April 30, 2020


The Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 3, 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.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to trouble shoot and fine tune our broadcasts.
Missed last Sunday's sermon, or just want to hear it again?   
You can by  clicking here .


O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.  Please  click here  for this  week's readings.

Please click the link below to jump to the section.

Needham Community Council Food Pantry - monetary donations are greatly appreciate, and schedule an appointment to shop at the Food Pantry
Circle of Hope - Donate to their Emergency Response Wish List
Organ Notes  - For Your Listening Pleasure - Once Again Pachelbel
Choir Appreciation THIS SUNDAY!!!  - Send Nick your notes of appreciation


Photo by Jennifer McCracken - recent MANNA offering with newly donated face masks
Thank you those of you who able to be among were the more than 150 generous donors from around the country who answered this most recent appeal. Many service agencies remain shuttered at this time, and the need for food, water and restrooms continues to be dire.  The feeding ministry of our MANNA Community is still critical.   MANNA continues their reimagined vision of 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.  They continue to need our help. 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. 

" 'When did we see you Lord?'   'When I was thirsty you gave me something to drink, when I was hungry you fed me. When I was naked you clothed me...' " Matthew 25.

The Needham Community council is keeping the Food Pantry open and will continue to provide food supplies to Needham residents.  Food donations are not accepted, but your monetary donations are greatly appreciated.  Click here   to learn how you can donate.

You must sign up for appointments to shop at the Food Pantry. Click here to sign up.

Circle of Hope is closed to the public due to COVID-19; however, you can still help homeless individuals and families by purchasing new essential clothing, soap, and towels from their Emergency Response Wish List on Amazon.  The items you purchase will ship directly to Circle of Hope and volunteers will delivery these items during contactless emergency delivery to partner shelters. Click here to learn more about what Circle of Hope is doing right now and click here to link directly Emergency Response Wish List.


many_coffeemugs.jpg This Sunday we invite you to a virtual Zoom coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service. 

This is a recurring meeting, so the information will be the same each week.  You will still receive the details in the service access email on Fridays.  

There is a high demand on Zoom and the Internet Sunday mornings, so please keep trying if you see "link invalid".

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.

In the Easter letter we asked for a story of how God has touched you unexpectedly during this difficult time.  Click here to read the beautiful response from the Guerriere family.

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.

ORGAN NOTES: For Your Listening Pleasure - Once Again Pachelbel 

By Linnea Wren

Plague Doctor in the 17th century
In 1982, the magazine The New Yorker published a cartoon captioned "Prisoner of Pachelbel" in which a prisoner hears over the loudspeaker: "For your listening pleasure, we once again present Pachelbel's Canon."

Love it or hate it, Pachelbel's Canon in D Major has become ubiquitous in concert halls and popular culture. It is as simple as three violins, one cello, and an eight bar musical unit repeated 28 times. It is complicated by the evolution and elaboration of that unit each time it returns.

Today, it is virtually impossible to separate the canon from the composer, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Yet, in his own day, Pachelbel was a renowned organist and prolific composer of sacred organ music. In 1683 he published his first organ work, a set of chorale variations called Musicalische Sterbens-Gednacken¸ or Musical Thoughts on Death.

This composition was Pachelbel's response to the deaths of his wife and infant son. Both mother and child had died in 1683 during a virulent outbreak of the bubonic plague that raged across Western Europe between 1650 and 1685. Densely occupied cities and towns suffered mortality rates between 25-50%. Religious orders created special hospitals for plague victims, who were offered basic nursing care. Physicians wore personal protective equipment consisting of a waxed cloak, breeches connected to boots, protective spectacles, leather hats and gloves, and long-beaked face masks. Prisoners were released from their cells; corpses were buried in mass graves.

Musical Thoughts on Death consists of four sets of organ chorales based on sacred songs. The underlying text of each song addresses death in the context of Christian belief in God and the resurrection. The first song affirms the believer's surrender to divine will. The second acknowledges the fearsome inevitability of death and the decay of the physical body. The third song refers to the woes of earthly life which are released at death, and the fourth proclaims the believer's submission to God's will. Each of Pachelbel's organ chorales employs a melody that is developed through variations in ornament, counterpoint, dynamics and chromaticism. Together, the organ chorales wordlessly express the deep sorrow felt by Pa chelbel at his unfathomable personal loss.

A friend of the Bach family, Pachelbel had limited access to the complex organs that were played by Johann Sebastian Bach. His were simpler organs with fewer stops and less pedal work. Yet he produced profound organ works that move today's listeners, as they did his, by their gravitas and beauty. At Christ Church, we will hear those works on a virtual pipe organ that Pachelbel would have taken great pleasure in playing.

Although we will not be in our worship space together, we can still move
CCN Choir at Easter 2019 service
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 .

If you are interested in signing up for the diocesan communications, including our monthly E-news. Follow these steps in the graph below to sign up (click on the image to link to the registration).  Click here to read Bishop Gate's most recent reflection.


We are refreshing the prayer list for Eastertide.  Please email the office with your prayers.

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


Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry  here
Donate here  


Monday, May 4
10:00 a.m.    Virtual Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 5
8:00 a.m.      Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Stan for the invitation) 
9:30 a.m.      PRM (via Zoom, members will receive an invite in their email)

Wednesday, May 6
10:00  a.m.       Morning Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)
7:00 p.m.        Evening Bible Study (via Zoom, email Tracy Rubin for the invite)

Sunday, May 10: Mother's Day
10:00  a.m.      Live stream service via Facebook

Just click on the links below for...

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.