Palm Sunday-April 9, 2017 – Look, your king is coming

Palm Sunday   April 9, 2017   Psalm 118, John 11:45-57, 12:1-11, 12:12-19   Look, your king is coming ************************************************* Signs are meant to point to something. And some signs are easier to understand than others. It’s relatively easy to know what a STOP sign means. (Even before we can read, we can learn to recognize the stop-sign’s message by its shape, size, color and that four-letter-word meaning something we don’t always want to do…) Other roadside signs can be a bit harder to decipher… traveling at highway speed in unfamiliar surroundings. Did that sign mean downtown Providence this exit? Or was it Providence, next exit? And then, of course, sometimes even clear obvious signs are widely ignored. It’s not considered unusual in Massachusetts to be going 9 miles over the speed limit and be the slowest car on the road. I’ve even seen motorists slow down just a little, glance both ways, then run the red light at Barlow’s Landing and County Road… And I confess, sometimes especially at night, that “No Right Turn on Red” sign can be hard for me to see… coming out of Market Basket when no one’s coming… Some signs are easier to read, believe, and interpret than other signs. St John the gospel writer uses the word “sign” to describe anything miraculous Jesus does. And just to keep us on our toes – John will also use the word sign sometimes to describe some less-obviously miraculous things Jesus does. Sign is a big word in the vocabulary of John’s gospel. And even way back when, not everybody notices every sign equally… When Jesus feeds thousands from just a few loaves and fishes, everyone who sees and eats that meal is ready to make him king then and there on the spot. But elsewhere in John’s gospel, people are often slow to see and slower still to understand signs Jesus does. Possibly partly as a result, Jesus does many signs almost in private. Only a few even notice what’s he’s doing when he turns water into wine. Only a few disciples see him walking on water. And when Jesus does signs that point to his divine power in public – healing a lame man, giving eyesight to the blind – many religious leaders are not only not impressed – they’re profoundly disturbed and angry with Jesus… for what they see as violation of good order… Since these healings take place on Sabbath days. Now Jesus has just raised his friend Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, up from the dead… (We’re picking up now where we left off last week.) And this giving of new life to the dead is the sign that seals the fate of Jesus (in John’s telling of the gospel)… Because, we’re told… Religious leaders are convinced this unauthorized raising of the dead will cause people to follow Jesus and name him king. And if Jesus is acclaimed as king – so the religious leaders reason – the Roman Empire will come down like a hammer on Israel, and destroy the temple and crush the nation. And Caiaphas, the high priest, says, “It’s better to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation be destroyed.” With plenty of unconscious irony, Caiaphas speaks prophetically John tells us. Jesus...

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Week of April 9, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study on Thursdays at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC every week. There will be no Bible Group on April 13th and April 20th-this week and next week. Resume on April 27th. Easter Sunrise Breakfast Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC        following the Sunrise Service on April 16th around 6:45 am. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge, but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup food costs. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Services for Holy Week Holy Thursday at CUMC at 7:00pm Good Friday at BUMC at 7:00pm Easter Sunday Sunrise at Scusset Beach/Cape Canal at 6:00am Easter Breakfast at BUMC at 6:45am Easter Sunday Services at CUMC at 9:00am and at BUMC at 11:00am Bourne Food Pantry   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 9, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, April 9th: 11:00 AM Palm Sunday Worship 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Monday, April 10th: 10:30 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 12th: 6:00 PM Aptuxcet Garden Club Thursday, April 13th: 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service at Cataumet UMC Friday, April 14th: 7:00 PM Good Friday Service at Bourne UMC Saturday, April 15th: 4:00 PM Bourne UMC Open for Prayer and Meditation (until 8pm) Sunday, April 16th: 6:00 AM Easter Sunrise Service at Scusset Beach 6:45 AM Easter Breakfast at BUMC 11:00 AM Easter Worship Service Our thanks to our musicians this morning: Andrew Fietek on baritone; Robert Taft on tuba; Bob Beardsley on baritone; Nathaniel Evans on trumpet; Bob Burt on trombone; and, Kari Fietek on horn. Easter Sunrise Breakfast: Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC following the sunrise service on April 16th around 6:45 am. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup our food cost. THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Friday, April 14th. THE NEXT MEN’S BREAKFAST CLUB MEETING will be Thursday, April 20th at 9:30am at the Corner Café in Pocasset. Please see Mike Eden if you have any questions. The Upper Cape Chaplaincy is hosting a Spring Tea, Saturday, April 22nd at 2 pm at the Hall of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 91 W. Main St., Falmouth. There will be lovely tea sandwiches and scones from Beth’s Cafe in Sandwich and delicious sweets. Harpist Nancy Shadyac will provide music and everyone is encouraged to wear fun hats and festive spring dress. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 10 and under. Susan Goux has tickets. Come support this local mission and say goodbye to winter! 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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