Archives for October 2016

Longwood Opera Presents Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

Longwood Opera presents Verdi’s emotional work of drama and vengeance … fully staged, costumed and sung in English. Details: Friday, November 4, from 8 – 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Fellowship Hall (lower level) of Christ Episcopal Church. Tickets at the door are $23 general admission; $18 seniors; $15 students; $13 children age 10 and under. Contact 781-455-0969 or for more information.

Prepare Your Nominations for CEC Elections

Dear Parishioners of Christ Church,

Forget the muddled national elections for a moment and think about the important nominations and elections for our Church. Your Elections Committee is composed of Sue Conrad, Joe Barr, Kathryn Mortimer, and Alan West. We need to nominate a Warden for a 2 year term, 4 Vestry members for 3 year terms, 1 Vestry person for a 2 year term, Clerk for 1 year, and 2 Delegates each to the Diocesan Convention and the Charles River Deanery.

The following are ineligible for Vestry for 2017, as they will be completing their current terms at the upcoming Annual Meeting: Myra Anderson, Liz Dennett, Lee Eichelberger, Brian Horrigan and Ellie Wainwright. We thank them for their service.

The Vestry is a Christian learning and leadership community of 12 parishioners (plus 4 officers) wishing to work collaboratively with the Rector, clergy and staff in building and carrying out a vision for the Parish and to grow in faith; a group called to connect with members of the parish as visible leaders and shepherds; a team interested in offering leadership for the various ministries of the congregation; a body attending to the business affairs and property concerns of the parish.

Vestry members are expected to serve 3-year terms; attend monthly Vestry meetings (the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except for July or August); attend the Vestry retreat in February; be active in at least one ministry in the parish, and engage in other preparatory and leadership activities as needed. A Warden’s duties include the same duties as the Vestry and also meets regularly with the Rector to shape Vestry vision and agenda, to offer advise and counsel on parish affairs, and to attend to parish business as it arises. There are 2 Wardens who serve staggered, 2-year terms. The Clerk attends Vestry and Annual meetings, and records, edits and distributes meeting minutes. Serves a 1-year term. Delegates to Deanery and Diocesan Convention: attends Diocesan Convention the first Saturday in November, as well as a preparatory pre-Convention briefing, then report back to parish; attend meetings of Charles River Deanery, and report back to the parish. Serves 1-year term.

Please give thoughtful consideration when you nominate someone. We are only as strong as our leadership. It often takes a bit of gentle persuasion and more than one conversation. Make sure the person you have in mind is willing. Nick, along with members of the committee can help in this. The Annual Meeting is on January 29, 2017. It’s time to start now. We look forward to your help.

Sincerely, the Elections Committee

Sue, Joe, Kathryn & Alan

Christ Church Invites You to Evensong

CEC Needham ChoirChrist Church will celebrate a traditional Anglican Evensong by candlelight in the Chapel Sunday, November 27, at 4:00 pm. Join us to quiet your mind and gladden your heart at the beginning of Advent season, as we prepare ourselves for the hectic season ahead. Evensong in the Chapel includes prayers, psalms and choral songs, with a reception following. Please invite friends and family to this special, peaceful service. For information, contact the church office at 781-444-1469. Selections will include:

  • “Peace” (Shaker Song, Enfield, NH, ca. 1851) arr. K. Siegfried
  • “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” by M. Praetorius

The music schedule for the 10 am service during rest of November is as follows.

13 Veterans’ Day  

  • “How Great Thou Art” by S.K. Hine.  Congregation and Choir.
  • Chorale Variations on “If thou but suffer God to guide thee” by Walther. Organ music.
  • Aria on “Land of Rest” by G. Near
  • “Processional” by W. Mathias

20 Christ the King and Thanksgiving Sunday  

  • “Exsultate Justi” by J. Williams/D.& J. Perry with guest oboist Michelle Wofford

27 Advent 1  

  • “Now is the Time!”  by Richard Shephard
  • “Be ye Also Ready” by Daniel E. Gawthrop




Post-Election Message from Bishop Gates

Our national election is behind us, leaving in its wake a legacy of bitterness and hostility.  For some, alienation is the apparent reason for the election’s outcome; for others alienation is its result.  In either case, we face grievous division and manifest anxiety.

At our recent Diocesan Convention I cited the hazard of viewing the world in terms of winners and losers–a framework which propels us inexorably towards adversarial relationships, and self-concern over communal well-being.

Now is not a time to live out habitual behaviors of winners or losers.  Now is a time to rededicate ourselves to the Christian ideal of breaking down the dividing walls of hostility which divide us (Ephesians 2:14).  Now is a time to rededicate ourselves to the American ideal of liberty and justice for all.

Forbearance is a virtue tested not when we are in harmony, but when we are divided.  Sacrifice is a discipline called for not in the face of prosperity but in the face of adversity.  Hope is a manifestation of faith rendered meaningful not by certainty but by anxiety.  Christ calls us, in this moment, individually and communally, to forbearance, sacrifice and hope.

“May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, issued the above message to the diocesan community on November 9, 2016.