November 20, 2016 – Giving thanks in all seasons

Thanksgiving Sunday       November 20, 2016   Psalm 65,  Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 17:11-19     Give thanks in all seasons ***************************************************** I wasn’t there to hear his tone of voice, so I really can’t say for sure – but it sounds to me as if Jesus is pretty ticked off and disappointed – with these nine of ten lepers who don’t say thank you – to the One who has healed them…. I can guess some of the possible reasons why they don’t praise God and give thanks… Maybe they were so thrilled to be healed they didn’t think – just made a dash for home. Maybe they were so focused on getting certified cleansed from leprosy so they could go home and reenter society that they forgot to say thank you – as their parents probably taught them to do from birth. Or maybe they were strict literalists. They heard Jesus say “go show yourselves to the priests.” They didn’t hear him say “and praise God.” Or, perhaps all nine fully intended to go home, clean up, dress up, come back quick to say a proper formal thank you… We don’t know… But whatever their reasons, we do know – only one of ten comes back to say ‘Thank you Jesus!’ And I can relate… I’ve been one of those nine. I’ve been known to forget to say thank you. And this is not a good defense – but – It’s pretty easy to be thankful…when everything’s going well… Easy to be thankful when we’re feeling good, surrounded by family and friends, feasting, enjoying good company… Like in a Norman Rockwell picture. Turkey on the table, everyone gathered round together, saying grace… Of course those wonderful Normal Rockwell moments are usually not the times when I forget to say thank you to God. And in fairness, I don’t think any of these  lepers are feeling like they’re in a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving picture… They’ve been kept outside society for as long as they’ve been diagnosed with leprosy. The term leprosy in those days covered a multitude of skin diseases. (Check out the middle chapters of Leviticus for details, but the term leprosy usually didn’t mean the illness we call leprosy today.) But having any form of leprosy did mean being excluded from the wider community – not allowed even to live in their own homes or move about freely even in their own home towns… So maybe these lepers have forgotten the good manners their parents taught them… Because of being away from home for too long. It is harder to be thankful when our family and friends are far away… As would have been the case for these lepers, who were required to live outside the city gates and identify their presence by shouting “Unclean! Unclean!” whenever they approached other people…Their condition was considered highly contagious. I haven’t had to experience that extreme form of exclusion. And even on occasions when I have been far away from family and friends during holidays, I’ve usually had some kind of community backup available. I have pleasant memories from my seminary years in Boston, of being invited to share Thanksgiving dinner once in the home of one of our teaching assistants, who warmly welcomed me and made me feel like...

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Week of November 20, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Pledge Cards If you haven’t already filled one out would you thoughtfully and prayerfully fill it out and return it to the collection plate. It would be deeply appreciated. If you would like to take it home to carefully consider your pledge, please do. If you need a pledge card, please let the usher know. Thanksgiving Dinner is November 24th. Dinner will be served at 12:00 noon until 2:00pm. This is open to all at no charge. Tom will need lots of help again this year. Charge Conference is November 28th at 7:00pm at BUMC. Bourne Food Pantry   Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The Kempter Family Singers, who gave a concert at BUMC a year ago, have a lot of medical bills because Teresa Kempter, the mother, has cancer. Karen Jackman and others from the Bourne Church, want to send a love offering to the Kempters at      Thanksgiving. If you have questions or would like to donate, please speak with Pat Stewart. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Monday                         7:30 pm                        N/A Meeting Tuesday                        9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                       VNA Exercise Thursday                       7:00 pm                       N/A Meeting Friday                            7:30 pm                       Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                       Osteo...

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Week of November 20, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov. 20th: 11:00 AM  Worship Service Hanging of the Greens Monday, Nov. 21st: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council 7:00 PM Saints & Singers Chorus Thursday, Nov. 24th: 12:00 PM Thanksgiving Dinner at Cataumet UMC (until 2pm) Sunday, Nov. 27th: 11:00 AM Worship Service 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Monday, Nov. 28th: 7:00 PM Church Charge Conference HANGING OF THE GREENS is after worship today! Please plan to stay and help decorate our church for the Christmas season. THE THANKSGIVING DINNER at Cataumet UMC will take place again this year on November 24th, from 12pm to 2pm. It is free of charge and all are welcome! Take-out meals will be available. THE CHURCH OFFICE will ONLY be open on Tuesday this week. Happy Thanksgiving! OUR ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE will be Monday, November 28th at 7:00pm, here at BUMC. Desserts will be provided. CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used warm winter children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop or in the church hall. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm. BACKPACK PROJECT: These items are urgently needed: Cereal-cold, any kind, Oatmeal packets, Jelly, Mayonnaise, Canned tuna, Canned chicken, Canned pasta with meat-raviolis, lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, Hot cocoa and Microwave popcorn. A complete list is available in Crain Hall. THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, Nov. 29th. THE ANNUAL COOKIE WALK is coming up on Friday, December 2nd, from  5:00pm to 6:30pm. We will be needing lots of cookies! Our Living Gift marketplace will be held after worship on Sunday, December 11th to benefit Heifer International. A petting zoo will be here from 12:15-1:30. Please mark your calendars!  ...

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