May 29, 2016 – In the name…

Pentecost 2    May 29, 2016   (Ps 113) Acts 3:1-21, 4:1-12   In the name…. *********************************************************** Life has probably not been all that beautiful for this man, lame from birth, who begs every day at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. Someone has to carry him to the place where he begs, daily. Asking for handouts every day probably gets very old… And… He’s probably seen these guys, Peter and John, going to the temple for prayers many times… (They do this every day, we’re told in Act’s previous chapter.) Now the man asks for alms as usual, but this time Peter says, “I’ve got no money, but what I’ve got I give – In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth – Stand up and walk!” And Peter reaches out and gives a hand – and suddenly the man born lame is walking, leaping, and praising God. Leaping in the air for joy, as he heads into the temple, where everyone recognizes him as the one who used to be outside the church every day, begging. Now he’s inside, praising God for all to hear. On fire with faith – people coming to watch him burn… Everyone’s amazed and astonished…. And… Alleluia! Such a beautiful scene… As now the disciples of Jesus are healing the lame, as Jesus did. (In Luke’s gospel, remember, friends of a lame man lower him down through a hole they make in the roof of the house where Jesus is preaching – wrecking the roof – but getting their friend in front of Jesus for his healing word. And Jesus says nothing about the roof – but he does commend their faith… And then, and now again in Acts, the faith commended by Jesus is not the faith of the one healed, but the faith of the community that prays and carries the wounded person into the presence of Jesus…) And just as the faith that saves and heals is not always the faith of the person themself – so now the apostle Peter insists this healing’s not about us doing anything miraculous. It’s only by the power of the name of Jesus this man is walking, leaping, and praising God. (So give all glory to God.) And what a beautiful story’s happening here at the Beautiful Gate today… **** Yet this spectacular healing is only scene one in a larger drama… As next, scene two, here’s Peter, making this healing a lead-in for his main mission – preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus resurrected and the coming of Christ’s kingdom… Which also means repenting and turning to Jesus, the one in whom healing and salvation happens… And here’s the apostle, re-working the same repent, come-to-Jesus theme he preached on Pentecost…. Again indicting everyone in hearing range of complicity in the death of Jesus…Again inviting one and all to come to Jesus, whom you killed – now alive, risen from the dead… Inviting all into the blessing of repentance… And not to belittle the physical healing of the man born lame. (Which is for sure to be celebrated.) But the same New Testament Greek word means both healing and saving. And this story is about both salvation and healing, with no clear border between the two… And this story is about ordinary walking, and...

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Week of May 29, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. Slow Church discussion and dinner will be Wednesday, June 8th, at the White’s home, at 6:00pm. 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 are collecting for our Haitian child, Christhofe Vilme. Health Kit Project. Donations of any or all of the ingredients are needed to make the health kits. See the insert in today’s bulletin. 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 29, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, May 29th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Thursday, June 2nd: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, June 3rd: 9:00 AM Walking Group Sunday, June 5th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, June 6th: 6:00 PM UMW All-Church Potluck Dinner THE JUNE NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, May 31st. WALKING GROUP: A group is gathering in the parking lot under the Bourne Bridge every Friday 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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