October 23, 2016 – As a little child

Pentecost 23   October 23, 2016   Psalm 65, Joel 2:21-29, Luke 18:9-14, 15-17 As a little child *********************************************** Two of my very earliest memories are being carried on my father’s shoulders, walking around the town in which we lived… And sitting with my mother listening to a record of a cowboy song, me about three years old, her encouraging me to sing… All I had to do in those early days was just sit on dad’s shoulders, and sit by mom’s side… and begin to try to sing along… Jesus tells us: ‘Unless we receive the kingdom of God as a little child we will never enter it.’ And once upon a time, I think I actually knew how to do this… without even thinking about it. But its been awhile now since I’ve been a little child. Today life often seems rather full of grown up activity. Now it’s me driving the car with our daughter in the back seat… (It’s been some years since I was last comfortably able to carry her on my shoulders…) Doing my best to do the work expected of me… Which, along with all the many parts I love to do, also comes with a certain amount of dealing with budgets, annual reports, and other things I’d rather avoid… Grown up stuff Jesus also told us would always be with us. Sometimes I have a hard time now remembering how a little child does… what Jesus says… So I asked our daughter Rohi the other day, if she could counsel me. “Can you please tell me something about how to receive the kingdom as a little child?” I asked… She was busy at the time, doing school work, as I recall, but she looked up and said, “Yes, daddy, I will help – when we’re at the dinner table.” Sounding like me, telling her, ‘yes, I will do what you’re asking, honey, but not till I get done with this work I’m doing.’ She’s growing up so fast… And of course I remember Rohi when she was an infant. All she had to do was smile, and we glimpsed the kingdom. I remember her, seven or eight months old, lying on the blanket on the floor with her mom and me, while we were choosing hymns for the next Sunday. Rohi would be eyes-wide-open watching and listening. Fascinated with our singing. Already trying to play her mother’s little electric keyboard, banging away joyfully at the keys…. How quickly time goes by. Rohi isn’t such a little child anymore; she turns 14 this week. But she still knows how to receive God’s blessings as a little child receives. When she lifts her voice in song we still feel her joy… But how does someone my age (or any age, really, past childhood) relearn – how to receive the kingdom of God as a little child? And what exactly is it about being a little child that make them better than grown ups at receiving the kingdom? I asked my wife, who is a teacher and who studied psychology and counseling in college, and she said, “Children have trust. Children are transparent…” (She also suggested I go online and look up child development for further details…and…) When delving into study bibles, commentaries, and child development...

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Week of October 23, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkins Patch Please sign up to work at the Patch. It’s fun! Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. You can return it in the coming weeks or drop it in the mail. 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. November Benefit Dinner at BUMC for Teresa Kemper, Saturday, November 19th. It will be a fundraiser to help with her medical bills. 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 October 23, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct. 23rd: 11:00 AM Worship Service 2:15 PM Bible Costume Party Wednesday, Oct. 26th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Oct. 27th:    9:30 AM Staff Meeting 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, Oct. 28th:    9:00 AM Library Halloween Party Sunday, Oct. 30th: 11:00 AM Worship Service 3:30 PM Girl Scouts Bible Costume Party on Sunday Oct 23, 2:15-4:15, Crain Hall. Comes as any bible character. (Be creative…) Pizza etc provided. Please let Reah or Tim know if you are coming so we can know how much to order. THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, 10/25. BACKPACK UPDATE: 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. THE PUMPKIN PATCH SIGN-UP is in Crain Hall. Workers are needed to cover shifts. Please sign up to help with this important outreach project! CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We are now accepting gently used warm winter children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, for our Free Children’s Clothing Exchange  opening in November, 2016. Clothes may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop or dropped off in the church hall Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.  The Exchange plans to be open the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to noon starting November 6th. OUR ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE will be Monday, November 28th at 7:00pm, here at BUMC. Annual reports are due by November 1st.    ...

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