October 13, 2013 – Pentecost 21

Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” Oct 13, 2013   (Ps 111, Jer 29:1,4-7, Luke 9:51-56)  Luke 17:11-19  The Other Nine **************************************************************** Jesus and his followers are on the road, traveling through the region between Samaria and Galilee, we’re told.  But Galilee, the disciple’s home province, and Samaria directly border each other. There’s nothing between them geographically. So St Luke the gospel writer must be talking spiritual geography – letting us know we’re in the grey zone between mainline and marginal, familiar and unfamiliar — represented by Galilee, the northern end of Jewish country, and Samaria, just south of there, once part of Israel, now foreign territory… The disciples and Jesus are traveling towards Jerusalem — Faith Central Headquarters for Jews, and as they travel, ten lepers approach — and, as the law of Moses requires, these lepers keep their distance as they cry, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” And Jesus says, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they go, all are made clean — healed of disease. The biblical word ‘leprosy’ covers a wide range of skin conditions and infections (like psoriasis). Household molds are also covered under this same topic heading of ritual purity in Leviticus chapters 13 and14 – which can be fascinating reading. A bit like reading pharmaceutical product labels. In both cases it’s important to read the small print, as side-effects tend to be significant. Leprosy in the bible seldom if ever means the serious disease we call leprosy or Hansen’s Disease today – though biblical leprosy was considered contagious. Those afflicted had to live apart from family and community. When they  approached others they were required to cry out, ‘unclean, unclean,’ warning others lest they become infected with ritual impurity through contact. *** The closest I can recall to feeling like a leper is probably back in my early teen years, when I was periodically stricken with pimples, with accompanying acute symptoms of feeling doomed to a life of social isolation. In other words, my social exclusion experience has been relatively limited. Even in the worst moments of my junior high school days, none of us were required to walk around saying “pimples, pimples…” Our affliction wasn’t considered contagious. And thanks God, my pimples eventually passed, my nerdy-ness receded enough for me to be more-or-less certifiable as reasonably cool, according to the cultural high priests of my high school. (The popular kids.) When healing of lepers occurred (as it probably usually did, most of...

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Announcements Week of October 13 – Bourne

CONTRA DANCE: On Saturday, October 26th, Crain Hall will again host a 4th Saturday contra dance, with Beth Parkes calling and the exuberant “The French Connection” playing traditional contras with a French accent. The dance will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., an hour earlier than the September 28th dance. No experience necessary. Dancers change partners after most dances. THE ANNUAL SCHOOL OF CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT is November 1 and 2 this year, again at Grace Chapel in Lexington. Some of us are going just on Saturday. If you would like to go please let Tim know as soon as possible. Scholarships available if needed. 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 is Monday November 18, here at Bourne UMC, starting with 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....

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Announcements Week of October 13th – Cataumet

Wed. Oct 16                7:00 pm                Bible Study – CUMC Thurs. Oct. 17             1:00 pm                Bible Study – BUMC Our Parish  Charge Conference (Annual meeting) is Monday November 18, at the Bourne Church, starting with a potluck supper at 5:30, meeting 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. The pumpkin patch is open.  There is a sign- up sheet in Handy Hall if you would like to take a shift or two.  We need your help. Fellowship will host coffee hour next Sunday, October 20. The Bourne Food Pantry is always in need of...

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