March 6, 2016 – Home

Lent 4   March 6, 2016   (Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21) Luke 15   Home ***************************************************************** Community leaders are grumbling about Jesus eating and drinking with sinners. So Jesus tells a parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and one gets lost. Won’t you leave the 99 and seek the one that’s missing? And when you find it, won’t you call your friends to join in celebrating? And I tell you – there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 who never went missing.’ ‘And suppose a woman is missing a whole day’s pay. Won’t she turn on the lights and search and sweep til she finds it? When she does, won’t she celebrate? And there’s joy among the angels in heaven over one sinner who repents.’ And Jesus says, ‘There was a man with two sons. The younger asked his father for his share of the inheritance, then he left for a far-off land where he lived it up… Till the money was all gone. Then a famine came, and the boy hired himself out, feeding pigs. He’s broke and hungry, and no one lifts a hand to help. The boy says to himself, “Here I am starving, while dad’s hired men have plenty to eat. I’ll go home and say ‘father, I’ve sinned against God and you, I’m not worthy to be called your son; take me back as a hired man…’” And the boy heads home. As he gets closer, maybe he’s imagining how people will be staring…Talking about ‘what a nice family he came from, what a disgrace he’s been, and doesn’t he look just awful?’ But… even before anyone else sees him…Here comes his father, whose been watching and waiting…. Running to meet him. Throwing arms around him, hugging, kissing him as if he was a little lost boy… And the son begins his speech… But the father won’t even let him finish the sentence. He doesn’t seem to even be concerned about whether the boy’s really sorry. He tells the hired men, ‘Go to the store, make him a set of keys to the house and truck. Get him the best clothes you can find. For this son of mine was dead, now he’s alive. He was lost, but now he’s found.’ This story’s been called the parable of the prodigal son. Prodigal meaning wastefully or lavishly extravagant. And… **** I’m familiar with the title role in this prodigal child story. I’ve played the part, actually, many times…I’m the oldest of four kids in my family… but recognizing a good part when I saw one, I began auditioning for the younger son’s role in the family drama at an early age… Running away from home once while in high school, hitchhiking from Boston to New York…spending my money quickly. (Fortunately it was just a week’s wages from my after-school job, not a share of the family’s assets.) Hitchhiking home again, I was picked up by police somewhere in Connecticut. My dad drove several hours each way, down and back, to get me home. There was not exactly a big welcome home party with a fatted calf. But I was spared the punishment I richly deserved. I did get a generous taste of amazing grace. Unfortunately, this was not...

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Week of March 6, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Paula Dionisopoulos and Carol Ann Dubois will host coffee hour next Sunday, March 14th. The Sunday Psalms group is adjourned until further notice. Bible study meets on March 17th and March 31st , but not on March 10th (the Pastor is away) or the 24th (Holy Thursday). Easter Choir: Calling on all voices to sing the Easter anthem on Easter Sunday! No strings attached! You don’t have to make a long-term commitment. Just give Kari Fietek your email, attend at least two rehearsals (either Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings, times TBA by email) and practice at home with recordings. Our Easter anthem is “Glory to God!” from the Handel Oratorio “Susanna” – sung at both churches. It will be glorious! OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local people in need. 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 6, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 6th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, March 7th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting 7:00 PM Saints & Singers Chorus Wednesday, March 9th: 5:30 PM   Aptuxcet Garden Club Friday, March 11th: 9:00 AM Library Pajama Party Saturday, March 12th: 3:30 PM Girl Scouts Sunday, March 13th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 3:00 PM Saints & Singers Concert ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is today. We will be taking a special offering that covers the operating expenses of UMCOR and allows 100% of designated donations to get to those who need them most. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins next Sunday, March 13th. Don’t forget to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour! Saints & Singers Chorus Concert: Our cantata for this Easter, called “Jesus Changed Everything”, arranged by Mark Brymer, illuminates the message that the sacrifice of Jesus has changed … everything! Join us Sunday, March 13th here at Bourne UMC at 3:00 pm Easter Choir: Calling on all voices to sing the Easter anthem on Easter Sunday! No strings attached! You don’t have to make a long term commitment. Just give Kari Fietek your email, attend at least two rehearsals (either Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings, times TBA by email) and practice at home with recordings. Our Easter anthem is “Glory to God!” from the Handel Oratorio: Susanna – sung at both churches. It will be glorious! Children will be offered a chance to practice ringing bells during church after children’s time every week commencing today, Sunday, February 21. We are ringing for the hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” for Easter. BIBLE STUDY will not meet this Thursday, March 10th, but will meet again on March 17th. It will not meet on the 24th (Holy Thursday), but it will meet on March 31st. THE PSALMS DISCUSSION GROUP is adjourned until further notice. 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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