Advent

Here are a variety of photos from our worship services during Advent.  Photos include the choir, children’s time, the Christmas Pageant, guest musicians and fellowship.

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December 2015 – Waiting for new life

Advent is a season designed for waiting and preparing for new life, new birth. Waiting and preparing for Jesus… Which, like preparing for any human birth, is not something we can completely control or do all according to personal preferences and schedules. Advent means waiting and preparing for Jesus. Jesus is different. Jesus is not concerned, for example, about what’s popular or in style. When we wait for Jesus, prepare for Jesus, make ready our hearts and lives for Jesus, we’re often going to be out of step with a lot of what’s going on around us. And Jesus has rather different standards for assessing what’s worthwhile. When we prioritize new life with Jesus we’re seldom going to have anything really objective to show for our efforts in the short-term, when this year’s Advent and Christmas are over. Nothing, that is, except more peace of mind and contentment of heart. And a deeper, richer sense of beloved community and God’s presence. Still, even knowing all the potential blessings of Advent – it’s not so easy to spend four weeks focused on waiting for Jesus in this culture, which stresses rational plans with concrete goals and objectives, measurable rewards and benefits. The marketeers and merchandisers of the secular Christmas know this well. They feed us their version of the Christmas seasonal message unceasingly… And the incessant background buzz of the marketing season is always there in the public space, just about always this time of year. Katelyn Beatty, managing editor of Christanity Today, notes that those of us who seek to live differently often find ourselves perplexed about how to proceed, and seeking to counter the commercial Christmas season with “wow” activities and programs that actually mimic and subtly buy-in to the marketing approaches of the Christmas Industry. Beatty writes: “It’s like we don’t trust the incarnation to sell itself. And maybe that’s our problem. The trick about the incarnation–God becoming man–is that it can’t be sold, scheduled, or enjoyed in the way a glass of eggnog or a new gadget can. It refuses to bend to the rules of the market. It can only be beheld.” And we can only really behold the awesome mystery of the incarnation, God-with-us in Jesus Christ, by living incarnationally. Becoming mothers and midwives of the birth of Christ. Making room for Christ to live and grow within ourselves and our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Practicing prayer, bible reading, quiet time with God, time in worship with others, time giving of ourselves…Till we find ourselves saying “Yes” to God more and more readily… Till we can say, with Mary, mother of Jesus, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me, according to your word.” My prayer is that we’ll accompany each other faithfully in this Advent and Christmas journey, and really enjoy all the blessings of Christ’s gracious presence. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you every day of this beautiful season and beyond… Pastor Tim...

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Christmas Eve Worship Schedule 2015

    Christmas Eve Worship Schedule 2015: 4:00pm Family Service at Bourne UMC (a musical service geared towards families and children) 7:00pm Lessons and Carols Service at Cataumet UMC 9:00pm Lessons and Carols Service at Bourne...

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Thanksgiving Community Dinner – Cataumet UMC

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Cataumet United Methodist Church, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, 2015. Free to all- Everyone is welcome! To-go meals are also available. For more information, or if you need a ride, please call Tom Spence at (508)...

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Week of November 1, 2015- Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov. 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Pumpkin Patch Clean Up Monday, Nov. 2nd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3rd: ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE! Wednesday, Nov. 4th: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, Nov. 5th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, Nov. 7th: 3:00 PM Bourne Historical Society Sunday, Nov. 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Reading Group Monday, Nov. 9th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting   NO PSALMS DISCUSSION GROUP today. We will resume next week. PUMPKIN PATCH CLEAN UP today after worship. Please stay and help out if you can. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and another successful season! THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive a hard copy, or check your email if you receive the e-version. CHARGE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL REPORTS: The Church Charge Conference will be on Monday, November 30th at 6:30pm at Cataumet UMC. In preparation for the conference, all annual reports are due into the church office by Tuesday, November 3rd. Thank you! On Sunday, December 6 I am inviting children to perform during the offertory. They could play an instrument or sing something. I will help coach them. And please, it doesn’t have to be perfect or long! Please see Kari Fietek for details. If you love to sing, we’d love to welcome you to join the choir. It’s not necessary to be able to read music. Every voice is beautiful! Contact Kari Fietek. BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS AT 1 PM, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We are reading and discussing the book of Acts. All welcome.  ...

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