November 1, 2015 – saints on the road to Zion

All Saints Day (Pentecost 23) November 1, 2015 Psalm 146, Ruth 1:1-18, Mark 12:28-34, Revelation 21:1-6a        saints on the road to Zion ******************************************** Friday morning I drove up to Boston for a grave-side committal service for Jean Gleason, one of the saints of our church. One of the candles we’ve lit today in both of our churches is in memory of Jean. Her memorial service was (here) back in June; her ashes were placed in the family plot in Boston Friday. After the service, several of Jean’s family were talking about their mother’s passing… Her daughter Sally mentioned she had recently broken her wrist, which kept her away from work for six weeks. During this time she said, she felt like she was hearing her mother silently advising her to “take time and re-examine my life… focus on what’s most important.” And after every memorial service I’ve ever done I too find myself pondering… Who are we? What are we here for? Where are we going? These questions keep coming back… Especially on days like today, as we remember saints of our church who have passed over to another shore… Today is All Saints Day, and for clarification, we’re talking about small s saints – saints, meaning ‘holy ones set apart for God’ – saints, meaning also ‘all the people of God.’ Some of St Paul’s letters are addressed “to all the saints” in a particular church or cluster of churches. Other letters are addressed to those “called to be saints.” Today some parts of the church emphasize we’re already saints if we believe in Jesus. Other parts of the church emphasize we’re called to be saints – implying we’re still on the journey to sainthood. Some parts of the church capitalize the apostles and call them capitol S saints – St Paul, St James, St John. Some capitalize others saints also – St Mary, St Margaret, St Jude. We Methodists don’t do that, but our Anglican ancestors still do, as do many sisters and brothers in the church universal. I don’t think any of these differences are huge big deals. I do think it’s a very big deal to remember – all of us, at the very least, are called to be saints. And today we’re marching to Zion with all the saints in all times and places… Zion originally being the name of the East ridge of Jerusalem. Then the name Zion was applied to all Jerusalem. Now Zion’s also a name for the New Jerusalem that descends to this earth made new… And on our way to Zion on high…we’re walking first to the humble village of Bethlehem on the outskirts of Jerusalem… Walking the dusty road with saints Naomi and Ruth… *** In the time of the book of Judges, before there were kings in Israel – an Israelite woman named Naomi and her husband Elimelech (his name means God is my king) left their home in Bethlehem in Judah, and went to the neighboring country of Moab to escape a famine in the land. Bethlehem means “house of bread” – yet, like Old Mother Hubbard, Bethlehem’s cupboards are quite bare… Naomi and Elimelech’s two sons have both married Moabite women. Now first Elimelech passes away; then after about ten years, both sons die...

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Week of November 1, 2015- Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov. 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Pumpkin Patch Clean Up Monday, Nov. 2nd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3rd: ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE! Wednesday, Nov. 4th: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, Nov. 5th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, Nov. 7th: 3:00 PM Bourne Historical Society Sunday, Nov. 8th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Reading Group Monday, Nov. 9th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting   NO PSALMS DISCUSSION GROUP today. We will resume next week. PUMPKIN PATCH CLEAN UP today after worship. Please stay and help out if you can. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and another successful season! THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER is available! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive a hard copy, or check your email if you receive the e-version. CHARGE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL REPORTS: The Church Charge Conference will be on Monday, November 30th at 6:30pm at Cataumet UMC. In preparation for the conference, all annual reports are due into the church office by Tuesday, November 3rd. Thank you! On Sunday, December 6 I am inviting children to perform during the offertory. They could play an instrument or sing something. I will help coach them. And please, it doesn’t have to be perfect or long! Please see Kari Fietek for details. If you love to sing, we’d love to welcome you to join the choir. It’s not necessary to be able to read music. Every voice is beautiful! Contact Kari Fietek. BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS AT 1 PM, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We are reading and discussing the book of Acts. All welcome.  ...

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