December 8, 2013 – Second Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:39-45 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” *** Advent 2    Dec 8, 2013   Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1:26-38, 39-45   Let it be unto us *************** The first Advent season begins… With a duet— an intimate-dialogue between Gabriel, mighty angel of God, and Mary, a young, yet-to-be-wed-teenage-mother-to-be. The angel foretells what will be with utmost certainty – how Mary, favored of God, will become mother of a child… who will be called Son of the Most High, who will be called Son of God…  (the word will is spoken an even dozen times by the angel, leaving very little room for doubt) – a child will be born to you, who will rule from the throne of his ancestor King David, rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. And even though the angel is telling all this just as it surely will be – still, all the angel says is also a question – (Since it is the...

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Announcements Week of December 8th, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Dec 9th: 11:00 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club Wednesday, Dec 11th: 7:00 PM Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Dec 12th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC 7:00 PM Trustees Meeting Sunday, Dec 15th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Wrap & Tag Party after worship 3:00 PM Saints & Singers Concert FAMILY TO FAMILY PROJECT: The tickets for this year’s family to family gift giving will be available today for pick-up. We are sponsoring a family from Bourne this year and all items must be returned by next Sunday, December 15th. We will have a wrap and tag party immediately after church on that day, so please plan to stay and help out. THE SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS is having their Christmas concert here at BUMC next Sunday, December 15th, at 3:00pm. The program is “Everlasting Light: A Christmas Carol for a Dark World.” THE FALMOUTH CHORALE will present their winter program “Joy Around the World” next Saturday, Dec 14th at 4pm and 7:30pm, and again on Sunday, Dec 15th at 3:00pm, at the First Congregational Church in Falmouth. See Joan Davis for tickets. THE UMW WILL HAVE THEIR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK on Monday, December 16th at 12:30pm. Bring a dish to share and your favorite crèche! MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also,  if your address has changed, please let us know! CONTRA DANCE: On December 28, our 4th Saturday Bourne Contra features caller Linda Leslie and music by The French Connection. Join us and welcome the new year in friendly dance community. From 8 pm to 11 pm. No experience necessary; dancers change partners after most dances. Doug Oesterheld; 781-636-8956.  ...

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