June 5, 2016

Pentecost 3 June 5, 2016   Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:12-26, Acts 6:1-7 ********************************************** Today we’re listening-in, as disciples are called and chosen… First, in Luke’s gospel, Jesus prays all night before choosing his original twelve apostles… Who now become his starting team all through the gospels and on into the book of Acts. (Luke’s gospel, volume two.) Next, in our reading from chapter one of Acts, we hear again the names of the twelve, minus Judas Iscariot. Immediately after Jesus has ascended into heaven, his disciples gather again in an upper room, just as they did during Jesus’ last week on earth. And just as Jesus prayed in Luke’s gospel before choosing the apostles, now apostles pray before selecting the one to take the place of Judas. In this upper room scene we see how they’ve learned from Jesus, the importance of getting away from busyness and distractions… As they pray and practice discernment together before making the decision… And there’s no shortage of decisions to make…following Jesus. Just a little while ago in Acts, the whole church was “all of one heart and soul,” sharing all things in common.’ (Acts 4 tells us.) Now division seems to be popping up for the first time in Acts. Requiring new decisions. Now in our last reading today, from Acts 6… The Greek-speaking Jewish Christian community complains that the majority “Hebraic” Aramaic-speaking church is short-changing their widows in the church’s daily feeding program. We don’t know the details – the original language actually only says “in the daily distribution” or “in the daily ministration…” Translations like ours today add words indicating distribution of food or meals, based on Peter’s response about prioritizing serving the word of God over waiting on tables…We don’t know if the church was serving sit-down meals or running an early version of meals-on-wheels or perhaps providing money to buy food where people lived. We do know taking care of widows is something inherited from our Jewish ancestors in faith. Jewish communities of the time had various ways of providing for needs of widows, of whom there were many. Women typically were married to older men, who often passed away before their wives… The law of Moses (Ex 22:22 etc) and the prophets (Isaiah 10:1-2 etc)  command the whole community to take care of widows. And – it’s important to notice – no one seems to doubt the Hellenistic community’s complaint has merit. So the apostles gather the whole community of believers together. Peter, probably remembering what Jesus did when he sent first, the twelve, then seventy more disciples, out on mission – Now the apostles commission the whole church community to choose seven men to serve the identified need. We’ve been told several times now, the church is growing like topsy. Probably the apostles are a bit maxed-out from serving the gospel, day and night, to more and more people. Probably they’re excited but also tired and stressed. Probably they know they need help, need to delegate. But someone has to push that envelope to get it started…. Which now the Greek-speaking community does… And now apostles delegate to the whole church. Saying, ‘choose seven from among you, full of the Spirit and wisdom.’ Everyone agrees. Seven are picked. Hands are laid-on in prayer. The Holy Spirit is...

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Week of June 5, 2016- Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. Slow Church discussion and dinner will be Wednesday, June 8th, at the White’s home, at 6:00pm. Church Clean-up will be held on Saturday, June 11th, at 9:00am until noon. Bring rakes, pruners, gloves, etc. Finance Committee and Church Council will meet on Wednesday, June 15th, at 6:30 and 7:00pm. We are Walking in the Light of God. The group is still gathering in the parking lot under the Bourne Bridge every Friday at 9:00am. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. This money is used to help local people in need. Health Kit Project. The health kits will be assembled tomorrow. Bourne Food Pantry.  Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed this time of the year. The Back Pack Program. Please bring Items for the backpacks that go home with the kids from our Bourne...

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Week of June 5, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 5th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, June 6th: 6:00 PM UMW All-Church Potluck Thursday, June 9th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, June 10th: 9:00 AM Walking Group Saturday, June 11th: 3:30 PM Girl Scouts Sunday, June 12th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Children’s Sunday Monday, June 13th: 6:00 PM Slow Church Discussion Group THE JUNE NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE! Please pick up your copy on the way out this morning if you receive the print version, or check your email if you receive the e-version. Extra copies are available in Crain Hall. UMW ALL-CHURCH POTLUCK DINNER TOMORROW! Would you like to experience a different part of the world? On Monday, June 6th at 6:00pm, we’ll be traveling to Hong Kong and the Philippines with the Parsons family. Come join us for an all-church dish -to-pass dinner and an illustrated travelogue. Bring a salad, meat or vegetable dish. The UMW will provide dessert. It will be a wonderful evening of food and fellowship. If you need a ride or have any questions, please call Joan Davis or Connie Soper. HEALTH KIT DONATIONS ARE DUE in by next Sunday, June 12th!! THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed this Tuesday, June 7th, but open regular hours on Thursday and Friday. WALKING GROUP: The May walking group has decided to move into June. We will meet on Fridays in June at 9 am beside the Cape Cod Canal under the Bourne Bridge. If you have an alternative place you would like to walk, let us know. We are blessed with so many beautiful places on Cape Cod. The fellowship is warm, the conversations are fun and the health benefits are a side benefit! BACKPACK PROJECT: We are collecting food items for our ongoing backpack project. For more information about the end of the school year and what items are needed, please see the June newsletter. The Slow Church book group will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 13th at 6 pm. There is still time to join the discussion. If you don’t have a book but would like to check this out, come along to the potluck and listen to the discussion that is triggered by the readings in the book. The group meets at the Parson’s home. Please call the church office for more information.  ...

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