August 21, 2016 – Like birds of a feather

Pentecost 14 August 21, 2016   Ps 133; Acts 16:11-15, 25-34; Ephesians 4:1-6   Like birds of a feather ******************************************************* Last week our family took a stay-close-to-home-vacation, during which we took some day trips – including three times to the Outer Cape. One day we took a long walk at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham…. And as we walked further, farther from the main beach area, we saw more and more herds of seals, fishing and playing together… Some swimming right alongside us as we walked, as if they were following us. It was a delight to watch – especially when they’d come out of the water, flipping tails in the air, splashing water, as if having a spectacularly good time enjoying each other’s company… Another day last week, while my wife and daughter sat and played and read, I walked the beach at Race Point for a mile or two. As I got away again from other people, I noticed more and more of nature… And as I approached a series of flocks of sea-birds, spread across stretches of the beach, close to the water’s edge, each time I grew nearer, birds would rise together in the air, calling out to each other…Telling me off for disturbing their peace… Annoyed, but not angry, just squawking… Mostly enjoying their fellowship together immensely – acting as if with one mind… Rising up in the air, fluttering – then quickly settling back down behind me as I walked past… (The birds know how to flock together, without, apparently, even having any individual leader…. and…) Back home Saturday a week ago, I went for a walk at the Canal by the railroad bridge…When I got there people were running to look at something in the water, taking pictures… I parked quickly – and here was a big school of dolphins – long fins sticking way out of the water – leaping in synchronized joyful feeding, playing, and traveling…. (and…) *** Our readings today from the book of Acts and Ephesians both affirm and expand on this theme of flocking, herding, and schooling together – something many species of birds, fish, and animals do…. Something we humans are also designed and equipped to do… Though we often seem to need reminding… The similarities aren’t accidental… God makes fish and birds first, then animals, then crowns the work of creation, making human beings in the image and likeness of God… Not the physical likeness, obviously, since God is far beyond all physical limitations… But we are made in the spiritual likeness of God – endowed with spiritual gifts and graces – empowered to believe and hope and love – even as God our Creator has believed, hoped, and loved life itself into being… (and…) If I seem to be obsessing today on the parallels between birds, seals, dolphins – and human behavior – it’s yes, partly because I’ve seen so many examples of flocking and schooling together this week that I can’t ignore it. Sometimes God strings together events like this to make it harder for us to miss the point. And in my case, God had already got me started thinking along these lines several weeks ago, on the day I attended Rohi’s Junior Ranger class at Cape Cod Visitor’s Center. The adult rangers were...

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Week of August 21, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 21st: 11:00 AM Worship Service Sunday, August 28th: 11:00 AM Worship Service NO BIBLE STUDY this week, August 25th. THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Monday, August 29th. SAVE THE DATE! Rally Day will be on Sunday, September 11th, outside on our lawn, under a big tent. More details coming soon… LOBSTER ON THE CANAL: On September 11, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, there will be a sunset cruise to benefit the Upper Cape Chaplaincy. Tickets are $30 and include a lobster roll, potato chips, and dessert. Cash bar is available. For tickets, call Don (508) 454-2141. WANTED: singers, instrumentalists, musicians to perform “Special Music” during the offering. Accomplished or not, pro or amateur, adult or child. Anyone who wishes to offer praise is welcome to perform. Accompanist available. Contact Kari Fietek 774-392-2352, karifietek@gmail.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO VIDEOTAPE WORSHIP! Have you ever not been able to make it to church but found you could watch the service on our local public TV station? Do you know of folks that are homebound or in a care facility that watch our parish worship service every week? The broadcasting of our service is a valuable community outreach. We’re looking for folks, who would be part of a team, that would pick up the camera from the station on a Friday and film on a Sunday. It would involve a short training session on the use of the camera by the station personnel. If you might be interested in this ministry, please call Bob Burt. The Bourne United Methodist Church is looking for a Child Care Assistant. The position is primarily for weekly services every Sunday, 10:30 – 12:30, at the church, starting immediately. The pay is $50/weekly, with an annual commitment to the position. (2 weeks unpaid time off given with advance notice). Experience with children, including infants required, along with CORI background check. References required.  Please respond to the church office: bumcsecretary@verizon.net.    ...

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