November 6, 2016 – For all the saints

All Saints Sunday   November 6, 2016 Ephesians 1:15-19, 6:10-18; Luke 6:20-31  For all the saints ******************************************************* We actually know very little about what life after this life is like from scripture, as opposed to human speculation… But the bible does let us know – if we are alive in Christ now – life continues without end… In all our memorial committal services we pray, “Gracious God, we thank you for those we love but see no more. Receive into your arms your servant… and grant that increasing in knowledge and love of you (she or he) may go from strength to strength in service to your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Our prayer expresses our faith that we will continue in service to God’s heavenly kingdom… We won’t be just sitting around plucking harps… We will continue to serve God in love… And at the risk of sounding ridiculous – one of the first images that comes to mind when I think of the saints in heaven goes back to a warm day in December when I was in seminary. It had been cold, but on the day finals were done, it was nearly fifty degrees, and the forecast was for a few more days of warm weather. So I called my fishing mentor and friend, Kevin McCarthy, who at the time fished the Swift River in Belchertown three times a week on average, year-round. He said, “Go to the Hatchery pool… The retirees will be there.” He named three or four guys who fish every day when the weather’s decent. “Tell them I sent you.” So next morning I drove to Belchertown, and went to the stretch of river downstream from the state fish hatchery… Sure enough, three or four older gentlemen were there, fishing and catching trout… I introduced myself and told them Kevin told me to check in with them… They were taking turns fishing the most productive fishing spots… They worked me into their rotation, recommending what flies to use… The water was cold, the fish were slow and selective… But soon enough I was catching fish…along with the retirees who knew the water intimately…Thanks to their generously guiding me… This, of course, is a parable. I don’t even know if these guys were believers yet, but – I still imagine the saints in heaven as a bit like these retirees. Like most retirees I know, retirees in heaven are also probably busier than ever… But I’m pretty sure they also make time to go fishing… And guiding those of us who are learning to fish… for fish… And especially for people… For many centuries Christians have been celebrating All Saints Day in many and diverse ways. And of course, there are saints and there are Saints – small s saints and Capital S saints… The Catholic , Orthodox, and some Anglican churches commemorates capital S saints – who must be deceased and officially canonized – recognized as an unusually devout person through whom a certified miracle or two has been done. In many predominantly Catholic countries however, local customs of remembering the dead have also become part of All Saints Day… In Mexico, All Saints Day has merged with indigenous traditions of the Day of the Dead, with families getting together at...

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Week of November 6, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Slow Church discussion/diner will be at Sandy Klein’s home on Wednesday, November 9th at 6pm. Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help local people in need. 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. Will the chairs of our committees please give your reports for the      Annual Report to Pat by November 11th? Thanks. Bourne Food Pantry   Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! 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 6, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Nov. 6th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, Nov. 7th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting Thursday, Nov. 10th: 9:00 AM Horizons Training 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, Nov. 11th: Organ Tuning in Afternoon Saturday, Nov. 12th    2:00 PM BHS Harvest Dinner Sunday, Nov. 13th 11:00 AM Worship Service 3:00 PM Girl Scouts Monday, Nov. 14th:    6:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed this Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. 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. HANGING OF THE GREENS will be after worship on November 20th. 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. OUR ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE will be Monday, November 28th at 7:00pm, here at BUMC. Desserts will be provided.    ...

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