April 21, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday,  April 21st:                                11:00 AM     Easter Service Wednesday, April 24th:                        10:00 AM     Prayer Group                                                                    10:00 AM     BWC Thursday, April 25th                                1:00 PM     Bible Study Sunday, April 28th :                               11:00 AM     Worship Service THE NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Thursday April 25th. CRAFT GROUP will meet on Friday April 26th at 10:00 at Sue Dewitte’s House DINNER WITH FRIENDS IS BACK! Friday and Saturday nights, please sign up in Crain Hall. PLEASE FIND HEALTH KIT shopping lists on the table in Crain Hall. BOOK GROUP is on Monday 4/29 at 6PM at the Parsons. THE NEXT SPRC MEETING is 4/30 at 7PM. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. BIBLE STUDY meets Thursday at 1pm.  ...

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April 21, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Conversation with Bishop Devadhar Saturday April 27, 3-6 We are invited to conversation with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar Saturday April 27, 3-6 p.m., East Bridgewater UMC, 54 N. Central St., East Bridgewater, MA.  Bishop Devadhar is holding ‘Holy Conversations’ in each district during April and May. Methodist church members/attenders are all invited to join these unstructured conversations with the bishop in advance of the 2019 Annual Conference session June 13-15.  Contact Tim if you would to carpool. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible study continues to meet every Thursday at 1:00 pm. The group discussion of the Book of Joy will meet again on April 29. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday   7:45 am  Choir practice Sunday   9:00 am  Worship Sunday   7:30 pm  AA Meeting Monday   7:30 pm  N/A Meeting Tuesday   9:00am  Exercise Tuesday  7:00 pm  AA Meeting Thursday  9:00 am     Exercise Thursday      7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday  9:00 am  Osteo...

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April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday     April 1, 2018   Psalm 116,  Luke 23:44-56, Luke 24:1-12, Luke 24:13-35 ************************************************************ Two travelers are talking with each other as they walk along from Jerusalem to Emmaus…When another traveler comes by… and asks what they’re talking about… “Are you the only one around who doesn’t know… all the things that have been happening in Jerusalem?” they ask. “What things?” he asks. “Things about Jesus, of course,” they say – launching into the story of how Jesus of Nazareth – “a mighty prophet of God – the one we had hoped might be the Messiah of Israel – the one we had hoped would deliver us from captivity and oppression… The one in whom we had hoped all our highest of hopes…” “But he was crucified and laid in the tomb. He had told us more than once that he would be executed… But… we didn’t really believe that…. He had said he would be raised from the dead on the third day…We had hoped… even though we didn’t believe, we had hoped…. But… now the third day’s almost over… And we had hoped… But now… all we have for all our hopes is just a strange report from some of the women of our group… who went to the tomb early this morning… And came back saying the tomb was empty – and they had seen a vision of angels who told them he was risen… And… We didn’t believe that…” “How very foolish…” the stranger walking with them says. “How very slow you are to remember all the prophets have said about the Messiah and how he must suffer…  before coming into his glory…” And the stranger talks with them… all the rest of the seven miles to Emmaus – opening the scriptures to them – teaching them what is written about the Messiah… And as they come near the village of Emmaus… the man walks on now a little faster straight ahead… As if he’s going to walk on to wherever he’s going by himself… But they insist – “stay with us, it’s getting dark, day is almost done…”And he does. Now at table, it’s as if he, the stranger, not they, is host – As he takes bread, blesses, and breaks the bread… And they recognize him in the breaking of the bread…. **** Try and imagine – walking with someone you consider your main teacher and guide in life – someone you have put your hope and trust in – and not recognizing him for the whole seven miles you’re walking together… (I’m a relatively fast walker…. and it takes me more than two hours to walk seven miles…) But – we should cut these travelers some slack… Probably they were so deeply disappointed about Jesus being gone… And all their hopes not fulfilled… that even his presence up close and personal… doesn’t quite register – doesn’t quite penetrate their consciousness… And… Probably Jesus had his hoodie pulled up over his hair – his ball cap pulled down over his eyes – his eyes covered with dark sunglasses… Perhaps he was also disguising his voice a little… Having a little fun, messing with his friends minds, and testing their memories. *** I expect these travelers were embarrassed when they finally recognized Jesus. But...

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April 16, 2017 – Why are you weeping?

Easter Sunday   April 16, 2017   Psalm 126, John 19:25b-30, 38-42; John 20:1-18 Why are you weeping? *********************************************** “Woman, why are you weeping,” a pair of angels asks Mary Magdalene. We don’t know their exact tone of voice, but asking “Why are you weeping?” sounds to me like empathy – offering conversation, trying to be of help… Of course we know (as the angels know) Mary Magdalene’s weeping because she’s come to the grave where Jesus was buried… And found the tomb empty… And maybe this Easter story’s so familiar… we don’t notice… How Mary either doesn’t notice these angels are angels – or – she’s so focused on Jesus that even angels up-close-speaking-to-her… really makes no difference… She just tells the angels what they already know – she’s looking for Jesus… and he’s not here… And as she looks around she sees Jesus… without recognizing who he is… Perhaps it’s still dark. Maybe there’s heavy misty fog that morning. Maybe tears obscure her vision. Probably he’s dressed differently from what she’s used to… Mary’s thinking he’s the gardener.  Which makes sense, since Jesus is buried in a cemetery that’s also a garden. And Jesus is The Gardener who invites us back to The Garden… But, “Woman, why are you weeping?” – the same question angels ask – is also the question Jesus asks of Mary Magdalene… Mary has gone to the tomb early on the first day of the week while its still very dark… Where she finds the tomb open… the stone that had sealed it….rolled away… She runs to find Simon Peter and the disciple known as “the disciple Jesus loved.” They run together back to the tomb. The other disciple gets there first, but doesn’t enter… Simon Peter arrives, goes right into the tomb where he sees… the empty grave… and the wrappings Jesus had been wrapped-in…empty now. The cloth that was placed on his head now neatly folded by itself… Now the other disciple also enters the tomb, and he believes… (Though we’re also told “as yet they did not understand the scripture that he must rise from the dead”…) And having seen the empty tomb…The disciples now return to their homes… *** But Mary stays by the tomb, weeping… “Woman, why are you weeping,” the angels ask… “Woman, why are you weeping,” Jesus asks. “Whom are you looking for?” We know she’s looking for him. Weeping because she’s looking for his body – which is nowhere to be found… in the empty tomb… We may also know… Over the years Mary Magdalene’s had a reputation as a biblical bad-girl. Many have assumed she’s some kind of mega-sinner. There’s no evidence for this in the bible. But all kinds of assumptions have been made based on one verse in Luke (8), where we’re told Jesus healed her of seven demonic spirits. The bible never calls her a sinner… (Except in the sense we’re all sinners by nature…) And in those days mental illness was considered a form of demonic possession. (And according to contemporary mental health theory, we’re all mentally ill, to various degrees. Consider… And…) What we should remember most about Mary Magdalene is that she traveled with Jesus, who considered her a beloved disciple, part of the family of Jesus… And she’s the...

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2017 Holy Week Schedule

        Sunday, April 9th: Palm Sunday 9:00am Worship at Cataumet UMC 11:00am Worship at Bourne UMC Thursday, April 13th: Maundy Thursday 7:00pm Worship at Cataumet UMC Friday, April 14th: Good Friday 7:00pm Worship at Bourne UMC Saturday, April 15th: Holy Saturday 4:00pm to 8:00pm the Bourne UMC will be open for prayer and meditation Sunday, April 16th: Easter Sunday 6:00am Sunrise Worship at Scusset Beach 9:00am Worship at Cataumet UMC 11:00am Worship at Bourne...

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