April 23, 2020

  

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The Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020 at 10 a.m.


Join us on Facebook Live.  Nick will start the live around 9:45 a.m. and the service at 10 a.m.   You can watch on our website as well.

Zoom Coffee Hour to follow. Details below.

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




COLLECT FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

O  God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.   Please  click here  for this  week's readings.


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Many thanks for the continuing pledges as well as for special Easter gifts.

Though separated by space, we are  together  in the Spirit.


       
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Guest preacher THIS SUNDAY - The Rev. Laurie Rofinot
Organ progress - a progress video from Meta Organworks
Organ Notes  - The Organ as God's Instrument and God as the Ultimate Musician 
Website management - Thank you to our webteam for six years of amazing service!
Choir Appreciation Sunday, May 3 - Send Nick your notes of appreciation

       
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THIS SUNDAY WELCOME OUR GUEST PREACHER  THE REV. LAURIE ROFINOT

Laurie supplied for us after Christmas, and we are delighted to welcome her back. She 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 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.

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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we invite you to a virtual Zoom coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service. Though conversation has been lively and well-distributed, we still offer a topic of the week just in case. What has been one unexpected blessing for you during this unusual time? 

Please note that we created a recurring meeting, so the meeting information will be the same each week.  You will still receive the details in the service access email on Fridays.

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.

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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  In addition, by the end of May if not sooner, you will be able to give on- line and manage your pledge and other gifts.

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.


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ORGAN PROGRESS: A VIDEO FROM META ORGANWORKS
 
CCN Progress Update Video
CCN Progress Update Video



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ORGAN NOTES: The Organ as God's Instrument and God as the Ultimate  Musician

By Linnea Wren

Kircher's drawing of a pipe organ
Fifty years before Bach walked to Lubeck to study with Dietrich Buxtehude, the German Jesuit Athanasius Kircher published his treatise  Musurgia Universalis , or  Universal Music-Making . A scientific star in his day, Kircher had written a musical encyclopedia covering acoustics and sounds, compositional theory and practice, and all types of instruments.

Kircher concluded with his own grand vision of universal harmony and cosmic order, drawing on notions of musical proportions in the heavens and on earth. This vision is represented in his drawing of a pipe organ (to the left). Above the organ is a banner with the slogan, "Harmony of the Birth of the World." Below the banner are medallions with small scenes labelled as the first six days of creation. All the organ pipes are sounding together, perhaps in celebration of the creation of humans on the sixth day.

Even though Kircher's organ resembles actual organs of 1650 in many respects, it is an allegory. Kircher described God as the Arch Musician, and this organ is the instrument of his ultimate creative composition. Therefore, the organ incorporates sacred numbers of Christianity. The black keys are arranged in groups of three. Three represents the Trinity. The pipes are arranged in groups of seven. Seven is the number of completion of God's creation. The organ as six stops. Six is associated with imperfection and sin as well as humans. The medallion representing the sixth day of creation shows Adam and Eve accepting the apple. Underneath the keyboard is written: "Thus the eternal Wisdom of God plays in the world."

Kircher's books were printed in large numbers and distributed in Europe and globally, wherever Jesuits established missions. Kircher's ideas influenced almost all European composers for the next 150 years. A deeply religious man, Bach had studied Kircher's important ideas. Bach said of himself: "I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music." At Christ Church, we will hear that music on a Bach era virtual pipe organ.

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NEW ROLE FOR OUR PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, our Parish Administrator Ali Heard will assume oversight of the Christ Church Web Page. She brings back into the office the technical skills and enthusiasm for this part of our mission. We are so grateful for the six years of faithful service given by the WebTeam of Heidi Fieldston, Margaret Pantridge, and Gwen Scarborough. W ith good humor and flexibility, through thick and thin, in the face of technical difficulties and cranky code, they conveyed to the rest of the world the good news of the ministries of Christ Church. Thank you, Heidi, Margaret and Gwen!   Nick+
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CHOIR APPRECIATION SUNDAY: MAY 3

Although we will not be in our worship space together, we can still move
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ahead with plans to  offer our gratitude to the musicians whose gifts lift us into the presence of God in worship.  Between now and May 3, would you send words of appreciation to me at nick@ccneedham.org .? We will share them either during our worship service or at Zoom coffee hour as part of our celebration of their ministry among us .
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MANNA CONTRIBUTION  

Photo by Jennifer McCracken - recent MANNA offering with newly donated face masks
Many service agencies are shuttered at this time, the need for food, water and restrooms during the day goes unaddressed.  The feeding ministry of our MANNA Community is therefore more urgently needed than ever.  MANNA responded by expanding 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.  Please help them serve by a donation, in any amount, today.  Please click here to donate online.  Click here to read their appeal in full.
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE     
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WeekAhead
THE WEEK AHEAD

Tuesday, April 28

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 29
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)

Sunday, May 3
10:00  a.m.      Live stream service via Facebook
           

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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.