October 13, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkin Patch: Please consider signing up for a shift. The signup sheet will be in Handy Hall after church. Annual reports are due soon for Annual Church Conference. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study is on Thursdays, 1pm, in the Perry Room at the Bourne church. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday 7:45 am Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am Worship Sunday 7:30 pm AA Meeting Monday 9:30am Osteo Exercise Monday 7:30 pm N/A Meeting Tuesday 9:00am Exercise Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 9:00 am exercise Thursday 7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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Pentecost 17 – October 6, 2019

(Ps 37, Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-14) Luke 17:5-19 Faith, love and gratitude **************************************************************** Just before where our gospel reading begins Jesus tells us – ‘it’s better to be tossed in the ocean like fish bait, with a quarter-ton-stone-sinker attached to you – than to lead a child or disciple astray’ – and – ‘if another disciple sins against you seven times in a day and says “I repent” seven times – you must forgive each time.’ No wonder the disciples say to Jesus “Increase our faith!” But Jesus says “if you’ve got faith the size of a mustard seed you can tell a tangerine tree to tango and it will start dancing.” Faith, according to Jesus, isn’t about size. It’s about trusting God – and even a very tiny size faith is enough to do wonders. It’s a metaphor. It’s a parable. And– If we’re faithful in our relationship with God – Jesus says – we can ask in his name and God will move the metaphoric mulberry tree – into the ocean and out again. Which can sound like fun. But the follow-up example of faithfulness Jesus tells next makes me say again “Increase my faith!” As Jesus asks us to imagine having hired servants who have been ploughing and tending sheep all day long – and when they come in from the fields they’re expected to wait on you at table before eating – not expecting any thanks – saying “we are unworthy servants, just doing our duty.” Now I’ve never had any hired servants – and I doubt the first disciples did either. So I’m pretty sure Jesus intends for us to see ourselves as those servants, working in the fields of the Lord, and in God’s kitchen. Not expecting thanks for our labors on behalf of Jesus. Just saying “we’re unworthy servants, just doing what we’re supposed to do.” (There will be a time, Jesus says elsewhere, when the faithful are thanked – but that’s not to be our motivation.) But – before I can even begin to say “increase my faith!” – again – Luke the gospel writer directs our attention now to an encounter with lepers – in which – Ten lepers approach Jesus crying “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” And Jesus says, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” (Leprosy meant any kind of skin disorder considered contagious in those times. Lepers had to stay outside towns and villages, and be certified healed by priests before they could rejoin the community.) And – Now all ten lepers are healed as they go. And one – turns back – falls at the feet of Jesus, praising God, thanking Jesus. And – “Where are the other nine?” Jesus asks – “Were not all ten healed?” **** With these gospel stories before us we’re walking with Jesus on the biblical road of stewardship. Perhaps the first theme of the bible… as – In the beginning God makes human beings in the image of God, and commissions us to be stewards of creation. And in the beginning God instructs us to tend the garden – as we ourselves are tended, nurtured, taken care of by God… Stewardship means employing all our God-given gifts, grace, resources and abilities to do all God asks us to...

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October 6, 2019 THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH

Sunday, October 6th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, October 7th 12:30 PM UMW Meeting Wednesday, October 9th: 10:00 AM Prayer Group 10:00 AM Craft Group Thursday, October 10th: 1:00 PM Bible Study 5:30 PM Kempters Meal & Concert Sunday, October 13th: 11:00 AM Worship Service PUMPKIN PATCH VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED, please consider signing up for a shift. The sign up sheet will be in Crain Hall after church. PRAYER GROUP will meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. MEAL & CONCERT THURSDAY OCT. 10th at Bourne UMC. Starting at 5:30 pm we will serve Chili and Cornbread (also beverage and dessert). No tickets needed for the meal but donations gratefully accepted to help us recoup our food cost. Starting at 6:30 pm “The Kempters” will share their musical ministry. These gifted Southern artists describe their band as Americana Worship. Their music is very unique and they cover a wide range of genres. People say they have a little something for everyone. No admission charge for concert, however, a love offering will be received for The Kempters. Hope to see you there! You’re going to be awfully glad you came! Be sure to visit their website to learn more about them and hear their music....

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October 28, 2018

“WITH ALL YOUR HEART” Mark 12:28-34 A few weeks ago I went with Pastor Tim, Dottie, and Donna Mark to a workshop on stewardship presented by the United Methodist Foundation of New England.  The Foundation’s purpose is to help churches manage their funds and  also to help them grow in their understanding of stewardship, or as they prefer to say, to grow in our understanding of generosity.  I’ve been to many workshops on this topic, as I’m sure Pastor Tim has, but there was one thing that stood out for me that I don’t remember experiencing at other workshops. I don’t know if it was the mood I was in or the other things I had on my  mind that day, but as I listened to the Foundation’s president and two other staff  members, I found myself captivated by their Christian witness.  It wasn’t just the information they were sharing that caught my attention.  Rather it was the intensity of their voices, as well as their facial expressions, as they spoke of the spirituality of our giving, not only our financial support to the church but also the investment of our time and talents to the ministries of the church.  I could tell that these men believed with all their hearts every word they spoke because they love Jesus and want to help we United Methodist learn to express our love of Jesus, as well, through our generosity.  In other words, our giving is a spiritual matter.  And that brings us to today’s Gospel lesson. In this passage, we learn that a scribe, a teacher of the Law, is impressed with the way Jesus had just responded to a trick question put to him by the Sadducees.  He saw that Jesus didn’t argue with them, but simply quoted words from the Torah, the first five books of our Bible.  Realizing, then, that Jesus was well versed as to the content of the Torah, the scribe asks Jesus which commandment is the first of all, the most important.  And to his question Jesus recites the opening words of the Shema, as recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy:  Hear, O Israel:  the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Of course, these words weren’t new to the scribe or to the Sadducees.  Pious Jews repeated them every morning and every evening. They were foundational to their belief in God and their relationship with God.  But Jesus doesn’t stop there.  He continues, quoting words from the Book of Leviticus, adding now a second part to that great commandment, saying:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself. What Jesus is saying here is that the most important thing is love—loving God and loving others. So, the question put before us today is:  How do we live by those words?  I’d like to suggest that the only way we can attempt to love God with all that we are is by placing our lives into God’s hands and asking our Creator to direct every part of our lives, forming us into the people we were created to be.  None of us will ever love God perfectly, just as...

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October 18, 2018 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Our Annual Church-Charge Conference will be Monday, November 5 at Bourne UMC. Potluck 5 pm. SPRC meeting with District Superintendent also at 5 pm. Meeting at 6 pm. We expect to be done by 7:30. Please attend. The group to discuss The Book of Joy will continue Monday, October 29 at 6:30 (postponed from last  week). Volunteer Chaplains Wanted – Interested in serving as a volunteer chaplain? Please call Chaplain Sally Miller of Upper Cape Chaplaincy at 508-331-8250 or 508-457-3522. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The cupboards are low at Peebles Elementary School! Donations ASAP are greatly appreciated. See the October Circuit Rider for a list of needed items. Bible Study meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:30 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                         7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00am                        Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                       Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                       N/A Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo...

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