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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December 31, 2017- Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS There will be no Bible Study between Christmas and New Year’s weekends.   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...

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December 31, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, December 31st:              11:00 AM    Worship Service Saturday,  January 6th:               10:00 AM     Children’s Clothing Exchange Sunday, January  7th:                   11:00 AM    Worship Service   PRAYER GROUP TO SHOW MOVIE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st The prayer group invites you to view the movie “War Room,” a compelling faith drama with humor and heart, on Sunday, January 21 following coffee hour.  “War Room” tells the story of a how a failing marriage is saved through the power of prayer.  Sandwiches and other goodies will be available at coffee hour.  Please join us for this inspiring movie. 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 xchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am. BACKPACK PROGRAM:  There is a list of items needed on the table in Crain Hall.  Thank you in advance!  ...

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