April 7, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday,  April 7th:                                        11:00 AM     Worship Service Monday, April 8th:                                        9 :00 AM     DCOM Wednesday, April 9th:                                10:00 AM     Prayer Group                                                                           5:30 PM       Aptucxet Thursday, April  10th:                                   1:00PM       Bible Study Sunday, April 14th :                                     11:00 AM      Worship Service THE STAFF PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEE  continues to accept applications for the custodian position.  Please call Vicki, our Administrative Secretary, if you know of anyone who may be interested. EASTER SUNRISE BREAKFAST Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place around 6:45 am in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC following the sunrise service on April 21st. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup our food cost. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. BIBLE STUDY meets Thursday at 1pm. THE BOURNE FRIENDS FOOD PANTRY  is collecting items for Easter dinner (April 21st). Hams, pineapple, Easter candy, Easter egg coloring kits, white vinegar, quick bread mixes, brownie and cake mixes. If you would like more information regarding donations; or need to schedule an appointment, please call the Pantry at 508-759-3351. HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE PALM SUNDAY: April 14th                   9:00am service at Cataumet UMC                   11:00am service at Bourne UMC MAUNDY THURSDAY: April 18th                   7:00pm service at Cataumet UMC GOOD FRIDAY: April 19th                   7:00pm service at Bourne UMC HOLY SATURDAY: April 20th                  4:00pm to 7:00pm the Bourne UMC will be open for prayer and meditation EASTER SUNDAY: April 21st                 6:00am Sunrise Service at Scusset Beach                7:00am Easter Breakfast at Bourne UMC                9:00am service at Cataumet UMC                                  ...

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March 31, 2019

Lent 4 March 31, 2019   Psalm 32, 2nd Corinthians 5:14-20, Luke 15:1-10, 11-32 Come home *************************************************************** Religious leaders are complaining (not for the first time) about Jesus welcoming sinners and eating with them. In response Jesus tells a four-part lost-and-found parable.  (I’ve heard the story in the past as a string of three-related parables. But this time I’m noticing Luke calls it all one parable.) And as a song sounds different depending on how fast or slow and what key and rhythm we sing it… (When the band’s in three-four time our feet want to dance a waltz… When the band’s playing with a boogie beat we dance differently…) So also with interpretation of scripture – whichever parts of the word of God get extra accents in our interpretation – wherever we hear the divine cymbals clang and trumpet calls…always influences profoundly our hearing of the word… Which I mention because… Many of us have heard this parable of the so-called prodigal son many times. (Prodigal isn’t a word the gospel writer uses – though it probably works – prodigal  means wasteful or extravagant.) We may even know this story so well we perhaps glaze over just a little, hearing it yet again…. But not everyone has heard the story. Last week I found an art blog post where one teacher said he taught college students art interpretation twenty years, always featuring Rembrandt’s painting titled “the prodigal son.” He’d always ask his students “do you recognize this story of the prodigal son? Do you know where it comes from?’ And he said no more than 20 students in 20 years knew the story, or knew it’s from the bible. In that famous Rembrandt picture, the younger son is seen kneeling at the feet of his father, whose hands embrace the son… Those who study the painting notice…Rembrandt paints one hand of the father as soft and vulnerable, like a woman’s hand… The other hand is strong and masculine, symbolizing different sides of the father-figure… To the right in the picture, standing upright, on slightly higher ground, stands the older son, looking on…. Art scholars point out many details of the picture I hadn’t noticed – like  the younger son’s shoes, falling apart, worn out, from traveling to and from a distant land… There’s much we can learn from artists who have spent much time considering a biblical theme from many angles of vision… As we consider again the parable of a prodigal family… In part one of the parable a shepherd has 100 sheep and loses one. He leaves the 99, goes looking for the one that’s lost. When he finds the lost sheep he brings it home on his shoulders, and calls friends and neighbors to join in rejoicing. And Jesus says “there’s joy in heaven over one sinner who repents – more than over 99 righteous persons who don’t need repentance.” Then in part two of our parable, a woman has ten coins and loses one. She turns on all the lights and sweeps till she finds that coin. Then she calls her friends and neighbors to join her in rejoicing… And again Jesus says “there’s joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Which sounds more than a little strange,...

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March 31, 2019- Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS This Sunday is UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Sunday. Envelopes are provided. Please consider prayerfully; and contribute as you feel led and as you are able. Easter Sunrise Breakfast  Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place around 6:45 am in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC following the sunrise service on April 21st. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup our food cost. The group discussion of the Book of Joy will resume on April 8. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Needs at this time include boxed cold cereal, jelly (plastic bottles), mayonnaise, snacks and hot cocoa packets. Thanks for your help. 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                         9:00am                        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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March 31, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday,  March 31st:                                    11:00 AM     Worship Service Monday, April 1st.                                          1 :00 PM      UMW                                                                             6:00 PM      Book Group Wednesday, April 3rd:                                  10:00 AM      BWC Saturday, April 6th:                                       10:00 AM     Children’s Clothing Exchange Sunday, April 7th :                                         11:00 AM      Worship Service THE STAFF PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEE  continues to accept applications for the custodian position.  Please call Vicki, our Administrative Secretary, if you know of anyone who may be interested. EASTER SUNRISE BREAKFAST Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place around 6:45 am in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC following the sunrise service on April 21st. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup our food cost. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. BIBLE STUDY meets Thursday at 1pm. THE BOURNE FRIENDS FOOD PANTRY  is collecting items for Easter dinner (April 21st). Hams, pineapple, Easter candy, Easter egg coloring kits, white vinegar, quick bread mixes, brownie and cake mixes. If you would like more information regarding donations; or need to schedule an appointment, please call the Pantry at 508-759-3351.                                        ...

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March 24, 2019

Lent 3 March 24, 2019  Psalm 63, Isaiah 55, Luke 13:6-19   **************************************************************** We’re in the season of Lent, a time, according to ancient tradition, for repentance. Repentance, meaning literally turning. Turning to God – turning from whatever distracts us from the love of God… and loving our neighbor as our self… And lent means literally Spring. The word lent comes from an old English word lencten, meaning lengthen – which was also an old English word for Spring, as in lengthening days that come with Spring. Spring has sprung. Thanks be to God. Happy Spring… But… as anyone who’s lived in New England any length of time knows – Spring is unpredictable. One minute it can be sunny and warm – half an hour later, a snow squall. Sunny again – then rain or hail… New England weather is notoriously ever-changing, especially in this season we call Spring… Yet, in spite of all the un-predictability of our seasonal weather… Most of us look forward to Spring – as among other things, a time when baseball starts up again. Song birds are back in big numbers, nesting in trees, singing their songs.. Fishing begins… .and it’s time for preparing and planting gardens. Our garden seeds just arrived this past week… Linda and Tom already have flowers blooming. Near the end of Lent Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane… Then on the third day, Easter begins… With Mary Magdalene searching for the body of Jesus in the garden, at the tomb in which he has been buried… Only to meet him… speaking with her in that same garden – Risen from the dead. So – perhaps it’s no coincidence – the prophet Isaiah and Jesus our Lord are both speaking in gardening language today… I picture them each out in a garden, in their gardening clothes…Shovels in hand. Isaiah comparing God’s word with the fertility of seed planted in soil, bearing fruit…Jesus comparing the turning over of garden soil… with turning to God… Using earthy language, as he talks about turning a load of manure under, mixing it well with all the dirt around this proverbial fig tree that hasn’t yet given a fig… for the owner of the vineyard in which its planted… It’s a parable – God is never explicitly named the owner of this vineyard – though vineyard and fig tree are familiar metaphors for Israel in scripture… Jesus doesn’t explicitly name himself as the gardener… The word repentance is never used….Though Jesus has been talking directly about repentance just before start of today’s gospel reading. So its not a stretch to guess… we are expected to be thinking repentance – as we hear this fig tree’s going to be cut down next year if it still hasn’t produced fruit for its owner. Which makes this a serious (even a life-or-death-kind-of-a-parable)… for this season of Spring…. Season of Lent… Meanwhile… *** Isaiah the prophet tells us up-front directly – we need to practice repentance – saying: Seek the Lord while he may be found – call upon him while he’s near – Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts – Let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them – and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon....

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