Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, 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 for the next four Sundays The Rev. Laurie Rofinot
Missed last Sunday's sermon, want to read it, or re-watch the service?
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COLLECT FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
WELCOME OUR GUEST PREACHER THE REV. LAURIE ROFINOT!
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.
PASTORAL EMERGENCIES WHILE NICK IS ON VACATION
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.
PHASE III REOPENING: HOW TO VISIT THE OFFICE
We established guidelines to enter the office that follow the Commonwealth's sector-specific protocols and best practices for reopening an office in Phase III.
All visitors should
ring the doorbell next to the
staff door (on the patio off Rosemary Street) and then walk to the door under the awning. We be will be delighted to welcome you in.
Face coverings or masks are required for all who enter the building.
All persons, including staff, parishioners, and vendors, should remain at least six feet apart.
Please sign in on the log sheet when you enter and limit visits to 15 minutes.
Thank you for helping to keep all of us safe!
"Bear one another's burdens." Paul's Letter to the Galatians, 6.2
B-SAFE THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who contributed a bag or bags to B-LOVE. On Tuesday July 14th, we distributed 52 bags to the grateful families of B-SAFE. Christ Church is always there to give and share what they have to whoever needs!
Click here to read a recap of the week from the Rev. Liz Steinhauser, the Senior Director of Community Engagement at Saint Stephen's Youth Programs.
Thank You again for being who you are!!!!
-- Kathleen Kelly
POCKET PRAYER SHAWL
The Knitting Ministry is knitting and mailing pocket prayer shawls. If you or someone you know needs one, please email the office.
DAUGHTER of the PARISH SERVES REFUGEES
Hailey Scatchard, who grew up in the Parish, was confirmed here and active in Youth Group, is now a rising senior at George Washington University. She has been living out her faith volunteering with AsylumWorks, which
provides asylum seekers and their families with holistic services to complement the work of immigration legal providers.
Click here to read a word from Hailey, and here to see the specific case she describes. Learn how we can help her to love our neighbor and serve the most vulnerable among us.
HELP WITH WORSHIP
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
By the fall we plan to have in place the systems which will allow participation from church
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!
Thank you to the Anderson, Carnahan, Curran/Morrell, Hitron, Hurley, Kelly, LeRoy, Lyons, Melvin, Starr/Denneberg, and Rempis households for
Loving our MANNA neighbors in this way on July 13.
The next Manna Monday Lunch Program is August 9. Please reach out to
to volunteer for that date, or a future date!
ORGAN NOTES: Wrecked and Rescued: Organs of Oaxaca, Mexico
By Linnea Wren
Some organs create a visual impact as dramatic as that of their sound. One such organ is located in the church of San Jeronimo in the agricultural town of Tlacochahauya, Oaxaca, Mexico. Its exterior displays multicolored floral designs. Its pipes are decorated with human faces in which the mouth is formed by the pipe opening. Its case is elaborately carved. Semi-circular hips bulge from its sides.
Mexico is an organ treasure trove. Hundreds of organs were imported from Spain into Mexico; hundreds more were built throughout all its provinces. In the last 30 years, Mexico has declared its historic organs as part of its cultural heritage and put them under legal protection.
The Dominicans evangelized Tlacochahauya in the 16th century.
In 1586, Dominican friars recruited indigenous laborers to build San Jeronimo church. Its stones were reused from a pre-conquest Zapotec temple, a visual statement of the triumph of Christianity over pre-conquest religious practices. Indigenous muralists painted the interior with exuberant frescoes, and indigenous woodworkers carved elaborate devotional sculptures. In some instances, pre-conquest beliefs emerged in their designs. In an early crucifix, the face of the corn goddess emerges on Jesus' chest and his ribs have become corn cobs.
The organ of Tlacochahuaya was built in ca. 1700 by a local Oaxacan organ builder. The organ shares a prominent feature with the larger and later Spanish organ by Jordi Bosch organ which Christ Church is acquiring. It boasts a fan of horizontal trumpets mounted above the organist's head. At the same time, the Tlacochahuaya organ has features characteristic of earlier Spanish Renaissance organs. It has only one manual, a short keyboard, no pedal, and is tuned to a lower pitch. It also has no music stand. Except for prominent cathedrals, churches in Mexico lacked funds to acquire musical scores. Organists at Tlacochahuaya would have improvised their music, sometimes adapting church music from folktunes.
In pre-conquest times, Oaxaca ha
d been a prosperous region. Colonization brought deepening poverty to Oaxacan towns such as Tlacochahuaya. Its organ, like many others, fell into disrepair. Many of its pipes disappeared; its keyboard fell apart; and its wooden case was gnawed by insects.
The Institute of Historic Organs of Oaxaca has identified over 80 historic organs both in larger towns and remote mountain hamlets in Oaxaca. In 1991 the Institute restored the Tlacochahuaya organ and implemented an ongoing program of community involvement. Community members are trained in the protection and maintenance of the instrument; community musicians are offered weekly free organ lessons; community leaders organize free organ concerts. The organ once again speaks in the brilliant tones it emitted in its earliest decades.
At Christ Church Needham, we will hear the Spanish organ built by Jordi Bosch and simultaneously be connected to the wider heritage of early organ culture in the Americas.
Please email the
with your prayers for inclusion in Sunday worship.
SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY
Christ Church has deep ties to these organizations that continue to offer services and support to those in need during the pandemic.
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
. 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
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.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, July 28
Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email
for the invitation)
Wednesday, July 29
Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email
for the invitation)
August 2, with guest preacher The Rev. Laurie Rofinot
10:00 a.m. Coffee hour (via Zoom, link in Friday's email)