October 20, 2013 – Pentecost 22

Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Pentecost 22  Oct 20, 2013 Luke 18:1-8    Listen to the unjust judge ***************************************************************** Jesus tells a parable about our need to pray always and never lose heart, telling us, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who didn’t fear God or have respect for anyone – and in that city there was also a widow, who kept coming and saying to the judge, “grant me justice against my opponent.” ‘ This judge refused to help the widow, as long as he could. But she never stopped nagging and nagging and nagging him, and being in his face — till finally the judge relents, saying to himself, “even though I don’t fear God or respect anyone – yet, because this woman keeps nagging and bothering me and never stops – I will have to grant her justice, or else she’ll really make a mess of me.” Another possible translation of this verse says “or else she might give me a black eye” – probably not meaning a literal black eye (this is a parable), but a black eye of a reputation. This judge is getting pretty nervous about being embarrassed and emotionally beaten up by this fired-up widow. The parable is based on real-life situations. William Barclay’s commentary says there were many unjust judges like this in the Roman empire’s judicial system — hands out for bribes, justice for sale at a price, and no justice if you don’t pay the judge. And Jesus says, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And won’t God grant justice to his people who cry to him day and night? Yes, justice, quickly. But when the Son of Man comes – will he find faith like this widow is showing, here on earth?” *** Jesus doesn’t always tell us when he’s telling a parable, and he very seldom tells us in advance what the message of a parable’s about — and since he’s doing both of these things today, we should notice both what he says about ‘pray always and never lose heart’ — and also notice this is a parable about widows and justice… and persistence. And I’ve been remembering this week back to my first job out of college with a church lobby group, going to see a Senate staffer, and him telling me, “I really strongly...

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Announcements Week of October 20, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct 20th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Oct 21st: 9:00 AM DCOM (until 3pm) 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Wednesday, Oct 23rd: 7:00 PM Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Oct 24th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Saturday, Oct 26th: 7:00 PM Contra Dance Sunday, Oct 27th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School CONTRA DANCE: This 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 18th, 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 20, 2013 – Cataumet

Wed. Oct 16                7:00 pm                Bible Study – CUMC Thurs. Oct. 17             1:00 pm                Bible Study – BUMC Tues. Oct. 22               6:30 pm                Finance meeting Tues. Oct. 22               7:00 pm                Church Council “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.  Adults $8.  No experience necessary.  Dancers change partners after most dances.” 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. If you are responsible for writing an ANNUAL REPORT, please turn them into Barbara Chapin. 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. Finance will host coffee hour next Sunday, October...

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