March 27, 2016 – Easter

Easter Sunday   March 27, 2016   Ps 118, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 19:38-42, John 20:1-18 ***************************************************************** “I have seen the Lord.” Mary Magdalene preaches the first Easter sermon in just five words: “I have seen the Lord.” And no matter how many words we might add – no matter how much explaining we may attempt – no matter how creatively we compile our examples of ways we too have encountered the risen Lord… Still no one beats Mary’s testimony. “I have seen the Lord” says it all. (At least…) If we have seen the Lord. If we’ve met Jesus…If we know what Mary’s talking about… But what about all of us who have not had quite such a stunningly certain encounter with Jesus? Which must include nearly all of us, since none of us have seen Jesus in the flesh, as Mary Magdalene did… Most of us who have met Jesus – need more words than Mary does – and often have more difficulty than Mary seems to have…When it comes to communicating that we’ve met Jesus… Even very gifted evangelists struggle at times to discern how to best share the good news with a skeptical world. How to tell a world in denial that Jesus is alive – risen from the dead – offering true life to all. The world still (of course) desperately needs to know – Jesus has risen. Confronted, as we are, with brutal terrorism, ignorance, disregard for truth every day…The world desperately needs to know the truth of Jesus, risen from the dead. And needs to know what difference this makes. And the world still desperately resists hearing and believing. Stuck in the same-old same-old patterns of worshiping money, power, self, and fame. The same-old rituals of denial – not-seeing, not-hearing, not-believing…The world still has no hope of breaking out of the cycles of death and destruction… If we don’t hear… Don’t see… Don’t recognize Jesus, alive… Times like these are discouraging, even for those of strong faith. And even those who know Jesus can sometimes have a hard time discerning his presence… So Easter is a good time to remember… Even the first disciples, who walked and talked with Jesus, ate and drank with Jesus, followed Jesus every day… still had a hard time recognizing Jesus for who he is – a hard time understanding his message. Even his chosen apostles disappeared at the time of his trial… Only a faithful few (nearly all of them women) stayed with him all the way to the cross… Only two disciples came to lay his body in the tomb, and only after dark, for fear of the religious and civic authorities who executed Jesus as a heretic and a threat to the Empire. Most  followers of Jesus stayed out of sight behind locked doors. Only a few women came to the tomb in the dark, early on the first day of the week. And John the gospel writer tells their story through the eyes of just one of them, Mary Magdalene, probably to help us see Jesus with her, one-on-one. And even for the first faithful eye-witness – believing didn’t happen all at once. Even Mary Magdalene (beloved disciple that she is) sees Jesus, first, without recognizing. Supposing him to be the gardener, Mary asks, “Sir,...

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Week of March 27, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Sunday Psalms group is adjourned until further notice. Bible study resumes on Thursday, March 31st at 1:00pm, at BUMC April Circuit Rider Deadline is Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter to Pat by Sunday, April 3rd. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Flower Chart and the Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are posted in Handy Hall. Please sign up. 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 March 27, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 27th: 6:00 AM Easter Sunrise Service at Scusset Beach 11:00 AM  Easter Worship Service Wednesday, March 30th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, March 31st: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, April 3rd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, April 4th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting APRIL NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter, into the church office by 9:00am on that date. Thank you! BACKPACK PROJECT: We are collecting food items for our ongoing backpack project. For more information and a list of food needed, please pick up a flier on your way out to fellowship....

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