December 4, 2016 – New things I now declare

Advent 2    December 4, 2016   Psalm 24, Isaiah 42:5-9, Matthew 1:1,12-17, Luke 1: 26-38          New things I now declare ****************************************************************** God speaks through the prophet Isaiah: “See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” We need this heads-up warning that something new is coming from God… Because, God knows, not everything new is good… Not everything new is even remotely related… to the things of God that are from God… From the first high-rise tower of Babel to contemporary skyscrapers blocking the light of day for those living in their shadows… From the first chemical weapons of World War I, to nuclear weapons, to the latest in cyber-warfare… From the first horror movies to tv shows obsessing with evil… The new things we humans produce quite often turn out to be very bad indeed…. (Which is not to say everything new is bad, or everything old is good… Just to say our tendency to plunge too far too fast too uncritically into things labeled and marketed as “New! is well documented…) And among the many things I’ve been wrong about, one thing I’ve sometimes managed to get right by grace – is to refrain from embracing the new… just because it’s new… Growing up in the tumultuous ‘60’s, I learned to love older music from artists like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Martha and the Vandellas… as much, often even more than, the newer bands the sixties were more famous for… I grew up listening to blues and jazz even before I listened to rock. Listened to old acoustic country blues before the electrified bands of Muddy Waters and BB King… Later listening to yodeling Jimmy Rogers and the Carter Family along with Willie Nelson and other more recent country singers… I was exposed to jazz from birth through my parents, starting with the older New Orleans jazz of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet…Then Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, and others of the swing era… Only later on to Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane… modern jazz and beyond… And just as appreciating older styles of American music has helped me to better enjoy some of our newer music…. So also, since I became a Christian, I’ve been captivated by many of the older biblical books – roots books – Genesis, first book of the bible – Isaiah and Micah among the prophets… Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, among the writings… The psalms – the original sanctified blues… All these older books of the bible have helped me better love and understand the New Testament, with it’s deep roots in the psalms, writings and prophets of Israel… And appreciate the continuity of God’s themes… of creation and redemption… and new creation… *** There’s many reasons to be suspicious of man-made changes…I remember older Vermont farmers I worked with saying – ‘every new labor-saving device that was supposedly going to save us time and money – always ended up costing us time and money…’ But when its God doing a new thing….We may not know exactly what to expect… But we have assurance… it will be good… God who spoke forth creation in the beginning and said that it was good and very good… God...

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Week of December 4, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. Bell Ringers are needed to ring bells for the Sunday, December 18th church service. Rehearsals will be the next two Sundays at 7:30am, before church. Please see Kari Fietek. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local families and individuals. 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 4, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec. 4th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, Dec. 5th: 12:30 PM UMW Christmas Potluck Lunch Wednesday, Dec. 7th: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, Dec. 8th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC 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: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive the print version, or check your email if your receive the e-version. Extras are available in Crain Hall. Our Living Gift marketplace will be held after worship next Sunday, December 11th to benefit Heifer International. A petting zoo will be here from 12:15-1:30. Please mark your calendars! THE SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS will present their Christmas Concert here at Bourne UMC, next Sunday, December 11th 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. Open choir session for anyone who’d like to sing with the choir Sunday, Dec 18. See Kari for music to “Carol of the Bells” and attend your choice of 2 rehearsals: Wed. Dec 7, Sunday Dec 11 or Wednesday Dec 14. FAMILY TO FAMILY items are due back on 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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