February 1, 2015 – What do you know?

Deuteronomy 6:4-9                                                                                                                       Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Mark 1:21-28                                                                                                                                 They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13                                                                                                                      Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. “Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat...

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Week of February 1, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Feb 2nd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting (unless otherwise stated) 7:00 PM Outreach Committee Thursday, Feb. 5th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne Sunday, Feb. 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Feb. 9th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting ALTAR FLOWERS NEEDED: A new flower chart for 2015 has been posted outside the sanctuary. Please sign up! ASH WEDNESDAY: Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service here at Bourne UMC, on Wednesday, February 18th, at 7:00pm. SOUP SUNDAY: Mark your calendars! This year, Soup Sunday will be Sunday, March 1st. We hope that people will be able to contribute their wonderful homemade soups. There will be more info as the date gets closer, so please watch the weekly announcements....

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