October 27, 2013 – Pentecost 23

Pentecost 23 10.27.13   (Ps 32, Luke 18:15-17, 18-30)    Luke 18:9-17 God, be merciful to me Luke 18: 9-17 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” ****************************************************************** Jesus tells yet-another parable– this time because there were some– (no names needed to be mentioned, but some, we’re told ) who,  trusting in their own righteousness, were looking down on others with contempt. Two men go to the temple to pray, Jesus says – a leader in one of the largest, most respectable churches in town – and a tax collector, working for the despised Roman empire (ranking lower on the community respect list than the repo man at the used-car lot). The first man prays –  “thank you God, I’m not like others – not a crook, not an evil-doer, not an adulterer – not like that tax collector over there. I fast twice a week. I give ten percent of my income to the church. I’m a God-fearing  man…” The other man stands far away from others, and won’t even look up, as he beats his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” And we know which of these two guys gets the prayer-thing right – since Jesus comes right out and tells us which it is. And we’ve read on ahead to the next two episodes in Luke’s gospel. So we can see the pattern… We’ve seen children brought to Jesus for a blessing or healing touch, and we’ve seen Jesus’ disciples sternly ordering their families to desist. ‘Get those kids away from Jesus! He’s got more important folks to see today than a bunch of kids!’ There’s a rich ruler waiting just off-stage to talk with Jesus, and probably the disciples are thinking that’s who Jesus really needs to be talking with today, not children. So they’re not exactly singing little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong… And, Lord have mercy, these disciples actually try to drive little children away. No matter how much parents loved their children, children still ranked with slaves, at the low end of the social order, in those days. (And probably this episode makes us realize that the  parable Jesus tells about some looking on down on others isn’t addressed only to Pharisees.) And Jesus says, “let the little children come to me…The kingdom of God belongs to them… And unless you receive my kingdom like a child you’re never going to get there at all.” (And… if we’re not sure of the pattern notice...

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Announcements Week of October 27, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct 27th:  11:00 AM   Worship & Church School Wednesday, Oct 30th:  10:00 AM  Bourne Women’s Club Board 7:00 PM  Bible Study @ Cataumet UMC Thursday, Oct 31st: 9:00 AM Library Halloween Party 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne UMC Sunday, Nov 3rd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Nov 4th: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting 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. NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is THIS Tuesday, Oct 29th. 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 (annual meeting) 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 27, 2013 – Cataumet

Wed. Oct 30                7:00 pm                Bible Study – CUMC Thurs. Oct. 31             1:00 pm                Bible Study – BUMC ATTENTION CHAIR PERSONS:  Please get your committee reports to Barbara Chapin for the Annual Charge Conference. 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. Missions will host coffee hour next Sunday, November...

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