August 18, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 18th:                      11:00 AM    Worship Service Thursday August 22nd:                   5:30 PM    Brookside            Sunday, August 25th:                     11:00 AM    Worship Service        BIBLE STUDY will be on recess for July and August. PRAYER GROUP will meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month JOIN US August 26th at 7:00PM for our 2019 Pumpkin Patch meeting. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RVSP by 9/6  for our Dinner 9/7, you can do so by calling 508-759-4898 or speaking with Susan Goux, Tracy Jaekel, Connie Soper, or Joan Davis....

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August 18, 2019 – Cataumet

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 Exercise...

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August 4, 2019 – Sermon

Pentecost 8 August 4, 2019 (Psalm 107, Isaiah 58:10-12, Colossians 3:1-5) Luke 12:13-31 Life made simple ************************************************************** Jesus is teaching a crowd of people, when a man interrupts, asking Jesus, “tell my brother to share our family inheritance with me.” But rather than offering help (or even answering yes or no) – here’s Jesus, warning against any kind of greed, and telling a story in which a rich man has prospered and plans to build bigger barns to store his wealth, and now he’s talking to himself, saying, “Soul, you’ve got plenty stored up now. Relax! Eat, drink, be merry! And if I didn’t know it was Jesus telling this parable I’d be thinking – what’s wrong with feasting, celebrating, and resting from our labors when we’ve been blessed with success? This guy probably worked hard to get his land to produce bountiful harvests. So what if he’s planning to tear down old barns and build bigger barns to store the abundance? So what if he wants to rest and enjoy life. Maybe he’s earned it? Yet here’s Jesus, telling this story, in which now God comes on the scene, saying “Fool! I’m calling in the loan of the soul you call yours. No matter how big a barn you build – no matter how much wealth you pile up – it will never even begin to cover what you owe me.” (God doesn’t use the word ‘loan’ – that’s translating into language the rich man knows.) But scripture clearly says: everything in heaven and earth belongs to God. We’re God’s servants, entrusted for life’s little while with whatever we have. It’s what the parable says. Still, we might wonder – is this even a little practical? And – how seriously do we need to take Jesus, here? Isn’t he exaggerating a lot to make his point? Does he really understand economic realities? If we don’t keep building bigger barns, houses, and buildings of all kinds – and if we don’t keep filling them with more things of every kind – isn’t our economy going to go down the tubes? Isn’t our culture’s perpetual need for more possessions and bigger buildings what makes our economy tick? But somehow Jesus doesn’t seem concerned about the health of our economy – as he warns – how very dangerous it is – to store up riches for ourselves – without being rich toward God. And if we think Jesus is tough on the rich man in this parable – check-out again Luke chapter sixteen – where we meet the only person in the bible we’re ever told is in hell – a rich man who didn’t share with Lazarus, his impoverished neighbor. Then in Luke 18 a rich man goes away sorrowful when Jesus says ‘sell all, give to the poor, store up treasure in heaven, and follow me….’ And tells disciples, ‘it’s harder for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ What Jesus says today is part of a consistent pattern of strong warnings about the dangers of accumulating wealth and having many possessions. All part of Jesus’ campaign to protect us against what Martin Luther 500 years ago called the world’s most popular idol – the...

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August 4, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS 250th Anniversary Celebration and Cataumet Village Day: We are getting ready to join with many Cataumet Village and Bournewide organizations to celebrate our church and the village on the weekend of August 9-11. We will need help setting up the church history display on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10 am and Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 pm. Please let Donna Mark know if you can help. There is also a sign-up sheet in Handy Hall for volunteers to help with the Friday night set-up and refreshments and Saturday daytime set-up and lunch, tours, etc. 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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August 4, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 4th:                      11:00 AM   Worship Service Sunday, August 11th:                     11:00 AM   Worship Service BIBLE STUDY will be on recess for July and August. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

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