July 9, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 
July 12, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman 

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O  Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ 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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B-LOVE for B-SAFE: Just One More Bag!
Beloved Spaces : The Boiler
Organ Notes  - The Organ and the Spanish conversion of New Spain
Health Links  - Racial Justice, G un Safety, Domestic V iolence , Food Support


It is a pleasure to welcome back to Christ Church the Rev. Dr. Karen  Coleman, who served our congregation as Curate, then Assistant Rector, from 2004 to 2007. She is currently the Associate Chaplain for Episcopal Ministry at Boston University, as well as a Spiritual Director through the Office of Spiritual Life at the Boston University School of Theology. Karen made history as the first African American woman installed as a Rector in our Diocese when elected to lead St. James' Episcopal Church, Somerville, where she served from 2010 to 2017.    Prior to her ministries as a Rector and Chaplain, in addition to her time at Christ Church, she also served as priest-in-charge at Trinity Church, Randolph. 
Karen is a graduate of the University of Michigan, from which she earned a B.A. in Art History. She also holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Episcopal Divinity School. The title of her thesis was "Episcopal Female Clergy Leaders of African Heritage: Trailblazers and Colleagues." During seminary, she served two years at Trinity Church, Boston, and then as a transitional deacon at St. James' Church in Cambridge.  She was ordained to the priesthood in 2004.
Prior to her seminary studies, Karen worked as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Development at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and as a Fund Development Consultant for Girl Scouts of the USA, NYC.   She currently serves on Diocesan Council, is a member of the Diocesan Disciplinary Board, and is the Diocesan Clerical Representative to the Provincial Synod of New England Episcopal Dioceses.  In her spare time, she is actively involved with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, is a master canner and needlepoints. She is married to James Reamer and her stepdaughter Lindsay Reamer is a graduate of Boston University.
Welcome back, Karen!


The recently convened "Regathering Team" met on June 30 to determine when Christ Church would be ready to come together in person for worship. Here is their initial report. (It appears that I neglected to attach this letter to the eblast last week. My apologies. Nick+)


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.


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 49! JUST ONE MORE! 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!


This week's episode of Beloved Spaces came from the boiler room. Yes, the boiler room. No emergency; just time to give a little love to this lesser known part of our Christian life, who usually gets attention only when it's not working.

We're grateful for the faithful pledges which allow us to keep our boiler in good working order. In this way we are ready to love our neighbor, and ourselves, with the warm hospitality of Christ. https://youtu.be/rczkY8pTZAs


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 (socially distant, of course!). Dates needed: July 28 and August 5, 11, and 18. Please email Nick if you want to show off your beloved spaces, or if you are curious and want to learn more.


The Center at the Heights is sponsoring free delivery of free fresh vegetables to seniors in town. Call the Center at 781-855-3629 by Wednesday at 5pm, and receive a box of fresh vegetables on Friday after 4pm. It is a no-charge program funded by a grant which helps sell local farmers' produce. 

ORGAN NOTES: The Organ and the Spanish Conversion of New Spain

By Linnea Wren

Early colonial era portative organ case, manual and bellows. Used, and preserved in the Dominican church and ex-monastery of Santa Maria de la Natividad, Tamazulapan, Oaxaca, Mexico.

On October 13, 2015, for the first time in Mexican history, mass was said in Nahuatl in Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Nahuatl, the language of the ancient Aztecs, is spoken today by Mexico's largest indigenous population. The vocal music was accompanied by violin, marimba and organ.

The mass represents the merging of two sophisticated musical cultures that first encountered each other in 1519 when the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, entered the Aztec capital city, Tenochtitlan. Charles V, the Spanish ruler, maintained an impressive corps of chapel singers, instrumentalists and organists in his court. Moctezuma II, the Aztec ruler, also maintained highly esteemed singers and professional musicians who played ceramic and bone flutes, wooden drums, conch shell and wooden trumpets, gourd rattles, turtle shell rasps, and whistles.

From the moment of contact, Spanish friars emphasized music. Juan de Zumarraga, the first bishop of Mexico, declared that music was a tool for "plowing and furrowing the Indian mind." He considered it more effective than preaching in evangelization and encouraged its use to teach the catechism. In Zumarraga's view, music lifted the spirits of his new converts to God and centered their minds on spiritual things.

Schools established by friars trained their students in singing plainchant and polyphony, and in making and playing European instruments. Churches in larger towns soon had indigenous cantors, choirs, orchestras and chapel masters. Indigenous musicians not only performed Catholic liturgical music but also composed four-part carols, Masses and other works. They also played the organ.

Organs were brought to Mexico as early as 1530 and became widespread during the 16 th century. The majority were portative organs which were medium-sized, full-toned, stopped, instruments played with both hands and requiring a second person to work the bellows. They had one manual and no pedals. The pipes were enclosed in cabinets, the doors of which were opened to release the sound.

While no 16 th century organ has survived intact in Mexico, several organ cabinets and wooden frames have. As we sit in Christ Church and hear our Jordi Bosch organ, we can imagine the sounds heard by the early Spanish friars. With their permission, indigenous musicians beat Aztec drums and played Aztec instruments as others simultaneously tolled church bells and played European instruments in Christian services. We might also picture the celebration in the plaza outside the Basilica of Guadelupe staged after the Nahuatl mass in 2015. Dancers in indigenous costume performed in rhythm with indigenous instruments and with the marimba, an instrument that came with African slaves to New Spain. The ground on which they danced, now dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was once sacred to Tonantzin Coatlaxopeuh, the mother goddess of the Aztecs.


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



Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry  here


Monday, July 13
11:00 a.m.       Virtual staff meeting
12:00 p.m.       Manna Lunch at the Cathedral

Tuesday, July 14
8:00 a.m.       Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Nick  for the invitation) 
7:00 p.m.      Finance Committee

Wednesday, July 15
7:00 p.m.       Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday, July 19
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.