October 18, 2015

Pentecost 21 October 18, 2015 Psalm 104; Job 38:1-13, 16-21, 24-39:10, 41:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-4   (Job and Hebrews, week 3) ************************** Job has been suffering greatly – and arguing, hollering, and shouting to God for a long time. Asking, begging, demanding answers from God. Petitioning persistently to see God face-to-face and make his case directly to God. (All while arguing with his infamous friends, who think they have all the answers.) Now God speaks to Job out of the whirlwind. Answering his questions at great length… And how does God answer Job? – who has, remember, suffered the loss of his children, his wealth, his health – suffered the loss, most painfully, of all he thought he knew about God… Job has been a model of faith and virtue, but having lost so much and suffering greatly, now he is questioning God’s justice, God’s mercy, God’s fairness; even as he stubbornly continues to believe in God… And if we didn’t know it was God who has allowed Job to be put to the test, we too might be there with Job’s friends, telling Job his suffering must be because of the wrongs he’s done that he needs to repent of. But now here comes God in person, answering Job’s questions… With questions back to the questioner. God asks Job at least 70 questions…Starting with “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth…When the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?”… ‘Can you manage the Pleiades and Orion and all the constellations of stars in the heavens above?’… ‘Are you the father of the frost?’ ‘Are you the mother of the oceans? Did the seas burst forth from your womb? Did you establish the limits that bind the oceans to their shores?’ ‘Do you manage the weather?…Do you instruct the birds in wisdom? Do you feed all the wild animals of the forest, the jungle, the valleys and mountains?’ ‘Do you make the rain fall even where no one’s there to notice? Can you supervise the care and feeding of creatures so strange and wild that only God and maybe their mothers can love them?’ And by the end of chapter 40, God’s talking with Job about Behemoth and Leviathan, legendary creatures known to us only through the sanctified imaginations of poets and artists, but, listening to God, Behemoth sounds like an oversized hippopotamus-shaped dinosaur; Leviathan sounds like a cross between a crocodile on steroids and a fire-breathing dragon… And God asks Job ‘Are you able to catch Leviathan with a fish-hook?’ (I do like to picture God catching a sea monster on light tackle – a tiny fly-hook and two-pound-test…) Then God asks: ‘Having caught the wild dragon-sea-monster, can you tame it and make a pet of it? Can you teach it to speak softly, and put it on a leash for your daughters to play with?’ God’s questions go on like this for four whole chapters, with only one brief pause for Job to speak a sentence or two… (God’s response to Job is actually the longest continuous direct speech by God to humans we hear anywhere in the bible.) And soon we notice – God has been listening to Job all along. Job, remember, cursed the day of his birth...

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Week of October 18, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH 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 Thursday, Oct. 22nd:    1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, Oct. 25th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Reading Group The Psalms reading group continues Sundays at 12:30 in the Perry Room. THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, October 27th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the newsletter submitted to the church office by this date. CHARGE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL REPORTS: The Church Charge Conference will be on Monday, November 30th at 6:30pm at Cataumet UMC. In preparation for the conference, all annual reports are due into the church office by Tuesday, November 3rd. Thank you! 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. BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS AT 1 PM, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We are reading and discussing the book of Acts. All welcome. FALMOUTH CHORALE CONCERT next Saturday, October 24th at 4:00pm and Sunday, October 25th at 4:00pm, at Falmouth High School. The chorale will present the program “Awake My Soul” featuring John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, as well as Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten. Tickets in advance are $20, or $25 at the door. Please see Joan Davis for tickets.  ...

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