November 3, 2013 – All Saints Sunday

Pentecost 24    November 3, 2013   Luke 19:1-10   For all the saints **************************************************** Happy All Saints Sunday, saints of the Lord.  In ancient Christian tradition, all believers in Jesus are called saints. Which can be kind of a strange concept, if we’re used to thinking of saints as Capitol S saints who do certifiable miracles. But all believers regarded as small s saints is actually the older tradition. All Saints Day comes at an intersection of traditions, right after Halloween every year, while we’re still thinking of folks dressing up in strange costumes and masks – a tradition with religious roots – especially the Jewish festival of Purim, where people celebrate Queen Esther’s triumph over an evil empire by dressing in silly costumes and acting like kids. And St Luke’s perhaps envisioning a Purim costume party in the background today, as he tells a story of Jesus and a small man who sure looks to be a sinner, acting surprisingly saintly. (Listen for the word.) Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” **** Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he– he climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, he looked up in the tree – and he said – Zacchaeus, you come down! For I’m coming to your house today. I really like this story of a wee little guy up a tree for Jesus. Back when I was a little boy I liked to climb trees to get away from it all, and get another view of the world from higher ground. So I can relate. Zacchaeus was a short little guy – short in height and short in stature – way-low-down-on-the-social-totem-pole.  As a chief tax collector, working for Rome, Zack was rich (in a filthy-rich-kind-of-way) from his job of exploiting his neighbors, taxing-‘em-to-the-maximum on behalf of the Roman colonial government that ruled Israel with an iron hand. Like a colonial American tax man working for King George, Zack was way over on the wrong end of the taxation-without-representation-spectrum. Yet here’s small Zacchaeus, a certifiable bad guy– climbing a sycamore tree...

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Announcements Week of November 3, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov 3rd:  11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Nov 4th:1:00 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, Nov 6th:10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club                                                7:00 PM  Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Nov 7th:1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, Nov 10th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER is available! Come to the UMW Meeting on Monday, November 4th at 1:00pm and hear Ellie Armstrong share her experience of hiking the way of St. James (the Camino de Santiago de Compostela) which is an ancient pilgrimage route. She and her husband, Rich, walked two hundred and fifty miles from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, experiencing interesting talks and places along the way. All are welcome. 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. 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. 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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