October 11, 2015

Pentecost 20   October 11, 2015   Job 2;11-3:3; 4:1-7; 5:17-19, 25-27; 22:1-2,23:1-17; Hebrews 4:12-16 ******************************************* First Job loses all his wealth – then his seven sons and three daughters are all suddenly killed – then his own health shuts down – and he’s left sitting on an ash heap in total misery… All this happens virtually at once (as we heard last week.) Now we go from bad to perhaps-even-worse… As today… We meet Job’s friends. Remember these guys? The friends who torment Job – first by telling him everything will work out fine – then by telling him everything that’s happened to him’s all because of all the wicked things he must have done. (With friends like this, who needs enemies?) And the old phrase “miserable comforters” comes from Job, describing his friends… But if we read the whole book of Job (not just a Reader’s Digest Condensed Version…) Maybe Job’s friends are not quite so bad. At least at first they look like good friends indeed. How many friends do we have who would come and just sit with us in perfect silence for a whole week – mourning and grieving along with us – if we were in Job’s place? That’s what Job’s friends do, in the beginning… And maybe I’m defending Job’s friends to excess, because I can easily see myself in them. They could all be pastors. They’re trying to do the right thing. They’re doing what they believe they’re supposed to do. They’re preaching the orthodox theology of their day. Most of what they say to Job is pretty close to what we hear in the biblical books of Deuteronomy, Proverbs, and some of the psalms…. To be fair to these friends, we should remember the bible really does teach that wrong-doing brings divine punishment, while doing right brings divine reward. And we need to read the whole book of Job alongside the last eight chapters of Deuteronomy to understand how radical Job is… Our lectionary bible reading schedule allocates four weeks to Job; one week for the opening (last week), two weeks for the ending of the book (next week and the week after). This week is the only week we have to consider all the 35 chapters in between. (The lectionary actually features only eleven verses from chapter 23. We’ve added in a bit, trying to get more of the flavor of the extended dialogue between Job and his friends.) Still, the short excerpts we’re reading today have me feeling like we’re watching the movie on fast forward… slowing down only here and there, momentarily… It’s hard to fully capture the feel of all that’s going on… Yet I understand why the lectionary doesn’t try to cover the whole book of Job… Chapter 3 through 37 is one long series of cycles of conversation that’s more like poetry than prose. More like an opera than talk radio. Job is meant to be sung, not just spoken – and it’s full effect depends on hearing the whole dialogue as a drama…To really do it right would take a few hours…(Maybe next year. Anyway–) After that whole long week of sitting in silence with his friends, finally Job can’t be silent any longer. He goes on an extended outburst for all of chapter 3…...

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Week of October 11, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct. 11th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Reading Group Monday, Oct. 12th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Wednesday, Oct. 14th: 5:30 PM Aptuxcet Garden Club Thursday, Oct. 15th:    1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC 4:00 PM Horizons for Homeless Training Sunday, Oct. 18th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Reading Group Monday, Oct. 19th: 9:00 AM DCOM 5:30 PM SPRC at Cataumet UMC The Psalms reading group continues Sundays at 12:30 in the Perry Room. 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. Tim’s fall office hours are 10 am to 1 pm on Thursdays. BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS AT 1 PM, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We are reading and discussing the book of Acts. All welcome. all the time. Interested in becoming a member of this church? Please speak with Tim. We will schedule a group to discuss basic Christian and Methodist beliefs. People who are already members may also enjoy this group.    ...

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