March 8, 2015 – “I Should Have Known…You Were Temptation”

Sermon: “I Should Have Known…You Were Temptation” Story #1 At the conclusion of the sermon, the worshipers filed out of the sanctuary to greet the minister. As one of them left, he shook the minister’s hand, thanked him for the sermon and said, “Thanks for the message, Reverend. You know, you must be smarter than Einstein.” Beaming with pride, the minister said, “Why, thank you, brother!” As the week went by, the minister began to think about the man’s compliment. The more he thought, the more he became baffled as to why anyone would deem him smarter than Einstein. So he decided to ask the man the following Sunday. The next Sunday he asked the parishioner if he remembered the previous Sunday’s comment about the sermon. The parishioner replied that he did. The minister asked: “Exactly what did you mean that I must be smarter than Einstein?” The man replied, “Well, Reverend, they say that Einstein was so smart that only ten people in the entire world could understand him. But Reverend, no one can understand you.” Story #2 A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 100 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES.” When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note. “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.” *** My talk today assumes a lot about you, its audience. I believe and I trust that in coming to this church on a regular basis, you seek to become closer to God, to live a life that is more and more in tune with the precepts of our faith, to learn more about God and his Son Jesus and to be God’s disciples in our society and our world. If these, or some of these are not our reasons to be here, then I wonder what has drawn us to this place, this worship, this morning. Because today’s message is about sin and the temptation that causes us to sin. Sin is common to all people, but God is faithful and just to forgive us for these sins. But it is also incumbent on us to improve our relationship with God, and work diligently to become the children he wants us to be. Now, if you’ve been paying attention so far, or have read through the bulletin already, you are aware that this is a talk on temptation. First of all, so as not to put an immediately negative spin on the word, I should point out that not all temptation is negative. Food can be tempting…look at any menu in any restaurant…or a recipe book with color pictures…offers for new employment can be tempting, moreso if your current employment is unsatisfactory. A swimming pool can be tempting on a hot day. Remember those? These and so many other examples offer choices that, should we yield to them, do not compromise the health of our faith. And even the other kind of temptation...

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March 8, 2015 – Cataumet UMC Sermon

Peace be unto you from God our father and our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Life can be at times like a donut. It can be so good and you want more but you always end up with the hole. You can spend an awful lot of time trying to fill that hole, but you never will. You can never fill the hole in the donut. Lent is a time of looking inward and reflecting on who we are and where we are going The forty days of lent is similar to Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness. There he could Have had all of his wants and need’s met by giving into Satan’s offers but he chose A different path and by doing so he made a choice of what was important. The final result of his choice would be a rendezvous with destiny on a hill outside Jerusalem. In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he points out that many of us, live in the world That is more about what we are , than who we are: We live for what is on the outside than what is on the inside. Is it about how we look on the outside as people or how are deep inside ourselves? Is it about where we live ? What kind of car we have, How much money we have, Our achievements Or that we fit in with what is considered normal These things are not important. They are only things that will make us feel better for a short period of time and leave us empty and wanting for more ,an endless cycle, that cannot ever be filled by what is by what is available to us in the physical world. There was a story in wed. cape cod times on a young women in Hyannis. I will now share that story. Gabby Gould found it unacceptable that some of her fellow students at Barnstable High Did not have a warm coat to ward off the chill of this year’s frigid winter. For the past five Years , she had been saving money from B-days, babysitting, and other sources . She had saved about 1200.00 dollars. She was considering spending the money on Attending a convention to meet some of her favorite. T.V. series, the Supernatural. or to attend a class at Four C’s. She did neither, Instead she spent all but $1.11 On purchasing 45 winter coats , to be given to students in need of warm clothing. By her selfless acts she brought real help needed by class mates and others in Her school and community. The gift of those coats brought her far more than that Trip could have given her because of the lasting impression it made on others lives. Becoming of the world and not in it makes a difference. In Jenna Woginrich’s book, Cold Antler Farm,a young woman’s story of how her life was changed when she walked away from a world of Success, and into A life of a farm women. The changes made her fall in Love, with LIFE and what is really Important instead of with the superficial elements that many of her friends felt were She found the meaning of her life and sharing the community of her...

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Week of March 8, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, March 9th: 11:00 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Worship Committee 7:00 PM Saints and Singers Chorus (?) Thursday, March 12th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, March 13th: 10:00 AM Bourne Historical Society Sunday, March 15th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Book Group (see below) Monday, March 16th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Practicing the Presence of God — We’ll practice and share our notes in a small group, meeting after church in the Perry Room (BUMC), Sundays March 15, March 22, March 29. We’ll discuss the very short book, The Practice of The Presence of God and our own practice. For a free copy of the book please speak with Tim. (Or call 508 563 9215) Pastor Tim will be on vacation March 2-11. He will be checking phone messages once a day. Pastor Brian Wood of Swift UMC in Sagamore will be on call if there are emergencies. His cell is 401-529-9064. SOUP SUNDAY – POSTPONED TO 3/22: Mark your calendars! This year, Soup Sunday will be Sunday, March 22nd. We hope that people will be able to contribute their wonderful homemade soups. Please sign up on the list in Crain Hall. 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. More details to follow. Upper Cape Chaplaincy (UCC) invites us to designate one of our members to serve on their Board. They are looking people with a heart for hospital and nursing home chaplaincy who will pray for UCC’s mission and flourishing. Board meets second Tuesday of month at Falmouth Congregational Church at 5:15 pm, usually till 6:30 or 7pm. We have several fundraisers a year. Please speak with Tim if interested. LITURGISTS NEEDED: Please sign up! FALMOUTH CHORALE: Life, Death & Victory: Handel’s Messiah Parts II & III. (Passion, Resurrection and Final Judgment) John Yankee, Artistic Director. Concerts Saturday March 21 at 4 PM. Sunday, March 21 at 3 PM. Falmouth Academy, Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students online at www.falmouthchorale.org. At door/$25. More info at 774.392.2383  ...

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