October 26, 2014 – Take time to be holy

Exodus 19:1-8 On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.” So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. The people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. 1 Peter 2:4-6, 9 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame….”   But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect…. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. *** Pentecost 20   October 26, 2014   Psalm 99, Exodus 19:1-9, 1 Peter 2:4-6, 9; Romans 12:1-2, 9-13            Take time to be holy ********************************* I’ve had a hard time, sometimes, with thoughts and images that come to mind when I hear the words holy and holiness… Not always and not all kinds of holiness… I’m fine with the gentler side of holiness – like – Silent night – holy night… That kind of holiness hasn’t been a problem. The holiness we see in Jesus and the Holy Spirit, wrapping us in the love of God…I’m thanking God for that… It’s the fearful side of holiness that can still make...

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Week of October 26, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct. 26th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Stewardship Luncheon 12:30 PM Membership Group Meeting Monday, Oct. 27th: 9:00 AM DCOM Wednesday, Oct 29th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Oct. 30th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC 6:30 PM Bible Study at Cataumet UMC Friday, Oct. 31st: 9:00 AM Library Halloween Party Sunday, Nov. 2nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School (Turn Clocks back 1 hour!) BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets every Thursday at 1pm in the Perry Room at Bourne UMC and at 6:30pm at Cataumet. All are welcome! CATAUMET SHELTER: We have been given the go ahead to continue collecting items for the Cataumet Shelter. Items include new pillows, gently used sheets and blankets (twin and full sizes only), and housewares of any kind-dishes, glassware, pots and pans, silverware, etc. Please place your donated items in the appropriately marked container in Crain Hall on any Sunday morning. Thank you again for your support. NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS Tuesday, Oct. 28th. TURN CLOCKS BACK NEXT SUNDAY! Remember to turn your clock back one hour for next Sunday, November 2nd. ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE is Tuesday, November 4th.  ...

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