April 12, 2015 – To be continued…

Easter 2 April 12, 2015 (Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1-4, Acts 4:32-37) John 20:19-31 To be continued… ********************************************************** One morning last week, as I sat in the kitchen trying to get started on this sermon… I noticed our daughter Rohi, singing hymns. (Nothing unusual there; she does that nearly every morning.) But here we are now in the season of Easter – and she was singing hymns from Lent and Holy Week, singing – Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days for us didst fast and pray… (and) Alas, and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die?… (and) When I Survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died… I’d just been thinking how, after Easter, probably Jesus sits down in heaven at a grand banquet with God the Father and the angels – a huge, many-course meal with all the trimmings…And all the angels sing as the heavenly orchestra plays…And surely nobody’s thinking about Good Friday in heaven now – are they? So what’s with our daughter, singing songs of Lent and Good Friday… when we’re now in Eastertide? But maybe Rohi understands intuitively better than I… How, according to the gospel.. Later that same first Easter Sunday – Jesus appears again, this time to disciples, gathered in an upper room, behind locked doors for fear of the religious authorities. And Jesus walks in without knocking and greets them, saying “Peace be with you.” Sharing what was, in that culture, in those days, the most ordinary of everyday greetings. He shows them his hands and side – still bearing the marks of the cross and the spear that pierced him. (Almost as if this too might be an everyday kind of thing for him to do.) He says again, “Peace be with you.” Adding now, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit…” And he breathes on them, as God the Father breathes life into adam. (The Hebrew word adam means human.) And just as God’s breath causes the first human to become alive, in the beginning, in the garden… Now Jesus, whom Mary Magdalene mistook for the gardener earlier that same first Easter morning (last week, our time) – is revealed as The Gardener (capital G), who was with God in the beginning – as Jesus does what his Father does – Giving life without end to all who believe – (And–) Commissioning his followers now to continue the work of new creation God began in him – saying, “If you forgive the sins of any they’re forgiven. If you retain them, they’re retained.” (That’s where we get the hymn we’ve just sung:) “Breathe on me, breath of God, fill me with life anew…that I may love what thou dost love – and do what thou wouldst do…” But Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, wasn’t there when Jesus came. The others tell him “We have seen the Lord.” Earlier that morning, remember, Mary Magdalene met Jesus at the tomb in the garden, and spoke with him, and told the others “I have seen the Lord.” Now those disciples have seen the Lord for themselves. Now they say to Thomas what Mary said to them, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas gives his famous one-liner: “Unless I...

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Week of April 12, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 12th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, April 13th: 6:00 PM Worship Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, April 16th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, April 19th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Spring Clean Up Monday, April 20th: 7:00 PM Outreach Committee   OUTREACH ANNOUNCEMENT: We are continuing with our collection of items for the Cataumet Shelter. This includes gently used clean sheets and blankets (twin and full size), brand new pillows, household goods – dishes, pots & pans, silverware and children’s activity books and crayons. Please see the April newsletter for a complete list of our upcoming projects. The next meeting for Outreach Committee will be Monday, April 20th at 7pm. BUMC THRIFT SHOP NEWS: Spring clothes are available as of March 30th, lots of new things and a welcome change from WINTER. Thank you to the staff who have worked extra time to prepare the clothes for weeks. Please come, shop and support us, as the church and its missions rely onour ability to contribute funds (an average if $20,000 per year over the past 5 years. ) Easter items are now also available. See you there! FALMOUTH CHORALE: Glory, Hallelujah! Concerts Saturday, May 2 at 4PM and Sunday, May 3 at 4PM. Songs commemorating the end of the Civil War. John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford St, Falmouth. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students online at www.falmouthchorale.org At door $25. For more information call (774) 392-2383.  ...

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