August 30, 2015 – Doers of the Word

Pentecost 14 August 30, 2015   James 1:1-8, 9-16, 17-27   Doers of the Word ************************************************************* James, author of this letter that bears his name, is almost certainly the same James, whom we meet in Acts, named there as brother of Jesus, leader and chief spokesperson for the early church in Jerusalem. James has been called the first Bishop of the Church. The title “bishop” probably wasn’t in use yet in James’ lifetime, but he did fill the role. Modestly, and/or because no introduction was necessary, James never identifies himself anywhere in this letter as any kind of office holder in the church, or as brother of Jesus, or as anything but a slave (or servant) of God and of Jesus. But he writes with power, wisdom, and eloquence, addressing this letter simply “to the twelve tribes in the dispersion” – a clear reference to the twelve tribes of Israel, and a reminder of James’ deep roots in the ancient Jewish wing of the still very young Christian church. James is an elder spokesperson for ancient living traditions newly alive in Christ. This letter was written sometime (we can’t be sure when) in the first few decades of the Christian movement, a time of great transitions and rapid change. The church was now rapidly growing and spreading far beyond its place of origin in Galilee and Judea. This was a time marked also by the beginnings of persecution of the church, and the emergence of new leadership in the church. The apostle Paul, who had been a persecutor of the church, was now a convert and chief ambassador to the Gentile non-Jewish wing of the church. Paul’s telling of the gospel assumes some of the teachings of Jesus but emphasizes above all else the saving grace of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the power of the resurrection. James led the older Jewish wing of the church. His telling of the good news assumes the cross and resurrection of Jesus, but stays especially close to the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus. The letter of James sounds a lot like Jesus, but in a different time zone. Most of what James says is traceable to Jesus. But this can take a while to notice. In the gospels we encounter Jesus as the lead character in a narrative filled with other characters and conversations that shape our hearing as we follow Jesus from Galilee through the countryside and on to Jerusalem… James, on the other hand, is a letter, composed mostly of brief teachings and sayings, many in the form of parables. The content of James is very close to what Jesus says. But the packed-tight-together-writing-style-of-James requires a different manner of listening. Like the biblical book of Proverbs, James is probably best read a few verses at a time, prayerfully and meditatively… We’re reading the whole first chapter today, because it brings together the main themes of the letter, and serves as introduction to the rest of the letter. But we’re reading it divided into short sections… Hear now again the word from the letter to James, chapter 1, verses 17-27: **************** Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In...

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Week of August 30th, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Finance Committee will host coffee hour next Sunday, September 6th. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30, Bourne UMC, Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. (Watch this space.) No meeting September 13. Interested in becoming a member of this church? Please speak with Tim. We will schedule a group to discuss basic Christian and Methodist beliefs. People who are already members may also enjoy this group. Chili & Concert Friday, September 18th at Bourne UMC. Starting at 6:00 pm we will serve Chili and Cornbread. No tickets needed for the meal but donations accepted to help us recoup our food cost. Starting at 7:00 pm “The Kempter Family” will share their musical ministry. This Handmade Gospel Band from Slapout, Alabama will perform their own unique style of Vintage Gospel. No admission charge for concert, however, a love offering will be received. Hope to see you there! You’re going to be awfully glad you came! Be sure to visit their website to learn more about them and hear their music. www.thekempters.com OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 30th, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 30th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalms Discussion Group Monday, August 31st: 7:00 PM Pumpkin Planning Meeting Sunday, September 6th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalms Discussion Group THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER is available! THERE IS A PUMPKIN PATCH PLANNING MEETING here at Bourne UMC tomorrow night, Aug. 31st, at 7:00pm. CHURCH CHOIR REHEARSAL begins this Wednesday, Sept. 2nd from 7pm to 8:30pm. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30 in the Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. (Watch this space.) No meeting September 13. Interested in becoming a member of this church? Please speak with Tim. We will schedule a group to discuss basic Christian and Methodist beliefs. People who are already members may also enjoy this group. The Saints and Singers Chorus is holding its annual potluck dinner and listen-through at 6:30pm this Thursday, September 3, 2015, here at Bourne UMC. Please come if you are interested in joining! UPPER CAPE CHAPLAINCY “LOBSTER ON THE CANAL” CRUISE: The Upper Cape Chaplaincy invites you to come aboard their “Lobster on the Canal” cruise Sunday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., leaving from Onset pier. As you know, this interdenominational/interfaith organization financially supports Falmouth Hospital’s chaplain, as well as chaplains at JML, Royal Megansett Nursing and Retirement Home, Royal Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Royal Nursing Center. Lobster rolls (or egg salad or chicken salad), chips, and dessert will be included. Tickets for this fund-raiser are $30. Please call Sandra Smith for tickets at 774-413-9120 or s.smith8@comcast.net Our chaplains are there to offer prayers and support in times of need. UPCOMING UMW MEETINGS: The UMW executive board will meet on September 9th at 10:00am. The UMW Potluck Luncheon will be on Monday, September 14th at 12:30pm. Please see the newsletter for details. CHILI & CONCERT FRIDAY SEPT. 18th at Bourne UMC. Starting at 6:00 pm we will serve Chili and Cornbread. No tickets needed for the meal but donations accepted to help us recoup our food cost. Starting at 7:00 pm “The Kempter Family” will share their musical ministry. This Handmade Gospel Band from Slapout, Alabama will perform their own unique style of Vintage Gospel. No admission charge for concert, however, a love offering will be received. Hope to see you there! You’re going to be awfully glad you came! Be sure to visit their website to learn more about them and hear their music. www.thekempters.com  ...

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