March 26, 2020

  

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
March 29, 2020



10:00am   Morning Prayer: Live Streamed 





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


COLLECT FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY in LENT

A lmighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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.


SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER - FACEBOOK LIVE AT 10AM

This Sunday we are trying Facebook live again for our Sunday Morning Prayer service.  After some test runs and adding a wifi router to the Chapel (Thanks Tim!), we feel confident this will be a great medium to broadcast the worship.  You can access the broadcast from our website or our facebook page (you DO NOT need an account to view our facebook page).  Nick will sign on at 9:45am and the service will start at 10:00am. Please note that you will not see the worship before that time.

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!).  



VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR: PUT YOUR MUG ON!

This Sunday we invite you to a virtual Zoom coffee hour immediately following the 10am live stream worship.  You will receive the Zoom invite in the Friday worship access email. Bring your favorite coffee or tea mug and be ready to share why it's important to you (though no one is required to speak.)

You can join online or dial-in on your cell phone or landline.  Each week we will have a host who will "run" the coffee hour. Every participating household will be muted when they join the meeting and the host will invite each household to briefly speak about the topic of the week.  The host will unmute that household and everyone/anyone there can share with us.  The other attendees can comment in the chat feature.   Click here to view a pdf on how to access and use Zoom.

Shoot us an email after to let us know how your experience was!



A CALL TO HOST ZOOM COFFEE HOURS

Do you like running meetings?  Are you comfortable with Zoom?  If so, then we want YOU to host (run/moderate) Zoom coffee hour!  Please email us if you are interested!




REALM - A call to setup Christ Church's online directory
 
Realm is an online tool used by churches throughout the country.   Currently, Christ Church is using Realm as administratively for managing contact information and financial processes.

In these times with social distancing and quarantining, we want to set up our Realm online directory to give parishioners to access each other's contact information (just like you would in a printed directory), so we can stay in touch and support each other.  And we need  YOU  for help us accomplish this!  

You should have received an invitation to Realm in your inbox a few weks back.   Please create an account, updated 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.

Click  here for some instructions and more information about Realm.



WELCOMING WOODY TO THE TEAM!

Starting this Thursday, March 26, we welcome Woody Hughes to the Christ Church Community.   Woody  lives with his wife in Dover.  He's a father of 3, grandfather of 8, and great-grandfather of 5!   Woody  has been a home contractor for more than 30 years, and air vehicle mechanic before that.  He's excited to join the Christ Church community.  For now, Woody will be onsite at Christ Church Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm.  Please call him at 781.444.1469 ext. 111 or email to welcome him!
 



OFFICE HOURS DURING A TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

Nick and Ali will work remotely from home for the foreseeable future, with Nick periodically venturing over to the Church to check on things or set up things for worship. Ken, then Woody, will continue to work onsite at Christ Church to ensure the safety of the building. In these unusual times we will do our best to be available at regular hours.

Nick is working Monday-Thursday roughly 9-5 (often with an evening Zoom meeting or two in there) with a Friday Sabbath, Saturday as needed, and Sunday. Usually he's online in the evenings (and other times, too.) You can email him at  nick@ccneedham.org  or leave a message on the work phone (781.444.1469 ext 113) and he will regularly check those. There are directions on his outgoing office greeting on how to reach him directly by cell. Please do not hesitate to reach out, especially in a pastoral emergency.

Ali's office hours are generally 9am-2pm, but sometimes you may receive an "after hours" call or email.  You can call her at 781.444.1469 ext. 110 and leave a message.  She will check her voicemail three times a day (9am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm).  Or email her at office@ccneedham.com.  
 
Ken, then Woody, will be in the office 9am-2pm Monday-Thursdays. Their office phone is 781.444.1469 ext. 111 and email is facilities@ccneedham.org.

Thank you for your patience in these unusual times.



LAST SUNDAY'S SERMON

Please click here to read a PDF of The Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm's sermons from last Sunday.  You can also hear/read/watch all past sermons by clicking here.




KEN'S LAST DAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 3

Ken's last day is Friday, April 3.  He is working at Christ Church his usual hours (Monday-Friday 9am-2pm). If you are inclined, email or call (781.444.1469 ext. 111)  to wish him bon voyage!

Ken is moving to Florida with his wife Nancy. As has been our custom for departing staff, we are taking up a collection for a "purse" as a sign of our gratitude. Checks should be made out to Christ Church, with "Ken Cook purse" in the memo line. 

Please send by US Mail (please put Attn: Maryann on the envelope) by April 1.


Thank you for  your generosity!



ORGAN NOTES: A BACH ERA ORGAN

 
Japanese replica of a Bach Era instrument
Yokota's Silberman, Chico California
During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed an astounding 1128 pieces of music. And never has Bach's music been more relevant than today. Bach emerged from a society still traumatized by the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). One of the most destructive conflicts in human history, 20% of the German population died during the conflict. And the war was followed by famine and plague. Life expectancy was around thirty. Quasi-pagan notions of devilry still circulated in central Germany. The lives of young men in his hometown of Eisenach were frequently punctuated by street violence, bullying and other forms of brutalization.
The tensions of his day surfaced in Bach's own behavior. As an 18-year-old organist at the New Church in Arnstadt, Bach exchanged sharp insults with one of his students and drew his sword. Separated by passersby who prevented bloodshed, Bach went on to write music that expressed the immanent presence of God. Works of deep devotion, Bach's compositions are full of poignant emotion. They have rhythmic elasticity and buoyancy, vibrant color contrasts and passionate declamation, spirit, humor, zest, joy, and, above all, humanity.

One of the organ sample sets that Christ Church will acquire is a replica of a Bach era organ built by Bach's contemporary, Gottfried Silbermann (168301753).  The replica is pictured above.   Bach endorsed Silbermann's organs for their strong reeds, broad range of stops and distinctive brightness of tone. Mozart commented emphatically: "These instruments are magnificent beyond measure".  

For Bach, music was a vessel of divinity. In a note in his bible commentary, Bach wrote: "Where there is devotional music, God with his grace is always present." The new organ at Christ Church will produce the brilliant, rich tones that Bach himself heard when he sat at the organs of his day and played his compositions.


EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERS 



Please mail names and donations in memory of your loved ones for Easter Sunday lilies on the altar.  Suggested donation is $25. 


WEEKLY POINTS 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 points to ponder.  Each week we will pose a question or thought, and email office@ccneedham.org your thoughts, name, and the subject line "points to ponder".  We will share everyone's thoughts in the next weekly eBlast.

This week's Points To Ponder:
What is the funniest/weirdest/oddest thing you've watched online or on TV this week?  Feel free to share the link if you have it!

Please click on the organization's name to link to their website.

GUN SAFETY    
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE     
REACH    




THE WEEK AHEAD
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
10:00am         Morning Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)
7:00pm           Morning Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)
 

SUNDAY, APRIL 6: Palm Sunday
10:00am           Live Stream Worship





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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.