January 31, 2016 – Is…and is not…

Epiphany 4   January 31, 2016   1 Corinthians 13:1-13   Is… and is not… ********************************************************** Love is patient. Love is kind. And – Loves is not enviou – or boastful. Love is not arrogant – or rude. Love is not insistent on it’s own way. Love is not irritable – or resentful. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing… The word of God in First Corinthians defines love for us here – positively, in terms of what love is… And – negatively, in terms of what love is not… And I’m remembering one of my former pastors, Barbara, and her husband Mitch, a clergy couple – both of whom used to take turns writing the sermon that each of them would then deliver in their respective churches… And I remember Barb telling me “once you know that we share the sermon writing, you can tell who wrote a sermon any given week – because all of mine are about “Jesus loves you…” And all of Mitch’s are “Jesus loves you – But…” And both Barb and Mitch were formative influences on my preaching… And most of my sermons, you may have noticed, can’t quite decide – whether the main point is all about ‘Jesus loves us’ – or about ‘Jesus loves us – But’…. (The word of God says it both ways. Both can be right…) And here we are today hearing again the best-known writing on love in any language… And if anything, the word of God tells us more about what love is not… Than about what love is… Causing me to remember the old song that sings about love as a question mark – That’s why I ask – the Lord in heaven above – What is this thing – called love? Which can have a different implied answer, depending on who is singing the song… And this week, as it happens, our daughter Rohi borrowed a Mr Rogers video that features a circus performer asking virtually the same question – ‘what is love?’ But this time when the question is asked, an owl opens a bible and reads – “love is patient. Love is kind…” Which seems to settle the matter sufficiently, for viewers in Mr Rogers Neighborhood… But with many adults, I notice, there are often still questions about ‘what is love?’ Sometimes even for married lovers who have been together a long time in love… Even when we know we’ve got it, love is often still a profound mystery… All the more so, the closer we get to the author of love… Whose name is never mentioned directly here in our reading today – yet who is always present whenever two or three or more of us gather together in the name of Jesus. Who has revealed for us the truth – that God is love… God is love. Which is not the same thing as saying ‘Love is God’… Because God is love in ways so many, so deep, so wide we can’t fully comprehend… And because there is love, and there is love… And not everything we call ‘love’ has anything to do with love… or God… Which is yet another reason why it is still fair to ask “What is this thing called love?” And maybe love is defined here by the apostle...

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Week of January 31, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Kathleen Burgess and Carol Ann Dubois will host coffee hour next Sunday, February 7th.     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. Finance Committee and Church Council will meet on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 and 7:00pm. Ash Wednesday Service is February 10th at Bourne UMC at 7:00pm Combined Worship Service on February 14th. We will be having a combined worship service with Bourne UMC on Sunday, February 14th, 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 OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Flower Chart and Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are posted. Please sign up. Today we are collecting for our Haitian child, Christhofe Vilme. 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 31, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Jan. 31st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group Monday, Feb. 1st: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Thursday, Feb. 4th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, Feb. 7th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Psalms Discussion Group Attention musicians! You are invited to sign up in Crain Hall to do special music. All ages and all styles welcome! THE FIRST UMW MEETING OF 2016 is tomorrow, February 1st at 1pm. Please join us for our traditional pledge service, lead by Blanche Cody. We will also learn more about the UMW organization as a whole. If you need a ride, please call Connie or Joan. 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. 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. 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 21st and 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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