October 20, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkin Patch: Please consider signing up for a shift. The signup sheet will be in Handy Hall after church. Annual reports are due Oct. 22 for Annual Church Conference. Please email to Linda Henderson. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study is on Thursdays, 1pm, in the Perry Room at the Bourne church. 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 9:00 am Exercise Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 9:00 am Exercise Thursday 7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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October 20, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, October 20th:                       11:00 AM     Worship Service Monday, October 21st:                      10:30 AM     Aptucxet Tuesday, October 22nd:                       5:30 PM     Brookside Wednesday, October 23rd:              10:00 AM     Prayer Group Wednesday, October 23rd:                 4:30 PM     Horizons for Homeless Thursday, October 24th:                      1:00 PM     Bible Study Sunday, October 27th:                       11:00 AM      Worship Service                                                 Other Announcements ALL REPORTS ARE DUE THIS TUESDAY OCTOBER 22nd from the various committees, organizations, and individuals responsible for the smooth running of the church’s annual conference . PUMPKIN PATCH VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED, please consider signing up for a shift. The sign up sheet will be in Crain Hall after church. PRAYER GROUP will meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the...

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October 13, 2019 – Bourne

  THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, October 13th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Wednesday, October 16th: 10:00 AM Craft Group Thursday, October 17th: 9:30 AM Men’s Breakfast Sunday, October 20th: 11:00 AM Worship Service PUMPKIN PATCH VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED, please consider signing up for a shift. The sign up sheet will be in Crain Hall after church. CRAFT GROUP will meet at Sue DeWitte’s House. THE MENS BREAKFAST will meet at the Corner Café in Pocasset. PRAYER GROUP will meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. ALL REPORTS ARE DUE TUESDAY OCTOBER 22nd from the various committees, organizations, and individuals responsible for the smooth running of the church’s annual conference...

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October 13, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkin Patch: Please consider signing up for a shift. The signup sheet will be in Handy Hall after church. Annual reports are due soon for Annual Church Conference. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study is on Thursdays, 1pm, in the Perry Room at the Bourne church. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday 7:45 am Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am Worship Sunday 7:30 pm AA Meeting Monday 9:30am Osteo Exercise 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...

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Pentecost 17 – October 6, 2019

(Ps 37, Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-14) Luke 17:5-19 Faith, love and gratitude **************************************************************** Just before where our gospel reading begins Jesus tells us – ‘it’s better to be tossed in the ocean like fish bait, with a quarter-ton-stone-sinker attached to you – than to lead a child or disciple astray’ – and – ‘if another disciple sins against you seven times in a day and says “I repent” seven times – you must forgive each time.’ No wonder the disciples say to Jesus “Increase our faith!” But Jesus says “if you’ve got faith the size of a mustard seed you can tell a tangerine tree to tango and it will start dancing.” Faith, according to Jesus, isn’t about size. It’s about trusting God – and even a very tiny size faith is enough to do wonders. It’s a metaphor. It’s a parable. And– If we’re faithful in our relationship with God – Jesus says – we can ask in his name and God will move the metaphoric mulberry tree – into the ocean and out again. Which can sound like fun. But the follow-up example of faithfulness Jesus tells next makes me say again “Increase my faith!” As Jesus asks us to imagine having hired servants who have been ploughing and tending sheep all day long – and when they come in from the fields they’re expected to wait on you at table before eating – not expecting any thanks – saying “we are unworthy servants, just doing our duty.” Now I’ve never had any hired servants – and I doubt the first disciples did either. So I’m pretty sure Jesus intends for us to see ourselves as those servants, working in the fields of the Lord, and in God’s kitchen. Not expecting thanks for our labors on behalf of Jesus. Just saying “we’re unworthy servants, just doing what we’re supposed to do.” (There will be a time, Jesus says elsewhere, when the faithful are thanked – but that’s not to be our motivation.) But – before I can even begin to say “increase my faith!” – again – Luke the gospel writer directs our attention now to an encounter with lepers – in which – Ten lepers approach Jesus crying “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” And Jesus says, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” (Leprosy meant any kind of skin disorder considered contagious in those times. Lepers had to stay outside towns and villages, and be certified healed by priests before they could rejoin the community.) And – Now all ten lepers are healed as they go. And one – turns back – falls at the feet of Jesus, praising God, thanking Jesus. And – “Where are the other nine?” Jesus asks – “Were not all ten healed?” **** With these gospel stories before us we’re walking with Jesus on the biblical road of stewardship. Perhaps the first theme of the bible… as – In the beginning God makes human beings in the image of God, and commissions us to be stewards of creation. And in the beginning God instructs us to tend the garden – as we ourselves are tended, nurtured, taken care of by God… Stewardship means employing all our God-given gifts, grace, resources and abilities to do all God asks us to...

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