February 7, 2016 – Listen to him, look to him

Transfiguration Ps 99, Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:3-18, Luke 9:28-36 ***************************************************************** High on the mountain… We glimpse the glory of God in the face of Jesus transfigured, his clothes dazzling white. Moses and Elijah of old, also in glory, representing the law and prophets of Israel, conferring with Jesus… Then vanishing in the cloud… Peter wants to translate this revelation into something safer, more suitable for habitation… But the voice of God comes from the cloud, silencing him… And he and James and John say nothing of this experience till much later… And as the glory recedes into cloud and memory… and we head back down the mountain… I’ve been thinking of mountain top experiences… And prompted by last Friday’s snow, and the wondrous sight of trees hanging heavy with blazing whiteness… I’ve been remembering…Climbing Mt Jackson in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with my friend John Fitch, both of us then just a few months out of high school. John already a seasoned mountain-climber, who’d climbed all of New Hampshire’s (46) 4000-footers, most of them more than once, was now into climbing them all in winter. He was the guide, I the disciple, following… Our base camp was his aunt and uncle’s place in Northern New Hampshire. John got me out on snowshoes for my first time for a practice run, stepping around in a field, the day before we were to climb. Using ski poles to balance in the deep snow…Getting used to backpacks stuffed with food, water, extra clothing… Next morning we were up by five and out on the road…Snow was falling steadily. We parked at the foot of the mountain, and began climbing before full daylight. It was near the winter solstice; days were short. John knew how long the climb should take. He kept his eyes on his watch all day, to be sure we’d be back down before dark. But I don’t remember thinking at all about time – or much of anything except the startling brightness – far as we could see – everything covered in clear, bright, brilliance…. Soft powder snow kept falling, silently, through the day – calm, incredibly graceful… Strangely beautiful… We climbed in steady, step-step, step-step rhythm going up… Speaking only a little to save energy… Making only quick stops to eat… Snow continued falling…Winds blowing snow from trees in bright flurries. We could see only a few hundred feet. No long views for us from the summit when we got there. No voice spoke from out of the cloud… But we were caught up in clouds of almost frighteningly bright snow… Making me now think of disciples of old gazing at the dazzling brightness of Jesus… I was agnostic at the time. Even so, I had a glimpse of the glory of God, I believe… in the beauty of God’s handiwork on the mountain… I didn’t know a thing about prayer in those days – yet I was in a deep meditative rhythm, resembling, in retrospect, slow silent prayer…I believe I was sensing somehow the presence of God… Though I didn’t yet know there was a God… (We don’t need to know God… for God to be present, of course…) And we were touched by the presence of the Holy… Though I didn’t know yet how to...

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Week of February 7, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Combined Worship Service next Sunday, February 14th. We will be having a combined worship service with Bourne UMC, at 11:00am, at BUMC. The service will feature the combined choirs from Bourne and Cataumet, and will be a great chance to worship and enjoy fellowship with parishioners at Bourne. After worship, we will be having a discussion time, where we would like to get your feedback or your thoughts about our worship services The Psalms Reading Group meets this Sunday, at Bourne UMC, at 12:30pm. Bible study meets each Thursday, at 1 pm, at Bourne UMC in the Perry room. Ash Wednesday Service is February 10th at Bourne UMC at 7:00pm OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Flower Chart and Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are posted. Please sign up. Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local families in need. 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 7, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb. 7th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group Wednesday, Feb. 10th: 7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service Thursday, Feb. 11th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Saturday, Feb. 13th: 3:30 PM Girl Scouts 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 ASH WEDNESDAY IS FEBRUARY 10TH: Please join us here at Bourne UMC at 7:00pm for our traditional Ash Wednesday service, to begin the season of Lent. If you know any homebound person who cannot make the service, and who would like to have ashes delivered that day, please speak with Tim. COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 14TH: We will be having a combined worship service with Cataumet UMC on Sunday, February 14th, at 11:00am, here at Bourne. The service will feature the combined choirs from Bourne and Cataumet, and be a great chance to worship and enjoy fellowship with the parishioners from Cataumet. After worship, we will be having a discussion time, where we would like to get your feedback or answer questions about our worship services. 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!    ...

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