February 26, 2017 – Listen to him

Transfiguration Sunday    February 26, 2017   Psalm 99, Exodus 24;12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-19, Matthew 17:1-9    Listen to him ************************************************************** The voice of God speaks aloud from the cloud of presence. Again we hear from on high the same words we first heard when Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan: “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased...”  And now God adds three words: “Listen to him!” Familiar words where I live. Anytime I’m going out the door for a meeting my wife or my daughter is likely to remind me, “Remember – Don’t speak too much. And listen well.” And I’m not the only disciple who ever needs reminding… Just before this hike up the mountain Jesus has been telling disciples he must go to Jerusalem, where he will suffer and die, then rise from the dead. First round draft choice apostle Peter says“God forbid it Lord! This must never happen to you.” Jesus rebukes him, saying, “Get behind me Satan,” and continues talking about the need for disciples to take up their cross and follow him. Soon after he and these disciples come down from the mountain Jesus tells them again – he is going to his death. Jesus has to say a lot of things like this more than once. We’re not always good listeners. And I can identify with Peter. I know I need frequent reminding – to say less – and keep listening to Jesus… Sometimes we can be so busy giving Jesus our Prayer List, our Wish List… our advise on how to run the universe…. Sometimes we get so into speaking to Jesus that we’re not doing much listening to Jesus… Sometimes God has to resort to a little drama to get our attention…(So…) Jesus takes three disciples up the mountain with him. There he’s transfigured before their eyes – shining bright as the sun – clothes dazzling white – flanked by Moses and Elijah of old, talking with him… That’s probably enough to have his disciples feeling shaky… Though Peter manages to sound brave, as he offers to build little mountain huts for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. But while he’s talking, the voice from out of the cloud interrupts, causing disciples to fall to the ground in fear and trembling… The word of God can be frightening at times. When the law was first given,  Mt Sinai was all covered in cloud and fire, and people were so afraid they asked Moses to ask God not to speak to them anymore, except through Moses…. Now Moses has re-appeared, along with Elijah the prophet, talking with Jesus…Who is shining with the light of God’s glory – transfigured, meaning transformed – in the Greek the word is metamorphosis… Foretelling the metamorphosis Jesus will undergo as he puts on his resurrection body. And the voice from the cloud names Jesus Beloved Son of God… Saying Listen to him… Causing disciples to hit the ground trembling… *** And…the next word we hear is the voice of Jesus, saying Get up…and… Do not be afraid. Jesus of course has much more than this to say, and we need to listen and hear all he says. But when times are difficult – when fears arise – remember especially what Jesus says on the mountain: ...

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Week of February 26, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study on Thursdays at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC every week. All are welcome. 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 26, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, February 26th:     11:00 AM Worship 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Wednesday, March 1st: 7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service Thursday, March 2nd: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, March 4th: 10:00 AM Children’s Clothing Exchange Sunday, March 5th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, March 6th: 9:00 AM DCOM 1:00 PM UMW Meeting ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for most of March. Please sign up! THE MARCH NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, February 28th. ASH WEDNESDAY is this Wednesday, March 1st. There will be a service here at Bourne UMC at 7:00pm that evening. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE: This year, the local World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 3rd, will be held at 11:00am at Christ Lutheran Church, 485 Brick Kiln Road, in Falmouth. NEXT UMW MEETING IS MARCH 6TH: Our traditional Prayer and Self-Denial service will be held at 1pm on March 6th, led by Sandra Smith. Please read Exodus 1: 6 through 2:10 in preparation for the meeting. MEN’S BREAKFAST CLUB: Mike Eden is heading up a new Men’s Breakfast Club that will meet once a month. The first meeting will be at Mike’s home on a date TBD. If you would be interested in participating, please sign up on the list in Crain Hall. Once we see who is interested, we can find a date and time that will work well for everyone. 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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