April 5, 2020 – Sermon by Pastor Tim

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April 5, 2015 – Easter

Easter Sunday   April 5, 2015   Psalm 98, Mark 16:1-8, John 20:1-10, 11-18 ********************************************************** In our first hearing of the Easter story, from Mark’s gospel – those who show up first at the tomb of Jesus look up – and see the large, heavy stone they’d expected to see blocking the entrance – rolled away. As they enter the tomb, a man (an angel) tells them ‘don’t be alarmed – you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified. (Come – Look where they laid him.) He’s not here. He’s been raised from the dead. Go, tell his disciples – including Peter (who denied three times, two nights ago, that he was a disciple – tell Peter also) – Jesus is going ahead of you – back to Galilee (where you first met him). You will see him there. Just as he told you.’ Great beginning for a joyful Easter – celebration to follow, right? But – these first visitors to the empty tomb are so alarmed by the news of Jesus risen – that they flee – trembling, bewildered, afraid. Telling no one… What a strange way to end a gospel. Gospel, remember, means Good News. And Mark’s gospel doesn’t unpack this first encounter with resurrection at all. The gospel only says what it says… (In fact, in it’s original Greek language, Mark ends right in the middle of a sentence – ) Leaving us dangling – and wondering – why these women – described, just a chapter earlier, as faithful followers – women who’ve been with Jesus all the way from Galilee – women who didn’t flee, the night he was betrayed, when all the male disciples fled – why, now, are these first witnesses to the resurrection running from the tomb – Not sharing the good news the angel said to share? Time won’t permit a full exploration of all the possible reasons – but – Maybe there was something in the angel’s speech or appearance that rendered them speechless and caused them to flee in fear? Maybe they were afraid because they knew their story wasn’t going to be believed. Women weren’t considered legally valid witnesses in those days. (Which should make us wonder why God chose only women to be the first resurrection witnesses, according to all four gospels.) Maybe these first followers of Jesus were simply astounded and alarmed beyond all words… Because suddenly they realized – (OMG!) – there goes all my plans for the rest of my life! If he’s risen – I’ve got to run on and try to catch up and keep following him… Oh my Lord! Am I ready for all that…? I hope we’ll all make time to continue contemplating this story in days to come… *** Now… let’s consider also our reading(s) from St John’s gospel, where we see Mary Magdalene, who has come to the tomb, early, while it’s still dark…. (In John’s remembrance the day started even earlier than in Mark’s remembering.) Others may have been there with her, but John wants to keep the spotlight on Mary. When she sees the stone rolled away she runs and tells Peter and another (beloved) disciple, not named (who is probably the gospel writer). The two men Mary calls have then come and seen – the stone, rolled away...

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Week of April 5, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 5th: 6:00 AM Sunrise Service at Scusset Beach 6:45 AM Easter Breakfast 11:00 AM Easter Service at Bourne UMC Monday, April 6th:    1:00 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, April 8th:    5:30 PM Aptuxcet Garden Club Saturday, April 11th:    7:45 AM Horizons for Homeless Children Training (until 4pm) Sunday, April 12th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, April 13th:    6:00 PM Worship Committee 7:00 PM Church Council UMW MEETING APRIL 6TH: Bourne United Methodist Women will gather for their April meeting at 1:00pm on Monday, April 6th, in Crain Hall. Our program is a presentation by Stephanie Kelly, director of the Good Samaritan program based in Falmouth. The primary focus of the Good Samaritan group is to deter suicide. Please join us – and please call Connie Soper/Joan Davis at 508-759-2104 if you need a ride. NO PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS OR BIBLE STUDY: Please note there will be no Pastor’s office hours on Wednesday or Bible Study on Thursday this week. Bible study will meet again starting on April 16th. 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 on our 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!  ...

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