September 6, 2015 – Faith at Work

Pentecost 15 September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9, 22-23; James 2:1-26 Faith at Work **************************************************** Happy Labor Day weekend, working saints. We’re observing this working person’s holiday weekend with James, the brother of Jesus, who by divine synchronicity, is teaching today on the theme of working faith. Telling us ‘take time off from work, every week, and get a three day weekend anytime you can – but don’t go to work ever without faith.’ (Don’t even get out of bed without working faith.) Last week James was telling us about undivided faith. Being of one mind – faith and life not divided into areas of faith and areas of no faith. Now we’re moving on into chapter two of the undivided life – starting with treating all people with equal love and respect (not treating everyone identically, since we don’t have identical needs) – but showing no favoritism for the rich and powerful over the poor and the weak… (Favoritism for the poor doesn’t seem to be a big problem in most of human history.) And moving on now to having no divisions between what we say we believe… and how we actually live our lives. James again sets the faith-bar high. And again he’s only walking in the footsteps of his brother Jesus. James reminds me here of my seminary New Testament professor, Rev. Dr. Abraham Smith, who used to tell us what his father told him: “Son, if you aim too low you’ll surely hit the mark.” James tells us to aim for perfection in faith, knowing full well we won’t get it right all the time. Because – when we aim for less than what Jesus teaches, we’re bound to achieve less than what Jesus asks… and expects of us… I expect most of us will agree on the merits of what James is saying today. The substance of his sermon shouldn’t be controversial. We may not always appreciate James’ rather blunt style of preaching. But we can assume his tone is related to the very real problems he’s addressing. Problems still with us, in virtually every age and culture. Then and now, some are treated more equally than others. Many still say one thing and do another. (Reminding me of my mother, telling me “do as we say, not as we do!” when I would ask ‘why can’t I smoke cigarettes? You and dad do.’ “Do as we say. Not as we do…” And if these were not real, indeed, pretty much universal issues, James wouldn’t be writing this letter. This was a while before the age of text messaging… Writing took a lot of effort – considerable time and money went into writing, copying, and delivering a letter in those days. Maybe James was getting a little cranky having to go to the trouble of writing? But regardless of any possible issues of style and tone – When we get down to James’ main message – ‘faith without works is dead, and all God’s people deserve full respect’ – we should all be able to say amen to that. We know faith and works are both needed. We know there ought not be division between what we believe and what we do. We know Christian faith means taking care of the needs of those around...

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Week of September 6, 2015 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Ruth Chilson and Rich Dow, of Church Council will host coffee hour next Sunday, September 13th. The Psalms reading group will continue Sundays at 12:30, at Bourne UMC, Perry Room, for at least a few more weeks. (Watch this space.) No meeting September 13th, next week. 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 Today we are collecting for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. 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 6, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Sept. 6th: 11:00 AM Worship 12:30 PM Psalms Discussion Group Wednesday, Sept. 9th: 10:00 AM UMW Executive Board Saturday, Sept. 12th: 8:00 AM Sea Watch Condos Sunday, Sept. 13th: 11:00 AM Rally Day Worship at Midway Park Monday, Sept. 14th: 12:30 PM UMW Potluck Luncheon 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 next week, September 13th, due to Rally Day. 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. LOOKING AHEAD: 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! 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. 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 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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