April 2, 2020

  


PALM SUNDAY
April 5, 2020


1 0:00 a.m.  
Modified Palm Sunday Service 
(via Zoom, details and links to come)
       

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




COLLECT FOR THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

A lmighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; 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.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Organ Notes  - Bach, Mendelssohn, and the Nazi Aftermath
The Week Ahead, including the beginning details of Holy Week and Easter services

       
Goodbyeken
GOODBYE and THANK YOU FROM KEN COOK

Although I was only here a short time, I will always remember the people of Christ Church. You welcomed me from the very first day, and always made my job easier. I will miss your dedication and spirit that makes Christ Church a special place. I would like to say thank you to my fellow staff members, Nick, Kathy (previous administrator), Ali, Maryann, and Pam for their support, and to all the others that I have had the pleasure to work with, but are too numerous to name. And, to all who contributed to my goodbye gift, thank you for your generosity.

My wife Nancy and I will be moving to Cape Coral Florida. We are looking forward to this next adventure in our life. There is a Lutheran Church a quarter of a mile away from us, which we hope to make our new church home.

Thank you for the wonderful memories.  

Peace be with you.
Ken Cook


SundayAMPrayer
     PALM  SUNDAY SERVICE  - ON ZOOM AT 10 a.m.

Please join us for modified Palm Sunday worship on Zoom at 10 a.m. You can join online on your computer or mobile device, or dial-in on your cell phone or landline. 

Check your inbox tomorrow (Friday) for the links, a pdf of the Sunday bulletin, and link to join our Zoom virtual coffee hour (see below!).  

VirtualCHTopic
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR THIS SUNDAY - SHARE YOUR FAVORITE VACATION MEMORY

This Sunday we invite you to a virtual Zoom coffee hour following the 10 a.m. Zoom worship.  You will receive the Zoom coffee hour invite in the Friday worship access email. This week we invite you to share your favorite vacation memory.

You can join online on your computer or mobile device, or dial-in on your cell phone or landline.    Click here to view a pdf on how to access and use Zoom.


EasterFlowers
EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERS 



Please mail names and donations in memory of your loved ones for Easter Sunday lilies on the altar by Wednesday, April 8.  You can see these flowers on our altar on Easter Day.  Suggested donation is $25. 




Realm
CREATE CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR REALM ACCOUNT
 
laptop-floor-lady.jpgYou should have received an invitation to Realm in your inbox last week.  Please create an account, update your contact information (including BIRTHDAYS, please), and, mostly importantly, opt in to the online directory.

Please check your junk/spam mail if you don't see an invite.  If it is not in there, please reply to this email.

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.

Click  here  for instructions and more information about Realm.


OrganNotes
ORGAN NOTES: BACH, MENDELSSOHN, AND THE NAZI AFTERMATH

By Linnea Wren
 
St. George's Church Rotha with Silbermann organ
On 20 June, 1840, while picnicking with members of the Leipzig concert choir in the German village of Rotha, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) performed fugues and fantasies by Bach on an organ by Gottfried Silbermann. He must have taken particular delight in performing these works that day since Bach himself had endorsed Silbermann organs. A month later, Mendelssohn performed an all-Bach recital at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the very church where Bach had served as choir master between 1723 and his death in 1750.

Mendelssohn was famous during his lifetime as a composer, virtuoso pianist, organist, and conductor. He was also famous for his revival of Bach's music. Mendelssohn came from a prominent Jewish family which had converted to Christianity. At the age of 15, his grandmother gave him a copy of Bach's unpublished score for the Passion of St. Matthew as a Christmas gift. At the age of 20, Mendelssohn presented a performance of the piece, the first performance in a century.

At a time when Bach's music was often regarded as an exercise of musical mathematics, Mendelssohn understood that the composer's complex use of counterpoint and musical symmetry served deeply spiritual purposes. Like Bach, he produced a body of music that is profoundly Christian. In 1836 Mendelssohn completed an oratorio, St. Paul, that dramatized the most famous conversion from Judaism to Christianity in the Bible.

Mendelssohn dedicated the proceeds from his all-Bach recital at St. Thomas Church to creating a monument honoring Bach. In 1892, 45 years after Mendelssohn's death, a statue of Mendelssohn was erected in Leipzig. In 1936, that statue disappeared as part of the Nazi ferocious campaign against Jews and Jewish life, history, and culture in Germany.

The statue of Bach stands today at the entrance to St. Thomas Church. Inside is a new organ that replicates the Baroque era organs played by Bach. At Christ Church, we will have a Bach era organ sample set in our new Virtual Pipe Orgam. As we listen, we might remember both Bach and Mendelssohn and be moved to mirror God's love in the world.


green
GREEN TEAM: SOLAR PANEL UPDATE 

The solar system continues to generate savings for the Church and carbon- free energy for our power needs.  The system generated about 4,954 KwH of electricity last month and has saved the Church about $1,020 so far this year.

 

PP
A POINT TO PONDER

Are you looking for a way to fill your time, or a fun way to exercise your mind and lighten your heart?  Take part in our new weekly point to ponder.  Each week we will pose a question or thought, and then YOU email office@ccneedham.org your thoughts.  It's that easy! We will share the responses in the next weekly eBlast.  Click here to read last week's answers (there are 2, so it's a short read).

This week's Point To Ponder:
Who have you talked on the phone the most to this week?


HealthLinks
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GUN SAFETY    
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE     
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WeekAhead
THE WEEK AHEAD

Tuesday, April 7
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 8
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)

Maundy Thursday, April 9  - more details and links to come
Join Nick on Facebook at for an introduction to the prerecorded from the monastery chapel of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge; Br. James Koester, Superior, will preach.
 
Join the Virtual Vigil!    Even though we cannot come to the Chapel to wait with Jesus,we can bring the Chapel to you. Sign up to participate by Zoom in a Virtual Vigil, with pre Consecrated Elements starting at 7pm and continuing until noon on Friday. How does the waiting of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene inform our own waiting in this difficult time?

Good Friday, April 10 more details and links to come
Join Nick for a live introduction to the prerecorded service from the convent chapel of the Sisters of St. Margaret in Duxbury; Bishop Gayle Harris will preach. 

Holy Saturday, April 11 more details and links to come
A simple service of prayer and reflection from the Chapel. 

Easter Sunday, April 12
Click here to watch Easter from the comfort of your sacred space at home watch on FaceBook or listen in on 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 your car, facing the Church!
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!





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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.