May 1, 2016 – Navigating on the journey

Easter 6   May 1, 2016   Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:2, Acts 16:6-15, John 14:1-7, 25-29      Navigating on the journey ***************************************************************** Jesus is talking about traveling… Going to the Father… And Jesus also says he is the way – and the truth and the life… He’s going up the road to God the Father – going there to prepare a place for us, so we can go to be there with him… And at the same time, Jesus is the way. The way in which we travel… And we’re talking about traveling to the kingdom of God… And earthly travel is our metaphor for the spiritual journey… Our family recently drove down to Virginia Beach – Reah, Rohi, and I, and two of Reah’s sisters, together in one sister’s car, off to visit three aunts and a few other family friends. We used a GPS system loaded on a cell phone… Reah’s sister Nizzi told me you can choose either a male or female voice for your GPS; she picked the female voice. Which pretty much guaranteed I had to address the GPS as ‘Miss Direction.’ I spent a lot of time talking to the voice of the GPS – sometimes thanking her – sometimes arguing about directions. Having grown up in the old fashioned world of maps and compasses and visible landmarks, I still have issues with a disembodied voice telling me where to go… (I’m used to backseat drivers telling me where to go… but having a voice I can’t even see telling me… is more problematic…) And yet, though I hate to admit it – Ms GPS’s directions were better than the map… and my remembrances. The highways seem a bit different since I last drove I-95 south of here… The traffic’s only gotten worse…And Ms. GPS has an uncanny knack for seeing traffic jams ahead – jams she would routinely re-route us around by the best route available. Still, we managed to make a few wrong turns – some as a result of our not hearing Ms. GPS’s directions in time. (When we’d be talking loudly we’d drown out her softer voice.) Other wrong turns were due to us giving a wrong address…And once, trying to get to their brother in New York City, we found ourselves going round and round in thick traffic due to a missed turn… And finding ourselves now heading the wrong way, not yet understanding the “re-calculating, re-calculating” redirecting from our mistake which the GPS had us undertaking, I began to feel lost, like in a scene from Alice in Wonderland, that rather adult children’s story, in which Alice, the traveler, asks the Cheshire Cat: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.  “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added….  “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” No disrespect to Alice – or the Cheshire Cat – but if we’re followers of Jesus, of course it matters where we’re going. Random direction won’t do. As believers our ultimate destination goal is always heaven –...

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Week of May 1, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. Cataumet Handy Hall Photo display   The group that has been meeting to review/discuss the book “Slow Church” had commented on the idea that we needed to think about our church and what attracts folks to the area. We came up with the idea to refresh one of the bulletin boards in Handy Hall to include some of the things we love about our church as well as the surrounding environment. When we take a moment to look around, we see so many instances of God’s beauty in this world and so many of them are nearby for us to enjoy. If you haven’t already seen the photo display, take a minute to stop by and enjoy!!     – Rich Dow OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we collect for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local families and individuals in need. Bourne Food Pantry.  Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed this time of the year. The Back Pack Program. Please bring Items for the backpacks that go home with the kids from our Bourne...

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Week of May 1, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, May 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, May 2nd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, May 4th: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, May 5th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, May 6th: 9:00 AM Walking Group Saturday, May 7th: 11:00 AM Morton Memorial Service Sunday, May 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Mother’s Day THE MAY NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive the print version, or check your email if you receive the e-version. There are also extra copies in Crain Hall. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please pick up an address card from the greeters to submit to the church office. Thank you! WALKING GROUP: Starting this Friday, May 6th, a group will gather in the parking lot under the Bourne Bridge every Friday in May at 9:00am. Bring your walking shoes, a bottle of water, and a willingness to be an encouragement to others. We will enjoy the fellowship and the glorious day that God has made. THE THIRFT SHOP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Workers are needed especially on Fridays, either all day or for a morning or afternoon shift. Also, Saturdays have a rotating volunteer schedule and it would be helpful to have additional volunteers willing to work one Saturday a month or so.  If you are willing to help out in this important ministry to the community and our church, please speak with Judy Chamillard, Marsha Burt, Sue Weston, or Susan Goux. CATAUMET SHELTER DONATIONS: We are continuing to collect items to support the folks living in the Cataumet Shelter. We need twin and full size sheets and blankets in clean, gently used condition, brand new pillows, and kitchen dishes, pots and pans, silverware, etc. Also, any small books, crayons, toys or games for the children living there would be appreciated. See Marsha Burt with questions. 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.  Thank you!  ...

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