November 10, 2013 – Pentecost 25

Luke 20:27-40 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”  Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him another question. ********************** Pentecost 25  Exodus 3:1-6,* Acts 23:6-11,* Luke 20:27-40    God of the Living (* for these readings see below) **************************************************** So is Jesus really telling us – ‘sorry folks – no marriage in heaven’? I sure hope not – since I’m happily married, and forever, I hope – and because if he’s saying that, I’m afraid some might even start thinking about not wanting to go to heaven… But before we go there and get our minds made up (or mixed up further) as to what Jesus is really saying – maybe we need to look deeper at the context of today’s discussion – starting with, who are these guys Jesus is arguing with about the afterlife (or the lack thereof)? Meet the Sadducees. Maybe you’ve heard the one-liner – these guys are called “sad-you-see” – because they don’t believe in resurrection. Though in reality, just as likely, they’re angry, more than sad. Angry with Jesus in particular. Mad at anyone, probably, who tries to shake up life as they’ve known it. Historians tell us they were the religious and political establishment of Jerusalem – the elite group from whose ranks the high priests of the temple were most often selected. Sadducees are said to have been mostly wealthy aristocrats, who collaborated with the Roman empire, and had Rome’s support most of the time in return. Sadducees don’t believe in resurrection, and deny existence of an afterlife. Probably at least partly because they’ve  got power, money, and privilege. So who needs an afterlife – which might be worse than what we’ve got now? But maybe we need to back up and review where we’ve been, and where we are now in the story… *** Jesus has been traveling to Jerusalem from way back in Luke chapter 9, on through chapter 19, when he enters the capitol city on a donkey...

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Announcements Week of November 10, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov 10th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Nov 11th:  11:00 AM  Aptuxcet Garden Club Wednesday, Nov 13th: 5:30 PM Aptuxcet Garden Club 7:00 PM Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Nov 14th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Saturday, Nov 16th:2:00 PM Historical Society Dinner (‘til 8) Sunday, Nov 17th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School ANNUAL REPORTS: If you are responsible for writing an annual report, please have them into the church office NO LATER than NOVEMBER 12th. Our Parish Charge Conference (annual meeting) is Monday November 18th, here at Bourne UMC, starting with a potluck supper at 5:30, meeting to start at 6:30. Please bring either a main dish or a salad for the potluck dinner. Our District Superintendent asks that we be ready to respond to two questions: 1) If your church has one goal that is practical, concrete, and tangible next year, what would it be? And 2) Does your congregation have Spiritual Disciplines to be transformed by the Spirit? (Prepare to share your concrete and practical spiritual disciplines). Please attend if at all possible. CONTRA DANCE: Nationally celebrated caller Tony Parkes will lead our 4th Saturday Contra Dance on Nov. 23rd; famous Falmouth fiddler Amy Larkin and guitarist Max Cohen will play. No experience necessary. From 8 pm to 11 pm in Crain Hall. This is the dance to attend! Doug Oesterheld CHRISTMAS DECORATING PARTY: On Sunday, November 24th, everyone is invited to stay and help decorate the sanctuary and Crain Hall after worship and coffee hour. Please help us prepare our church for the Advent season which begins Sunday, December 1st.  ...

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