February 21, 2016 – Second Sunday of Lent

Lent 2 Feb 21, 2016 (Ps 27, Genesis 15:1-6, Philippians 3:12-4:1) Luke 13:31-35 ************************************************************* There are times when the gospel doesn’t seem much like good news… At least on first hearing. Today’s gospel reading may be one of those times. The word gospel means good news. So when the gospel doesn’t sound like good news we should look deeper, and ask God where is the good news. As we meet up with Jesus today, he’s been on his way to Jerusalem for some time (about five chapters in Luke’s gospel), teaching and preaching, healing the sick, casting out demons, causing a stir wherever he goes… Just before where we rejoin the story today, Jesus has been preaching the difficult side of the gospel – telling crowds not to assume we’re all going straight to heaven, without passing go… Telling us – tread the narrow path, walk with him, listening close to everything he says…Because the way to God’s kingdom is hard, few there are who choose it… And many who are first will be last… And some who are last will be first… And at this very hour, as Jesus is saying all this… Some Pharisees come on the scene to tell Jesus ‘Better get away from here quick. Herod wants to kill you.’ Usually the Pharisees, remember, are not known as friendly supporters of Jesus… And some suspect what they say here may be a story they’ve cooked up to get Jesus out of the neighborhood… But in Luke’s telling of the gospel, the Pharisees (the strictest sect of their day) are not always all bad… Here their intention seems good. And whatever their motivation may be, the threat is surely real. Herod, who rules Galilee on behalf of the Roman Empire, has already killed John the Baptist (a cousin of Jesus), and murdered one of his wives, two of his sons, and many of his political enemies… “Fox” seems far too good a word for this guy, who embodies political evil. (Who makes our current brood of national wannabe rulers look like house pets by comparison….) But… Jesus says ‘go, tell that fox – I’m casting out demons and healing many – today and tomorrow – and on the third day I complete my work… Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must continue on to Jerusalem…where all prophets go to die.’ Not all prophets literally die in Jerusalem. Jesus, speaking in parables, is saying Jerusalem, spiritual center of the nation, is ultimately responsible for the deaths of all the prophets. And it will take Jesus more than three days to reach Jerusalem. Again, Jesus, speaks in metaphors, letting us know he will continue healing, curing, casting out demons – bringing good news to the poor, release to captives, recovery of sight to the blind…all the way to Jerusalem… Where he knows he will be put on trial, condemned, and executed as a criminal… And on the third day, rise again. Jesus has been telling his followers all this for awhile now. They have heard… But they still don’t understand… By now, his disciples know Jesus is the most fearless person they’ve ever seen. They’re probably not surprised to hear him mocking king Herod’s threats, and staying on course to Jerusalem… They understand this kind of...

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Week of February 21, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Chris Casanova and Trina Johnson will host coffee hour next Sunday, February 28th. The Psalms Reading Group meets each Sunday at 12:30pm at Bourne UMC. 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 Handel Oratorio “Susanna” – sung at both churches. It will be glorious! Bell ringers are welcome to attend Saturday rehearsals commencing Saturday, February 27 8-9am. We are ringing for the hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” for Easter. Kari Fietek 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 21, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb. 21st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group Monday, Feb. 22nd: 9:00 AM DCOM 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Tuesday, Feb. 23rd: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Feb. 25th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Saturday, Feb. 27th: 3:00 PM B. Historical Society (to 9pm) Sunday, Feb. 28th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group 2:00 PM Girl Scouts (to 3:15pm) THE MARCH NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, February 23rd. Please have all articles and calendar dates you would like included into the church office by 9:00am that day. Thank you! 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! Children will be offered a chance to practice ringing bells during church after children’s time every week commencing today, Sunday, February 21. We are ringing for the hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” for Easter. 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! Saints & Singers Chorus Concert: Our cantata for this Easter, called “Jesus Changed Everything”, arranged by Mark Brymer, illuminates the message that the sacrifice of Jesus has changed … everything! Join us Sunday, March 13th here at Bourne UMC at 3:00 pm  ...

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