November 3, 2019 -Sermon

All Saints Sunday November 3, 2019 Psalm 150, Revelation 7:7-9, 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 19:1-10 Out on a limb **************************************************************** Last week (in Bourne) Richard Jensen, our liturgist, instead of saying the usual “Good morning” instead sang – “Good morning!” And – we all sang back– “Good morning!” “Wow,” Richard said, “I didn’t quite expect that! Let’s do it again!” And he sang“Good morning! Good morning to you!…” And we all sang back again to him – Good morning, good morning to you!…. And I remember thinking – “Wow – didn’t know we could sing so well together, without any practice or warning…” (Of course it helps that Richard, our choir director for many years, has a gift for singing in ways that inspire responsive singing…) Which is kind of how I’ve been thinking about the kingdom of heaven this week, based on our first reading from Revelation, where we hear we will all be “heartily singing” by the throne of God together… People from all tribes and nations, races and languages, singing the Lord’s song together to the Lord…and to each other… Which is also how I’ve been hearing Luke’s gospel lately. Visualizing it as a biblical musical – the words of the gospel our script – the hymns and spiritual songs of the church our musical score… And by the time We all get to heaven… We’ll all know our parts in the gospel drama so well… That we’ll be ready, willing, and able to join in singing the gospel story together, responsively – anytime, anywhere… And… Maybe it’s because we’ve just done the Halloween thing again (including hosting the town library’s costume party with the Toe Jam Band in Bourne) that I’m thinking of the characters in this gospel musical as all dressed up in slightly exaggerated gospel costumes… to help us better visualize and communicate all the ways each and every character helps tell the gospel story… And maybe I’m also thinking of children and halloween all the more because… Just a little before our gospel reading today Jesus tells us – unless we receive the kingdom of God as a little child we won’t get in at all… So – I’m remembering a children’s song about a short little guy in Luke’s gospel: Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he– he climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, he looked up in the tree – and he said – Zacchaeus – you come down! For I’m coming to your house today. I love this little story of a wee little guy going out on a limb for Jesus, because… I remember, back when I was a small boy, I used to love to climb trees to get a view from higher ground, when the world below was getting me down. I can relate to little Zacchaeus – short in height and short-in-stature – low-down-on-the-social-spectrum, like the kid nobody wants to be seen with in school. As a chief tax collector, working for Rome, the evil empire of the day, Zacchaeus was probably filthy-rich from exploiting his neighbors – taxing them-to-the-maximum on behalf of the Roman colonial empire that ruled Israel with an iron hand. Imagine...

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December 3, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS  We will be collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund today, which is used to help local families.  The Bible Study Group will meet on Thursdays at 1 PM in Bourne. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for 25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Backpack Program Kids are back in school and we are collecting items of food and supplies to fill the backpacks that go home with the kids on weekends. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00pm                           Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                         Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                          N/A Meeting Friday                           7:30 pm                        Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                     9:00 am                       Osteo Exercise...

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December 3, 2017- Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH   Sunday, December 3rd:                 9:30 AM     Choir Rehearsal                                                           11:00 AM     Worship Service                                                             3:00 PM     Girls Scouts Meeting Monday, December 4th:                   9:00 AM     DCOM                                                              12:30 PM     UMW Potluck Wednesday, December 6th:    10:00 AM     Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, December 7th:           1:00 PM     Bible Study        Sunday, December 10th:           9:30 AM     Choir Rehearsal                                                            11:00 AM     Worship Service                                                              3:30 PM     Saints and Singers: A Cantata for Christmas (Sanctuary) FREE CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am. UMW POTLUCK is Monday December 4th. SAINTS AND SINGERS will present Little Lion, Little Lamb in the Sanctuary. FAMILY TO FAMILY items must be new and returned unwrapped by the 17th of December. THE NEXT MENS BREAKFAST will be on December 14th  at 9:30 a.m. at  the Corner Café in Pocasset. PRAYER GROUP will meet December 13th and 27th in the Nursery. BACKPACK PROGRAM:  There is a list of items needed on the table in Crain Hall.  Thank you in advance!             ...

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September 3, 2017

We continue with Matthew this morning, and we find Jesus alone with the disciples.  After all the travels and preaching and teaching and miracles, Jesus now speaks directly to his closest followers, and tells them that he must go to Jerusalem to face the authorities, and to suffer at their hands.  This will culminate in his death and, consequentially, he resurrection. Peter is, literally, playing Devil’s Advocate.  Satan, as it turns out, means adversary.  And Peter, as we all know, means rock.  Well, Peter is plenty thick today!  He just doesn’t get it.  It would seem he is still of the mindset that the Messiah is going to be some mighty physical force to drive out the Romans and restore Israel as a great nation. Peter is, as one of the commentaries pointed out, a stumbling block to Jesus’ mission.  He is told to “Get behind!”  Disciples are supposed to follow their masters, not admonish them or try to persuade them.  This is the Jewish tradition.  And Peter, if he follows Jesus, can still “get behind” him to continue in his discipleship. Jesus sees Peter’s exhortation as another temptation of Satan.  Jesus has already been sorely tempted in the wilderness, and will be so again in the garden prior to his arrest.  Doubtless there are many undocumented times when Jesus is tempted to stray from God’s intended purpose.  But, though he may waver, he remains steadfast in the mission the God had mapped out for him.  He is, at this point, a human being.  But he trusts in his Father to bring things out right in the end. He then goes on to tell the disciples to take up their cross and follow him, for whoever gives up his life shall live, and whoever clings to the worldly life shall lose his life. “Take up your cross, and follow me”.  What, exactly, does that mean.  It means we need to sacrifices on a daily basis.  More church work?  Yes.  More payers?  Of course!  And, as Paul tells us this morning: “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit.  Serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers”. We have had another natural disaster in Texas, with the landing of hurricane Harvey.  Thousands, if not millions, are homeless.  Some have lost their lives.  And at the start of it all, FEMA went into disaster mode.  Many organizations, under FEMA’s umbrella, prepared themselves to answer the call to help in any way possible.  Massachusetts was among the states answering that call.  The Red Cross, the Salvation Army (originally a Methodist organization, by the way) And our very own UMCOR have also responded.  It is humanity helping out it’s fellow humans.  While it is tragic for disasters to happen, it brings out the best in people of every creed, color, and origin.  We have collectively picked up our cross, whether people realize it or not, to do God’s work.  And while it may be politically incorrect to say so, you can tell them God sent them!  But I think they know that, anyway. My father was a lieutenant in the army during the Korean Conflict.  One day, his unit was bombarded by the enemy.  A large...

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September 3, 2017- Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study group will resume Thursday, September 14 at 1pm at BourneUMC. Joint Missions Committee Meeting, September 11th at 7:00pm at Bourne UMC to discuss the Pumpkin Patch.   OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which will be used to help local families and individuals. Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for 25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Backpack Program Kids are back in school and we are collecting items of food and supplies to fill the backpacks that go home with the kids on weekends. Our Church Council is prayerfully considering a new Mission Statement for our church. We welcome your feedback....

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