June 16, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Tim will report back from New England Methodist Annual Conference, on Sunday, June 23rd at the Bourne church after their service. A light lunch will be served. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible study continues to meet every Thursday at 1:00 pm. The group discussion of the Book of Joy will meet again on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 pm (new time). EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         7:45 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                          7:30 pm                       AA Meeting Monday                        7:30 pm                         N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00am                        Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                       Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                      NA Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise  ...

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June 16, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 16th:                           11:00 AM     Worship Service Monday, June 17th:                              6:00PM     Finance Committee                                                                 7:00 PM     Church Council Thursday, June 20th:                          9:30 AM     Men’s Breakfast                                                                 1:00 PM     Bible Study        Sunday, June 23rd:                           11:00 AM     Worship Service OFFICE HOURS will be on Monday 6/17 only this week from 9-1. THE NEXT MENS BREAKFAST is June 20th at 9:30am, at the Corner Café in Pocasset. BIBLE STUDY meets this Thursday at 1pm. SUNDAY JUNE 23rd after church please stay for Report backs from New England Methodist Annual Conference, a light lunch will be served. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.                     ...

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June 9, 2019

Pentecost  June 9, 2019  Psalm 104, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:15-17, Acts 2:1-21 ***************************************************************** Imagine gathered disciples singing prayerfully soulfully, many times – Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us – Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us Till suddenly without warning the Holy Spirit floods the zone, fills the room with God’s presence…With a sound like a wild stormy wind and what appears to be flickering tongues of fire dancing on disciples’ heads – And the Spirit speaks through disciples, enabling all to speak the praises of God in many languages – Alleluia, thank you God, Alleluia, thank you Lord…  a strange and beautiful sound – that works as a summons – for many to come and listen… As believers, altogether in one place now – are praising God passionately, speaking of God’s mighty deeds in many tongues – understanding each other across borders and boundaries of language and culture… Quite a hard act to follow – this wild scene in the book of Acts… Not that this first Pentecost after the resurrection was meant to be replicable in any literal sense. Nothing happening here at Pentecost was ever planned by people. From the get-go the giving of the Spirit is God’s work, not ours. To this day the Holy Spirit is a mystery we can’t explain… Yet – little Pentecosts keep happening… The Holy Spirit has fallen afresh on gathered disciples of all nations – many more times than we can imagine. We may not hear the sound of rushing wind now, or see dancing tongues of flame, now, or receive the gift of speaking in tongues that we don’t know (or didn’t know we knew).  But the Spirit dwells in us and among us, even now – God’s gracious gift to all who believe and follow Jesus… And if we ever find ourselves not noticing the Holy Spirit’s presence – we’re invited again to remember – that one thing those first disciples did get right – (one of the rare things Jesus told them to do that they actually did right away –)  which was – to wait. Wait in Jerusalem, in their day. Wait wherever we are, now. Wait till God sends the Holy Spirit… Wait and pray… Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us… Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us… A simple prayer. Simple. But – One of the harder things for most of us to do is… Wait… Wait attentively… For the Holy Spirit… without submitting to distractions… (And if you’ve figured out how to do this on a regular basis–tell me how you do it) Because I still get distracted, way too easily, by way too many things… Yet – sometimes, I (even I) – even if only for five or ten minutes – I sometimes do manage by grace to hear the Spirit whisper – Peace – be still… And obey. *** We don’t know exactly how long those first disciples had to wait for the Spirit. There’s fifty days from Passover in the Jewish calendar (Easter in the Christian calendar) to Pentecost – so we could say they waited fifty days. And it’s ten days to Pentecost from the day of Ascension, where Jesus says again – ‘wait for the Spirit in...

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Ascension Sunday June 2, 2019

Ascension Sunday   June 2, 2019 Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:48-53, Acts 1:1-11 *************************************************************** The book of Acts begins with a retelling of the last scene in the gospel of Luke –  Luke, our narrator’s way of letting us know that Acts is volume two of the story of Jesus and the early church. In Luke’s gospel, first, then again in Acts, Jesus shares quick reminders and final instructions with disciples… then vanishes into clouds of holy mystery… as… In the last scene of Luke’s gospel, disciples worship Jesus, now, for the first time. I imagine them singing a first century version of the Charles Wesley hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! To his home above the skies – Alleluia! Christ, awhile, to mortals given, Alleluia! Re-ascends his native heaven, Alleluia! Jesus tells his followers – wait here in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit, whom you’ve heard me talking about… The Spirit will fill you with power and equip you for ministry. Then you’ll be my witnesses, starting here, moving out to Judea and Samaria – then to all the ends of the earth, as the Spirit leads… Meanwhile, wait right here, till God the Father sends the Holy Spirit. I’ll be watching over you from my Father’s house… And we can almost hear the angels sing as Jesus comes to sing with them – ….Christ has conquered death and sin, Alleluia! Take the king of glory in, Alleluia! Ascension is a joyous celebration, now, in retrospect, for the church. But at the time, and again, maybe even more so now, as pollsters tell us – the fastest growing religious group in America is the so-called Nones ( N-O-N-E-S) – people who say they belong to none of the religious groups they know of – this huge transition in the story of Jesus and the church that we call The Ascension needs unpacking… And it may seem a stretch for our imaginations, but – to follow the story line we need to mention the role of angels. The word angel meaning literally messenger. Angels keep showing up at key moments in Luke’s gospel and the book of Acts. (Today let’s skip over other appearances to remember just in the last chapter of Luke, two angels in dazzling bright clothing appear at the tomb of Jesus early on the first Easter morning – asking the women who have come to anoint the body of Jesus – “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? Don’t you remember what he told you – about him being handed over to sinners who will crucify him – then, on the third day he’ll rise again?” The women do remember now – but – the disciples they tell the good news to don’t believe…Till they see Jesus for themselves, still bearing the marks of the cross… Now, as the story continues, just as we see Jesus rising into the heavens – two angel messengers, again, in bright clothing, again, appear – asking this time – “Why do you stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has just been taken up into heaven will come again the same way that you’ve seen him go into heaven…” And – “Why are you standing looking up?” is...

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June 9, 2019 – Cataumet

Tim will be at New England UMC Annual Conference Thursday through Saturday this week. He will be checking messages at home. A piano recital by our choir director, Tatsiana Mazheika, will be at the Bourne church at 2 p.m. today. All are welcome. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible study continues to meet every Thursday at 1:00 pm. The group discussion of the Book of Joy will meet again on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 pm (new time). EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         7:45 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:30 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00am                        Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                        Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                      NA Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise    ...

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