April 9, 2020


April 12, 2020 at 9.45 a.m.

Watch our prerecorded Easter service  from the comfort of your sacred space at home 
on FaceBook or Zoom. 
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! 

If you would like to get out of the house and are confident in your mobile device's capability, come to our parking lot and join in worship from your car, facing the church (park in every other space please)! The traditional cross will be in front of the church. If you feel safe doing so, you can put some flowers there. Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Missed last Sunday's sermon, or just want to hear it again?   
You can by  clicking here .


Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  Please click here for this week's readings.

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Holy Week and Easter Services   - links and bulletins coming soon to your inbox
Organ Notes  - A Revolutionary Organ: The Cavaille-Coll organ at Caen
Virtual Pipe Organ Progress  (with pictures!)
Community Art Gallery Current Exhibit - virtual tour and picture


This Sunday we invite you to a virtual Zoom coffee hour following the 10 a.m. Easter service.  This week are sharing our earliest memory of Easter.

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Holy Week and Easter Reimagined for Trying Times Separated by space yet together in the Spirit,
We remain the Body of Christ

Check your inbox later this afternoon for the a dedicated email with the links and bulletins to the upcoming services.

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In this time of physical separation, we invite you to take part in this plan to nurture real connections that will serve us into the future. Thank you.

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By Linnea Wren

The Chapel of the ducal court in Weimar, Germany where Bach was court musician and where he is thought to have composed the organ prelude Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herr Gott
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), in his day, was the most famous Christian in the world. After completing degrees in theology and medicine, Schweitzer established a small hospital in Gabon, on the west coast of Africa. Schweitzer described his work as a medical missionary as a response to Jesus' call to become "fishers of men."

As well as bringing medical supplies to Gabon, Schweitzer brought a pedal piano, a keyboard instrument that could create organ-like sounds. A virtuoso organist by his early twenties, Schweitzer had raised money to build his hospital partly through his organ performances in Europe.

Schweitzer had also published a monumental biography of Johann Sebastian Bach at the age of 30. In it, he discussed Bach's chorale preludes . The son of a Lutheran minister writing about a Lutheran composer, Schweitzer recognized what almost everyone else had overlooked. Schweitzer realized that Bach created musical motifs that conveyed the meaning of sacred and liturgical texts.

One such composition is the organ prelude to the chorale, Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herr Gott (Come Holy Ghost, Lord and God) [BWV 651]. The text of the chorale is Luther's translation of a 12th century Latin chant used at Pentecost. While the organ prelude has no vocal text, it immerses the listener in the disciples' transformative experience of Pentecost.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, [the disciples] were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2: 1-4)
Bach's prelude begins with an authoritative opening motif, establishing a commanding and forceful atmosphere. The thundering sixteenth notes convey the sound of rushing wind that is the Holy Spirit. Broken chords suggest the tongues of fire leaping around the heads of the apostles.

Throughout his decades as a medical missionary and humanitarian, Schweitzer continued to play organ works. While he mastered many composers, he played Bach most frequently. Bach, Schweitzer believed, belonged to no single church but to all humanity. At Christ Church, the new virtual organ will create the sounds of the many organs, both humble and grand, through which Schweitzer expressed his profound reverence for life.


Meta Organworks recently shared pictures on their Facebook page of the progress on our virtual pipe organ.  In these pictures, they are building the red oak console.


We are excited to share that Christ Church Needham received a 2020  Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Community Spirit Mini-Grant!  This award of $250 will directly be applied to the general fund of community programs. 

About the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants Program:
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and its Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program enables employees from Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans Inc. (our affiliate) and NTT Data (our IT partner) to award an annual grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice. Since the program began in 2002, these employees have directed almost $5 million to hundreds of organizations throughout our health plan service area - comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


The Community Art Gallery's Spring 2020 exhibit is "A Year of Skies (2019-2020) by Brigdet Kelty Kendall.  This show is a collection of views of the sky that Bridget's been painting over the last year.  Many of the paintings are of locations around Needham and the Cape.  Bridget currently lives and works in Needham.  Please click here visit her website.

Click here to check out the Community Art Gallery page on our website, which includes a virtual tour and a link to an online photo album of paintings (scroll down to the bottom of the page).


Click here to listen "You Raise Me Up (with "Be Still My Soul") recorded by the Christ Church  Choir recorded a while back.  It's on the right side titled "Music Highlights".

Please click on the organization's name to link to their website.



Monday, April 13
Office closed 

Tuesday, April 14

8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Stan Hitron for the invite)
9:30 a.m.      PRM (via Zoom, members will receive an invite in their email)

Wednesday, April 15
10:00  a.m.       Morning Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)
7:00 p.m.        Morning Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)

Sunday, April 19
10:00  a.m.      Live stream service via Facebook and Zoom 
              (check your inbox the Friday before service for the Zoom invite)

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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.