August 9, 2015 – Bread of heaven

Pentecost 11 August 9, 2015   John 6:35-51   Bread of heaven ******************************** My mother will very soon be moving in with my sister, and we’re thinking of mom every day…And I keep remembering things my mother said when I was little. And probably because once again we’re talking about eating… I’ve been especially hearing my mother’s voice saying, “Eat all your food, dear…” Now days I seldom have any problem eating everything served. But back when I was little, my parents sometimes had to tell me more than once…to clean my plate if I wanted dessert… or wanted to stay up even a little while after supper… And sometimes Jesus reminds me (just a little…) of my mother… We’re into the third of a four or five course meal… served by Jesus in John chapter six. Picking up where we left off, recapping briefly, hearing again in our opening verse of our first gospel reading, Jesus’ last word from last week: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Last week Jesus was counseling us – (as if we were young people just about to enter the workforce) – not to go to work for bread that perishes – but to work for the food that feeds us for eternal life… The crowd asks ‘what then must we do…to do the work that God requires? Jesus said ‘this is the work God requires – to believe in the one God has sent.’ (That, of course, would be Jesus.) What sign can you give to show us we should believe you? Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, the bread of heaven,’ the crowd says. ‘It wasn’t Moses who gave the manna,’ Jesus says. ‘It is my Father who gives the true bread from heaven that comes down to earth and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir, give us this bread always,’ the crowd says. ‘I am the bread of life… Whoever comes to me will never be hungry… Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty,’ Jesus says. Now, maybe if Jesus had just stopped a little earlier… this dinner party would have been a huge success. If Jesus had only said, ‘That’s all for tonight folks. Tune in again tomorrow, same time, same station…We’ll be feeding you with all the finest bread you can eat…’ If only Jesus had better marketing staff… All the guests could have gone home happy, saying, ‘Great dinner, Jesus. We’ll be back tomorrow. And yes, we’ll be sending our offerings to support your ministry. And yes, please, do send a copy of that twelve CD sermon series boxed set your assistants mentioned. Thank you, Jesus. See you later…’ But…so often (a bit like my mother long ago) Jesus has a lot more on the menu than we’re prepared to eat… And instead of sending us home when we think its time to go, Jesus brings on another course, saying, I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever… And even before these words are out of his mouth, the dinner guests – the large crowd that’s actually experienced, remember, eating till completely satisfied, starting from nothing but a tiny plate...

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Week of August 9, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Worship Committee will host coffee hour next Sunday, August 16th. 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. See Tim with any questions. 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 9, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 9th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group Sunday, August 16th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group All- Church Pool Party 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. Please join us! 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. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER is Tuesday, August 25th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter, into the church office by this date. Thanks! A LITURGIST IS NEEDED for August 30th. ALTAR FLOWERS are needed August 30th. RALLY DAY will be on Sunday, September 13th, at Mid-way Park. We will have our worship service at 11am, followed by a barbecue. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this wonderful annual event!  ...

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