Archives for May 2019

Honor Refugees Among Us … June 20

The bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts invite all to gather to share stories and enjoy delicious foods from around the world at a free dinner event, “Honoring Refugees Among Us: Share a Meal, Share a Story,” to take place on World Refugee Day, Thursday, June 20, 5 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Spirit (525 River Street) in Mattapan.

Refugees and immigrants, and those who are working or desiring to work in alliance with them in advocacy, are particularly welcome.

The program will include not only presentations addressing matters of interest to refugees and immigrants but also will highlight cross-cultural sharing and lay plans for next steps in networking.  All are welcome.

RSVP by June 17 to jbntagengwa@diomass.org .

 

Summer Brings the Thrill of the Trill

“Morning has broken like the first morning …”

Do you have a favorite hymn you would love to belt out on a Sunday morning? Now is your chance to play Music Director for a day, specifying a hymn you yearn to sing at  church while supporting the  need for a summer accompanist with a donation in any amount. This opportunity begins on June 16 when Christ Church moves to a single morning service at 9 am for the summer through Labor Day weekend.

We need a total of $100 per week; if you write a check, please make it out to Christ Church and note “summer music” in the memo line. We will recognize donors in the weekly bulletin. Please see Pam Goody after the 10 am service to arrange your selection. (Note that the 5:30 pm service continues, without music.)

“… On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross …”

Group to Study the Gospel of Matthew

The Wednesday Bible Study group will spend next year studying the Gospel of Matthew. This will correspond with the lectionary cycle of readings on Sunday mornings, which should make for some meaningful work together. Matthew’s gospel was intended for a Jewish audience and provides a particularly interesting perspective. We begin on September 18 and you can come to either the 10am-noon or 7-8:30pm class.

According to the web site saintsresource.com, “Matthew, the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel that appears first in the New Testament, was different from the other Apostles. He was not a popular man. Many people felt that he was unworthy to be a chosen as a follower of Jesus. Matthew worked for the Romans as a tax collector.” Because f his association with money, Matthew is the patron saint of bankers and accountants. Besides writing his account of the life and teachings of Jesus, Matthew is believed to have established Christian communities in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa and to have died a martyr.

Learn about this controversial figure’s view of the life of Jesus at Bible study class.  The companion text by William Barclay will be paid for out of the Scripture Study Fund. To order books we need to get an accurate count now. By May 15 please contact Tracy Rubin if you plan to participate, and we will set aside a book for you when they come in. Thank you for your prompt response!

Parish Year-End Feast – June 9

Enjoy food and fellowship after the last regular 10 am service of the program year on June 9, as we look forward to summer adventures!  See you this summer at a 9 am service – or at 5:30 pm right off the beach!