Archives for December 2020

January 3, 2021: Liturgy of the Word for the Sunday of Epiphany

January 3, 2021: Liturgy of the Word for the Sunday of the Epiphany

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

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Here are the day’s readings.
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December 27, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the First Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the First Sunday after Christmas

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

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

 

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.

December 24, 2020: Prerecorded Christmas Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist

December 24, 2020: Prerecorded Christmas Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist Watch Party on Zoom

Join us at 8:45pm tonight on Zoom to watch our prerecorded Festive Choral Eucharist. Please email Nick for the Zoom link. To follow along, download the bulletin.

In case of a Zoom outage, join us on Facebook (recommended method) or watch the video below or on YoutubePlease note that video will not show on these websites until after 8:45pm.

December 25, 2020: Morning Prayer for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ livestreamed on Zoom

December 25, 2020: Morning Prayer for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ livestreamed on Zoom

Join us at 9am on Christmas Day, December 25, on Zoom for a livestreamed Morning Prayer. Please email Nick for the Zoom link. To follow along, download the bulletin.

In case of a Zoom outage, join us on Facebook. Nick will resume the live stream from Facebook. Please give him a few moments to log-in and start the broadcast.

 

 

Christmas Eve Festive Choral Eucharist at 8:45pm on Zoom

December 24, 2020: Prerecorded Christmas Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist Watch Party on Zoom

Join us at 8:45pm tonight on Zoom to watch our prerecorded Festive Choral Eucharist. Please email Nick for the Zoom link. To follow along, download the bulletin.

In case of a Zoom outage, join us on Facebook (recommended method) or watch the video below or on YoutubePlease note that video will not show on these websites until after 8:45pm.

CCN Christmas Pageant on GBH’s “Greater Boston”

“During a holiday season when so much has changed, one local church has found a way to stage an annual tradition: The children’s Christmas pageant.”  Reporter Cristina Quinn explores these changes in a segment on GBH’s “Greater Boston” featuring our Christmas Pageant.  You can watch the full segment and read the associated article here.

December 20, 2020: Holy Eucharist for the Seventh Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2020: Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Seventh Sunday of Advent

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

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

“In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist today 11:30am-12:30pm. Come through the Rosemary Street entrance, sign in, and follow the blue arrows “in ‘n’ out” of the Main Sanctuary. Learn more here.

 

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Join us this Christmas online for worship and connection

For the Zoom links and codes, please email the office or  sign up for our weekly newsletter. We look forward to seeing you this Christmas on Zoom!

December 20, The Seventh Sunday of Advent
10 a.m.       Virtual Holy Eucharist Rite II on Facebook Live
11:30 a.m.  “In ‘n’ Out” Eucharist  (in person, more information)

December 22 and December 23
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pick up Communion to share during the Christmas Eve Zoom Watch Party

December 24, Christmas Eve
4 p.m.        Christmas Pageant Watch Party on Zoom
8:45 p.m.  Join us on Zoom for to watch our prerecorded Christmas Choral Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist

December 25, Christmas Day
9 a.m.       Simple Said Service on Zoom

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

December 13, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the Sixth Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2020: Liturgy of the Word for the Sixth Sunday of Advent

Join us online for worship and connection Sundays at 10 a.m. on Facebook as we live stream our service. We look forward to seeing you there.

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

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.