July 5, 2015 – Sent out

Pentecost 6 July 5, 2015   Mark 6:1-13   Sent Out *************************************************** In just about every small town I’ve ever been a pastor in, someone always offers this counsel: “Be careful what you say about anyone in this town. We’re all related.” (“Or used to be… or going to be…”) Perhaps meaning, just a bit between the lines – we all need to try to make nice, not upset each other. This is a small place, we have to live together here. We’ve all got assigned roles to play. (Some of us have had roles assigned even before we were born.) So let’s not be rocking any boats. Probably this kind of hometown thinking was old before Methuselah was born. And today even Jesus gets the Hometown Blues. Even Jesus can’t do much in the village he grew up in, where everyone knows him – or thinks they do. People are saying, “Isn’t this Mary’s son? Brother of James and Joses, Judas and Simon? Don’t we know his sisters? (Can’t remember all their last names, now that they’re married, but…)Who the hey does this guy think he is? Isn’t he the carpenter we’ve all known since he was a toddler?” And usually people are amazed by Jesus – and all he says and does – all the powerful works of healing and preaching and teaching with authority. But now it’s Jesus’s turn to be amazed – at the astounding lack of faith in his hometown… He can heal only a few sick people in the face of such overwhelming doubt. So – What to do? What else – but – take it on the road… Jesus sends his crew of twelve disciples out on the road in pairs, to preach and teach the gospel. Which at first seems like a rather strange thing to do on Jesus’ part – considering – these are the same guys we’ve just seen frozen-in-fear-not-long-ago, when a storm at sea threatens to swamp their boat. But look at these disciples now – Preaching repentance – casting out many demons. Anointing and healing many who are sick. Going where they don’t know, doing what they didn’t know they could do. Taking nothing for the journey but a staff. No bread, no bag, no money, no extra clothes. Depending entirely on the hospitality of strangers and the grace of God and the power given by Jesus. Suddenly – wow! They’re doing what Jesus does. *** Meanwhile, back in Nazareth… Some of us might be able to identify sometimes, just a little bit, with Jesus – getting no respect. Some of us also may get a little tired, now and then, of trying to talk about God and church and Jesus with family and friends and neighbors – who most often do their best to ignore us… Maybe we too, like disciples of old, need to think about hitting the road more often. Get a change of venue. Step outside our regular routines. Get into telling the good news of Jesus boldly – even the part about repentance – which really just means changing our hearts until we’re full of God’s love, like Jesus is…That’s the good news made simple. We could take that on the road. Couldn’t we?… But… then I start to remember…hearing how, maybe ten or...

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Week of July 5, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Church Council will host coffee hour next Sunday, July 12th. Bible Study Group is on summer recess and will meet again in September. A Memorial Service for Jay Chapin will be held on July 11th at 10:30 am. The reception follows the service at The Bog        restaurant. A Summer Style Barbecue will be held on Saturday, July 11th, at 6:00 pm to benefit the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. The cost is $10:00. “Have a Meal and Save a Child.” OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we will be collecting for the pastor’s discretionary fund to help local people. 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 5, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, July 5th: 11:00 AM Worship Saturday, July 11th: 8:00 AM Schooner Pass Condos (to 12pm) 10:30 AM Jay Chapin Memorial Service at Cataumet UMC 6:00 PM Barbecue Dinner at CUMC Sunday, July 12th: 11:00 AM Outdoor Worship 12:30 PM All-Church Pool Party THE JULY /AUGUST NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today, or check your email if you get the e-version. THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Jay Chapin at the Cataumet UMC, on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am. A reception will follow at the Bog restaurant. BARBECUE DINNER AT CUMC: On Saturday, July 11th, the Cataumet UMC will hold a Summer Style Barbecue at 6:00 pm to benefit the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. The cost will be $10.00. We invite you to “Have a Meal and Save a Child.” OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE here next Sunday, July 12th, at 11:00am. We will be worshipping outdoors by the gazebo, weather permitting. Please dress accordingly. We will need help setting up chairs, please speak with Connie Soper if you can help. ALL-CHURCH POOL PARTY at the Jensen’s next Sunday, July 12th, after church. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and chair if possible. All food will be provided! Please sign up on the sheet in Crain Hall so we can get an accurate count. Rain date will be determined later in August. LITURGISTS AND GREETERS ARE NEEDED for most of July and August. Please sign up! ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for Sundays in July and August. Please sign up on the list outside of the door to the sanctuary, leading to Crain Hall. PICTURES NEEDED! We are looking for pictures of recent church activities to use on our website and Facebook page. If you have taken any pictures, please email them to bumcsecretary@verizon.net, or burn them onto a CD and leave it in the secretary mailbox in the stairwell. Thanks!    ...

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