April 10, 2016

Easter 3   April 10, 2016   (Ps 30, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6) John 21 ************************************************************ I had a picture of a fish singing praises to God taped to my refrigerator for several years – a worship bulletin cover, drawn by seven-or-eight-year-old at the time Todd, in our Sunday School, in our small Methodist church in the tiny village of Adamant Vermont. Todd’s picture was inspired by a scripture lesson the kids had studied – it cited chapter and verse, and it may well have been from our reading from Revelation today. The picture had a fish under water, singing, with a bubble caption (like in the comics) with the fish saying, “Praise the Lord!” In our reading today from Revelation it is written, “I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea… singing, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever…” And when all the world seems in perpetual uproar…I find it deeply comforting to remember – the fish in the sea are praising God through it all. And since the fish  are singing praises to the Lord, I guess it’s no wonder that when Jesus says ‘cast your nets on the other side’ he knows the fish will be there. Jesus knows the fish are near, and he knows they’ll do what he says… Because he knows they’re singing to him. (And for all we know, he may be singing back to them, in a voice we can’t yet hear). Telling fish to swim into the net of the seven fishermen who have been out all night without a bite. John’s gospel notoriously begins with opening lines that remind us of the first beginning… Saying “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And the first commandment for humans in the first chapter of the first book of the bible, not long after the first word – “let there be light” – is to be fruitful and have dominion over the fish of the sea (Genesis 1, verse 28). Psalm 8 reminds us God has given us dominion over the fish, over all that passes along the paths of the seas. Though, as the letter to the Hebrews points out – we don’t see all the fish of the sea submitting to human fishermen yet. That only happens, Hebrews says, in Christ. And even when we’re in Christ, having dominion over the fish depends on hearing Jesus – when he’s calling – telling us – cast our nets on the other side of the boat. *** As a confessed obsessive-compulsive fisherman I have of course spent considerable time studying, contemplating, and doing field research related to today’s gospel reading, in which disciples are personally guided by Jesus into a huge catch of 153 (yes, somebody counted) – 153 big fish. As a student of the gospels and as a fisherman, I can’t help noticing how fishermen figure prominently in all four gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s gospels all tell of Jesus calling fishermen as his first-round-draft-choices – calling them from boats and nets to come, follow him, fish for people. Only John of the four gospel writers omits...

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Week of April 10, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Sunday Psalms group is adjourned until further notice. Bible study resumes on Thursday, March 31st at 1:00pm, at BUMC Cataumet Handy Hall Photo display   The group that has been meeting to review/discuss the book “Slow Church” had commented on the idea that we needed to think about our church and what attracts folks to the area. We came up with the idea to refresh one of the bulletin boards in Handy Hall to include some of the things we love about our church as well as the surrounding environment. When we take a moment to look around, we see so many instances of God’s beauty in this world and so many of them are nearby for us to enjoy. If you haven’t already seen the photo display, take a minute to stop by and enjoy!!              Rich Dow   OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Canal Clean-Up this year is on April 23rd. If you are interested in participating, please call Rosie at 508.375.6903 and mention the canal clean-up. Bourne Food Pantry.  Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed this time of the...

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Week of April 10, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 10th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Wednesday, April 13th: 5:30 PM Aptuxcet Garden Club Thursday, April 14th: 6:30 PM AWOL Meeting (this week only) Sunday, April 17th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, April 18th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council THE APRIL NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive the paper version, or check your email if you receive the e-version. If you don’t receive a newsletter, but would like to join our list, please see one of our greeters to complete a mailing list card. Thank you! BACKPACK PROJECT: We are collecting food items for our ongoing backpack project. For more information and a list of food needed, please pick up a flier on your way out to fellowship. April School Vacation is coming up in a couple of weeks, so we will be in need of even more supplies to help cover that week. Thank you! PICTURES NEEDED! If you took any pictures of recent church events, especially on Easter, we’d love to see them and use them on our website and Facebook page. Please either email them to Brittany at bumcsecretary@verizon.net, or burn them onto a cd and drop them off in her mailbox. Thank you!    ...

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