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March 2020 Newsletter

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February 2020 Newsletter

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January 2020 Newsletter

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December 2019 Newsletter

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November 2019 Newsletter

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October 2019 Newsletter

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June 2018

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The Spirit of Pentecost   When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  (Acts 2:1-4. Please read also the rest of Acts 2.) On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit goes into over-drive – manifesting as a rushing violently-stormy-wind – and as flaming-tongues-of-fire dancing on gathered disciples – who now catch fire with the Spirit, and speak in foreign languages they didn’t know they knew, praising God – and people from all over understand what they’re saying in their own native languages. Many come to listen, drawn by the Spirit to learn what God’s doing. But others are skeptical, suggesting believers have been drinking (Acts 2:13). The day before Pentecost Sunday, as it happens, I’d watched a video posted by the NY Times of Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry passionately preaching biblical love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Bishop Curry quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who said ‘when we learn to love as God loves this will be like humankind discovering fire again – as if for the first time.’ The royal bride and groom could be seen wiping joy tears from their eyes. In spite of the very formal setting, many seemed to be feeling the Spirit. However, as the camera panned across the audience (and as reporters and commentators noticed), some other guests appeared bored or cynical, much like those in Jerusalem who accused disciples of being drunk. Even when the church is obviously caught up in the Spirit, some will doubt. But by the end of the day of Pentecost three thousand have come to Jesus, been baptized, and now are giving their lives to serving Jesus as disciples. The Holy Spirit gets the last word. We have very few reports of the Spirit appearing again as visible fire and stormy wind – and few examples of the Spirit gifting people to speak or understand foreign languages they don’t already know in all the years since. But Spirit-led communication across all kinds of cultural and linguistic barriers continues. Usually in quieter, less obvious ways, but – perhaps anytime we live together in love and harmony bearing witness to God’s grace, this is certifiably miraculous. Scripture tells us all who believe in Jesus have the Holy Spirit living in us. The Spirit-led transformation that flows from Pentecost is our living legacy. So as author Oswald Chambers says: “When it is a question of God’s almighty power, never say, ‘I can’t.’” ***** On Pentecost Sunday three of our Parish’s Certified Lay Servants – members who have taken at least two United Methodist Lay Leadership classes  – graciously shared reflections on Pentecost themes. Many thanks to Susan Goux, Anne Marie Seitzinger, and Dottie Cotter. This month we’re featuring Susan’s meditation, which follows. ***** Reflections on Pentecost Pentecost is often considered the birthday of the church.  Before the events of the first Pentecost, which...

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April 2018

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Walking, talking, breaking bread (Please read Luke 24:1-35) Two travelers are talking with each other as they walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus when another traveler comes along and asks what they’re talking about… “Are you the only one around who doesn’t know all the things that have been happening in Jerusalem?” they ask. “What things?” he asks. “Things about Jesus, of course,” they say – launching into telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth “a mighty prophet of God – the one we had hoped might be the Messiah of Israel – the one we had hoped would deliver us from captivity and oppression. The one in whom we had hoped all our highest hopes…” “But he was crucified and laid in the tomb. He had told us more than once he would be executed… We didn’t really believe that…. He had said he’d be raised from the dead on the third day…We had hoped so… We didn’t really believe that, but…We had hoped…. But now the third day’s almost over. And we had hoped… But now… all we have for all our hopes is just a strange report from some of the women of our group who went to the tomb early this morning and came back saying the tomb was empty – saying they’d seen a vision of angels who told them he was risen… And… We didn’t believe that…” “How very foolish…” the stranger walking with them says. “How very slow you are to remember all the prophets have said about the Messiah and how he must suffer…  before coming into his glory…” And the stranger talks with them… all the rest of the seven mile journey to Emmaus, opening the scriptures to them and teaching them what is written about the Messiah… And as they come near the village of Emmaus… the man walks a little faster, straight ahead, as if he’s going to walk on by himself. But they insist: “Stay with us, it’s getting dark, day’s almost done.” And he does. And now at table, it’s as if he, the stranger, is suddenly their host – as he takes bread, blesses, and breaks the bread… And they recognize him in the breaking of the bread…. **** Imagine – walking with your main teacher and guide in life – the one in whom you have put your hope and trust in – and as he’s talking about himself in the third person explaining all about himself – we’re not recognizing him for the whole seven miles we’re walking together… (I’m a relatively fast walker and it takes me more than two hours to walk seven miles.) But let’s cut these travelers some slack. Probably they were so deeply disappointed about Jesus being gone, and all their hopes unfulfilled… that even his presence up close and personal… doesn’t quite register… And perhaps Jesus had his hoodie-sweatshirt pulled over up his hair and his dark sunglasses on. Perhaps he was disguising his voice a little – having a little fun, messing with his friends minds – testing their memories and powers of recognition. I expect these travelers were plenty embarrassed when they finally recognized Jesus. But – doesn’t sound like they allowed embarrassment to get in the way of their joy… As once they recognize Jesus...

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March 2018

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I’d just heard news of the high school murders in Parkland, Florida as our Ash Wednesday service began. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice!…The Psalmist’s lament began our worship, marking the beginning of Lent’s forty days in the wilderness with Jesus, mourning our sins and turning to God for new life. As we do each year, we read scriptures, sang hymns, took time in silence to pray. We wrote sins and broken places in our lives on slips of paper. Then burned them in candle flame, giving them over to God…We prayed again in silence. And received ashes in the sign of the cross on our brows… Lent is a season of preparation… The way to resurrection life begins in the darkness of winter, in the shadow of human sin and death. Lent is a time for recommitting ourselves to following Jesus… as he leads us out from death…in the way of the cross. Lent is a beginning… not an end. On the first Sunday in Lent each year we revisit Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness, where he’s tempted and tested by Satan. Our own wilderness is different from Jesus’ wilderness, but we too inevitably face testing and tempting. We draw strength on this journey from Jesus, learning from him as we do our best to follow… Sharing in the sufferings of Christ, as Christ takes on the sufferings of the world… Especially in Lent, Jesus reminds us – if we are to be his followers we too must take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow him. Every year this can seem as daunting as ever. Yet as we persist in asking Jesus’ help, we learn again… Though the way is difficult… The cross of Jesus is far gentler than all the world has to offer. For it is only in the cross and resurrection of Jesus that the sins, the sufferings, the death of this world is transformed… into new creation Life. And even though forty days is really not long enough, at least not for me… to be really ready for all that lies ahead… Soon we arrive at Palm Sunday… with crowds waving palm branches and shouting hosannas…barely noticing the cross looming ahead… On Holy Thursday we will be with Jesus at his last supper as he’s breaking bread and washing feet and giving us last reminders…So soon, Good Friday – the darkest of days… Yet in Christ’s strange, paradoxical gospel…Here is the completion of his work…as Jesus says from the cross “It is finished.” Lent is a new beginning. Not the end. May we continue to walk with Him, trusting in his steadfast love, mercy, grace and hope. May His Presence bless us all the way…into his fullness of Life. -Pastor...

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July/August 2017 – Summer’s here and the time is right…

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Summer’s here and the time is right… And even if I’m not quite as ready for dancing in the streets to Martha and the Vandellas as I once-upon-a-time was, I still like to sing the song, retrofitting words to fit the current activity – whether walking on the beach – visiting and being visited – watching birds – catching fish – being in the garden – or working the usual work at a bit slower pace… Taking a little more time, most of all, for listening for God. Summer’s here and the time is right… And the time is also short. Before we know it we’ll be back in many of our usual routines – our younger generations a year further along in school or career – others of us a year further along in work or retirement. For many of us, time really does go by so very quickly… And slowing down and listening longer for the still small voice of God’s Spirit is the one thing I know… that really consistently helps to cool the heat on the hot days, warm our hearts on the chillier nights. And when, thanks be to God, I have been able to slow down, even a little, I always seem to find myself more grateful… This summer I’m especially thankful for some new and expanding ministries in our parish. Thankful for a new prayer group that’s begun meeting in Bourne. All of us who’ve participated so far have shared our feelings of being very blessed in our time together. We’re presently meeting on the last Wednesday of the month (10 a.m. in downstairs nursery room). (We may adjust this schedule; please keep an eye out for announcements.) Thanks very much to Pastor Sandra Smith for starting and coordinating this ministry. I’m very thankful also for all our Thrift Shop volunteers and those who work on our children’s clothing exchange ministry. And for all who contribute items for the homeless and the Bourne Food Pantry. Early in July we hosted a community Yard Sale in Bourne, which gave us a chance to meet more neighbors. All these ministries of hospitality and outreach help us communicate some of our vision for ministry in the wider community. Please keep all in your prayers. I am always thankful for our children and their families, and for all who are part of our ministries with younger people. Once again we had Children’s Sunday in Bourne in June, with young people reading scripture and singing special music. This year we were also blessed by parents and grandparents who chose a passage of scripture that has special meaning for them, read the passage, and spoke about what it means for them. Thanks also for all the children who sang again the next Sunday in Cataumet. Our bible group is studying Genesis, using a short book, Genesis For Everyone by John Goldingay as a study help. Please let me know if you would like to join us when we re-start in early September. (I will be ordering volume two and would like to place one order for all.) Our New Members Group will also re-start in September. Let me know if you would like to join. We will be saying good-bye soon to Brittany Lord, our Administrative Secretary in...

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