March 22, 2015 – We wish to see Jesus

John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.   “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. *** Lent 5 March 22, 2015   (Psalm 23, Jer 31:31-34, Heb 5:5-10)   John 12:20-33 We wish to see Jesus ************************************* I’ve known some people who say they read the obituaries in the newspaper, first thing, every morning, ‘just to see’ (they often say) ‘if I’m still alive.’ And I remember talking with a former parishioner in Vermont, about her grandfather, whose ashes we were preparing to lay to rest in a hillside cemetery… As we drove along, going to the cemetery, she was telling me about her grandfather, highlights of his life, what a lively, interesting, sometimes colorful man he’d been…Telling me how she’d been his care giver… Then, as we drove along, telling how, once, just before he passed away, her grandfather woke in the middle of the night, looked over to her, and asked – “Am I dead yet?” “Not yet,” she told him. “You’re still here with me… and I’m still here with you…” Now here’s Jesus, telling us he’s heading on into his death today – and if we’re his followers, we’re heading there with him. Yet almost all-in-one-breath, he also tells us – as long as you’re with me – I’ll be with you – and together we’ll live forever… And sometimes I wonder – “Are we there yet?” *** Some Greeks from afar are in Jerusalem for a religious festival, as we pick up in the story today, and they come to the disciples, saying “we wish to see Jesus.” Back in John chapter 1, we’ve heard Jesus tell a pair of his first followers – who’ve asked him where he’s staying – “come and see.” Then another follower of Jesus calls still another, to come, meet Jesus,...

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Week of March 22, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 22nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School/ Soup Sunday 12:30 PM Book Group 3:00 PM Saints and Singers Concert Monday, March 23rd: 9:00 AM DCOM Wednesday, March 25th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, March 26th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, March 28th: 8:00 PM Bourne Contra Dance Sunday, March 29th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School/ Palm Sunday *** SOUP SUNDAY IS TODAY! Soup and bread will be for sale today after worship. All proceeds go to the BUMC general fund. THE SAINTS AND SINGERS have their Easter concert today at 3:00pm, here at BUMC. THE APRIL NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, March 24th! THE BOURNE CONTRA DANCE restarts on March 28, from 8-11pm. in Crain Hall. Tony Parkes will lead dances, Amy Larkin and friend will play music, Tom Goux will provide sound system. All are invited. Admission $8 adults, $5 youth 10-17. See you there! OUTREACH ANNOUNCEMENT: We are continuing with our collection of items for the Cataumet Shelter. This includes gently used clean sheets and blankets (twin and full size), brand new pillows, household goods – dishes, pots & pans, silverware and children’s activity books and crayons. HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: Maundy Thursday, April 2nd: 7:00pm service at Cataumet UMC Good Friday, April 3rd: 7:00pm service at Bourne UMC Easter Sunday, April 5th: 6:00am Sunrise service at Scusset Beach 6:45am Easter Breakfast at Bourne UMC 9:00am service at Cataumet UMC 11:00am service at Bourne UMC Easter Sunrise Breakfast: Come join us for a hot breakfast and fellowship. This will take place in Crain Hall at Bourne UMC following the sunrise service on April 5th around 6:45 am. EVERYONE is welcome. There is no charge but donation baskets will be on the tables just to help us recoup our food cost.  ...

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Soup Sunday – March 22nd

Soup Sunday has been rescheduled to March 22nd. We hope that people will be able to contribute their wonderful homemade soups. There is a sign up sheet in Crain Hall. There will be more info as the date gets closer, so please watch the weekly announcements in the bulletin.  

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