September 25, 2016 – Presence

Pentecost 19   September 25, 2016   Psalm 84, Hebrews 10:19-25, Romans 12:1-2, Acts 2:42-47          Presence ******************************************* A wife calls her husband, who is still in bed – “Time to get up, get ready for church, dear.” But the husband stays in bed, and hollers back, “I don’t want to go to church today. I don’t feel like going to church. They don’t like me. And I don’t like the sermons.” His wife cajoles him, “Come on honey, you know it’s important to be in church. You need church, your family needs you there with us… And the church likes you just fine… And the sermons usually aren’t as bad as you think…” But the husband isn’t getting up. He keeps saying, “I don’t want to go.” Till finally when his wife won’t give up, he says, “Give me two good reasons why I should go.” His wife says, “Well – it is Sunday morning. And you are the pastor.” That story, for the record, is not about me… At least not on Sundays. I love church. Love worship. Love being part of our parish and each of our two churches… Love our pumpkin patch and all our outreach activities… I actually love most of what we do… (It’s only once in a great while meetings on a Monday… that I’m sometimes just a little less eager to be present for…) And we are talking about being present today. Just as we’ve sung – Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place – so surely also – in our membership vows we pledge to be present for God – through our prayers – our presence – our gifts – our service – and our witness. Today we’re in week two of our series exploring the promises we make in being part of this church. We’re talking about our pledge to be present for God and one another – in the life, work, and witness of the church. Now of course I pray every day for the church, asking God to increase our participation in all the life of the church… But.. It wasn’t always this way. When I was young our family didn’t go to church, except briefly, part of one year… And there were times, as a younger adult, even after I became a Christian, when I wasn’t so sure about the church. There was a time when I stayed away from church more than five years. I was young, a bit idealistic, and overly critical of others, including churches that didn’t seem to measure up to my expectations… When I finally began to attend church again, I did some church hopping…  And found… not every church I visited had much visible resemblance to the church we see in our last reading from the book of Acts. (There wasn’t a whole lot of awe and wonder on display…) But pretty soon, by grace, I found a small Methodist church, near where I lived, with a good pastor, a welcoming congregation… And when I began worshiping there regularly I learned there were people doing many of these book of Acts practices we’ve just read about… Often a bit under the radar – but joy, awe and wonder began to be visible for me in the life of the church…...

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Week of September 25, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkins Arrive Today They are expected around noon. Many hands are needed to off-load and display the pumpkins. Please stay to help, if you are able. Some sandwiches will be available at coffee hour. Also, there are empty spaces on the Pumpkin Patch Sheet-Up sheet that still need folks. Please include your telephone number when you sign up. Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry   Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! Renewing our Covenant In our membership vows and each time we welcome a new    member, we say together these words from our Methodist Hymnal: “As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Every Sunday through October 16 we will be focusing on one of these five commitments. May we be in prayer about each vow. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                        9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Thursday                      7:00 pm                         N/A Meeting Friday                           7:30 pm                        Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                       Osteo...

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Week of September 25, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Sept. 25th: 10:00 AM Joint Worship Service 12:00 PM The PUMPKINS arrive! Wednesday, Sept. 28th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Sept. 29th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, Oct. 2nd:  11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, Oct. 3rd: 1:00 PM UMW Meeting PUMPKIN PATCH SIGN-UP: There are a lot of holes in the sign up sheet that need to be filled. We do a very brisk business on the weekends and help is definitely needed to fill in the empty spaces. If everyone signs up for just one more shift we can probably fill in the gaps as we go. Thanks! THE OCTOBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, 9/27. LITURGISTS are needed in October, as well as ALTAR FLOWERS. In our membership vows and each time we welcome a new member, we say together these words from our Methodist Hymnal: “As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Every Sunday through October 16 we will be focusing on one of these five commitments. May we be in prayer about each vow. CENTERING PRAYER: Introductory sessions on Centering Prayer will be offered at St John the Evangelist church (corner of Shore Rd and Barlow’s Landing in Pocasset) on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm beginning October 6th. All welcome. Information about this prayer practice can be found on www.contemplativeoutreach.org. WANTED: singers, instrumentalists, musicians to perform “Special Music” during the offering. Accomplished or not, pro or amateur, adult or child. Anyone who wishes to offer praise is welcome to perform. Accompanist available. Contact Kari Fietek. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO VIDEOTAPE WORSHIP! The broadcasting of our service is a valuable community outreach. We’re looking for folks that would pick up the camera from the station on Friday and film on Sunday. It would involve a short training session by the station personnel. If you are interested in this ministry, please call Bob Burt. ANNUAL REPORTS will be due on November 1st.  ...

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