August 12, 2018 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer group is in recess until September. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The Bible Study Group is suspended for the summer. The group to discuss The Book of Joy will continue after Labor Day TBA.                            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...

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August 12, 2018-Bourne

                    THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 12th:                            11:00 AM     Worship Service Thursday, August 16th:                          9:30 AM      Men’s Breakfast Friday, August 17th:                              10:00 AM      Craft Group                                Sunday,  August 19th:                           11:00 AM      Worship Service                                       ANNOUNCEMENTS LITURGISTS ARE NEEDED August 19th & 26th. THE NEXT MENS BREAKFAST will  meet August 16th at 9:30 am at the Corner Café in Pocasset. CRAFT GROUP  will meet on Friday August 17th at 10:00am at Sue DeWitte’s home. PRAYER GROUP will not meet during the month of August, but will begin meeting again Wednesday, September 12th. 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....

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Children’s Clothing Exchange

Here are a few pictures of our FREE Children’s Clothing Exchange, which takes place the first Saturday or every month...

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August 5, 2018

Pentecost 11 August 5, 2018   (Ps 107, Ex 16:1-4, John 6:15-24) John 6:25-40 Bread of heaven ********************************************************** Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more… Feed me till I want no more… Jesus has the crowd singing the hymn with him today… At least for a few measures… As, remember – a week ago, our time – just a day ago, their time – Jesus fed five thousand from two little fishes and five small loaves of bread. Now it’s the day after, and the crowds have gathered again around Jesus, hoping for a repeat performance. “More loaves! More fishes! Feed us till we want no more!” Jesus has not exactly given them any reason to expect a repetition. After producing yesterday’s great banquet, with more than enough for everyone and twelve baskets of take-home left-overs – Jesus sends disciples off across the lake in the boat – and  heads off to an undisclosed location on the mountain to avoid crowds who want to crown him king. In feeding the multitude Jesus gives an amazing sign of his power. In private, later that night, he also walks on water for the benefit of disciples in the boat. These and other signs and wonders now convince the crowd Jesus is The Prophet foretold by Moses. They’re getting the idea he’s also the Messiah King of Israel. Yet they have no clue yet what the Messiah’s job description actually looks like. (Hence Jesus’ quick departure as they try to make him king.) These and all the other signs Jesus has done surely ought to remind people of Moses and Israel’s exodus out from Egypt – where God gives manna, bread from heaven, every day, forty years in the wilderness – and God parts the waters of the Red Sea as Moses stretches out his arm at God’s command – and all Israel passes through the waters on the way out from slavery into freedom. Now here’s Jesus giving bread, mastering the waters, as Moses did… But the crowds seem oblivious to the obvious connection to their own sacred history. Jesus accuses them of not even noticing what the sign’s about – and following him just because he’s fed their bodies. “Don’t be working for food that lasts just a few hours. Don’t  waste your life working for what’s here today, gone tomorrow. Work for the food that lasts forever – the Son of Man’s trying to give you – and teach you to eat.” The people hear a little now, on one level, as they pick up on what he’s saying about work for food that endures for eternal life – asking him “so what do we need to be doing – to do the works of God?” “The work of God is to believe in the one God has sent,” Jesus tells them. And they understand now he’s talking about himself – but they’re still totally missing who he is – missing the meaning of what he’s just done by feeding them. “What sign are you going to give us so we can see and believe you?” they ask. Like – what work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, the bread of heaven…” Not getting the irony – of asking...

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July 29, 2018

Pentecost 10  July 29, 2018   (Psalm 145, 1 Samuel 7:18-29, Ephesians 3:14-21) John 6:1-15          Loaves and fishes ************************************************************* Jesus and his disciples head out of town, out into the countryside, trying to get away from the ever-present crowds for awhile. But the crowds see them going and follow. Because, we’re told, they’ve seen the signs Jesus does for the sick. Signs is the word John the gospel writer uses, always, instead of saying miracle or miraculous. And using sign as the word-of-choice is a sign – as a sign points us to something bigger than itself. So in one sense, almost everything Jesus does or says is a sign – pointing to God’s purpose – pointing to what God is doing – pointing to God’s love at work… Even Jesus asking Philip – a home-boy from the nearby town of Bethsaida – “so where can we go to buy food around here for all these people?” – is a sign of sorts – a sign Jesus has a sense of humor – as he knows full well five thousand people, minimum, are coming for dinner… (In Matthew, Mark and Luke’s versions of this story, we’re told it’s 5000 men, with Matthew adding ‘plus women and children.’) In other words, we are expecting quite a bit more company than any restaurant around here (here on this planet) is going to be able to serve… on short order… But we’re also told – Jesus is testing Philip. Jesus already knows what he’s going to do. But he’s testing to see if Philip (or any of the disciples) has been paying attention – noticing what Jesus has already done – and connecting the dots… (They haven’t connected much yet, as it turns out. But – ) Maybe we need a brief station identification break, here, just to note that following our ecumenical lectionary, we have just moved today out from Mark’s gospel, where we’ve been camping all year up to now, over into the gospel of John, chapter six. Here we are, on a mountain, away from the towns and villages. The time is almost Passover – Israel’s high holy day celebration of liberation from slavery. So with Jesus and disciples on a mountain, we’re remembering Moses on the mountain – remembering Israel’s sacred tradition of celebrating freedom from slavery every year with the eating of unleavened bread – remembering also God feeding our ancestors with manna, the bread of heaven, given free-of-charge, every morning for forty years, by God in the wilderness exodus. Now we’re back in Galilee after several trips to Jerusalem. We’ve already seen Jesus work three major signs – turning water into wine, doing a long-distance healing, and getting a lame man on his feet and walking. Now we’re into sign four of the seven major signs described in John. (John tells us elsewhere Jesus did many other signs besides these – but seven is the biblical number of completion, as in the seven days of creation – so the seven signs narrated are a sketch of the wider, deeper, broader spectrum of signs that Jesus does…) But before we go deeper with the details, let’s ponder today’s sign on the most basic level: We all need to eat. And Jesus feeds us all… *** And all is...

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