October 6, 2013 – Pentecost 20

Luke 13:18-19 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” Luke 17:1-10 Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  The Lord replied, “If you had faith as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.    “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’” Pentecost 20   October 6, 2010 (Habakkuk 2:1-4, Luke 13:18-19) Luke 17:1-10 ******************************************************* The apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith, and Jesus says, ‘if you’ve got faith like a mustard seed, you can tell trees to tango and they’ll be dancing across the ocean.’ Some think the apostles are asking for a mega-dose of faith to be able to do miracles like they’ve seen Jesus doing. Which could be a possibility. But my guess is these disciples are asking for more faith mostly just to be able to live up to the job description for people-of-faith as they hear Jesus describing it.  Consider how – Jesus has just warned his followers it’s better to be fish-bait at the bottom of the ocean, with a quarter-ton-stone-sinker attached, than to be leading any of God’s little ones astray. I used to think “little ones” meant literally children – and leading children astray, in the broadest sense, is hard enough to avoid – and children, for sure are included in Jesus’ warning. But now I’m convinced by the many bible commentaries that say Jesus is calling all believers, of any age, “little ones” – which makes doing no serious harm even harder. And I’m sure hoping Jesus grades on a very gentle curve… And I’m praying, Lord, increase my faith. Then Jesus says, when any of you sins, all the rest need to call them on it. Demand accountability. That’s hard enough. Then he says – and even if someone sins against you seven times a day – if they repent,...

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Announcements Week of October 6, 2013 – Bourne

FALMOUTH CHAMBER CHORALE CONCERT is today, October 6th, at 2:30pm, here at Bourne UMC.  Suggested donation of $5. FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL, UMW LUNCHEON AND BAKE SALE next Saturday, Oct 12th starting at 11:00am. Baked goods donations welcome! Sign up sheet in Crain Hall. The UMW will serve lunch from 11am to 1pm, $8 per person. Outside there will be games, face painting and crafts for the children from 11am to 2pm. See the newsletter for more information. OUR PARISH CHARGE CONFERENCE is Monday November 18, 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 10/6/13 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Wed. Oct. 9                 6:00 pm                Bible Study – CUMC Thurs. Oct. 10             1:00 pm                 Bible Study – BUMC 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. Church Council will host coffee hour next Sunday, October 13. The Bourne Food Pantry is always in need of...

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