August 7, 2016

Pentecost 12   August 7, 2016   Psalm 27, Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-7; 18:1-11 ******************************************************* Today we’ve heard a cluster of brief stories from the book of Acts, tied together thematically by each story’s relationship to the others, and the whole story of Acts. The book of Acts is all about our spiritual journey to closer relationship with God and neighbor. A journey in which, as we travel, we also need to frequently step back, and spread out the biblical road map before us on the table.  And try to figure out where we are in the story… We need to see the big picture… to see the meaning of our smaller stories… Just as we also need to see the details of each smaller scene…to see the big picture. In our last reading (which actually comes first chronologically) we learn Paul, in addition to serving as an apostle, is also a tentmaker. He works alongside fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla, a married couple whom he lives and works with in Corinth, a large seaport city of Greece, that’s become Paul’s next stop after his time in Athens, where we were last week. And a detail we notice as they’re introduced, is that Aquila, the husband, is named first – no surprise. This was the custom (and still is) in much of the world. Yet after this first introduction, now it’s Priscilla who is named first – twice, actually – as this couple takes Apollos aside to teach him the way of Jesus in more detail (in our first reading). Probably this indicates, many bible scholars say, she’s the lead teacher here, of Apollos. A detail well-worth noticing, since the role of women in teaching is still debated in some parts of the church, and because the bible is thought by some to be a sexist, gender-biased story. (All scripture is God-breathed, we know, from 2 Timothy 3:16-17. All scripture we also know, bears the fingerprints of human authors, all of whom heard God speak to them in their own cultural languages, in earlier times and places. One of the many reasons we study Acts is because it’s set in a time when older ways are rapidly changing, and people of God are interpreting the word of God in ways that seek to be both true to ancient promises… while faithfully adapting worship and witness to new cultural realities and opportunities. Exactly the challenge we face today…) And the more we know the whole biblical story, the better we’re able to communicate the word of God as the life-giving, life-saving word it is… And the angels are often in the details… Another major detail here is that Paul has considerable learning – a relatively rare thing in those days – he’s trained as a Pharisee in the law and prophets of Israel, he’s also trained in Greek rhetoric.  Yet Paul doesn’t mind working with his hands. He’ll use the money to support his ministry. And perhaps at least as important for him, his tent-making work helps him know and identify with the working people of Corinth – which his first letter to the Corinthians indicates was a large majority of his congregation. (In several of his letters Paul also makes it clear – he will always choose to work with his hands...

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Week of August 7, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help our local families in need. Bourne Food Pantry.  Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed!

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Week of August 7, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 7th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, August 8th: 6:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting Thursday, August 11th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, August 14th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, August 15th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Church Council LITURGISTS are needed for August 14th and 28th. ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED for August 21st. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Swift UMC is thrilled to invite the children of Bourne UMC to join them this year for Vacation Bible School! Please register as soon as possible so we can properly plan for supplies, etc. We could also use a few volunteers for various needs during the week. If interested or for questions, please contact the Swift Church office, 508-888-0170, swiftmemorial@verizon.net or VBS coordinator, Pat Frost, patfrosty@comast.net. Also see the insert in your bulletin. 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. THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE will be Tuesday, August 30th.  ...

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