January 24, 2016 – Body Language

Epiphany 3   January 24, 2016 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a   Body Language *********************************************************** We live in a culture that’s more than a little obsessed with body image… Consider – the beauty industry, the health industry, the sports industry – all the ways we obsess over the body and body-related images… The apostle Paul has a rather different kind of body image in mind….As he tells us – together we are the body of Christ – individually members thereof. The body image that matters – is all about our shared identity in the body of Christ. On the night before his death on the cross Jesus prayed all his followers will be one (John ch17)… The apostle Paul tells us – this is already the way it is… And yet, our unity is still very much a work in progress… God has given the church all the gifts and graces, all the forms of ministry, all for the common good… And the apostle uses down-to-earth, yet imaginative language to describe how intimately interconnected with God and one another we are… Today we’re hearing St Paul preach on the unity of the church, the body of Christ… By divine synchronicity, we’ve been in international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity since last Monday… In celebration of this theme of Christian unity, some of us from each of our churches worshiped at St John the Evangelist Catholic church in Pocasset last Tuesday evening, with members of their parish, at the invitation of their priest, Fr. David Frederici… I’m pretty sure all of us who were there agree – this was wonderful worship – and speaking for myself, also a great learning experience… Fr David told me just before we began the service that he and I would process down the long aisle together. “When we get near the altar we just do a little bow,” he said. So with just this little bit of instruction, we walked down the center aisle, and sat together, looking out at everyone. (I had to get used to seeing the congregation seated on three sides, like in T-formation…) But there weren’t many people there, and the atmosphere wasn’t very formal, which helped. I didn’t hear our daughter Rohi calling out to remind me of something I’d forgotten, but…In the middle of the service, their music director came over and pointed out to Fr David where he planned to have the choir sing a song not in the program. Which made me feel right at home. Members of our choirs joined together in song. (Their music director, good ecumenical host, chose four hymns that are all in our hymnal and familiar to us…Adding just one choir anthem we didn’t know…) Connie (Odom Soper, from our Bourne church) and a member of St John’s parish read scripture. Fr David and I gave brief homilies. (I mentioned how much I admire Pope Francis, what a good example he is of Christian unity. Fr David spoke about Jesus’s commandment that we love one another…) The Holy Spirit was very present throughout, from first exchanges of warm greetings, all the way through shared farewells. As the service was ending, Fr David and I bowed again and processed together back to the front doors, doing farewell handshakes, sharing comments with parishioners heading out… One...

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Week of January 24, 2016- Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Donna Mark and will host coffee hour next Sunday, January 31st. The Psalms Reading Group meets each Sunday, at Bourne UMC, at 12:30pm. Bible study meets each Thursday, at 1 pm, at Bourne UMC in the Perry room. Trustees Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00pm. Finance Committee and Church Council will meet on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 and 7:00pm. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 January 24, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Jan. 24th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group 2:00 PM Girl Scouts (until 3:15pm) Thursday, Jan. 28th 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, Jan. 31st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group THE 2016 ALTAR FLOWER CHART has been posted. Please sign up! THE JANUARY?FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE! Please pick up your copy on the way out this morning if you receive the print copy, or check your email if you receive the e-version. There are also extras on the table in Crain Hall if you don’t receive either. Please notify the church office if you’d like to be added to the mailing list by filling out a Mailing List card, which you can pick up from one of the greeters. Thank you! 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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