January 12, 2020 – Sermon

Baptism of the Lord January 12, 2020 Psalm 29, Isaiah 42:1-9, Romans 6:3-5, Matthew 3:1-17 ************************************************************* Bear with me for a moment as I retell an old story of pastors at a get-together, sharing fellowship and stories… One pastor asks if anyone can share any advice about how to get rid of mice – which have infested that pastor’s church building… Another pastor says “We used to have that problem… But I figured it out, finally. I put out a big plate of cheese in the middle of the fellowship hall. When the mice gathered to feast – I baptized them before they could get away…. We haven’t seen a single mouse… since.” It’s a funny story in a sad way for pastors… who are often more familiar than we wish with people asking for what I call drive-by baptism – meaning no preparation, no follow up, no expectation of the one to be baptized ever coming back to church…At least not till the one baptized wants to be married… or needs to be buried… Which is the main reason why, for many years, I have required families asking for a baptism to attend church at least three or four times, and counsel with me once about the meaning of baptism. Which screens out about 90% of initial requests… John the Baptist was a lot tougher than I am. When Pharisees and Sadducees came for baptism and John detected less than full commitment to the radical make-over repentance he was preaching… He doesn’t invite folks to come for counseling first, and come, attend church a few times, and see if this might work for you… He says “who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit befitting repentance… and get ready for the fire next time…” And even with his extreme tough love preaching message, John the Baptist drew large crowds… People were coming out from Jerusalem city and all around Judea in big numbers, confessing their sins and lining up to be water-washed in the River Jordan… As the Spirit stirred up faith in the community… Stirring primal memories going all the way back to… When the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep… and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters… Now the Spirit of the Lord is hovering over the waters of River Jordan… Drawing people to the riverside… Human spirits yearning to be reunited with the Spirit of the Lord. Let us continue to pray for great awakenings everywhere… As we revisit the baptism of Jesus our Lord… And inquire of God into it’s significance… (As…) *** Over the years I’ve occasionally had people ask if they could have a child baptized at home, in their living room, or in a backyard swimming pool… in something resembling a private ceremony. Whenever people have asked for something like this I’ve tried to patiently explain – that would be almost the opposite of what baptism is about… Not quite the opposite, because if there’s a real emergency, any believer can perform an emergency baptism on the spot. You don’t have to be a pastor or priest to perform an emergency baptism… (I learned this, actually, many years ago watching, I’m pretty sure – an episode...

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January 26, 2020 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study continues on Thursdays, at 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 NA Meeting Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo Exercise

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Janaury 26, 2020 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, January 26th: 11:00 PM Worship Service Wednesday, January 28th: 10:00 AM BWC (Perry) Thursday, January 29th: 1:00 PM Bible Study Sunday, February 2nd: 11:00 PM Worship Service 12:00 PM Soup Sunday THE RISEM DISTRICT EPIPHANY GATHERING is today January 26 at 3PM. Please join us for food, & fun , friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more info contact Jen Jordan at risem.layregistrar@gmail.com THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER deadline is Tuesday January 28th. SOUP SUNDAY is going to be February 2nd. If you wish to participate you can pick up the empty containers for soup today and bring them back full of soup to sell on the 2nd. Please contact Judy Battles for more information. THE MEN’S BREAKFAST group is taking a break in January. We plan to resume meeting on another day of the week to be determined. PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10...

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January 19, 2020 Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, January 19th:          11:00 PM  Worship ServiceMonday, January 20th:         10:00 AM  MeditationWednesday, January 22nd:  10:00 AM  Prayer GroupThursday, January 23rd:        1:00 PM   Bible StudySunday, January 26th:          11:00 PM   Worship Service WEST FALMOUTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH would like to extend an invitation to you to join in fellowship at our church, Sunday January 19th at 4 pm for the following: Homemade soup, Movie: “Heaven is Real” and make your own Ice Cream Sundaes RISEM DISTRICT EPIPHANY GATHERING on January 26 at 3PM. Please join us for food, & fun , friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more info contact Jen Jordan at risem.layregistrar@gmail.com or call the office at 508-759-4898. THE MEN’S BREAKFAST group is taking a break in January. We plan to resume meeting on another day of the week to be determined. PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10 am. SOUPER SUNDAY is February 2nd after Worship...

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January 19, 2020 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The West Falmouth United Methodist Church would like to extend an invitation to join in fellowship at our church, TODAY, Sunday January 19th at 4 pm. Homemade soup. Movie: “Heaven is Real”. Make your own Ice Cream Sundaes. The RISEM District Lay Servant Committee invites you to their Epiphany Gathering on January 26th. Epiphany is a season of deepening in spiritual growth. Please come to celebrate how God is at work in our lives. Family and friends welcome and encouraged to attend! Please bring a main dish or dessert to share! Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 3:00 pm, Memorial UMC – 176 Somerset Ave Taunton MA 02780. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study continues on Thursdays, at 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 NA Meeting Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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