April 30, 2017

Easter 3  April 30, 2017   (Psalm 8) John 21 ************************************* Today’s story, the very last in John’s gospel, is one I’ve loved for a long time… Not always necessarily for the best reasons… As an obsessive-compulsive fisherman in partial-but-not-complete-recovery-from-fish-aholicism I’ve heard this story as a classic fishing story – an encouraging word when I’ve got the fish-aren’t-biting-blues. A ‘keep fishing, never give up’ message, that I’ve sometimes heard to excess…when it was time to get off the water and go home… Still, I think this story can be a good cross-training parable for learning to fish for people. Even when nothing’s in the nets all night, still we look for Jesus, listen to do what he says. “Cast your nets to the other side.” But this year the fishing parable hasn’t been quite working for me. (At least not yet…There’s still time…) I’ve only been out fishing once this year. I went over to Peter’s Pond in Sandwich, more than a week ago, to conduct some research for this week’s sermon. (What better place to fish than a pond named after fisherman Peter?) But like our gospel fishermen today, I caught nothing that day at Peter’s Pond… And instead of hearing Jesus tell me where to cast, I think I heard him letting me know this sermon’s not supposed to be so much about fishing this year. (“Sorry, dude,” I can almost hear him saying…) Except of course… Jesus with fishermen is always a big part of the back-story of the gospel. Over in Luke’s gospel Jesus tells Peter he’ll be fishing for people, after guiding him into another catch of big fish, filling the nets of Peter and his partners, James and John, sons of Zebedee, after another long night of fishing without success. Today’s story brings some essential biblical perspective with it. And sometimes the biblical back-story is meant to be seen in the foreground. (As we remember…) God makes humankind in the beginning and blesses us and gives us right off the bat first thing, dominion over the fish…(As Psalm 8 today reaffirms.) And John’s gospel starts with the same words “In the beginning” as Genesis… God takes seven days to make creation. And John, like Genesis, is very into seven, the biblical number of completion. In John’s gospel Jesus does seven signs (water into wine, multiplying loaves and fishes, etc). And Jesus speaks seven “I Am” sayings (I am the good shepherd, I am the light of the world, etc)… And John sure seems to want us to be thinking of a seven day working week of New Creation… as… John even reminds us of Adam and Eve in the garden, as we see Peter, who’s been fishing naked, not ashamed, as if back in the garden – now putting on clothes to jump in the sea, dragging nets full of big fish onto shore, re-entering the working week… And all these connections between John and Genesis are important… But… If we linger too long in the background stories, we might miss the big hairy gorilla in the middle of the conversation between Peter and Jesus this morning – meaning that other conversation between Peter and Jesus that we overheard back on Holy Thursday – where Peter promises Jesus he will follow him always, even...

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Week of April 30, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Baptism Today. We are baptizing Kyleigh, Milee and Charliee DeVico, the children of Beth and Brian DeVico. Bible Study on Thursdays at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC every week. Finance Committee and Church Council on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 6:30 and 7:00pm. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for Native American Ministries Sunday. 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! Kids Backpack Program   Please leave your items for the kids backpacks in the bin in the office. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                              7:00 pm                         AA Meeting Monday                             9:00pm                         Exercise Monday                             7:30 pm                        N/A Meeting 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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Week of April 30, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 30th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM New Members Group (Perry) Monday, May 1st: 9:00 AM DCOM Meeting 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, May 3rd: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, May 4th: 1:00 PM Bible Study Saturday, May 6th: 9:00 AM RISEM Meeting 10:00 AM Children’s Clothing Exchange Sunday, May 7th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM New Members Group (Perry) Monday, May 8th:   6:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Outreach Committee Meeting THE MAY NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive the print version, or check your email if you receive the e-version. There are also extra copies available in Crain Hall. If you would like to join our mailing list, please fill out an address card available in Crain Hall or from the greeters. Thank you! MEN’S BREAKFAST CLUB: The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 18th, at 9:30am, at the Corner Café in Pocasset. Please see Mike Eden for more information. BACKPACK PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to the wonderful response we have had over the past few months, there are some foods that we have a sufficient supply of and no longer require. Please see the list in Crain Hall. However, the following items are in low supply and always needed: Jelly or jam in plastic containers; Mayonnaise in plastic containers; Poptarts; Breakfast cereal-no large family size boxes; Pancake mix; Syrup in plastic bottles; Tuna helper; Chicken helper; Macaroni and cheese; Fruit snacks; and Cookies; Boxes of dry jello; Granola bars; Freeze pops; Bread products-bagels, English muffins, sliced bread. Please watch for the May newsletter which will have more information and thank you for your continued support for this important program. 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 exchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am.  ...

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