July 2, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 
July 5, 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.
The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman 


O  God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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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Beloved Spaces: Mary Bell window
Organ Notes  - The Female Organist of Spain
Health Links  g un safety, domestic violence , and food support



The recently convened "Regathering Team" met earlier this week to determine when Christ Church would be ready to come together in person for worship. Here is their initial report.


campers at B-Safe last summer
Christ Church is B-LOVEing the kids and staff of B-SAFE differently this summer! Instead of making a hot lunch and serving it at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, we are filling bags full of groceries and delivering them to Epiphany, where families will pick them up. Our goal is 50. At this writing, we have 32! We can do it! Thank you to all have responded already! Click here to see the shopping list prepared by B-SAFE. Click here to sign up.  Please follow the amount and size on the list. When families pick up the groceries, it will make the bag more manageable to carry for those who do not have a car.

A note from Christ Church's B-SAFE Coordinator, Kathleen Kelley: "Please complete your shopping on or before Sunday, July 13thPlease bring the bags to my house. If you have someone in need of an activity, send them shopping! A trip to the store could be an outing and a gift to a family in need.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at (781) 449-4635.  Thank you, you are the BEST!!!   If someone is able to help drive the bags to Epiphany on Monday, July 13, please email me here. You can follow me in."

"Christ Church is known for its generosity and several people have asked how they can contribute to B-SAFE when they are unable to shop. There are two ways:  you can mail a check to Christ Church with "direct to B-Safe" in the memo line, donate online, or mail a check directly to St. Stephens Youth Programs (419 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118). 
"We all have issues in our lives, but we are truly blessed in relation to so many others. Thank you again for being who you are!" -Kathleen Kelley

Jesus was always feeding people. 
Thank you for loving our neighbors in this way!


Alums of Needham High and some of the current CCOR (Courageous Conversatio ns on  RACE) students at Needham High School are planning a  unique Black Lives Matters event on Sunday, July 12 from 3-5 pm to take place in the High School upper parking lots.   
The event will have some kick-off words and some of the expressive arts at 3pm. 
Safety will be a priority and all will be asked to wear masks, and keep physically distant from their neighbors. Students will try to cover each 'exhibit' helping only a few people to view at a time. Exhibits will include a wide variety of topics, including: 
Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter
White Privilege
Healthcare Inequities
Mass Incarceration/War on Drugs
Climate and Equity Intersection
Labor Treatment
Tone Policing
White Flight and Redlining 
White Privilege
Lack of Black Representation in arts, literature, etc
Racism in Needham
Donations of anti-bacterial wipes and masks would be greatly appreciated!  For more information, email  Beth Pinals.


Calling parishioners who want to share their Beloved Space! While Nick is on vacation, we are seeking parishioners to record a brief video talking about their beloved space at Christ Church.

You can record on your own, or Ali can help (physically distant of course!). Dates needed: July 28 and August 5, 11, and 18. Please email Nick if you are want to show off your beloved spaces, or if you are curious and want to learn more.
BELOVED SPACES: Mary Bell Window

If you missed this week's Beloved Spaces, click here to learn more about the Mary Bell window and the amazing woman it honors.

Beloved Spaces: Mary Bell window, Christ Episcopal Church (Needham, MA)
Beloved Spaces: Mary Bell window

ORGAN NOTES: The Female Organist of Spain

By Linnea Wren

Organ built for nun's choir room in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Built in 1709 by Manuel de la Vina.
In 1742 Antonia Maria Montero de Hoz (born 1725) entered the novitiate at the Convent of the Visitation in Toledo, Spain. An orphan, she had impaired vision and would be completely blind by her mid-twenties. She lacked both the larger dowry required for marriage and the smaller dowry required for admission into convents. However, she was an excellent singer and a skilled organist. The Convent of the Visitation therefore offered her a dowry waiver in exchange for serving as the convent organist.

Antonia Maria was far from unique in her role as a nun musician. In addition to organists and singers, other professional female musicians in Spanish convents included harpists, players of the cello, violin, oboe and cornet. Spanish nun musicians, contracted for life by their dowry waivers, numbered in the hundreds.

The demands placed on these nun musicians were rigorous. They were in charge of the daily offices and special feast day celebrations. They supplied entertainment during community's recreation hour, and they taught music to other nuns. Sometimes they worked for forty to fifty years, only giving up their posts because of illness or infirmity. If they voluntarily relinquished their post, they would be required to repay their dowry waiver on a pro-rated basis.

Convents competed to attract the best musicians. Many convents staged elaborate musical celebrations on feast days. Their choral performances attracted large enthusiastic audiences who could hear, but were not permitted to see, the nuns. Nuns' choirs excelled in vocal polyphony, a musical form in which two or more independent melodies are sung simultaneously. Nuns' music, in its order and harmony, was believed to banish evil spirits and to attract the sevenfold power of the Holy Spirit. The unsullied musical sisters were compared to the unblemished choirs of the Apocalypse, singing eternal praise to the Lamb.

Music was written by and for nuns. However, nuns reported feeling tension between the recognition that they received for their musical talents and the self-effacement that their religious state required of them. Maria Vela (1516-1617), a nun in Avila, whipped her fingers and hands with a cord so as not to be distracted by their beauty when she played the organ. She described her duties as an organist as interrupting her spiritual practices. Yet for others, such as Antonia Maria, the post as convent musician created no dilemmas. It offered a rare form of self-sufficiency, an outlet for personal talent, and a secure home for the remainder of life.

Most Spanish organs, including those in convents, had only one manual and a limited pedal range. At Christ Church, we will hear the organ sounds that emanate from the premier Spanish organ builder Jordi Bosch. We may even hear the music particularly associated with the professional female musicians of Spain.



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. 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, July 6
Office closed in honor of Independence Day

Tuesday, July 7
8:00 a.m.       Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Nick  for the invitation) 
7:00 p.m.      Property meeting

Wednesday, July 8
7:00 p.m.       Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday, July 12
9:00 a.m.      Morning prayer via FaceBook, guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman
10:00 a.m.   Coffee hour (via Zoom, link in Friday's email)

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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.