August 13, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 
August 16, 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.

Guest preacher through Aug. 16:
The Rev. Laurie Rofinot

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


Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son 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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Guest preacher, The Rev. Laurie Rofinot, through August 16
Organ Notes "I was Born in an Organ Pipe!"
Health Links - Racial Justice, Gun Safety, Domestic Violence, Food Support


Please welcome back the Rev. Laurie Rofinot as our guest preacher for the next four Sundays! Laurie was with us the Sunday after Christmas and the 3rd Sunday after Easter.

Laurie has been a priest in our Diocese since 1987 and has had a rich and varied "career," serving a dozen congregations as a rector, priest-in-charge, assistant, interim, college chaplain, and hospital chaplain - even as an interim Lutheran pastor. Now she is a dedicated supply and sabbatical priest, filling in where needed, and greatly enjoying leading worship with good people like you! With roots in the Pacific Northwest (Spokane and Seattle, WA), Laurie met her husband Pat Michaels in the Midwest (Minneapolis) and they moved to the Boston area in the early 1980s. (Pat is the long-time Music Director at St. James's, Cambridge, having out-lasted at least 10 rectors and interim priests!) They've lived in the same old house in Davis Square, Somerville, for over 25 years, and they visit their adult daughter, who now herself lives in Minneapolis, whenever possible.


Nick will be on vacation from July 22 to August 22. The Rev. Laurie Rofinot will be our supply priest for the four Sundays he is away. In case of a pastoral emergency, please call one of the Wardens Stan Hitron (617) 838-0070 or Jeff Murphy (781) 956-4960 -who will be able to reach Laurie and Nick.


Thank you to all that baked, cooked, and shopped for this Monday's Manna Lunch Program! Your efforts are truly appreciated by the Cathedral and patrons of the program.

We are grateful to have almost everything that we need for September 13!! We just need 25 more individually wrapped, nut-free cookies. Please email Emilie Hitron to volunteer.


Our newly designed virtual pipe organ console built by Meta Organworks is on its way to get a custom finish and then will head home to us!  

This is image the front view of Meta Console with Hereford Cathedral organ sample set loaded. View more pictures here

ORGAN NOTES: "I was Born in an Organ Pipe!"
By Linnea Wren

The console of the Cavaille-Coll organ at Saint Sulpice, Paris
Asked how he became so famous an organist and composer, Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937) replied, "I was born in an organ pipe." Building and playing organs ran in the Widor family. The son of a well-known organ performer and grandson of an organ builder, Widor began lessons at age four. By his early teens, he was playing the organ in churches. Aristide Cavaille-Coll took notice. And he made things happen.

Cavaille-Coll was a towering figure in the music world. The magnificent instruments built by Cavaille-Coll were on the cutting edge of creative energy. The extraordinary resources of Cavaille-Coll organs were beyond what organ music had yet to discover. The organs were instruments without a repertoire. Cavaille-Coll intended them to inspire new kinds of music. What would that music be? It would be grounded on Bach; it would require impeccable technique; it would utilize the expansive symphonic capacity of Cavaille-Coll's organs.

Cavaille-Coll set out to find young talented musicians who, under his mentorship, would compose that music. And Cavaille-Coll found that person in Widor. Widor's youthful playing convinced Cavaille-Coll to sponsor him. In 1863, Cavaille-Coll underwrote Widor's advanced study of composition and performance at the Brussels Conservatory. In 1870, Cavaille-Coll arranged Widor's appointment as organist at the church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Widor held that position for seventy-four years.

Widor achieved international fame both as an organ recitalist and composer. His compositions include ten organ symphonies. The final movement from Symphony No. 5 is a dazzling six minute toccata. It is one of the most frequently performed organ pieces today, often serving as a wedding recessional. Sheer keyboard panache is required. The right hand plays a perpetual 16th note motion. The left hand plays crisp repeated chords. The octave-leaping melody is played in the pedals. The result is an exhilarating organ piece that has become iconic.

Throughout his long career at Saint Sulpice, Widor played the organ that Cavaille-Coll had built in 1862, one year prior to his appointment. This great organ is reached by climbing a spiral staircase of 67 steps. Many distinguished guests climbed those steps to hear Widor. They watched him play at the semi-circular console that Widor compared to the Roman Colosseum. They joined him, during sermons, in the swanky retiring room behind the organ. The room was luxuriously outfitted with a fireplace, red brocade d├ęcor, and a beautiful mirror. No such room awaits Charles at Christ Church, Needham. But glorious music on our Cavaille-Coll organ, including compositions by Widor, awaits all of us.


The Knitting Ministry is knitting and mailing pocket prayer shawls. If you or someone you know needs one, please email the office.


Interested in helping to lead Sunday Morning Prayer from the Chapel safely with masks and physical distancing in place? Contact Nick when he returns from vacation to see if reading lessons and leading the intercessions feels right for you. The schedule is hereBy the fall we plan to have in place the systems which will allow participation from church and home during live broadcasts.


We are looking for volunteers to help care for our lovely Sanctuary Garden. 
The tasks include light weeding, dead-heading, and keeping walkways and benches clean. No watering or lawn care is required.  

You are welcome to come when works for you, but please keep physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask. You can also sign up here. Email the office with questions. Your help is much appreciated!


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. Click 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: Racial Justice, Gun Safety, Domestic Violence and Food Support



Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry here


Tuesday, August 18 
8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Stan for the invitation) 
9:30 a.m.      Pastoral Response meeting

Wednesday, August 19
7:00 p.m.      Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday, August 23
9:00 a.m.     Morning prayer via FaceBook
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.