St. Stephen's here. Click here to see the shopping list and here to sign up.

Jesus was always feeding people. 
Thank you for loving your neighbor in this way!

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BELOVED SPACES: The Chapel - 12-year-old Jesus, Fathers' Day, and Parenting

Tuesday's message came from the Chapel, where we are refinishing the hardwood floors discovered under the fraying carpet.  Click here to watch the video and here to read Luke 2.41-52. 

Beloved Spaces was featured in the Parish Circuit section of Diomass eNews! Link to the newsletter here and scroll down until you see a picture of Nick in green.


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LECTIO DIVINA: Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Join us Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  for very simple and comforting form of spiritual reflection known as "Lectio Divina".  P lease emai Heidi   for the Zoom link.  Learn more about Lectio Divina here.  

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SUMMER CHOOSE-A-HYMN

piano_keyboard.jpg There are only 4 weeks left available to choose your summer hymn!  Now is your chance to hear your favorite hymn on a Sunday morning, and you can also support a summer accompanist with a donation.  

Please click here to sign up, and to enter your requested hymn.  Please mail a check to Christ Church ($100/week, made payable to Christ Church and note "summer music" in the memo line).  We will recognize donors in the weekly bulletin.  

OrganNotes
ORGAN NOTES: Spain-Flamenco, Artists and Organs

By Linnea Wren
El Jaleo: Dance of the Gypsies, by John Singer Sargent (1882)

Almost 12 feet wide,  El Jaleo: Dance of the Gypsies is a highly theatrical work set in a Moorish arch located within the Venetian style palace on a bank of the Charles River. Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1927) first saw the painting in the 1880's and coveted it. In 1914, after building the Spanish cloister in her museum specifically as a setting for the painting, she succeeded in acquiring it.

The painting results from a five month trip made in 1879 to Spain by the American expatriate artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1924). Excited by the live flamenco performances he saw, Sargent set out to capture the palpable energy of the dancer and musicians. For Sargent and his contemporaries, the gypsy epitomized Spanishness itself-passionate, exotic, and mysterious.

Sargent was not alone in his fascination with Spain. Eight centuries of coexistence and conflict between Christian and Muslim kingdoms in Spain had ended in 1492 with the defeat of Muhammad XII of Granada, the last Islamic ruler in Spain. During the following decades, Muslim and Jewish populations were forced to accept Christian baptism or be exiled from Spain. Nonetheless, the contributions of Muslims and Jews to all forms of Spanish culture, including music, remained strong.

During the sixteenth century, Spain grew into an imperial power. Its possessions encompassed large territories in Europe, the Americas and stretched across the Pacific. Its musical culture was cosmopolitan. The royal court attracted singers, composers, and musicians across Europe. Organ builders were invited from Flanders, Switzerland, Germany and France.

At the same time, Spanish musical styles were distinctive from the styles of European neighbors. And Spanish organs were adapted both to the Spanish climate and to Spanish musical tastes. Spanish organs derive their distinctive sounds from their splendid flutes, cornets, principals and reeds. The trumpet pipes are mounted in horizontal fans above the organist's head. The result is a brilliant sound that rings clearly throughout space.

The pre-eminent 18th century organ builder in Spain was Jordi Bosch (1739-1801). Born in Palma, Mallorca, he was orphaned at the age of twelve and apprenticed to his uncle, an organ builder. At the age of 26, he produced a splendid organ for the monastery of Santo Domingo, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (now installed in the Sant Andreu parish church in Santanyi, Mallorca). Constructed with three manuals and nine ranks of trumpet pipes, it was immediately recognized as innovative in design and stunningly beautiful in sound.

Behind the dancer in Sargent's painting, El Jaleo, are the musicians. They clap their hands, play castanets, and strum guitars. The guitar was the music-making instrument preferred by both women and men, and among all social classes. At Christ Church, Needham, we are fortunate to hear flute and guitar duets performed by Bruce Goody and Jonathan Moretz. Now, we will also be able to hear our Spanish organ of Jordi Bosch.
 

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JOURNEY BY STAGES TO PHYSICAL REGATHERING: STAGE TWO

The Bishops published updated guidance on reopening in Stage Two this week. Please click here    to read it. The Rector has appointed a Regathering Team to discern the best way for Christ Church to gather physically for worship and fellowship. The team members are: Myra Anderson, Joe Barr, Abby Carr, and Annie Russell. No physically-distanced Sunday services are expected in the Church before September 13.


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Please email the office with your prayers for inclusion in Sunday worship.




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SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY

Christ Church has deep ties to these organizations that continue to offer services and support to those in need during the pandemic. Donations  in any amount are truly appreciated. It is one way to keep loving our neighbor as Jesus teaches.

MANNA has expanded their  mission to be a place of solace, peace, and nourishment for those who have nowhere else to go just now, and the new costs are significant. Donate online  here . Scroll down on the options drop-down menu to Monday Lunch.

The Needham Community Council is keeping the Food Pantry open and will continue to provide food supplies to Needham residents. Click here to learn how you can donate.

Circle of Hope is offering contactless emergency deliveries to partner shelters. C lick here to  link  directly Emergency Response Wish List.

B-Safe continues to offer virtual and financial support to the young people it serves and their communities.  Donate to the SSYP Pandemic Relief fund here.


HealthLinks
Health Links: Gun Safety, Domestic Violence and Food Support

GUN SAFETY    
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE     
REACH    

FOOD SUPPORT
Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry  here



WeekAhead
THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, June 22
11:00 a.m.    Virtual Staff Meeting

Tuesday, June 23
8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Nick for the invitation) 

Wednesday, June 24
6:00 p.m.       My Neighbor's Table, An Interfaith Conversation on Race (register  here )  
7:00 p.m.      Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Thursday, June 25
6:15 p.m.      13th Watch Party  (via Zoom, email  Ali  for the invitation)

Sunday, June 28 
9:00 a.m.      Morning prayer via FaceBook
10:00 a.m.   Coffee hour (via Zoom, link in Friday's email)


QuickLinks
QUICK LINKS
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Summer Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you or someone in your family is in the hospital or in need of pastoral care, please call the church office so that our clergy or the Pastoral Response Ministry team may be notified and tend to the need. The office number is 781-444-1469, and you can reach Nick at ext. 113.