Archives for November 2020

The Giving Tree 2020

Each year during Advent, Christ Church provides gifts to two organizations – Shepherd House and Transition House. Due to COVID-19, the giving will look different but the need is even greater.
Transition House – 50 $25 gift cards to Target (drop at Donna’s house)
Shepherd House
50 Women’s Winter Care Packages with gloves/mittens, scarf, hand/ body lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and anything else (reusable bags welcome, drop at Donna’s house)
For the children of Shepherd House – a blanket, stuffed animals, and $25 gift card to Target (drop at Donna’s house).
Sign up here. Items due by December 13 at Donna’s house. Please email Donna with questions.

November 29, 2020: Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020: Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Join us online for worship and connection Sundays at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live. We look forward to seeing you there.

To follow along, download the bulletin.
Explore this week’s announcements.
Here are the day’s readings.
Watch below, Facebook, or Youtube.
Read the sermon.

“In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist today 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come in the Rosemary Street entrance, sign in, and follow the blue lines in ‘n’ out of the Main Sanctuary. Click here to learn more and register.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The video will say “Video Unavailable – This video may no longer exist, or you don’t have permission to view it” UNTIL a few minutes AFTER the Service goes LIVE ON FACEBOOK. 

November 22, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the Third Sunday of Advent

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November 22, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the Third Sunday of Advent

Join us online for worship and connection Sundays at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live. We look forward to seeing you there.

To follow along, download the bulletin.
Check out this week’s announcements.
Here is are the day’s readings.
Read the sermon.
Watch  below, on Facebook, or on Youtube.

Join us later today at 1 p.m. for A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the House at 65 Rosemary Street. Learn more here.

November 15, 2020: Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Second Sunday of Advent

November 15, 2020: Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Second Sunday of Advent
Join us online for worship and connection Sundays at 10 a.m. on FaceBook Live. We look forward to seeing you there!

To follow along, download the bulletin.
Read this week’s announcements.
Here are the liturgical readings for the day.
Watch the service here, on Facebook, or on Youtube.


Join us as celebrate an expanded Advent of Hope with other opportunities to gather this Sunday. We wait, watch, and prepare for the coming of Christ and his Kingdom.

1st: From 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., we will offer our first “In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist.
2nd: At 4:30 p.m. we hold our Annual Tree Lighting. Greens, lights, and prayers. All ages.
Read more here and watch Nick’s video by pressing play on the video below or on Youtube.

 

Christ Church Weekly eBlast: Thursday, November 12

Check out this week’s news & announcements with information about Advent Gatherings this Sunday, the Giving Tree 2020, and Christ Church election news. Sign up to receive our news weekly in your inbox.

Join us online for worship and connection Sundays at 10 a.m. on FaceBook Live or here on our homepage.

Advent gatherings this Sunday, November 15

Gather this Sunday, November 15 as we celebrate an expanded Advent of Hope. We wait, watch, and prepare for the coming of Christ and his Kingdom.

1st: From 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., we will offer our first “In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist.

2nd: At 4:30 p.m. we hold our Annual Tree Lighting. Greens, lights, and prayers. All ages.

Read more here and watch Nick’s video by pressing play on the video below or on Youtube.

 

 

An Advent of Hope – Learn more about expanded Advent

Greetings in the Name of the One who was, who is, and is to come.

Welcome to the Christ Church website. We are delighted that you are here. Advent has come early this year, although, as we shall see, it is right on time.

When I began writing this piece, I was watching the glowing rays of the sun bathe the stones of the patio outside my office. The air was soft and warm. The sky was a velvety light blue. The leaves were turning into fire. I was hearing voices of kids on their way to class at Total Eclipse Dance Studio in our basement. It could have been any other mid-fall day.

Except that it wasn’t. The kids were wearing masks. They were carefully keeping their distance from one another. Our doors were locked, and still are. A visit to the office requires ringing our doorbell and signing in.

And so, Advent is beginning early this year: Sunday, November 8. Advent means “coming.” We wait expectantly for the coming again of God: Come, Lord Jesus. We lean into envisioning new ways to regather ourselves as followers of Jesus and people of hope in a world that suffers.

A seven-week Advent was the way the Church originally prepared to observe the inbreaking of God’s kingdom, culminating in the Incarnation. Sometime in the seventh century, for reasons that are obscure, a transition to a four-week Advent began.

Fast forward to the twentieth century. The season of Advent—focused broadly on the end (as in purpose) of creation, a new heaven and earth, the coming reign of God, as accomplished in the Incarnation of Jesus—was completely eclipsed by Christmas culture, which is obsessed with the coming of the baby Jesus. Secular consumer culture in turn has overpowered Christmas culture—which is why I saw a stunning array of fully decorated Christmas trees at Lowe’s a week before Halloween.

But this new, old Advent prepares us spiritually for a time of year already notoriously bleak for many. I don’t need to remind you why the months behind and ahead compound our anxiety. Advent helps us to meet despair head on. We use the power of our traditions to remind ourselves of God’s providential care and power, and to prepare us to perceive God’s deep compassion and blessing afresh.

What will this look like? We’ll be experimenting. In no particular order: On Sunday November 8th at 4.30pm, we’ll offer a streamed Taizé Evening Prayer service, with safely distanced, limited sign-up attendance. We’ll gather to light our outdoor Advent tree on November 15th. We’ll start enjoying the stunning blue altar frontal, paraments, and vestments. We’ll worship using the Liturgy of the Word, instead of Morning Prayer. With Diocesan approval, we will offer and “In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist, an experimental bread-line Eucharist allowing a swift trip inside the Church. We’ll start singing verses from ‘O Come Emmanuel’. Other Advent music will appear. We’ll see a new kind of Advent wreath, with new prayers for lighting the candles and for home devotions. Blue ribbons will grace the wreaths on the building. We’ll try an outdoor Pageant. A new sign will appear on our front lawn, and a new light will appear in the Te Deum window overlooking Highland Avenue….We’ll be experimenting as we go along. Send us ideas!

Please join us for worship every Sunday at 10am here or on Facebook. You can also watch the services any time at your convenience. And let us know you’ve visited by emailing office@ccneedham.org, so we can welcome you more personally. Experience the power of Advent, which buttresses our confidence in the power of Jesus, and his ability to lead us through whatever is before us.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Faithfully yours,
Nick+
Rector

November 8, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the First Sunday of Advent

November 8, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the First Sunday of Advent
Join us here or on Facebook Sundays at 10 a.m.

To follow along, download the bulletin.
Read this week’s announcements.
Here are the liturgical readings for the day.
Watch the service here, Facebook, or Youtube.
Read the sermon.

 

 



Please join us later in the day at 4:30 p.m. for an Advent Taizé Evening Prayer. Watch the service LIVE on our homepage or Facebook OR join us in the Main Sanctuary. Guidelines allow for 15 attendees and prior registration is required. Please register here. To follow along, please download the bulletin.

Enjoy our Advent Taizé Evening Prayer from November 8

Watch the service below, on Facebook, or on Youtube.

Please join us  this Sunday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. for an Advent Taizé Evening Prayer. Watch the service LIVE on our homepage or Facebook OR join us in the Main Sanctuary. Guidelines allow for 15 attendees and prior registration is required. Please register here. To follow along, please download the bulletin.

We are exploring an “Extended” Advent season of seven weeks rather than four, which was in fact, the original way the Church celebrated.  Sometime in the seventh century, for reasons that are obscure, the Church in Rome put in place a four-week Advent, leading to Christmas.  We at Christ Church are restoring Advent to its rightful seven weeks, beginning on November 8 with an evening Taizé worship service.  Dozens of candles and icons set the scene in the dimly lit church.  The worship of Taizé is marked by simplicity, consisting of repetitive singing and periods of silent meditation of the assembled community.  Since we will be worshipping online, our community extends far beyond the confines of a building.  We will meet on ccneedham.org or our Facebook page to come together as one.  Put aside your worries and take time, just for you, to center your mind, body and spirit through song and prayer.

Taizé is a monastic community in southeastern France. It was founded in 1940 with the mission of healing the divisions between Christians and within the human family. This community seeks to create an environment where reconciliation can be a reality every day.  Thousands of Christians from all over the world, young and old, gather at Taizé every week to pray, to search, to sing, and to find refreshment and renewal.  Brother Roger of Taizé said, “Prayer is a serene force … to enable our loved ones to survive, to transform the human condition, to make the earth a place fit to live in.”   May you find peace and renewal at Christ Church’s Advent Taizé Service.

 

 

 

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Join our “How Firm a Foundation”, the Annual Appeal for 2021, and be a living stone in our mission to love God and neighbor. Please read the  letter from our Stewardship Team and then watch their Stewardship video letter to learn more. Read the frequently asked questions. View the suggested proportional giving. And then give online hereWe are deeply grateful for your place in this wonderful parish. Thank you for your generous support.