February 23, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Epiphany 7 Feb 23, 2014 (Lev 19:1-2,9-18) Matthew 5:38-48    But I say… (Continued…) ******************* Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”February 18, 2014 *** Sometimes, I confess, when I hear the words we’ve just read, my first thought is oh dear Lord have mercy! More you’ve heard it said but I say to you Jesus sayings. We heard a batch of these last week. They were all very difficult. Now here’s Jesus telling us this week to do the virtually impossible… Saying you’ve heard it said an eye for an eye…a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you – turn the other cheek – go the second mile – if they take your coat give your sweatshirt also. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt or mistreat you. And if this isn’t difficult enough yet – here’s Jesus telling us – ‘by the way, while you’re at it – Be perfect… as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ I’m feeling a million miles from perfection, personally. Almost wondering if Jesus could be putting us on. He knows no one in all human history’s ever been perfect… except Jesus himself. But these are the words of Jesus… and this theme of ‘going on to perfection’ has been a Methodist trade-mark from our early days – a favorite theme of our founder John Wesley. Everyone  ordained a Methodist pastor still has to be able to say ‘yes’ when our bishop asks at our ordination service, ‘are you are going on to perfection?’ And ‘do you expect to be made perfect in love in your lifetime?’ And I remember seeing my friend pastor Ralph Howe at Troy Annual Conference, the day I was to answer that question in public before ordination – telling him I didn’t think I could say I’m going on to perfection and mean it. Asking him how did he ever manage to say this with a straight face? And I remember Ralph asking me – ‘Do you believe God is perfect?’ (Yes I do.) ‘Good. Then see if you can also believe...

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Announcements Week of February 23, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb 23rd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Feb 24th: 9:00 AM DCOM (until 3pm) Tuesday, Feb 25th: 7:30 PM Instrumental Rehearsal (until 10) Wednesday, Feb 26th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Feb 27th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, March 2nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School with Teen Challenge Monday, March 3rd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for Sunday, March 2nd. Please sign up! MARCH NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: Is THIS Tuesday, Feb 25th by 9:00am! Please have anything you would like in the March newsletter into the church office NO LATER than this day! Thank you! WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY at Cataumet UMC is on recess until after Easter. Thursday Bible Study at Bourne is still meeting. THE ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE will be at 7:00pm here at Bourne, on Wednesday, March 5th. PASTOR Tim and family will be on vacation March 7-19. Tim will check phone messages at the parsonage (508-563-9215) daily. Pastor Brian Wood of Swift Memorial UMC in Sagamore will be available in the event of pastoral emergencies. HELP NEEDED! We are looking for a couple of volunteers to learn how to run the Powerpoint presentation on Sundays. Please speak to Robbie Cotter if you are interested.  ...

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