July 26, 2015 – Loaves and fishes

Pentecost 9   July 26, 2015   Exodus 16:13-18, 2 Kings 4:42-44, John 6:1-5 Loaves and fishes ************************************************************* This has been a week full of history for our family. Tuesday we went to Plymouth Plantation and spent the day revisiting the early history of our state and our nation. We were reminded frequently of our commonwealth’s deep roots in biblical history. Church, for example, was mandatory here in the early days… Which has had me contemplating my own biblical history… One of my odd habits in my teenage years was to put on a stack of records first thing in the morning, especially on school days, when I needed a little extra help waking up, as I sipped my first morning cup of strong coffee… Our family didn’t go to church when I was growing up. But my parents, life-long jazz fans, had some gospel records, one of which I especially liked to wake up to — a scratchy 78 rpm record, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, singing a lively song, Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread… Sister Rosetta was a formidable guitar picker and a soulful singer… But what I remember most… is the words of the song’s chorus– “with only two little fishes… and five loaves of bread.” That catchy gospel ballad got under the radar of my skepticism about God and religion… Got under my skin, into my soul… Especially the last verse — “He broke the bread up — also the fishes — then his disciples went ahead — but the more passed round — the more they found — lots left over, when all had been fed — on only two little fishes…and five loaves of bread.” When I encountered Jesus, just out of my teens, a little ways into my 20’s, and eventually started trying to follow him… One of the main threads of his gospel teaching for me was this theme of feeding the hungry with only a few loaves and fishes… A theme that eventually became a big part of my life’s work… And of course Sister Rosetta wasn’t making this story up… It’s straight out of the bible — a New Testament story with deep roots in the First Testament. Jesus is reminding us here of our biblical heritage… in the wilderness and on the mountain and at the time of Passover. Major history markers scattered throughout the story. And this multiplication of loaves and fishes is the only miracle, other than Jesus’ resurrection, recorded in all four gospels. Signifying it’s deep importance for us still… (Let’s tune in again to the story:) Jesus and disciples have crossed over to the other side of the lake — the Sea of Galilee — going from the Galilean Jewish side of the lake over to the Gentile side, the less familiar shore. (This story is also about crossing cultural borders — bringing the story of Israel’s God to neighbours long estranged.) People have seen Jesus healing many, working powerful signs — giving clear evidence of the power of God at work. Now they’re following Jesus, most of them probably walking up and around the far northern tip of the lake, others perhaps going across in boats, following to see what Jesus might do next. Like me in my early twenties, most of them probably...

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Week of July 26, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Missions/Fellowship Committees will host coffee hour next Sunday, August 2nd. Introduction to the Psalms. We’ll have a summer discussion group on the Psalms, Sundays at 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Perry Room at Bourne UMC starting July 19 through August. All are invited. The only homework is to read about ten Psalms a week. See Tim with any questions. Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social. Watch for the date next month OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Food Pantry needs your food donations. Kids are out of school so lunch foods are needed. The Thrift Shop at BUMC. On Monday’s it is staffed by CUMC and all monies come to our...

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Week of July 26, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, July 26th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group Sunday, August 2nd: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalm Discussion Group Introduction to the Psalms: We are meeting for a summer discussion group on the Psalms, Sundays at 12:30 to 1:30 in the Perry Room at Bourne UMC, running through August. All are invited. The only homework is to read about ten Psalms a week. Please join us! HAM & BEAN DINNER AUGUST 8TH: There will be a Ham & Bean Dinner on Saturday, August 8th, at 6:00pm at Bourne UMC to benefit the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Tickets are $10.00- the cost of a net for the protection against mosquitoes and malaria. There may be a guest speaker and there will certainly be information about this deadly disease. Hope to see you all there as you “Have a meal and Save a life”. ALL-CHURCH POOL PARTY at the Jensen’s on Sunday, August 16th, after church. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and chair if possible. All food will be provided! Please sign up on the new sheet in Crain Hall so we can get an accurate count. LITURGISTS AND GREETERS ARE NEEDED for most of August. Please sign up! ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for a couple of Sundays in August.  ...

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