May 10, 2015 – Family and Friends

Easter 6   May 10, 2015 (Psalm 98, Acts 10:44-48) 1 John 4:19-5:5, John 15:12-17   Family and Friends ************************** As a teenager I remember once saying to my mother “Friends are more important than family – because we don’t have any choice about family – and we get to choose our friends… ” I really don’t remember why I said this – other than that I was a teenager, and didn’t know any better. Maybe I didn’t even realize saying this would be hurtful to my mother… I may have even actually imagined I was simply stating the facts, like ‘this is how it is, in the real world, mom. Family’s ok – but friends are what really matters.’ And my mother, God bless her, didn’t act offended. She heard me out patiently… as if to say, ‘Well, dear, that’s an interesting thought…’ And maybe on some level she agreed with me…Thinking… “Well, yes – sometimes friends are more helpful than family – especially when one’s eldest son is being a rather difficult teenager…” Happy Mother’s Day, and Happy Sixth Sunday in the season of Eastertide. By happy synchronicity, our bible readings today focus on family and friends… Our reading from First John tells us we are the family of God, as soon as we believe in Jesus. And all God’s family – all who love God – must love their brothers and sisters in Christ also. Love the parent. Love the child. Love our siblings. No matter what. And if we prefer the ideal of friends to the concept of the family – not to worry, Jesus has that base covered too. Jesus says “I don’t call you servants any longer – servants don’t know what their boss is doing… I’m calling you friends now, because I’ve let you in on all I’ve heard from my Father.” As a teenager I was perhaps half-right. Being friends with Jesus ranks right up there with being his family. Of course I was also at least half-wrong – in that Jesus makes his friends part of his family. And his family nearly always seems to end up as his friends also. And unlike my teenage concept of free choice in friends, Jesus says we don’t choose him – he’s the one who chooses us. And Jesus says “No one has greater love than this – to lay down their life for their friends… You’re my friends if you keep my commandments…” Even when I was a clueless teenager who didn’t know Jesus yet, I would probably have agreed – there’s no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends… Not that I was at all eager to do this myself. And then there’s the part about – “you’re my friends if you do what I command you.” Which perhaps raises questions, like, if we’re friends, really good friends, shouldn’t that mean friends forever, through all kinds of weather, even if the sky should fall? But then again we remember Jesus also said – “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.” And the way he has loved us surely does look to be… in all seasons and all kinds of weather… Through it all… And now that I have become a believer and...

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Week of May 10, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, May 10th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School / Mother’s Day Monday, May 11th: 11:00 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Worship Committee Thursday, May 14th:    1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC 7:00 PM Trustees Sunday, May 17th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, May 18th:    6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council CHARGE CONFERENCE VOTE TODAY: We will have a very brief formal church-charge conference during our time for Announcements to formally vote on the candidacy of Isaac (Ryong Jae) Jung. Our SPRC committee has met and recommended approval to us. The Methodist Book of Discipline requires a written ballot. Ballots will be counted after worship. All members of Bourne United Methodist Church are eligible to vote. NO BOOK GROUP TODAY: We will meet next week, May 17th, for our final session. Book Group is a discussion of Wright’s booklet, The Challenge of Easter. The book has five chapters, each about a fifteen minute read. Copies of the book are available from Tim (no charge). All warmly welcome. ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for Sundays May 31st and June 7th. Please sign up on the list, which is located in the room between the sanctuary Crain Hall. GREETERS are needed for Sunday, May 31st and beyond, please sign up on the list in Crain Hall. THE NEXT CONTRA DANCE here at Bourne UMC will be Saturday, May 30th from 8pm to 11pm. Please join us!  ...

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