September 20, 2015 – More precious than silver

Pentecost 17   September 20, 2015   Psalm 1, Proverbs 3:5-15, Mark 9:33-37; James 4:1-10          More precious than silver ******************************************************* Last Tuesday our family went to the outer cape. At sunset we were walking at Coast Guard Beach. Warning signs were posted, saying: “Great White Sharks are in these waters, eating seals every day. Do not swim anywhere near the seals…” Seals were swimming close to shore as we walked…And… As we walked along we heard a sound like crying and singing… As we walked a little further, we saw many seals – seventy or eighty at least – lying on a little barrier island sand dune… Singing a song so mournful, it was like the wind was crying… I wondered if the seals might be singing funeral hymns for seals eaten by sharks… It sounded that sad… (That’s probably my run-away imagination. But who knows?) Later someone told me seals were probably singing a sunset song, like a vespers prayer. Seals apparently do that…. But whatever the reason for seals singing, it was both quite sad and very beautiful at the same time… (and…) The letter of James tells us we too should be singing sad songs… “Lament and mourn and weep,” James says… For the world is badly broken…and… Sometimes we need to be told to mourn, because we humans are often in denial about our need to express sorrow… Some of us have been taught not to weep, because that’s allegedly a sign of weakness… (Stiff upper lip, old chap, the British used to say, at least in the movies.) But sometimes by grace and with help from our friends, we figure out… crying can be a good thing… As a teenager I learned to love Ray Charles singing weepy soulful ballads (like–) “Oh it’s crying time again, you’re gonna leave me...” And a bit like the soul and blues I grew up with… but on a much deeper level… The bible is full of sad songs. A good half of all the psalms are psalms of lament – basically sanctified blues… And James today says “Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection….” Weep and mourn… For so many children of God are lost, hurting, and dying… in so many places, for so many reasons… And so often we tend to glaze over…There’s so much visible human tragedy…We sometimes develop calluses on our souls…We fear having tender hearts, which, we’re told, break more easily… So we neglect to mourn and weep… for those who are hurting… and even for ourselves… But Jesus said “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted…” And James says “let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection…” Are James and Jesus trying to bring us down? Being real downers? Or – could it be that Jesus and James know what the seals know…What every little human infant child’s also born knowing: Crying and weeping is the best way to let God (and mom and dad) know our need. Humbling ourselves before God is still the most direct route to right relationship with the Maker of the universe… And are there not always plenty of good reasons to mourn? Should we not weep because this world – and most families – even the...

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Week of September 20th, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS We will meet at Bourne UMC next Sunday for worship   service at 10:00 am. This is the day the pumpkins arrive. Saturday, the 26th in the morning, John would like to set up tables, etc. for the pumpkins. Please let him know if you will help set up. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30, at BUMC, Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. No meeting on the 27th. Bible study Thursdays 1 pm, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We will choose our path at our first meeting Sept 24. Please let Tim know if you can participate. An evening group is also possible; please speak with Tim if interested in that option. 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. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 20, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Sept. 20th: 11:00 AM Worship 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 Thursday, Sept. 24th:    1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, Sept. 26th: 10:00 AM Pumpkin Patch Work Day Sunday, Sept. 27th: 10:00 AM Combined Worship at BUMC The Pumpkins Arrive!! THE PUMPKINS ARRIVE NEXT SUNDAY, September 27th after church. We will be having a combined 10am WORSHIP service with Cataumet, here at Bourne UMC, prior to the pumpkins’ arrival. In preparation for their arrival, there will be a setup and decorating day on Saturday, September 26th from 10am to 2pm. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30 in the Perry Room. Tim’s fall office hours will be 10 am to 1 pm on Thursdays. Bible study Thursdays at 1 pm, Bourne UMC, Perry room. We will choose our path at our first meeting Sept 24th. Please let Tim know if you can participate. An evening group is also possible, please speak with Tim if interested in that option. 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, THIS 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.    ...

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