August 6, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 
August 9, 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.


Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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.

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Guest preacher, The Rev. Laurie Rofinot, through August 16
Helping with Worship - Facebook usher needed for Aug. 16
Organ Notes "My Organ, It's like an Orchestra!"
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.


We are in need of a Facebook usher on August 16. From the comfort of your home, sign in to your facebook account to welcome viewers in the chat and respond to any question. Please email Ali
if you are interested or want to learn more!

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.


Woody, our facilities manager, installed a doorbell on the Rosemary Street entrance door under the awning. Please go to that door and ring the bell to be let in to the church. We might be on the phone and not able to get to the door immediately. Please wait a few moments before ringing the bell again.  

Masks are required for all who enter. Thank you for helping keep us all safe!


The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met virtually July 28-29, 2020. The following statement was adopted on July 29. While the situation on the ground in Portland has changed, the bishops believe it is important to share their statement about protest and policing. Click here to read the statement.

Thank you for your steady and committed partnership during these challenging times!   We are grateful to you, to our young people and staff, to our families, and to many others for helping to make this summer's experiences happen for ALL our B-SAFE participants. 
Here is the latest from B-SAFE with photos and more from our third week of B-SAFE.  For practical tips on meals and B-LOVE days, scroll down. And please keep praying for B-SAFE and the City of Boston, as we wrap up our final days this week and the uncertainty grows about what will happen next in the pandemics.
Here is one photo to get things started! Socially distant downward dog!
Here is what happened during B-SAFE last week...
  • Our 42 elementary schoolers kept up their learning, fun, and friendship-making during our hybrid program. In addition to yoga, LEARN participants also got a chance to do activities that integrated art and science. They also made their own fun--in the way that only kids can do--creating forts out of boxes of all the materials that have been delivered to B-SAFE!
  • 38 middle schoolers kept up their hybrid programming, and added graphic design to the things they were generating, making personalized magazine covers (check out the photos!).
  • 160 teens kept zooming in for college preparation, art workshops, community organizing strategy sessions, and joined an amazing panel of entertainment professionals from Los Angeles, including a writer, comedian, music producer, television producer, and fashion photographer to hear about their careers and how they got to where they are.
  • Another 500 tasty meals were delivered and distributed last week, to be eaten at home with masks off. Some had bad dad jokes inside!
  • More than 200 bags of groceries were distributed during our B-LOVE days at four locations and nearly $13,000 in direct financial support was distributed to families who are still feeling the impact of the economic crisis. Many included school and art supplies for at-home learning and fun.
  • This WBUR story describes the ongoing stresses and strains B-SAFE families are feeling. It also demonstrates the importance of both B-LOVE distribution days and the joy that B-SAFE is spreading. A study by MIRA notes that 75% of immigrant families in Massachusetts have lost at least one job during the covid crisis and 59% do not have enough food to eat.
  • Covid-19 protocols kept being followed! Hands were washed a thousand more times, surfaces were sanitized at least as much. Masks were worn, health questionnaires were completed, and physical distance was kept.  
Big thanks to our GENEROUS and KIND partners for Week Three:
St. John's, Beverly Farms
Parish of Epiphany, Winchester
St. Elizabeth's, Sudbury
St. Peter's, Weston
MICA Interfaith Community, Milton
St. John's, Westwood
Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan

Please consider donating to SSYP's Pandemic Relief Fund, which helps our families meet their immediate needs for food, masks, financial aid, and more. Learn more at
"[W]e are called to continue to be creative, to risk, to love. We are called to ask, what would unselfish, sacrificial love do?
--The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The Rev. Liz Steinhauser
Senior Director of Community Engagement
Priest Associate
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
419 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA 02118


ORGAN NOTES: "My Organ, It's like an Orchestra!"
by Linnea Wren

Cartoon showing Brahms entering heaven and Bach at the organ - see below for more detailed description
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) completed his first symphony in 1876. Just a few years earlier, he had remarked despairingly to a conductor, "Never compose a symphony! You have no idea how it feels to composers to always hear the giant Beethoven marching along behind."
Yet Cesar Franck (1822-1890) did compose a symphony. Not only that, he created an entirely new symphonic type-the organ symphony. A virtuoso keyboard player, Franck was appointed as organist of the basilica of Paris's Sainte-Clotilde in 1858. Its organ was completed five years later by Aristide Cavaille-Coll. It incorporated the innovative mechanical assists, new types of tone color, and expanded pedal division by which Cavaille-Coll had revolutionized organs as mighty musical vehicles. Franck said about the organ, "If you only knew how I love this is so supple beneath my fingers and so obedient to all my thoughts!" As he said of the first Cavaile-Coll organ he ever played, "My organ, it's like an orchestra!"
In Grande Pièce Symphonique, Opus 17, (1863), Franck experimented with the sound and color of the Sainte-Cotilde organ in a truly symphonic manner. The piece is ostensibly a single movement, but it effectively divides into three large sections. Each comprises the equivalent of a movement. The first moderately slow section, the andantino serioso, introduces the bulk of the thematic material. The following, slightly slower section, the andante, is itself in three parts, with two lyrical passages flanking a central quick tempo section, a scherzo. The finale begins by recapping the previous material, then goes on to a gigantic celebratory fugue that takes shape in the triumphant final movement. The influence of J.S. Bach blends with Franck's trademark adventurous sounds. The ending coda soars with a sense of upward-reaching, heroic exultation.

Grande Pièce Symphonique was experimental, innovative, and groundbreaking. But the title? Not so much. Cesar Franck wanted the organ grow up as a recital instrument. He composed what became the French prototype of the solo organ symphony. Stumped for a title, the best he could come up with was "Big Symphonic Piece."
And at Christ Church we will be able to hear Cesar Franck's organ music as he intended it to be heard. Franck's big symphonic sounds will be coming from one of the biggest organs that Cavaille-Coll designed, the organ in the French abbey church of Caen.

The cartoon pictured above:
Lower Row from left to right: Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, (???, ???).

Brahms, in the lower left corner is being warmly welcomed into musical heaven by Robert Schumann. Their relationship was complicated. Schumann had discovered and promoted Brahms. Brahms soon fell in love with Schumann's wife Clara. When Schumann was confined to a mental asylum, Brahms lived with Clara and her children. After Schumann's death, Brahms wished Clara luck in finding employment and left abruptly. And the outcome? She famously did find employment as a recitalist and composer, and really ought to be in this celestial group as well!

Upper Row from left to right: Gluck, von Weber, Wagner, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Haydn. 
Many rifts, personal and professional, emerged between the various circles of musicians in the 18th and 19th centuries. But all admired Bach.
And as for Bach himself? He just keeps plugging away on the Heavenly Organ. It's his thing.


The solar system continues to generate savings for the Church and carbon-free energy for our power needs.  The system generated about 4,202 KwH of electricity last month and has saved the Church about $2,553 so far this year.


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


Monday, August 10
Monday Manna Lunch Program

Tuesday, August 11
8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Stan for link) 

Wednesday, August 12
7:00 p.m.      Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday, August 16, with guest preacher The Rev. Laurie Rofinot
9:00 a.m.     Morning prayer via FaceBook
10:00 a.m.   Coffee hour (via Zoom, link in Friday's email)
12:00 a.m.   Intercessory Prayer meeting (via Zoom, email office for link)

Just click on the links below for...

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.