April 3, 2016

Easter 2   April 3, 2016   Ps 150, Revelation 1:4-8, Acts 5:27-32, John 20:19-31 ************************************************************* Here’s the disciples, after Good Friday, suddenly without Jesus. Struggling all the more with what to believe and how to believe – in the one who was their all and all – who is now… no more among them. Til he shows up in plain clothes, looking like a gardener, unrecognized, outside the tomb on that first resurrection morning. (Where we were last week.) Chatting away with Mary Magdalene, one of the few who stuck with Jesus all the way to the cross and tomb. Yet now even Mary can’t recognize him at first – not til Jesus tips her off by calling her name in his familiar voice. Only then does she understand. Now she goes, as Jesus said to do, to tell the others, “I have seen the Lord!” But it’s as if Mary hasn’t been heard or believed by the other disciples. Here they are, later that same day, meeting together, fearfully, behind locked doors. Not exactly acting like people excited about the resurrection. Now here’s Jesus, without warning – (funny how he never does seem to call ahead to ask if we’re home) – greeting us, ‘Peace be with you!’ Reminding us that he promised – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” Greeting us with the most ordinary-kind-of-everyday-greeting – a greeting people gave each other every day – Peace be with you – (Shalom to you) – as if he and we were used to doing this rising-from-the-dead thing every day. Then breathing-on-us, like God breathes life and Spirit into Adam, in the garden in the beginning. (And yes, he is, after all, the Gardener, as Mary supposed – though not exactly as she thought. He’s The Gardener – like God is The Gardener in the beginning.) And here’s Jesus, suddenly, commissioning us – telling us to forgive, or even withhold forgiveness.  Giving us way more power and responsibility than we know how to use, would be my take. But kind of like God gave Adam power to name the birds and animals in the Garden – now Jesus gives power to novice disciples – to us, his church – to be agents of his new creation. Here is the Word-who-became-flesh-and-lived-among-us – still bearing the marks of the nails in his hands, the scar of the spear in his side. The wounds of his life poured out for us in the dark of Good Friday are still very visible, as Jesus calls and commissions us into life and ministry with him. And yes, at least some of this is probably still hard to believe for some of us some of the time… Jesus risen for the dead has been difficult for some to believe all along – as all the gospels make clear. That part has somehow actually not been hard for me to believe. The part of the gospel that has at times been difficult for me to believe is the part about Jesus giving so much power, authority, and responsibility to the church. Part of me sometimes thinks, “How can Jesus trust the church with power to forgive or withhold forgiveness? How can Jesus trust the church to make disciples of all nations? Look...

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Week of April 3, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Sunday Psalms group is adjourned until further notice. Bible study resumes on Thursday, March 31st at 1:00pm, at BUMC April Circuit Rider Deadline is Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter to Pat today. Finance Committee and Church Council meet on Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:30 and 7:00pm.  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. The Flower Chart and the Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are   posted in Handy Hall. Please sign 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 3, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 3rd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, April 4th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, April 6th: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, April 7th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Saturday, April 9th: 8:00 AM Horizons for Homeless Children 3:30 PM Girl Scouts Sunday, April 10th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School EASTER FLOWERS CORRECTION: Two donations were accidentally left off  of our Easter Flower Memorial Donation List last week: Michael Eden: In memory of Jane Tobey Eden Richard & Jo-Ann Jensen: In memory of Pearl and Eleanor Henshaw APRIL NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter, into the church office by 9:00am on that date. Thank you! SLOW CHURCH DISCUSSION GROUP: The next Slow Church Discussion Group meeting that was scheduled for April 4th has been postponed to Monday, May 2nd. 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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