December 11, 2016 – A little child shall lead them

Advent 3   December 11, 2016   Luke 1:68-79 (Canticle of Zechariah), Isaiah 11:1-9, Matthew1:18-23, Luke 1:39-55   A little child shall lead them ******************************************************* God has overthrown the world order – without a shot fired or any public display of force. So Mary’s song, known as the Magnificat, declares. God’s quiet revolution, almost unseen and unheard… is first made known in a quiet household of women bearing babes in their wombs – welcoming each other with joy in God’s beloved community. I like to imagine Mary and Elizabeth having tea and muffins together every day, during that time they had together… Sitting in a small, cozy kitchen like a womb, a warm, nurturing place. Simple humble hospitable space where it’s safe to sing outrageous love songs to God… Or sit quietly without saying a word. The only man around, far as we know, is Elizabeth’s husband, Zechariah. Who has been mute, unable to speak, for six months by the time Mary arrives, because of not believing the angel Gabriel’s promise of a son… A promise Elizabeth did believe. And Mary, of course, believed an even-harder-to-believe promise from the same angel a little later… (and…) Zechariah will get his voice back when baby John the Baptist is born – and give a great shout-out then to God, in the words we’ve read this morning in the Canticle of Zechariah. Which, like Mary’s song, is a New Testament Psalm… A re-telling of the prophet’s word – “A little child shall lead them.” *** A little child shall lead them… So the prophet Isaiah declares more than 700 years before the births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Messiah… And many parents can attest – a little child, especially our firstborn child – will surely lead us – even from the womb. Lead us in decisions we make – places we go, things we do – words we speak and don’t speak… (and–) The children Mary and Elizabeth carry in their wombs are for sure the lead topic of  conversation, as these women, young and old together, greet each other… Baby John the Baptist leaping for joy in the womb of Elizabeth at the sound of the voice of Mary… Mother-to-be of Jesus… The child who now leads us all… *** All children come as a gift from God… equipped with holy imagination and holy power from God to influence their parents and others… And it is right for us to let children lead us… because… Children can imagine God’s kingdom better than most of us… Children can imagine animals that act like humans…Imagine kingdoms beyond the familiar world we know… Without bogging down in whether the vision is literal or parable or both… Children may have many, many questions, but – children can enjoy the Narnia Chronicles of CS Lewis, in which intelligent animals act like humans at their best… Some better, even, than the best humans… (Thinking mostly of Aslan the lion, the Christ figure in the Narnia tales. But there’s also times when even a slightly-above-average dog, cat, or horse acts better than a lot of humans…And…) We need to let our little children lead us… because… Children can imagine the peaceable kingdom Isaiah sees and sketches out for us today. A vision from God in which “the wolf shall...

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Week of December 11, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. No Bible Study on December 22nd and December 29th. Bell Ringers are needed to ring bells for the Sunday, December 18th church service. Rehearsal will be next Sunday at 7:30am, before church. Please see Kari Fietek. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Christmas Eve Candlelight Service here at 7:00pm and a combined with BUMC Christmas Morning Service here at 11:00am. Also, on Saturday, the 24th at BUMC at 4:00pm is a Family  Service, The A-B-C’s of Christmas, and a Candlelight Service at 9:00pm. Bourne Food Pantry   Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Kids Backpack Program   Please leave your items for the kids backpacks in the bin in the office. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                        N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Tuesday                         7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Thursday                       7:00 pm                         N/A Meeting Friday                             7:30 pm                        Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                        9:00 am                        Osteo...

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Week of December 11, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec. 11th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:15 PM Living Gift Market 3:00 PM Girl Scouts 3:30 PM Saints & Singers Chorus Christmas Concert Monday, Dec. 12th: 10:30 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting Thursday, Dec. 15th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, Dec. 18th: 11:00 AM Worship Wrap & Tag Party 2:00 PM Mazheika Student Piano Recital Our Living Gift marketplace will be held after worship today to benefit Heifer International. A petting zoo will be here from 12:15-1:30. THE SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS will present their Christmas Concert here at Bourne UMC today at 3:30pm. Entitled “Everything Glorious”, the 2016 Christmas Cantata features modern and traditional Christmas music in joyous celebration of the Good News of Christ’s birth. There is no charge for admission.  Everyone is welcome. FAMILY TO FAMILY items are due back next Sunday, December 18th. CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used warm winter children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop or in the church hall. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month from 9:30am to 12pm. BACKPACK PROJECT: These items are urgently needed: Cereal-cold, any kind, Oatmeal packets, Jelly, Mayonnaise, Canned tuna, Canned chicken, Canned pasta with meat-raviolis, lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, Hot cocoa and Microwave popcorn. A complete list is available in Crain Hall. CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE: Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24th: – 4:00pm Family Service – 9:00pm Lessons and Carols Service Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25th: – 11:00am Joint Service at Cataumet UMC (no services at Bourne)  ...

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