April 24, 2016

Easter 5 April 24, 2016  (Ps 148, Acts 11:1-18, Rev 21:1-6)  John 13:31-35 **************************************************************** Sometimes when I’ve heard Jesus say, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another” – my first thought is – what’s new about this commandment? Isn’t love among the oldest of commandments? (As that country song older than Methuselah says – ‘Ever since time began, love has ruled the world – Even Adam set the pace, started it a whirl...’) And when Jesus is asked what’s the most important commandment, he says‘the first and greatest is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and all your mind”… And a second is like it– “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”’ Here’s Jesus, recycling some very old commandments – quoting first from Deuteronomy, fifth book in the bible, then from Leviticus, third book in the bible. What’s new about this love commandment? But this week I’ve been reminded by our reading from Revelation that God has always been into recycling the old into something new…New creation is one of God’s specialties… And I’m picking up clues to what’s new in the new commandment Jesus gives… As we hear in the last book of the bible about “new heavens and new earth” – and the new Jerusalem coming down to earth from heaven – and a voice from heaven says “see I am making all things new…”And all that’s new is because of Jesus…Risen from the dead and calling us into new life. God’s also doing a new thing in our reading from Acts. Breaking down barriers that have kept God’s people separated for thousands of years. The Jewish people, God’s chosen people, have had dietary and worship laws that have kept others at a distance. These rules all had a purpose… But now because of the resurrection of Jesus the rules are changing… Now here’s God, lowering a picnic blanket from heaven in a vision for Peter – a blanket full of kosher and non-kosher foods mixed together. And when the voice from heaven says “Get up Peter, kill and eat,” Peter says ‘no way, Lord, I’ve never eaten forbidden foods.’ But the heavenly voice says ‘what God has made clean, don’t call profane.’ And this vision repeats three times, making it hard to miss the point. God is doing a new thing. This picnic from heaven is God’s metaphor for bringing people together across all manner of social and cultural barriers. Gathering us together at a shared table. Letting us know ‘love one another’ includes everyone, everywhere. No one’s left outside the love of God.  And this is part of what Jesus means when he tells us “A new commandment I give to you.” *** And – what’s also new in this commandment – as real estate people say – is location, location, location. The original location for our gospel reading is at the last supper. We also read this gospel reading every Holy Thursday. Jesus has just washed his followers’s feet and told us to do likewise for each other. One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, has just got up from the table, right after Jesus has served him, and gone out into the dark of night to betray...

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Week of April 24, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 24th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 2:00 PM Girl Scouts Monday, April 25th: 9:00 AM DCOM 5:00 PM Horizons for Homeless Children Training (until 8pm) Wednesday, April 27th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, April 28th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, May 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, May 2nd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting THE MAY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, April 26th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the May newsletter into the office by 9:00am that day. Thank you! WALKING GROUP: Starting Friday, May 6th, a group will gather in the parking lot under the Bourne Bridge every Friday in May at 9:00am. Bring your walking shoes, a bottle of water, and a willingness to be an encouragement to others. We will enjoy the fellowship and the glorious day that God has made. THE THIRFT SHOP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Workers are needed especially on Fridays, either all day or for a morning or afternoon shift. Also, Saturdays have a rotating volunteer schedule and it would be helpful to have additional volunteers willing to work one Saturday a month or so.  If you are willing to help out in this important ministry to the community and our church, please speak with Judy Chamillard, Marsha Burt, Sue Weston, or Susan Goux. CATAUMET SHELTER DONATIONS: We are continuing to collect items to support the folks living in the Cataumet Shelter. We need twin and full size sheets and blankets in clean, gently used condition, brand new pillows, and kitchen dishes, pots and pans, silverware, etc. Also, any small books, crayons, toys or games for the children living there would be appreciated. See Marsha Burt with questions. 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. 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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