June 11, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Second Sunday after Pentecost 
June 14, 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.


K eep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, 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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Virtual picnic  - after service on Sunday
Summer Choose-A-Hymn  - Sign up to hear your favorite hymns this summer!
Lectio Divinia - Wednesdays 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Organ Notes  - Spanish Battle Music on the Organ
Health Links  g un safety, domestic violence , and food support


Thank you to the Starr/Dennenberg, Brailey, Jones, Black, Curran/Morrell, Hitron, Kastantin, and Carr households for preparing hot meals and bag lunches for our MANNA siblings this past Monday. We are experimenting with a new production and delivery system that maximizes the safety of all
and delivers hot meals on the second Monday of the month, continuing even in a time of pandemic and unrest the pattern that Christ Church has maintained for years. Here are pictures of a couple of households in the creation process. Loving our neighbors as Jesus teaches with food! Sometimes a casserole or sandwich is a prayer. Please email Nick if you would like to take part.       


campers at B-Safe last summer
Christ Church is again helping out with the B-Safe Program this summer. Rather than going into town and preparing a hot meal as in years past, we'll be preparing 50 family-sized bags of groceries to take to the Epiphany School Monday, July 13. The shopping list for each bag is  here. Here is an opportunity to love our neighbors with food.  Please email  the office to say, "Yes, I can help!"


This Sunday we invite you to a virtual picnic after the 9 a.m. service via Zoom.  Jesus was always eating with people, often in festive ways, but always in ways that sustain. Eating together builds fellowship, community, and trust. In our times, we need more of these than ever.

Beloved Spaces: The Wedding at Cana, Christ Episcopal Church
Beloved Spaces: The Wedding at Cana, Christ Episcopal Church

The link will be included in Friday's email.You can join online on your computer or mobile device, or dial-in on your cell phone or landline.  Here's a helpful PDF on how to access and use Zoom.  

piano_keyboard.jpg Do you have a favorite hymn you would love to hear played during the service?  Now is your chance, and you can also support a summer accompanist with a donation in any amount you choose.  We need a total of $100 per week.

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

LECTIO DIVINIA - Wednesdays 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

During the summer recess of the Wednesday Bible Study groups, some of us have begun to meet from 7 to 7:45pm on Wednesday evening  to join in a very simple and comforting form of spiritual reflection known as "Lectio Divina".  The group, facilitated by Claudia Yap, follows a quiet format of four parts: we take turns reading a brief passage of scripture three times. After each reading we inwardly reflect on what word or phrase touches us and how we hear that God might be speaking to us and moving us through this passage of Scripture and through our shared conversation about it. At the end we pray for one another.   Participants are invited to share as much, or as little, of their reflections as they wish with the group.  We find it to be a peaceful and strengthening experience and invite you to join us.

If you would like to join us on a Wednesday night,  please email Heidi Fieldston  for the Zoom link.
If you would like to learn more about Lectio Divina, please click here.  

ORGAN NOTES: Spanish Battle Music on the Organ

By Linnea Wren

Jordi Bosch organ now located in Santanyi, Mallorca, Spain
"I have vanquished those whom only Caesar vanquished." This proclamation by the French king Francis I was engraved on a medal celebrating his victory in the Battle of Marignan in 1515. That same victory was also celebrated in a musical composition by Clement Janequin (1485-1558), a tonsured priest and court musician. His  Bataille de Marignan is a magisterial  four-voice vocal work that dramatizes the actual progress of the battle. It begins with the assault of the advance cavalry guard; it continues with the attack of artillery and infantry battalions that secured the victory; it ends in gentler mode. It includes actual military music punctuated by noisy evocations of clanking armor, drum tattoos, snare drums backbeats, trumpet fanfares, bugle calls to arms, gunfire, horse canters, marching troops and cries of the wounded. A few years after writing Bataille de Marignan, Janequin reshaped his secular composition for the monarchy into a liturgical composition, the Missa la Bataille, for the church.

Janequin's martial music was strikingly original and wildly popular throughout Europe. In Spain, it inspired battle compositions for the voice and the organ. Battle was both a constant military reality and a pervasive spiritual metaphor throughout the Spanish realms. The Catholic Church framed Jews, Muslims, Protestants, heretics, atheists and followers of indigenous faiths in the Americas as enemies of God. The secular battle motives created by Janequin became emblems of the spiritual triumph of Christ over Satan; Catholicism over rival beliefs; faith over falsity.

Spanish composers wrote battle masses and solo organ battle pieces for church use. Their compositions incorporated distinctive elements drawn from Spanish hymns, folk melodies and street tunes. Simultaneously, their compositions encoded their religious beliefs. They incorporated triple meters and tripartite forms to suggest the Trinity. They used steady bass lines to symbolize the firm and unshakeable faith upon which their church rested. Spanish organists played solo battle pieces at climatic moments in liturgical services including at the elevation of the Host.

Spanish organs are striking for their visual beauty and brilliant tonal effect. Influenced by battle music, Spanish organ builders emphasized trumpet-shaped reed pipes that created martial sounds. They created an immense volume of sound in which the trumpets soar, drums sound and exuberant music fills the space. At Christ Church we will hear the distinctive music of Spanish composers on our 18th century Jordi Bosch organ of  Santanyi, Mallorca, Spain.


The organ and console have been removed! Click here to link to videos and images of the process  captured by Charles Raines, our Associate Director of Music and Organist.


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


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, as partner parishes have not been able to cook and bring down meals in the usual way, though our Parish and St. Michael's, Milton, have figured out an alternative way to make and deliver meals safely. 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.

Health Links: Gun Safety, Domestic Violence and Food Support


Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry  here


Monday, June 15
11:00 a.m.    Virtual Staff Meeting

Tuesday, June 16
8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Nick for the invitation) 
9:30 a.m.      PRM (via Zoom, members will receive an invite in their email)
7:00 p.m.      Vestry (email Ali for the link)

Wednesday, June 17
7:00 p.m.      Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday, June 21 - Father's Day
9:00  a.m.      Morning prayer via FaceBook
9:00  a.m.      Intercessory Prayer Group (via Zoom, please email Nick for the link)

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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.