March 9, 2014 – First Sunday in Lent

The Joys of a Christian Community           March 9, 2014                        Susan Goux Good morning, thank you all for allowing me to be here in front of you this morning.  I’m not a preacher, nor do I presume to instruct in religious matters.  What I do is “muse.”  Musing is thinking about things and considering topics that interest me or come into my mind as I have an opportunity to think about them.  Sometimes I even find myself talking out loud about them, with no one else around.  When I was in high school, I used to hear my father talking to someone but no one was around.  He was a very unassuming, soft spoken man, often with his head in a book, involved in intellectual pursuits.  I remember asking him to whom he was talking.  He said he was talking to himself.  I looked a little quizzically at him and with a slight smile on his face he said:  I talk to myself because I like to talk to a smart man and I like to hear what a smart man has to say.  While I agree that this was probably a good answer for him, for me it is more that I talk to myself because I like to have someone who will listen to me.  So you are getting to hear me think and talk out loud. I grew up during a time of change and great growth in the US.  Corporations and government were expanding and reorganizing after the upheaval and trauma of world conflict.  It was not uncommon for families to move around the country as jobs moved or opportunities presented themselves.  Our family moved from California to Panama to Illinois to New York State back to California.  My dad worked in the emerging missile launching and then space program.  I went to nine different schools before graduating from high school.  When Tom and I married we also moved several times until we settled on Cape Cod.  I often wondered and even longed for the constancy and stability of staying in one place; getting to know people for a lifetime of shared experiences.  It seemed this could be a joy.  My extended family was rarely close by.  Telephone calls were very expensive, there was no email, or Facetime/Skype.  I know this is going to an extreme, but remember, I’m musing, it made me think about the people who set off from the East coast to the great American West in stage coaches or covered wagons or emigrated from a country far from America to never see their family again and maybe, if lucky, have one letter a year.  It sounds like a great adventure and many were convinced it was for a better life.  But when you read their stories or diaries, it isn’t so romantic and often quite lonely.  In today’s world where communication can be just a click away and plane travel is within reach, it may be difficult to really imagine what this was like but it is only a “muse” away. It was always a point of interest to me to see new friends and acquaintances with grandparents close by, cousins in the same school, friends they had gone to school with since kindergarten.  I never actually felt left out but rather...

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Announcements Week of March 9, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 9th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, March 10th: 11:00 AM  Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting Sunday, March 16th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, March 17th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting 6:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Church Council NURSERY NOW AVAILABLE! We are excited to announce that Bourne UMC has now hired a nursery attendant, who will staff our newly remodeled nursery during Sunday worship from around 10:30am through the end of the service, starting immediately. If you have infants and young children, you are welcome to bring them to the nursery while you worship with us! THE FALMOUTH CHORALE will be performing Brahms’ Requiem on Saturday, March 15th at 4:00pm and Sunday, March 16th at 3:00pm, at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Dr., Falmouth. Joan Davis has tickets. UMW MEETING: The UMW Meeting that was scheduled for March 3rd has been rescheduled for Monday, March 17th at 1:00pm. It will be a program led by Rebecca Hewett – Call to Prayer and Self Denial: Sound Foundations, Sound missions. Please come join us! If you need a ride call Joan Davis. PASTOR Tim and family ARE on vacAtion March 7-19. Tim will check phone messages at the parsonage (508-563-9215) daily. Pastor Brian Wood of Swift Memorial UMC in Sagamore will be available in the event of pastoral emergencies. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also, if your address has changed, please let us know!...

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