September 13, 2015 – A harvest of peace

Pentecost 16 September 13, 2015 (Psalm 19, Proverbs 12:13-22) James 3:1-18 A harvest of peace **************************************** In the beginning the heavens and the earth are called into being through God’s spoken word. And because we’re all made in the image and likeness of God – our words also have power to create worlds and universes… The problem is just that we humans seem to not always exhibit God’s pure wisdom in our speaking… (This might be an understatement…) Part of me wants to blame this on the election cycle and talk radio and talk tv and decline in civility. And probably all these usual suspects are guilty as charged. But when I remember history… It’s pretty clear that the patterns of lies, half-truths, slander, innuendo, and character assassination that we complain about often but take more-or-less for granted most of the time… Are not modern inventions. The ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, Paris and London, New York, Chicago, even beloved Boston… are all full of archival anecdotes of bitter speech and tongue-lashing of people made in the image of God… Even in church we’ve sometimes witnessed some of what James is talking about today. That’s why he wrote this letter to the churches. With the same tongue we bless God our Maker… and curse those made by our Maker in the likeness of God… This ought not to be so… The word of God tells us… But yes, more often than we’d like… The word of God in the letter of James, brother of Jesus, proves to be as up to date as the morning paper or the latest-breaking-on-line-news… As James teaches today on the power of the human tongue, the power of human words, to create the world we live in… And this power of the tongue is so powerful, James says – it’s like fire, spreading from small smoky embers of a camp fire… to become a raging forest fire… engulfing many miles of timber… So I’ve been thinking about forest fire as one of James’ chosen analogies… And since James cautions us about too many of us being teachers – teachers use their tongues more than most, and are often teaching the young and impressionable who are at-risk if the teachings bad – and since James includes himself as a teacher – saying “we (not you) who teach will be judged more strictly, and we (again not you but we) all make many mistakes” – and since James is applying this strong caution to himself – at the very same time that he’s using strong language to get our attention – therefore, it’s pretty clear James is exercising biblical poetic license – as he sings the treacherous-tongue-blues – with his mouth wide open. And as a teacher myself, who relies on words, I’ve been listening to James… And remembering my younger brothers, Sam and Eben, who both worked as fire-fighters with the Forest Service when they were younger. And I remember asking them about the fire-fighter’s technique of fighting fire with fire – pre-burning a section of forest deliberately, to take away fuel for the larger fire, and try to stop the main fire from spreading… And I went into my files, and found what youngest brother Eben wrote back to me, saying: “The essence...

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Week of September 13, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Caryn White and Susan Colleran will host coffee hour next Sunday, September 20th. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30, at Bourne UMC, Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. No meeting today. Interested in becoming a member of this church? Please speak with Tim. We will schedule a group to discuss basic Christian and Methodist beliefs. People who are already members may also enjoy this group. Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 am we will have a combined      worship service with Bourne at BUMC. This is the day the Pumpkins arrive. On Sat., the 26th in AM, John would like to set up tables, etc. Chili & Concert Friday, September 18th at Bourne UMC. Starting at 6:00 pm we will serve Chili and Cornbread. No tickets needed for the meal but donations accepted to help us recoup our food cost. Starting at 7:00 pm “The Kempter Family” will share their musical ministry. This Handmade Gospel Band from Slapout, Alabama will perform their own unique style of Vintage Gospel. No admission charge for concert, however, a love offering will be received. 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. www.thekempters.com OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Bourne Food Pantry needs your donations. The Thrift Shop at BUMC: On Monday’s it is staffed by CUMC and all monies come to our...

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Week of September 13, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Sept. 13th: 11:00 AM Worship/ Rally Day Monday, Sept. 14th: 12:30 PM UMW Potluck Luncheon Thursday, Sept. 17th: 7:00 PM Trustees 7:00 PM SPRC Friday, Sept. 18th: 6:00 PM Chili Dinner 7:00 PM The Kempters- In Concert Saturday, Sept. 19th: 10:00 AM DCOM Sunday, Sept. 20th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:30 PM Psalms Discussion Group Monday, Sept. 21st: 10:30 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council UPPER CAPE CHAPLAINCY “LOBSTER ON THE CANAL” CRUISE: The Upper Cape Chaplaincy invites you to come aboard their “Lobster on the Canal” cruise Sunday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., leaving from Onset pier. As you know, this interdenominational/interfaith organization financially supports Falmouth Hospital’s chaplain, as well as chaplains at JML, Royal Megansett Nursing and Retirement Home, Royal Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Royal Nursing Center. Lobster rolls (or egg salad or chicken salad), chips, and dessert will be included. Tickets for this fund-raiser are $30. Please call Sandra Smith for tickets at 774-413-9120 or s.smith8@comcast.net Our chaplains are there to offer prayers and support in times of need. CHURCH OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK: This week, the church office will only be open Monday and Tuesday, September 14th and 15th, then closed the remainder of the week. Next week, it will be open regular days. If you need something in the bulletin for the 20th, please have it into Brittany by 9am tomorrow, or it will not be included. Thank you! CHILI & CONCERT FRIDAY SEPT. 18th at Bourne UMC. Starting at 6:00 pm we will serve Chili and Cornbread. No tickets needed for the meal but donations accepted to help us recoup our food cost. Starting at 7:00 pm “The Kempter Family” will share their musical ministry. This Handmade Gospel Band from Slapout, Alabama will perform their own unique style of Vintage Gospel. No admission charge for concert, however, a love offering will be received. 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. www.thekempters.com The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30 in the Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. (Watch this space.) NO MEETING TODAY, but we will meet next week on Sept. 20th. Interested in becoming a member of this church? Please speak with Tim. We will schedule a group to discuss basic Christian and Methodist beliefs. People who are already members may also enjoy this group. Newsletter deadline: The October Newsletter deadline will be earlier than usual, on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please have any articles into the church office by that date. The newsletter will come out the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. Brittany will be on vacation from September 17th through October 4th. Thank you! THE PUMPKINS ARRIVE Sunday, September 27th after church. We will be having a combined 10am service with Cataumet here at Bourne UMC, prior to the pumpkins’ arrival. Please mark your calendars! In preparation for their arrival, there will be a setup and decorating day on Saturday, September 26th, times TBA. Please watch the announcements for more information as the time gets closer.            ...

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