Week of May 15, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, May 15th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Pentecost – Joint Service with CUMC Monday, May 16th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, May 19th:    1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, May 20th:    9:00 AM Walking Group Sunday, May 22nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School\ WALKING GROUP: 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! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to give homeless children a better tomorrow. Do you have 2 hours each week to play with young homeless children (0-6) in one of our statewide shelter-based Playspaces? Are you fun-loving, dependable and looking for a way to make a difference in Bourne? Help a homeless child learn, play, and thrive: horizonschildren.org/playspace (508) 510-3250 Upcoming volunteer training: Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Middleboro, MA. SPECIAL MUSIC A thank you to Andrew Fietek, bass, Liz LaPrade, alto sax and Alex Lebish, drums for providing special music this morning.        ...

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May 15, 2016

Pentecost   May 15, 2016 (Psalm 104, Genesis 1:1-5, Ezekiel 37:1-14) Acts 2:1-21 ************************************************************* “What does this mean?” The sound as of a roaring wind – the sight of flaming tongues like blazing fire… Disciples speaking languages they didn’t know they knew – and people from many nations understanding all they say – as the Holy Spirit is poured out on the day of Pentecost… and… “What does this mean?” is the question…everyone watching and listening is asking… And ‘What does this mean?’ is still the question today. There’s such a lot going on here on this day of Pentecost – that we need help understanding… As we seek to find ourselves in the story… and locate our landmarks for navigation… The book of Acts is a travelogue – the narration of a series of geographic journeys from Jerusalem out to all the ends of the earth… But Acts is much more truly a spiritual travelogue. We’ve talked before about the journey and our need for the spiritual equivalents of map and compass and GPS… To know where we are and   where we’re going… And always we need recognizable biblical landmarks to help our navigation… So we start again with the opening words of the bible: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth… a Wind from God swept over the waters…” Or– as other translation say: “In the beginning… the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters…” Both translations are correct. Wind and Spirit are the same word in both Hebrew and Greek, the languages of the Old and New Testaments. And the same word translated as wind or Spirit – can also be translated as breath…As with Breathe on me, breath of God… As with God telling the prophet Ezekiel –  prophesy breath to the dry bones of Israel. Now when we hear in our reading from Acts – “…suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind…” With ears attuned to biblical language, we’re thinking of the Wind from God that sweeps over the waters… The Spirit of God… over the waters in the beginning. (We could also read on in Genesis and be reminded of God breathing God’s breath of life into the first human prototype…) We could revisit Exodus and be reminded of the angel of God appearing to Moses as a flaming bush that burns and burns but never burns out… We could look to many other places in scripture where fire and flame, wind and Spirit…  communicate the presence of God… ( “You ride on the wings of the wind, you make fire and flame your messengers…”Our psalm today says of God…) With a little help from familiar landmarks we can better understand where we are and where we’re going… As God’s Windy-Spirit rocks the house – and blows loud through the midst of gathered disciples on Pentecost morning. Now as disciples are speaking in foreign languages we are yes, amazed and astonished…. But as we remember now this is the same Spirited Wind of God that starts everything in the beginning – the same holy Breath of God that breathes dry bones back to life… Now we begin to realize… Pentecost is New Creation… As now the Holy Spirit falls afresh on us…...

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