January 26, 2014 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Epiphany 3 Jan 26, 2014   ******************* 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?   I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. *** There’s an ancient proverb that says – Wherever two or three are gathered together in Jesus’ name…. pretty soon there will be a church fight. So what’s up with the apostle saying, “I appeal to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another – so that there be no divisions among you – but that you be perfectly united in the same mind and purpose?” What planet could the apostle Paul be living on? I mean, Jesus himself prayed for unity among his followers (John 17) and even Jesus’ prayer doesn’t seem to have been answered affirmatively (at least not yet)… Isn’t this still the world that so loves to fuss and fight and always seem to be looking for conflict – picking up sides and going at it, til one side or the other drops from exhaustion or extinction, whichever comes first? And we the church, still seem to have much the same kinds of divisions as the world around us. There are reportedly now some 33,000 distinct Protestant denominations, along with many orders and sub-divisions in the Catholic and Orthodox branches of the church. Sometimes our differences in belief and practice are small, sometimes huge. Sometimes we argue politely over differences. Other times we fight pitched battles, even wars. Yet the word of God tells us – be in agreement, no divisions – united in the same mind, for the same purpose. Which seems virtually impossible for us humans. (Though we know with God all things are possible…) Though sometimes we’ve got to be very creative (as God, in whose image we’re made is always creative…) and think… expansively… *** Which reminds me of the story of a young Rabbi, newly installed in his first synagogue… having difficulty understanding the ways of the congregation. As soon as he thinks he’s beginning to understand how things function, someone come along and tells him something different, contrary to what he’s just heard… His confusion grows and grows… till it becomes almost despair… Finally he goes and seeks out the elderly retired former Rabbi, asking...

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Announcements – Week of January 26, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Jan 26th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Wednesday, Jan 29th: 7:00 PM Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Jan 30th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, Feb 2nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS THIS Tuesday, January 28th. Please have any articles, meeting dates, etc, into the office no later than 9:00am that day. Thank you! THERE WILL BE A JOINT OUTREACH MEETING on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00pm, here at Bourne UMC. SOUP SUNDAY: FEBRUARY 9th: Soup for sale! Time for soup and bread to warm our hearts and make us all feel good and well. Please join us after the service on Sunday, February 9th, for a Soup Sale. Come one, come all! If you are interested in making a soup for the soup sale, please sign up in Crain Hall. ALTAR FLOWER DONATIONS: The sign up list for altar flower donations is posted, please sign up! We need flowers the next few weeks. 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. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also, if your address has changed, please let us know!  ...

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Announcements Week of January 26, 2014 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Tues. Jan. 28  6:30 pm Finance  Meeting Tues  Jan 28 7:00 pm Church Council Wed. Jan 22 7:00 pm Bible study – CUMC Thurs. Jan 23 1:00 pm Bible study – BUMC Missions will host coffee hour February 2. 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 Friday 7:30 pm Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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