February 14, 2016 – First Sunday in Lent

Lent 1 Feb 14, 2016   Psalm 91, Deuteronomy 6:10-13, 16-17; 8:1-5, Luke 4:1-13 ***************************************************************** As Jesus completes his 40 days in the wilderness, he is very hungry… And here comes the devil, offering up a three-course banquet of temptations, saying: ‘If you are the Son of God command this stone to be a loaf of bread…’ (You don’t need to be hungry…) ‘Worship me and I’ll give you all the kingdoms of the world’… (You can have servants bring you breakfast in bed…) And ‘Since you are the Son of God, take a leap from the top of the temple…For it is written – God’s angels will protect you and bear you up… so you will not dash your foot against a stone…’ The devil rolls out his top three temptations – economic power – political power – religious power… Make the material world, the political world, and the spiritual world – the church – all exist to serve your personal needs and desires… (Thank goodness – we’re not tempted by anything like that…anymore…But just in case we ever may be…) Welcome back to Lent. Today is the first Sunday in Lent, our annual journey through the wilderness into closer relationship with God. By ancient tradition, exploring again the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, abstaining, giving… and forgiving… In Lent we remember Jesus, tempted by the devil…And this year I’m a little nervous… that the devil is sounding (actually almost) pretty reasonable, here, to me, at least at first. Saying, “If you are the son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Which sounds alright to me… at first hearing. Jesus is famished from fasting forty days. What harm can there be in making himself a little something to eat? We know he can do this. There’s no law against it I can think of… But Jesus isn’t biting… Even though, we notice – The devil here is not coming to Jesus heavily armed, or making threats… Nor proposing Jesus steal someone else’s bread… No, the devil (perhaps wanting just to get a foot in the door) comes on scene for the first time with a rather reasonable sounding proposal…. And… If we if we don’t know the rest of the story… we might be persuaded…But remembering that I have been fooled by the devil before… I’ve been re-reading CS Lewis’s book, The Screwtape Letters – an imaginative series of letters from Screwtape, a senior devil, to Wormwood, his junior devil nephew. Lewis writes: “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps… In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.” *** The devil starts off with a rather mild-sounding economic temptation.‘You are the Son of God. You’re in charge. So make this rock a pizza with all the trimmings….’ The back story is well known. ‘Your Father fed Israel with manna, which was called the bread of heaven, forty years in the wilderness. Show your power. Do likewise…’ Later...

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Week of February 14, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Slow Church Discussion Group will meet on February 17th at 6:00pm at the White’s home. All are welcome. Bible study meets each Thursday, at 1 pm, at Bourne UMC in the Perry room. Easter Choir: Calling on all voices to sing the Easter anthem on Easter Sunday! No strings attached! You don’t have to make a long-term commitment. Just give Kari Fietek your email, attend at least two rehearsals (either Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings, times TBA by email) and practice at home with recordings. Our Easter anthem is “Glory to God!” from the Handle Oratorio Susanna – sung at both churches. It will be glorious! OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Flower Chart and the Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are  posted in Handy Hall. Please sign up. Bourne Food Pantry. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed this time of the...

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Week of February 14, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb. 14th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Combined Worship with CUMC Psalms Discussion Group Monday, Feb. 15th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, Feb. 18th:    1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, February 21st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group WORSHIP FEEDBACK DISCUSSION: After worship today, we will be having a discussion time, where we would like to get your feedback or answer questions about our worship services. Easter Choir: Calling on all voices to sing the Easter anthem on Easter Sunday! No strings attached! You don’t have to make a long term commitment. Just give Kari Fietek your email, attend at least two rehearsals (either Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings, times TBA by email) and practice at home with recordings. Our Easter anthem is “Glory to God!” from the Handel Oratorio: Susanna – sung at both churches. It will be glorious! Attention musicians! You are invited to sign up in Crain Hall to do special music. All ages and all styles welcome! the AARP Tax-Aid program will be preparing taxes on Mondays from 9am-4pm Feb. 8,15,22,&29. It’s a free service sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation aimed at people over 50 of low to moderate income. All the tax preparers are retrained and certified each year. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Bourne COA at 508-759-0653 or 0654. THE 2016 ALTAR FLOWER CHART has been posted. Please sign up! Flowers are needed for February 28th. BIBLE STUDY is meeting again on Thursdays at 1pm at Bourne UMC and the Psalms Discussion Group is meeting again on Sundays at 12:30pm in the Perry Room. Please feel free to join us! *** Backpacks for Kids – Outreach Project The Bourne and Cataumet churches are going to be participating in a new outreach project with the local schools. It is called “Backpacks for Kids.” We are going to be collecting food to help fill the backpacks for those kids in our community who are hungry. The backpacks go home with the kids on Friday afternoons with food for snacks and meals to get through the weekend. They also send home bigger bags to cover school vacations which is one of the hardest times for the kids. There will be special containers at each church for this project, separate from regular food pantry donations. Foods that are needed include: Fruit snacks Granola bars Boxed raisins Individual snacks like pretzels, crackers and peanut butter or crackers and cheese Canned tunafish Canned chicken Mayonnaise Chicken helper Tuna helper Boxes of crackers Peanut butter Jelly Hot cocoa Macaroni and cheese Jello boxes Pudding cups Fruit cups Boxes of cereal Oatmeal packets Ramen noodle Bread products, especially English muffins and bagels Canned spaghettios/ravioli etc. Pasta and canned pasta sauce Shelf stable milk Pancake mix Syrup Poptarts Some of the food the school receives is donated from the Boston food bank, such as soup, canned vegetables, and usually pasta sauce. The Bourne food pantry also makes donations to the backpack project. They seldom receive fresh fruit so that is also another idea. There are 11 families that we are servicing through Peebles School which amounts to 31 children. They are not all elementary...

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Combined Sunday Worship Service – February 14, 2016

On Sunday, February 14th, Bourne UMC and Cataumet UMC will be having a combined worship service at 11:00am, at Bourne UMC. The service will feature the combined choirs from Bourne and Cataumet, and be a great chance to worship and enjoy fellowship together. After worship, we will be having a discussion time, where we would like to get your feedback or answer questions about our worship services. (Please note there will be no 9:00am worship service at Cataumet UMC that...

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