April 22, 2018

Easter 4  April 22, 2018  Ps 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18, John 21:15-25 *************************************************************** Not so many of us are familiar anymore with real-life sheep and shepherding…  Yet the image of the Good Shepherd still ranks high among images for God and Jesus that we treasure most. Many still know the psalm – The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…Many still resonate with Jesus when he tells us I am the Good Shepherd… I lay down my life for the sheep… Many still remember – We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture… (as Psalm 100 says.) We are the sheep of God’s pasture. Many of us know the words of Psalm 23 by heart…Many find deep comfort knowing –  He makes me lie down in green pastures… He leads me beside still waters… He restores my soul… We say this psalm together in our household almost every night. It’s so familiar… it can be easy to overlook the way the psalm is actually talking about life… as a journey with God. Life with God includes wonderful lying down in green pastures times, and blessed resting beside still waters times. But throughout most of life we’re in motion… following God…as… He leads us in paths of righteousness for his name sake… and… Yea though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death (and sometimes I try to walk a little faster till we get through the darker parts of the valley…) Still, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me… In the psalms, God, the Father of course is The Lord, my shepherd. Like Father, like Son, Jesus continues in the vocation of his Father… tending the sheep of God’s pasture. What wonderful, comforting images we have here, with the Lord our shepherd, and we, the sheep of his pasture… Though now as I hear…. Jesus asking and saying to Peter Do you love me? Feed my lambs. Do you love me? Tend my sheep. Do you love me? Feed my sheep. Saying it three times to make the point hard to mistake – If you love me, take care of my flock. You’re a shepherd now, like me. Follow me! Now like Peter, I’m feeling a little less comfortable…. as I recall our First Letter of John reminding us today  – we’re all going to be like Jesus – doing what Jesus does. Like Jesus, we too ought to be laying down our lives for one another…. And now as we hear Jesus saying he lays down his life for his sheep five times today… I’m hearing the repetition as Jesus’ way of telling us (along with Peter and the other disciples) – we too are supposed to do this laying down of life thing repeatedly…  In the other gospels Jesus says “take up your cross and follow me every day.” Here in John he says “I lay down my life for the sheep”… repeating himself…. repeatedly. Which is typical of Jesus, I know, but…does kind-of  make my image of the Lord, my shepherd… a little less comforting… *** Yet – here in John’s telling of the story, with all it’s discomforting emphasis on laying down our lives for God and one another – all the emphasis on following...

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April 15, 2018

Easter 3   April 15, 2018   Psalm 8, 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 5:1-11, John 21:1-14 *********************************************************** As a fisherman I find it rather amazing – that Jesus, Savior of the world, who knows all about us – nonetheless chooses fishermen, of all people – as his first apostles. How weird is that? The first disciples Jesus calls in our reading from St Luke are all fishermen – people notoriously stereotyped as habitual exaggerators, even outright liars. Yet now here again at the end of St John’s gospel, here’s Jesus – who we might think would have reconsidered choosing fisher-folk, after fisherman-apostle Simon Peter famously denies he even knows Jesus three times in one night. But here again is Jesus – not sending his fishermen back to the minor leagues, nor trading them to Cleveland for players to be named later – but instead putting together almost a re-run of his first calling of his first disciples. Again – how weird is that? St John’s gospel includes only a very little of the content of the other three gospels. And John’s gospel tells the Jesus story in a very different sequence, with some very different emphases. Yet John shares some stories, characters and situations with St Luke in ways that suggest these two gospel writers felt a close gospel kinship, in spite of their different styles of communicating. I’d guess they probably shared drafts of their gospels with each other as they wrote. Since, as any fisherman would notice– All four gospels feature fishermen disciples – but only Luke and John describe the fishermen actually catching fish. And John’s concluding fishermen-fishing story sounds an awful lot like a sequel to Luke’s earlier fishermen-fishing story. Noticing again, how – In both Luke and John disciples have been fishing all night without catching. In both cases Jesus tells them try again. In Luke they’ve quit for the day and are cleaning their nets, when Jesus asks Simon Peter to let him use his boat as a preaching platform. Call it a generous tip, call it paying-it-forward, call it whatever, but – when he’s done preaching Jesus tells Peter – “put out into deep water, let down your nets again.” Now Peter and his partners James and John are into a net-busting catch of fish. In John’s gospel the fishermen, Simon Peter again in the lead, James and John sons of Zebedee again – with last week’s disbelieving Thomas, and Nathanael of Cana who we haven’t seen since chapter one – and two others, un-named – plug-in your name and mine – seven together in the boat – John’s favorite number – seven fishermen together in the boat – likely ready to quit as day’s breaking after a long-fishless-night-on-the-water – when Jesus calls out from shore – “Cast your net to the other side of the boat.” Now in Luke and John alike, huge numbers of fish come flooding into the net when fishermen do what Jesus says. Notice in John’s account, doing what Jesus says works, even when we don’t know yet it’s Jesus we’re listening to. We could say again “how weird is that?” Or – figure there’s authority in the sound of his voice that makes fish and fishermen obey. In each case, when fishermen do as they’re told their nets...

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April 22, 2018 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer group meets second and fourth Wednesdays, 10 am, at the Bourne church. All are welcome. The group to discuss The Book of Joy will continue Monday, Apr. 30. The Bible Study Group meets on Thursdays at 1 PM in Bourne. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Backpack Program Kids are back in school and we are collecting items of food and supplies to fill the backpacks that go home with the kids on weekends. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                          7:00 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                         N/A Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise...

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Aprill 22, 2018 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH   Sunday, April 22nd:                                    11:00 AM      Worship Service Wednesday, April 25th:                              10:00 AM      BWC Thursday,  April 26th:                                 10:00 AM      Prayer Group                                                                            1:00 PM      Bible Study           Sunday, April 29th :                                     11:00 AM      Worship Service THE MAY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday April 24th.  BIBLE STUDY continues to meet Thursdays at 1:00PM. FREE CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am. BACKPACK PROGRAM:  There is a list of items needed on the table in Crain Hall.  Thank you in advance!                                                              ...

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April 15, 2018 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer group meets second and fourth Wednesdays, 10 am, at the Bourne church. All are welcome. The group to discuss The Book of Joy will continue Monday, Apr. 16. The Bible Study Group will meet on Thursdays at 1 PM in Bourne. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for 25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Backpack Program Kids are back in school and we are collecting items of food and supplies to fill the backpacks that go home with the kids on weekends. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 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                          N/A Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise...

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