February 12, 2017 – Rules, So Many Rules

6th Sunday of Epiphany   February 12, 2017  (Psalm 119:1-8, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, I Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-26, 33-37) Rules, So Many Rules – by Susan Goux *********************************************************************** Pastor Tim gave me the option of using the lectionary for this week or choosing a theme of my own.  I have to admit it was a temptation.  To choose any topic and have rapt listeners for 15 minutes or so — listening to anything I want to say was a real temptation, but since we have been studying Matthew, I thought I would try to continue the lessons.  I’m not a Biblical scholar so what I’m going to talk about today is what I thought about as I read and considered these readings and some others further along in Matthew — and what it means to me.  I can’t “teach” you or tell you what you should think about when you read these passages.  Let me remind you what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5:  “It is written:  ‘You shall not murder;’ and ‘whoever murders shall be liable for judgment.’  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council.  When I read what Jesus said, my first reaction was that he is overreacting.  Murder is a long way from getting angry or saying a few words that are disrespectful.  We’ve all been angry with someone without wanting to murder them.  That’s what siblings do, isn’t it?  I could never be capable of murdering someone, could I?  Then again, anger is a powerful emotion.  Being angry, being goaded could cause someone to lash out.  And lashing out, could cause consequences that could lead to murder in extreme situations or by someone who was arrogant enough to have to be right.  Jesus is counseling reconciliation rather than adversarial behavior.  Back in the early 80’s there was book called “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher and William Ury.  It was very popular for business and other negotiations, including arbitrations or legal actions.  Fisher and Ury explain in the book that a good agreement is one which is wise and efficient, and which improves the parties’ relationship. Wise agreements satisfy the parties’ interests and are fair and lasting. The authors’ goal is to develop a method for reaching good agreements.  I wonder what Jesus would have thought of this method of discussion.  Is this what he meant when he said:  “first be reconciled with your brother or sister…” One of Fisher and Ury’s important principles is to separate the individual from the issue, trying to look at each side objectively.  If done properly and in good faith, it takes the personal anger out of the equation.  But it doesn’t require either side to give up on their basic principles.  Getting to Yes does not require an unsatisfying compromise or giving up on the things that are most important to you.  It does require listening to each other and caring enough to want to honor each other.  Jesus is telling us to take action, not to be wishy-washy, to stand on our principles and say yes to God’s teachings and no to what is against what God has taught us. ...

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Week of February 12, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Our thanks to Susan Goux for leading us in today’s worship service. No Bible Study this week or next week while Pastor Tim is away. It will resume on Thursday. February 23rd, at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 February 12, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb. 12th: 11:00 AM Worship 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Sunday, Feb. 19th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, Feb. 20th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council PASTOR TIM AND FAMILY are on vacation until February 22nd.  Susan Goux and Dottie Cotter will be preaching on the 12th and the 19th. Sandra Smith will be covering in case of emergencies. NO BIBLE STUDY: Bible Study will not meet on Thursday the 16th. We will resume on Thursday, February 23rd. SNOW CANCELATION POLICY: If we have inclement weather on a Sunday and decide to cancel worship, we will post the cancelation on the church website, Facebook page, WCVB Channel 5 news and on capecod.com. 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 10am 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.  ...

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