August 2, 2015 – The Bread of life

Pentecost 10 August 2, 2015 (Nehemiah 9:6-17) John 6:14-35   The Bread of Life ******************************************** After a long day of feeding five thousand with only two little fishes, five small loaves of bread, and a prayer of thanks – after then escaping away to be alone on the mountain to avoid being crowned king (prematurely) – then walking on water across the lake in the middle of the night – now, over on the other shore with crowds gathering around yet again – now finally Jesus gets down to… Teaching us what he means… by all he says and does – telling us now that the sign of loaves and fishes is really just a beginning – a sign pointing to him – and Jesus says – I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty… And I believe… but… What exactly does Jesus mean by this? Don’t we still find ourselves feeling hungry at times, no matter how much we come to Jesus? Don’t we still get hungry, smelling good food cooking, waiting for supper? Don’t we still get thirsty on hot days, no matter how strong our faith is? Of course Jesus is talking about deeper kinds of hunger and thirst. But – doesn’t Jesus also say somewhere, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness sake, for they will be filled?” (Isn’t there still holy hunger?) And isn’t there still unholy hunger, even for people of strong faith? What about all the children in the world who still suffer hunger every day? (Many of their families believe, yet still deadly hunger persists…) Jesus can be difficult to understand, sometimes, as he speaks more-or-less-literally and in parables and metaphors (sometimes almost simultaneously) – speaking perhaps in the language of heaven… A language I’m still struggling to learn… My favorite language teacher is often our daughter Rohi, twelve-years-old now, and going through a stage where she really likes to ask questions rather obsessively. Especially driving in the car, when she can’t be reading books, she’ll be asking her mother and me over and over again the meaning of words… “Daddy, what do you mean by ‘bread?’ Daddy, what do you mean by ‘hungry?’” Sometimes I know she knows a word she’s asking me about, so I say ‘you know what that means, you’re the one who should be telling me.’ (And often she does tell me. She just wanted to be asked to share what she knows.) Other times, if we’re home, I’ll say ‘look it up in the dictionary.’ When I think she really may not know a word, I do try to tell her… But sometimes in the process of trying to tell her, I realize – oh my – there are some words that I use that I’m not really sure I know the proper meaning of… And when I turn to the dictionary to check (as I’ve told our daughter to do) I sometimes find that what I thought was the meaning of a word was, yes, partly true – but that’s only one of six, seven, eight meanings of the word…Not always the preferred meaning… Which is how I sometimes feel, listening to Jesus… I often think I know...

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Week of August 2, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Trustees Committee will host coffee hour next Sunday, August 9th. Introduction to the Psalms: We have a summer discussion group on the Psalms, Sundays at 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Perry Room at Bourne UMC through August. All are invited. The only homework is to read about ten Psalms a week. See Tim with any questions. Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social: Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 PM. John Read at the piano. Come for a fun evening. Ham & Bean Dinner: Saturday, August 8th at BUMC, at  6:00 PM, for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Ticket are $10. “Have a Meal and Save a Life.” OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today, at the end of the service, we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund to help local folks in need. See the basket on the back table. The Food Pantry needs your food donations. Kids are out of school so lunch foods are needed. The Thrift Shop at BUMC: On Monday’s it is staffed by CUMC and all monies come to our...

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Week of August 2, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 2nd: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group Saturday, August 8th: 6:00 PM Ham & Bean Dinner Sunday, August 9th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group Introduction to the Psalms: We are meeting for a summer discussion group on the Psalms, Sundays at 12:30 to 1:30 in the Perry Room at Bourne UMC, running through August. All are invited. The only homework is to read about ten Psalms a week. Please join us! Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social: This Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 PM in Handy Hall at Cataumet United Methodist Church. John Read will be at the piano. Will be a Fun Evening, see you there! HAM & BEAN DINNER AUGUST 8TH: There will be a Ham & Bean Dinner next Saturday, August 8th, at 6:00pm at Bourne UMC to benefit the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Tickets are $10.00- the cost of a net for the protection against mosquitoes and malaria. There may be a guest speaker and there will certainly be information about this deadly disease. Hope to see you all there as you “Have a meal and Save a life”. ALL-CHURCH POOL PARTY at the Jensen’s on Sunday, August 16th, after church. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and chair if possible. All food will be provided! Please sign up on the new sheet in Crain Hall so we can get an accurate count. LITURGISTS AND GREETERS ARE NEEDED for next Sunday, August 9th, as well as the 23rd and 30th. Please sign up! ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for a couple of Sundays in August.  ...

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